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FrOSCon 2018 : Free and Open Source Software Conference


When Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018
Where Sankt Augustin, Germany
Submission Deadline May 23, 2018
Notification Due Jun 10, 2018
Final Version Due Aug 1, 2018
Categories    open source   free software   privacy   artificial intelligence

Call For Papers

# 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.

# 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
- Administration
- IT security
- Legal aspects
- Desktop
- Education

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.

# 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 We ask for submission of the slides in PDF format; other open document
formats such as LibreOffice 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
( ) 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.

# 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

# 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

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