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"Team Ada: Ada Programming Language Advocacy" <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 2 Nov 2009 05:10:11 +0100
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Dirk Craeynest <[log in to unmask]>
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The following message is distributed to various Ada-related mailing
lists and newsgroups.  As FOSDEM is an international event, we're
interested in feedback and suggestions from all forums.  Thanks for
any help!

Dirk Craeynest, President Ada-Belgium, [log in to unmask]


                           Call for Interest

                    A d a  at  F O S D E M   2 0 1 0

                  6-7 February 2010, Brussels, Belgium


FOSDEM [1], the Free and Open source Software Developers' European
Meeting, is a free and non-commercial two-day event organized each
February in Brussels, Belgium.

The goal is to provide Free Software and Open Source developers and
communities a place to meet with other developers and projects, to be
informed about the latest developments in the Free Software and Open
Source world, to attend interesting talks and presentations by Free
Software and Open Source project leaders and committers on various
topics, and to promote the development and the benefits of Free
Software and Open Source solutions.

At previous FOSDEM events, Ada-Belgium [2] has organized some very well
attended Ada Developer Rooms, offering a full day program in 2006 [3]
and a two-day program earlier this year [4].

Each year the number of applications for DevRooms outnumbers the
available space, presenting the organizers with a difficult selection
[5].  For 2010, the conditions specify "a preference for requests with
a general topic, e.g. from projects with similar goals/domains" and
"be involved in Free or Open Source Software (the projects produce and
release software under an open source license or otherwise contribute
to open source activities and communities)".  Many Ada-related topics
and projects fit those conditions very well, so we are considering to
submit a proposal for FOSDEM 2010, and thus need to show that this
would attract sufficient interest.

To increase our chances to be allocated a DevRoom, we'd like to have
a proposal with the full schedule of all presentations ready by the
deadline for DevRoom requests.

Therefore, Ada-Belgium calls on you to:

- Inform us at [log in to unmask] about specific
  presentations you would like to hear in an Ada DevRoom.

- For bonus points, subscribe to the Ada-FOSDEM mailing list [6] to
  discuss and help organize the details.

- For more bonus points, be a speaker: the Ada-FOSDEM mailing list is
  the place to be!

We look forward to lots of feedback!  Please act ASAP and definitely
before November 9.

The FOSDEM Team of Ada-Belgium

PS: This Call for Interest is also available online [7], including
versions in PDF format suitable for printing (72 KB) and in plain text
format for further distribution (4 KB).