What is FOSDEM?
FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organised by the community for the community. The goal is to provide free and open source software developers and communities a place to meet to:
- get in touch with other developers and projects;
- be informed about the latest developments in the free software world;
- be informed about the latest developments in the open source world;
- attend interesting talks and presentations on various topics by project leaders and committers;
- to promote the development and benefits of free software and open source solutions.
The FOSDEM team feels it is very important for free and open source software developers around the world to be able to meet in “real life”.
To this end, they have set up developer rooms (devrooms) with network/internet connectivity and projectors where teams can meet and showcase their projects. Devrooms are a place for teams to discuss, hack and publicly present latest directions, lightning talks, news and discussions. They believe developers can benefit a lot from these meetings.
Matthias is a mathematician-turned-developer with a keen interest in document interchange and digital signing. He moved to iText's Research division in 2020, after completing his PhD in mathematics at KU Leuven. Matthias is actively involved in various technical working groups in the PDF association, and spends a significant chunk of his spare time tinkering with FOSS.