We are looking for contributions 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 Subkonferenz

For the first time there will be a subconference for free geodata & -software at FrOSCon. FOSSGIS e.V. ( is organizing this and is looking for contributions about OpenStreetMap, free geodata, free GIS software & more. We are looking for lightning talks (20 min) as well as longer presentations (45 min).

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.

Until May 23rd, 2017 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 in early June.

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 formats such as OpenOffice should only be submitted after prior consultation.

Important Dates and Contact Information

  • May 23rd, 2017 End of the Call for Papers. All contributions need to be submitted by this date in order to qualify
  • June 6th, 2017 Notification of acceptance of all contributions
  • June 19th, 2017 Final acceptance. We ask all invited speakers to give their final confirmation by this date
  • August 1st, 2017 Last date for submitting slides
  • August 20th, 2017 First day of FrOSCon

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


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.


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 ( license (or a more lenient license).

Unless another license is noted, we will assume that your contribution is under this linse. 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 19th and kindly invite all speakers to attend.

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