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FOSDEM is the Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting that takes place each year in Brussels, Belgium.

Bytemark have had a presence for the last few years and 2016 was no different. 6 of us took the train from Manchester with at least half of us being new to the FOSDEM circuit. Slightly different than the usual conference setup – this is free to everyone, no registration needed and all the talks and keynotes are published in advance on their website:

It consists in 28 rooms spread across several buildings of the Solbosch campus of the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

Brussels itself is a beautiful city with superb transport links from the UK and to the rest of Europe. Once there – the tram system is really easy to use and can get you right up to the University doors.

The rooms range from large conference theatres to small classrooms with a huge range of subjects from Go development with a speaker from Google’s team to Micro-datacenter with Raspberry Pi and Kubernetes.


Even our good friends Kodi were there to show off a new release that isn’t due out for another 6 months.

Kodi Fosdem

The range of people we met at FOSDEM was incredible – people from all over the world gather for this one weekend and share their thoughts – We even had a few people recognise us from our Bytemark hoodies!

This isn’t just a great event for developers – it’s a great everyone even slightly associated with it. With me not being a developer, there were plenty of interesting talks I went to regarding 3D Printing, Gaming, Raspberry Pi’s and various software I use day to day in Linux.

FOSDEM is a great place to learn from some of the best open source developers in Europe and it’s completely free. If you’re at the stage of pondering whether to go, do it! I was in that mindset last year and it’s the best conference I’ve been to – I can’t wait to go back.

See you in Brussels at FOSDEM 2017! (Come and say Hi!)