FrOSCon is a nice FOSS event here in Germany, yesterday they sent me the
information about FrOSCon 2017. Registration for projects is open until
May 23. I don't know yet if I can participate this year, but I'll also
ask other local ambassadors. I'm forwarding the mail from FrOSCon here.
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Subject: [FrOSCon Alumni] Call for Papers/Projects FrOSCon 2017
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:09:53 +0200
From: Andreas Kupfer <kupfer(a)froscon.de>
Organization: FrOSCon e.V. <http://www.froscon.de>
you are receiving this mail because you have previously been involved with
making FrOSCon a successful Free and Open Source Software event.
If you would like to help us out again: We have started this year's Call
for Papers/Projects. See our website for details:
https://www.froscon.de/cfp/ or refer to the texts
below. Please feel free to forward this to anybody who might be interested.
For the FrOSCon Orga team,
Andreas aka ScottyTM
# Call for Papers FrOSCon 2017 #
The Free and Open Source Software Conference (FrOSCon), an annual summer
conference for users and developers of FOSS, will be held on the
August 19-20 at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in
Sankt Augustin near Bonn, Germany. It is organized by the University's
Department of Computer Science in collaboration with the student body and
the FrOSCon e.V.
As its key feature, volunteer speakers will deliver a comprehensive range
of talks and workshops. Additionally, the event offers space and
facilities to Free Software developers and projects to organize their own
meetings or subconferences. The event also hosts an exhibit hall with
booths from both FLOSS projects and companies.
# Topics #
We are looking for contributed papers on current trends and developments
in all areas of Free and Open Source Software, e.g.:
- Operating systems
- Software development
- IT security
- Legal aspects
Focus areas in 2017 are:
- "Cooexisting with Bots" - Why can't we be friends?
- "The Rise of Machine Learning" - You Only Learn Once
- "Persistent Migration" - The changing pace of software in the Open
- "The days of plenty are over" - Software Design Patterns in 2017
# OSGeo & OSM Subconference #
For the first time at FrOSCon, there will be a subconference for free
geodata & geosoftware. FOSSGIS e.V. (http://fossgis.de) is organizing this
sidebar event and they are looking for contributions on OpenStreetMap,
free geodata, free GIS software & more. They welcome submissions of both
shorter talks (20 min) and longer presentations (45 min).
# Submitting Contributions #
To submit a paper, create an account and submit your contribution at
http://cfp.froscon.org/. To participate in the Call for Papers, you will
have to submit a short abstract as well as a detailed description of your
All accepted speakers must submit slides for their talk before the event.
The call for papers is open through May 23, 2017. The program committee
meets to review proposals in early June. We will do our best to notify
submitters whether their proposals were accepted within a week or two.
# Language #
Talks can be held in German or in English. The choice of
language should depend solely on which language is more suitable for
presenting the chosen topic. Language of submitted texts and the resulting
talk should be the same.
# Length of the Submissions #
The abstract should summarize the planned content of the talk in a precise
and succinct way. We do not place a limit on its length.
Talks should take no more than 45 minutes, in order to allow some time
for Q&A and speaker transition.
We can accept longer contributions in special cases; we ask for a
justification for the longer extent in this case.
# Format #
Abstract and description have to be submitted as plain text via the
http://cfp.froscon.de. We ask for submission of the slides in PDF format;
other open document formats such as OpenOffice should only be submitted
after prior consultation.
# Licenses #
We will publish abstract, description, slides and a video of your
presentation online and include the abstract in the conference program. We
require that you place your contributions under the Creative Commons
Attribution 4.0 International
( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ) license (or a more lenient
Unless another license is noted, we will assume that your contribution is
under this license. If you want to place your works under a less
restrictive license, please note so with your submission.
# Selection of Contributions #
Contributions are selected based on their content by a program committee.
Please understand that we cannot accept all contributions. We will favor
submissions which fall under one of the aforementioned topics.
# Other Remuneration #
FrOSCon is organized by volunteers and is mostly funded by sponsors. We
ask you to understand that we will not be able to reimburse you for your
expenses. In special cases, we might be able to help you with your travel
expenses and we continue to seek sponsors to cover this cost. Please get
in touch with us if you have a special case or if your company would like
to sponsor speaker travel.
# Accommodation #
There will be a room block reserved for our speakers in a hotel nearby the
conference venue. You will receive details on the room block after your
submission has been accepted.
# Social Event #
We are planning to hold a social event on the evening of the 19th and
kindly invite all speakers to attend.
# Important Dates and Contact Information #
May 23, 2017 End of the Call for Papers. All contributions need to be
submitted by this date in order to qualify.
June 6, 2017 Notification of acceptance of all contributions .
June 19, 2017 Final acceptance. We ask all invited speakers to give
their final confirmation by this date.
August 1, 2017 Last date for submitting slides.
August 19, 2017 First day of FrOSCon.
