FOSDEM for Beginners


Back from FOSDEM. It was great ! It was large ! It was exhausting !

Imagine the largest conference you know. Add 3000 people, Multiply by X ( where X >> 1). That’s it.

Stuff I learned:

  • You will need a badge with your name, nick and the logo of the project you are hacking on (or you will not be found)
  • Share the mobile phone numbers with ALL the people you want to meet
  • Go to the stand of your project (in my case: GNOME). Help them. It is easy and thats where the people meet each other.
  • Have a cheat sheet
  • Be there early. Some of the rooms do not have microphones and some of the speakers are not very experienced. Sit close to the front.
  • Have some business cards with you
  • Eat before you go to a beer event

The cheat sheet

It most contain: When are the (beer) events and where ?

When are the interesting talks and where ?

Who did you want to talk to ?

Which stands to visit ?

Additionally you will need a map of Brussels. But that can be found at the hotel.

Print this on a piece of dead tree.


There are several things I did not manage. One of them is: How to get on the GNOME photo ? It was a chaotic situation where no one I asked knew when and where there will be a photo. So I ( and Pablo) missed it. If you know how to get on this thing (maybe Photoshop ?) please tell me.

Remembering faces and names

I met so many great and interesting people, but I fear I will not be able to remember their names and faces. Already had that problem during the weekend. It was just to much and to many. If you know a trick how to remember the names, please tell me.

<Here now be photo, thank you Pablo>

Pablo and Me at FOSDEM 2010

~ by thorstensick on February 9, 2010.

One Response to “FOSDEM for Beginners”

  1. Hi Thorsten.

    Here’s the picture we took of us 🙂

    FOSDEM - GNOME Seahorse developers

    See you!

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