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FrOSCon 2017

TL;DR: Submit your FrOSCon proposals to Deadline is 23-May 2017

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.


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
  • Administration
  • IT security
  • Legal aspects
  • Desktop
  • Education
  • GIS

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 Source landscape
  • “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. ( 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 To participate in the Call for Papers, you will have to submit a short abstract as well as a detailed description of your proposed session.

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.


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.


Abstract and description have to be submitted as plain text via the We ask for submission of the slides in PDF format; other open document formats such as OpenOffice should only be submitted after prior consultation.


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 ( license (or a more lenient license).

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.


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:

Postal address:

FrOSCon e.V.
c/o Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
53757 Sankt Augustin

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