Further information can be found on the website under
Please send questions about the Call for Papers via email to:
Contact the organizers via email: contact(a)froscon.org
c/o Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
53757 Sankt Augustin
# FrOSCon 2017 Call for Projects #
Hereby, we invite you to participate in the twelfth Free and Open Source
Software Conference (FrOSCon 2017).
FrOSCon is a two-day conference on Free Software and Open Source. It takes
place on August 19th/20th, 2017 at the University of Applied Sciences
Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, in St. Augustin near Bonn, Germany.
The main part of the conference is a comprehensive range of talks and
workshops. Furthermore, there is a large exhibition area, where projects
have the opportunity to present themselves and get in touch with users and
developers. Moreover, we offer a few rooms for Free Software projects to
organize developer meetings or to present their own program for the
visitors of the conference.
We would be pleased if your project would like to contribute to this
year's FrOSCon and thus support the communication and exchange within the
Open Source and Free Software community. Depending on the kind of your
participation, there is different information available to you.
# Booth #
To sign up for a booth, please visit https://callforprojects.froscon.de
and register your project. Please feel free to contact us for any
questions at exhibitors(a)froscon.org. The registration for booths will be
open until May 23rd.
# Developer Room #
If your project wants to sign up for a developer room, please visit
https://callforprojects.froscon.de, register your project and submit a
proposal. The proposal should contain a short summary (1-2 paragraphs) of
what you plan to do and special requirements. Since the demand for
developer rooms usually exceeds the number of rooms we can offer, we will
choose the projects which look the most promising to us based on the
submitted proposals. If you have questions concerning the developer rooms,
feel free to contact projects(a)froscon.org. The deadline for the submission
of developer room proposals is also May 23rd.
# Talk or Workshop #
Additionally our Call for Papers has started. We are looking forward to
your submissions of talks and workshops. You can register via
http://cfp.froscon.org/. For further information concerning the Call for
Papers take a look at http://www.froscon.de/cfp/. The Call for Papers
will end on May 23rd, too.
# Important Dates #
May 23, 2017 End of Call for Projects. After this deadline your project
can only be accepted if there is still enough space on the conference and
enough time to organize your participation.
June 15th, 2017 Notification if we accepted your project for a booth
and/or developer room
August 19th, 2017 First day of FrOSCon
We hope to meet you at FrOSCon in St. Augustin.
August 19th - August 20th 2017
, St. Augustin, Germany
http://www.froscon.org --- http://www.froscon.de
Alumni mailing list
You are kindly invited to the meeting:
APAC Ambassador's bi-weekly meeting on 2017-04-14 from 05:00:00 to 06:00:00 UTC
The meeting will be about:
This is a friendly reminder to APAC Fedora Ambassadors, about our bi-weekly IRC meeting tomorrow.
Please join in:
#fedora-meeting on irc.freenode.net at 05:00 hrs. UTC.
we had a FAmSCo meeting today and 5 members out of 7 showed up.
We finally finished the mentor's and ambassador's availability/activity
scripts and will make a writeup of itheir outcomes soon. Moreover we will
look out for a FAmA even outside FAmSCo, as he will take over many
If you want to know more, please read the meeting minutes:
Happy Easter to all.
With the great success of our collaboration during Fedora 24 and Fedora 25 to improve localization, this is the time to make it even better for Fedora 26. We’re having a virtual Fedora 26 translation sprint to finish translations prior to the next Beta release. We will be gathering online from 11th April to 17th April. We have a list of priority projects to translate and many languages to cover.
So, what are you waiting for? Here  is a short list of the basics to get started. If you have questions, feel free to drop an email on trans(a)lists.fedoraproject.org or use #fedora-g11n channel on Freenode.
Want more badges? Yes, we do have a Badge for translation sprint!
Wish you a Happy translation :)
On behalf of the Translation team,
You are kindly invited to the meeting:
FAmSCo on 2017-04-12 from 15:00:00 to 16:00:00 UTC
The meeting will be about:
Regular meeting of Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee.
In case you missed it this morning, the Fedora Council published their
FAD report yesterday / this morning. You can find a post covering it on
the Community Blog or the original email below.
A lot of valuable information for Ambassadors is covered here, and I
highly encourage folks to give this a full read. The Council has also
asked for feedback, comments, and discussion to be directed to the
council-discuss mailing list. If you'd like to weigh, please direct your
feedback over in that direction!
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Subject: Fedora Council FAD Report - 2017/2018 Initial Steps
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:12:52 +0200
From: Brian Exelbierd <bex(a)pobox.com>
Reply-To: Discussions with the Fedora Council and community
The Fedora Council met for an in-person FAD for three days from 26-28
March in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Almost the entire Council was able
to attend. Josh Boyer, Brian Exelbierd, Robert Mayr, Matthew Miller, and
Langdon White, were present, and unfortunately, Jan Kuřik and María
Leandro could not make it. We chose Grand Rapids to accommodate one of
the two members with travel challenges and to reduce overall travel
costs for the rest of us.
