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FOSDEM 2011 will take place in Brussels, Belgium at the Université Libre de Bruxelles on 5-6 February, 2011.

What and Where is FOSDEM?

FOSDEM is probably the most developer-oriented European Free and Open Source conference. It is taking place in Brussels, Belgium on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February 2011. Apart from having many invited speakers, the conference offers developer rooms, stands and lightning talks to projects from the Free and Open Source community. More info...

FOSDEM will take place at the ULB Campus Solbosh.

ULB Campus Solbosh
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 50
1050 Bruxelles
(see map)


All participants who are official speakers in the by Mozilla DevRoom will be eligible for sponsorship.

Mozilla DevRoom

Every year Mozilla developers and contributors have a dedicated room (ie. Mozilla DevRoom) for the 2 days, in which to hold talks and sessions.

This year, Mozilla will have :

  • room H.1301 on Sat 5th from 13:00 to 19:00 and on Sun 6th from 09:00 to 17:00,
  • a video projector (with VGA cable)
  • power (C/E plugs)
  • wired (RJ-45) network with Internet access at the speaker's desk,
  • best-effort shared wireless Internet access (a and b),
  • publication of the schedule on the FOSDEM website, including speaker bios and talk abstracts.


The schedule is now final. If you have any questions about it, please contact one of the members of the programme committee, this year made up of Axel Hecht, Brian King, Gerv Markham and William Quiviger.

Final Schedule

List of all proposals submitted

Mozilla Booth

There will be a booth manned by Mozilla volunteers in the main conference building. The goal is two-fold:
1) to evangelize and answer questions
2) distribute merchandise.

If you would like to volunteer to help man the booth, make sure to sign-up in the chart below. In general, if you notice that someone has been at the stand for a while, please don't hesitate to switch places with him/her!

Hours Name
10h00 Milos Webatou
11h00 Milos Webatou
12h00 Milos Webatou
13h00 Flore
14h00 Flore
15h00 Milos Webatou Flore
16h00 Milos Webatou Flore
17h00 Milos Webatou Flore

Hours Name
09h00 Milos Webatou Pierros
10h00 Milos Webatou Pierros
11h00 Milos Webatou
12h00 Webatou
13h00 Milos Pierros
14h00 Milos Pierros
15h00 Webatou Pierros
16h00 Milos Webatou Pierros
17h00 Milos Webatou

Food, Beverages, and Saturday evening party

Breakfast will be served for Mozillians staying at the Novotel Grand Place.

Any other food or drink expenses (including room service and in-room minibar charges and lunch at FOSDEM) are at the expense of the Mozillian.

Saturday night dinner/bowling

An informal dinner for Mozillians will be organized on Saturday, 5 February at 20:00. The dinner will be followed by free Bowling and LaserTag.

The dinner will take place at the Crosly Bowling ( located just 15 minutes by foot from the Novotel Grand Place hotel or from the Gare Centrale (see map here:

Dinner and free drinks will be served at 20:00 and then bowling (for those who want to play) starts at 21:00.

To get there from FOSDEM directly, take Bus 71 (expect approx. 35 minutes of travel time) and get off at "Gare Centrale". NB : Please note that the dinner is reserved for all sponsored Mozilla participants or for people who have signed up on the wiki.

Please try to arrive on time for dinner so that you start bowling in teams at 21:00. For more details, contact William (william [at] mozilla [dot] com)

Dinner sign-up

If you plan to attend the Mozilla dinner and join in on the fun afterwards, please make sure to add your name to the sign-up form.

NB: because space is limited, people who have NOT signed-up will not be allowed entry - Mozilla bouncers at the door will see to that :)

Bowling and LaserTag sign-up

If you will attend to the Mozilla dinner, please put your name on the list for Bowling and LaserTag games.

Friday Beer Event

As every year, there will be a FOSDEM beer event on Friday night before FOSDEM.

Milos Dinic will be distributing FREE beer tokens to sponsored participants. Tokens are limited so if you get to the bar too late, don't be surprised if there no more tokens left!

Getting Around in Brussels (MAP)

All sponsored Mozilla speakers will receive a 3-Day travel pass in their hotel welcome pack (subject to availability - it could be that we've run out of them when you ask for one). If you haven't received one, contact William to see if you can get one. Mozilla cannot guarantee that you will have one. If you do not have one, don't panic, you can easily buy a bus ticket on the bus :)

A practical Google map is available with all the relevant spots for Mozillians during their stay in Brussels.

