Opening talk at Fosdem 2012. BruxellesFosdem 2012

On the 4th and 5th February, I attended FOSDEM'12. Very exciting and inspiring!! My expectations were not disregarded :)

I was aware that over the years, FOSDEM became a large community event, but I honestly did not expect such a wide audience. Amazing.

As a more substantial consideration, since my research interests rest on how end-users (the non-technical or non-geeky users as some speakers referred to :) ) participation to FOSS project influences the software continuous design, I was very pleased and interested in realizing the the topics of why, and how end-users should/could be more integrated in FOSS projects entered inside the broader community culture. I'm not saying that I expected these topics to be absent (for instance, they were discussed already in this conference), however, I did not expect them to be so central in many talks.

For better understanding how developers frame the role of end-users inside the various projects, the kind of implications that their (potential or actual) participation entail for the development of the software, these talks were particularly inspiring to me:

Of course I attended other interesting talks, had the chance to chat with some developers and other users, as well as eating nice sandwiches and good fries! A nice event on one side, and a rich one from the perspective of my research!

Thanks to all volunteers and participants who worked for it!

On a negative side: it was very cold for the whole weekend, and basically I got sick the moment I landed in BRU and exited the plane. I spent the whole friday evening trying to recover at at hostel, but it did not work so well. Saturday I managed to attend only half of the program. Luckily, Sunday it was slightly better and I managed to follow all the game devroom sessions I was interested in.