We set a full agenda^0 and managed to discuss the topics over the three
We spent the majority of the first and second days considering the
current state of the project. We focused on "What we actually do; What
we do *well*; What we say we do but don't; and What we aspire to." Using
a variety of tools including SWOT analysis (that's
Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threads) and Kellogg Logic Models^1,
we carefully considered how the Fedora Project fits into the competitive
landscape and how we can move forward achieving success while living our
values^2. We considered scope, as well: what we should address directly
and what we should enable by empowering others.
A key result of this is a proposed new mission statement for the Fedora
Project, which will be shared, along with some detail on the thought
behind it, in a follow-on post. These thoughts include alignment of our
objectives and our budget to achieve this mission. This should also
bring some clarity to our overall target audience.
The third day was focused on core decisions and processes for our
* We extended our focus on diversity and inclusion in order to increase
our ability to attract a variety of thoughts to power our project. To
that end we are going to empower the Diversity Advisor with some direct
budget allocation to achieve this vision. In Fiscal Year 2017 we
allocated $6,500 for Diversity and Inclusion, however 100% of that money
was really to support an Outreachy^3 intern. While this is a noble cause
which the Council fully supports, we want to allow the Diversity and
Inclusion group to use the budget to further their objective directly.
Therefore, in Fiscal Year 2018 we are allocating $9,000 for Diversity
and Inclusion. The Diversity Working Group^4 under the guidance of the
Diversity Advisor will need to decide how to best use these resources
and whether we should continue to support Outreachy. Additional funds
may be allocated as there is a need and good ideas.
* We gave some initial thoughts to the Code of Conduct^5. The Diversity
Working Group has done a great job surfacing some needs related to this
area and we are thankful for the work they have done. We have realized
that after the Community Working Group shut down a few issues and
challenges had gone unanswered. We, as the Council, will be taking this
issue forward with an emphasis on an open and transparent process
related to the Code of Conduct. We have some paths forward to explore
and look forward to having an open conversation with the community .
* We had some great conversations about the signature events held by the
project. We realized that some of the events haven't necessarily been
accomplishing their goals because they have been overly broad or no
longer aligned with the realities of today. Therefore we are taking the
** We want to make sure that Flock is attended by as many
contributors as possible from all around the world. We also
recognize that we have to live within our budget and cannot afford
to fully fund every person who would possibly attend. Therefore we
are initially going to increase the Flock budget from the $75,000 it
had in Fiscal Year 2017 to $85,000 in Fiscal Year 2018. This will
allow for a few more funded attendees from regions that have
traditionally not been well represented. However, we are also going
to work on both the goals of the event and how it is funded overall.
There will be a follow up post and discussion about these changes as
we seek community input. We discussed the possibility of Flock
rotating to APAC and LATAM as well as NA and EMEA, although that may
be realistically limited by travel budget constraints.
** Additionally, we are not going to create a line-item budget for
regional FUDCons. Instead, we are going to allocate budget for great
ideas. We want to make sure the community has the freedom to create
the outreach events we need, not just do the outreach events
dictated by the budget. This doesn’t mean we won’t do regional
events; instead we want to fund regional events that are clearly
going to accomplish great things and be good uses of funds as well.
This may even mean that we continue to support a FUDCon in some
regions, if that turns out to be the great idea. Or, it may be
another idea, like doing smaller but more frequent Fedora Meetups.
* Mindshare is the currency of our project. We aren't in the sales
business; we are in the ideas business. Last year FAmSCo started working
on an outreach committee concept called FOSCo. For various reasons this
didn't happen. We recognize that FOSCo is only one way to achieve the
larger goal of growing our mindshare. This year we have asked Robert
Mayr to focus on this challenge and created the Mindshare
Representative^6 on the Council by changing the title of the seat set
aside for FOSCo. Robert will be leading an open and transparent effort
to help our project align around mindshare goals. To help him succeed we
have allocated a budget of $9,000 so that he can drive forward with
implementation. Additional funds can be allocated as there are needs and
* Ambassadors are a key component of our project and our "feet on the
ground." We realize that the Mindshare position above will involve a
lot of work with the existing Ambassadors group. However, we can't make
our Ambassadors wait for this to be solved. Therefore we allocated a
full Quarter 1 budget for the ambassador regions. We based this
allocation on one-fourth of the total annual spending from last year.
The goal is to allow our Ambassador groups to be funded through the end
of the conversation about our new mission. The new allocations replace
the stop gap budget^7 that was provided earlier. These are hard
allocations that should not be exceeded. The Fiscal Year 2018 Quarter 1
budgets for the regions are: APAC $1,600; LATAM $1,300; EMEA $4,100; NA
These are not budget cuts; they are a way of preserving flexibility. We
want to preserve funding for any changes the ambassadors will want to
make as they align around the new mission. We hope the ambassadors will
give very careful thought before committing to any events after June 1
to ensure they will help us with our mission.
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