ULB Plaine / 3 May 2018
Enabling FOSDEM for students
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FOSDEMx is a small scale spin-off of FOSDEM, combining a workshop track geared towards students and anyone interested in the topic, with a main track for a broader audience.

FOSDEMx 0, will take place on Thursday the 3rd of May 2018 at the ULB La Plaine campus. This first edition will introduce you to the Python ecosystem.

All tracks are free of charge. Because seating is limited, we ask that you sign up for any workshop you want to follow. If you're only coming for the main track, no registration is necessary.


FOSDEM is about meeting the developers, while FOSDEMx is about using the tools and being an introduction to the free and open source world.


Daniele Lacamera

Pierre De Buyl

Eric Gazoni

Cedric Krier

Nicolas Evrard

Hugo Herter

Jérémie Stilmant

Quentin Dawans

Ludovic Gasc


Forum Auditorium
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Campus de la Plaine
Boulevard du Triomphe
B-1050 Bruxelles

Main track

  • 16:00

    Welcome to FOSDEMx

    The team introduces FOSDEMx.

  • 16:10

    What is FOSS and why is it important? (Daniele Lacamera)

    FOSDEM staff member Daniele Lacamera introduces us to Free and Open Source Software.

  • 17:00

    Optimizing Python code (Eric Gazoni)

    An introduction to optimizing Python code.

  • 18:00

    Change your perception about complex developments (Jérémie Stilmant)

    Based on a real world example (re-implement an init system for Linux), this conference will try to convince you a lot of elements can be easily rebuilt with modern Python.

  • 19:00

    Dinner break

    The Cercle Informatique will provide free catering for registered visitors. Drinks will also be available.

  • 20:00

    Test your code in Python (Nicolas Évrard & Cédric Krier)

    You wrote some code but are you sure that it is doing what it should? More importantly how do you ensure that your code still respect its contract in one week, one month, one year, ten years?

  • 21:00

    Closing Talk: Ethics in the workplace (Eric Gazoni)

    The professional aspects of being a developer in 2018.


  • 17:00

    IoT With MicroPython (Hugo Herter)

    In this workshop, you will learn how to program cheap microcontrollers to control hardware (motors, pumps, lamps, ...) with Python over the Internet.

  • 18:00

    Python: Scientific Toolbox (Pierre De Buyl)

    In this workshop, you will learn about the basic tools that make Python well suited for scientific work: basic mathematics, array computing with NumPy and using matplotlib.

  • 19:00

    Dinner break

    The Cercle Informatique will provide free catering for registered visitors. Drinks will also be available.

  • 19:30

    Devops with Ansible (Quentin Dawans & Ludovic Gasc)

    In this workshop, we will teach you how to use Ansible on an existing infrastructure to manage your servers.

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