Call for Papers FrOSCon 2014

The Free and Open Source software conference (FrOSCon), a summer conference for users and developers of FOSS, will again be held on the 23th and 24th of August 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 sub conferences. It is topped off with a fair of booths from FLOSS projects and companies.


We are looking for contributions on current trends and development 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 2014 are:

  • "Encryption & Security" - Technical solutions for political problems
  • "The state of the init"
  • "Tuxracer's Need for Speed - Linux as a gaming platform"
  • "Of Beagles and Berries - it's Open Source all the way down. How Open Hardware Projects have gone mainstream"


Until May 23rd, 2014 developers and experts interested in giving a lecture or workshop at the conference can submit their proposals. The selection is done by a program committee early June.

Submitting Contributions

Registration and submission of contributions is accomplished via the web-based frontend at To participate in the Call for Papers, you will have to submit a short abstract as well as a detailed description. To participate in the conference you will also need to submit slides for your talk beforehand.


Contributions can be submitted in German as well as English. The choice of language should depend solely on which language is more suitable for presenting the chosen topic. Language of the submitted texts and of the talk should be the same.

Length of the contributions

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. The talks should take no more than 45 minutes, in order to allow some time for questions and for preparing the stage for the following speaker. 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 web frontend. We ask for submission of the slides in PDF; other open document format such as OpenOffice should only be submitted after prior consultation.


We will publish abstract, description and slides on a website and include the abstract in the conference program. We demand that you place your contributions under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Germany ( 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 and are limited by the number and quality of the submissions. 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.


There will be a contingent of rooms reserved for our speakers in a nearby hotel. You will receive details on that after your submission has been accepted. 

Social Event

We are planning to hold a social event on the evening of the 23th and kindly invite all speakers to attend.

Important Dates and Contacts

May 23rd, 2014 End of the Call for Papers. All contributions need to be submitted by this date in order to qualify.

June 8th, 2014 Notification of acceptance of all contributions

June 20th, 2014 Final acceptance. We ask all invited speakers to give their final acceptance by this date.

August 3rd, 2014 Last date for submitting slides

August 23th, 2014 First day of FrOSCon

Further information can be found on the web under

Please send questions about the Call for Papers via email to: program(at)

Contact the organizers via email: contact(at)

Postal address:

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

Kids Track / FrogLabs

There will be a separate CfP for the Kids Track, because we invite kids not only as participants this year, but also as instructors. So-called “FrogLabs” address young Open Source fans with playful workshops about the world of computer programming and Open Source software. We will soon publish the Call for Papers for the Frog Labs on

Call for Projects

We would like to invite you to take part in the nineth Free and Open Source Software Conference (FrOSCon 2014).

FrOSCon is a two-day conference on Free Software and Open Source, which takes place on August 23th/24th, 2014 at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, in St. Augustin near Bonn, Germany.

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 exhibitors(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 projects(at) 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 23, 2014 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 9th,2014 Notification if we accepted your project for a booth and/or developer room

August 23th, 2014 First day of FrOSCon

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


The 10th FrOSCon will take place on August 22nd and 23rd! Like in the previous years FrOSCon will be hostet at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Sankt Augustin. Since it is our 10th birthday, there might be few surprises. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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28.02.2015, 15:08
Und noch einmal für die WE Schicht und in DE: Das FrOSCon Datum steht fest - 22. + 23.08.2015


26.02.2015, 14:16
@WolfgangH done.


25.02.2015, 15:56
The date of #FrOSCon10 is official! So, mark in your calender the 22nd + 23rd August 2015 as FrOSCons 10th birthday!