NB: On the day of validation, a 3-day travel allows an unlimited number of journeys on the entire public transport network of the STIB (except for the NATO-Brussels Airport section of lines 11 and 12 and the Noctis night network).

Traveling by air to Brussels

...the airport is less than 20 minutes from the city centre. From 6am till nearly midnight, the AIRPORT CITY EXPRESS train brings you to Midi, Central and North stations four times per hour. A one-way ticket costs 2,60 € second class and 3,90 € first class. The city express train is located in the basement (level -1) of the terminal building itself.

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Traveling by train to Brussels

If you are traveling by train to Brussels, it is best for you to get off at the Central Station stop.


Mozilla speakers and staff will be staying at the Novotel Brussels Grand Place.

  • Information how to reach your hotel from Central station is available here

Here are the hotel details :

Novotel Brussels Grand Place
120, rue du Marché Aux Herbes
Tel:  (+32)2/5143333
Fax :  (+32)2/5117723
Nearest metro stop : Brussel Centraal
See website here

Other accommodation options

Other great accommodation options exist in Brussels. There are local residents renting couches and private rooms for as little as $30. Also some have reviews.


At Fosdem

At FOSDEM, a FREE WiFi network called "FOSDEM" will be very "strong" and there should not be any ambiguity about which network to use. Most 802.11 stacks will likely do the Right Thing[tm] automatically. :-)


For sponsored speakers who are staying at a NOVOTEL hotel, WiFi access is available but it is very expensive.

If you ABSOLUTELY need WiFi access in your hotel room, please contact William (william at mozilla dot com) or at +33 6 26 05 17 84.

Getting from the Hotel to FOSDEM

It takes about 35 min from downtown Brussels to FOSDEM by public bus.

From station GARE CENTRALE, take Bus 71 traveling towards DELTA. Get out at the station ULB. From there its a 9 minute footwalk. The total travel takes about 35 minutes.

A detailed map of the ULB campus and of the FOSDEM entrance, can be found here :

Detailed instructions on how to get there by public transportation can be found here :

Leaving FOSDEM to leave Brussels

From Sunday afternoon till Sunday evening, FOSDEM will provide free transportation by bus from the conference site (ULB Campus Solbosch) to the Brussels-South railway station which has the best connections to Brussels Airport and neighboring countries.

More info soon...

Sponsorship for Travel and Accommodation

All travel and accommodation costs for Mozilla speakers who will be covered by Mozilla Europe.

Mozilla Europe will cover accommodation for all Mozilla staff who have confirmed to William that they are attending (deadline to confirm attendance is January 15th and pending availability)

All Mozilla staff and sponsored Mozilla speakers will be staying at the Novotel Grand Place Mozilla has secured for the event. Emails containing detailed information on their hotel will be sent to all sponsored participants.

Sponsorship policy

All contributors of the Mozilla project are encouraged to attend FOSDEM, and many do. Mozilla Europe would love to sponsor all of those who go, but as every year, its budget is limited. Moreover, this year, we would like to allocate more funds to sponsor more contributors to attend Mozilla Camp Europe 2011 (scheduled to take place a few months after FOSDEM).

Therefore, this year's sponsorship policy is as follows:

- Mozillians who will give talks in the Mozilla DevRoom will be sponsored for travel and accommodation (except for lightning talks)
- Mozilla staff who have gotten sign off from their managers to attend

NB: Mozilla has 20 rooms reserved at the Novotel Grand Place for speakers and staff. As rooms are limited, rooms will be assigned to Mozilla staff who contact William and request a room to William (by January 15th and pending availability) so please make sure to contact him ASAP while there are still rooms available. Everyone is strongly encouraged to share their rooms.

Reimbursement Policy for Travel

Mozilla sponsored speakers traveling by train will be asked to purchase their own tickets.

If you are sponsored by Mozilla and have purchased your own travel, please fill in the Mozilla Europe expense form and send it to William Quiviger (william at mozilla dot com). Also, please make sure to send William a scanned copy of ALL receipts relevant to your expense form.

Once their expense form has been received and reviewed, participants will get full reimbursement via wire transfer.

Contact Persons

If ever you need anything during your stay in Brussels, or if you need more information, please don't hesitate to contact:

william at mozilla dot com
(+33) 626 051 784


We will set up the #FOSDEM Channel on !



The Aftermath

Photos, Blogposts etc. are linked here.