* Call for Papers (incl. Science Track) und Call for Projects are closed *

Call for Papers FrOSCon 2016

The Free and Open Source software conference (FrOSCon), a summer conference for users and developers of FOSS, will again be held on the 20th and 21st 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 subconferences. 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
  • GIS

Focus areas in 2016 are:

  • "IP all the things" - Open Source and the Internet of things
  • "Putting Open Data on the map" - Visualizing publicly available data
  • "Getting to the source" - Who controls what we install?
  • "Is this the real life, is this just fantasy?" - From virtualization to virtual reality
  • "FrOSCon meets Science" - Science creating Open Source, creating knowledge with Open Source

Until May 23rd, 2016 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 http://cfp.froscon.de/. 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 submitted texts and the resulting 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 subsequent 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 format; other open document format such as LibreOffice should only be submitted after prior consultation.


We will publish abstract, description, slides and a video of your presentation on a website and include the abstract in the conference program. We demand that you place your contributions under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International ( creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ) 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.  In special cases we might be able to help you with your travel expenses and we continue trying to find sponsors for this. Please get in touch with us.


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 Contact Information

  • May 23rd, 2016 End of the Call for Papers. All contributions need to be submitted by this date in order to qualify.

    June 6th, 2016 Notification of acceptance of all contributions
  • June 19th, 2016 Final acceptance. We ask all invited speakers to give their final confirmation by this date.
  • August 1st, 2016 Last date for submitting slides
  • August 20th, 2016 First day of FrOSCon

Further information can be found on the web under http://www.froscon.org.

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

Contact the organizers via email: contact(at)froscon.org

Postal address:

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

Call for Projects

Hereby, we invite you to participate in the eleventh Free and Open Source Software Conference (FrOSCon 2016).

FrOSCon is a two-day conference on Free Software and Open Source. It takes place on August 20th/21st, 2016 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 https://callforprojects.froscon.de and register your project. Please feel free to contact us for any questions at exhibitors@froscon.org. 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 https://callforprojects.froscon.de, 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@froscon.org. The deadline for the submission of developer room proposals is also May 23rd.

Important Dates

  • May 23, 2016 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, 2016 Notification if we accepted your project for a booth and/or developer room
  • August 22th, 2016 First day of FrOSCon

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

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25.08.2016, 15:01
Als Sprecher für dieses Jahr eingeplant; seine kurzfristige Absage hat uns verwundert, das hier stimmt uns traurig. https://t.co/AImrYBz1Q2


24.08.2016, 17:04
@blog52de hier zum Beispiel: https://t.co/i1hhMRZ3hw. Ich nehme an das auf Flickr auch die Tage noch welche auftauchen :-)


24.08.2016, 17:03
Here are some pictures of our conference: https://t.co/i1hhMRZ3hw #FrOSCon #FrOSCon11