FrOSCon 2018, 25-26 August, Bonn, Germany (CFP open)

Copying this from my invitation. All details below:

Call for Papers FrOSCon 2018

The Free and Open Source Software Conference (FrOSCon), an annual summer
conference for users and developers of FOSS, will be held on the
August 25-26 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 2018 are:

  • “Being blessed by the algorithm” - (S)election bias in code

  • There’s a Tux in your window - The year of Linux on the Desktop?

  • The crossroads of privacy - wealth of data and a new gold rush

  • The Spectre of hardware bugs- how to handle security meltdowns.

  • Cloud-native on demand distributed containerized RESTful serverless on
    premise microservice: Hello World! as a service.

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, 2018. 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 LibreOffice 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

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 25th and
kindly invite all speakers to attend.

Important Dates and Contact Information

May 23, 2018 End of the Call for Papers. All contributions need to be
submitted by this date in order to qualify.

June 3, 2018 Notification of acceptance of all contributions .

June 17, 2018 Final acceptance. We ask all invited speakers to give
their final confirmation by this date.

August 1, 2018 Last date for submitting slides.

August 25, 2018 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


FrOSCon 2018 Call for Projects

Hereby, we invite you to participate in the thirteenth Free and Open
Source Software Conference (FrOSCon 2018).

FrOSCon is a two-day conference on Free Software and Open Source. It takes
place on August 25th/26th, 2018 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.


To sign up for a booth, please visit
and register your project. Please feel free to contact us for any
questions at 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, 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 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 For further information concerning the Call for
Papers take a look at The Call for Papers
will end on May 23rd, too.

Important Dates

May 23rd, 2018 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, 2018 Notification if we accepted your project for a booth
and/or developer room

August 25th, 2018 First day of FrOSCon

We hope to meet you at FrOSCon in St. Augustin.


FrOSCon Science Track

The Free and Open Source software conference (FrOSCon), a summer
conference for users and developers of FOSS, will again be held on the
25th and 26st of August 2018 at the University of Applied Sciences
Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Sankt Augustin near Bonn, Germany. It is organized by
the department of computer science in collaboration with the Linux/Unix
User Group Sankt Augustin, the student body and the FrOSCon e.V. As its
key feature, volunteer speakers will hold 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. It is topped off with a fair of booths from FLOSS projects
and companies.

Main Topics

FrOSCon will also offer a dedicated track for contributions with a
scientific background for the third time. For that we are looking for
submissions dealing with Open Source software and development in science.

This may, amongst others, be talks about

  • usage of Open Source software in scientific projects

  • development of scientific projects as Open Source software

  • research about Open Source development and communities

In contrast to purely scientific conferences, you can get in touch with
the Open Source software community at FrOSCon. We especially look forward
to submissions that aim to improve the cooperation between researchers and
the software community.

Submissions are accepted until >>>June 30th, 2018<<<. The Submission
should contain a title and an abstract for the talk and can be in German
or English.

Please send your contribution via email to

After the conference it is planed to publish selected talks in proceedings
published by Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

Length of the contribution

The abstract should describe the contents of your talk within at most one

The talk should take about 45 minutes.

Selected talks will be asked to send a paper for the proceedings (six
pages maximum).

Important dates

  • Abstract deadline: >>>May 23rd, 2018<<<

  • Notification of accepted talks: Within June, 2018

  • Conference: August 25th and 26st, 2018, University of Applied Sciences
    Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Sankt Augustin, Germany

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Deadline is in approx a couple of hours. Good luck to all applicants!


I applied with a talk as well. Deadline in 3 hours indeed.

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I managed to apply just shortly before the closing time of CFP

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I applied as well. Hopefully will be there.