Dear Perl Mongers,

I have to make this short and simple.
Therefore most of this email is copied from last year's
Call for Speakers.

What? Fosdem, Brussels, 2 & 3 february 2013

Where? Free University Brussels, Campus Solbosh:

Why so late?
Because our dev-room request was denied at first.
They gave it to another programming language community.
Now another community could not fill their dev-room.
We are Perl, so we jumped in and we asked for this.
We got it. Now we have to fill it.

So be quick and send in your presentation proposal.

Claudio Ramirez (nxadm, email: padre.claudio at
Wendy van Dijk (email: at

Thank you. Hope to meet you all in Brussels.

If you need an URL for twitter and the like:


Copied and adapted from last year's Call for Speakers:

Please forward to your Perl contacts.


Taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), FOSDEM is the biggest free and non-commercial European event organized by and for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet (see

Over the last years the Perl community had an increasing presence at FOSDEM. Over the last two years we managed to have both a booth and a dev-room. We collected an impressive positive return and wish to renew the experience.

Our dev-room request for this upcoming edition (2013) was at first rejected, in favor of another programming language community. So we would only have a booth. But another open source community could not fill their dev-room and we hastily requested it for the Perl-community. Yesterday we got approval.

The stand request is approved some time ago. The stand will be open throughout the weekend. The dev-room event will take place Saturday, February 2nd 2013 , between 11:00 and 19:00, in room AW.126. The room itself has 75 seats, WIFI and a VGA projector.

This environment, being a university classroom with raised seats, lends itself perfectly for talks. This is a wonderful opportunity to present your Perl project ­big and small­ or talk about subjects you care about. We are looking for a variety of subjects on all levels: starter and advanced, generic and specialized, core internals and CPAN. We have 8 hours time, so we have the flexibility of using different time formats: e.g. talks of 20 minutes, more classic talks of 40 minutes or longer (although we learned from experience that longer talks should be split into slices of 20 or 40 minutes).

Please don't doubt to send a proposal (information about yourself, subject, short description and time needed). If you have several subjects you are enthusiastic to talk about please send alternative proposals. In the case more than one talk is not selected, your proposal will help us when putting the schedule together and even have backup talks in case someone cancels. Also mention your time constraints (if any).

Please send your talk proposal by e-mail to the address below as soon as you read this. You will receive an answer within 2 days. We will submit a definitive schedule on Sunday 2013-01-27 to the FOSDEM organizers.

Please forward / distribute this call as wide as possible (certainly to your local mongers).

Claudio Ramirez (nxadm, email: padre.claudio at
Wendy van Dijk (email: at

NB1: This is a community event without sponsoring. We don't have the means to pay for your trip and time. If you want to sponsor part of the event, please feel free to contact us.

NB2: We'll also appreciate volunteers, booth and dev-room. Please tell us your availabilities so we can also prepare a planning for this.
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