Category Archives: Conferences

CFP for NoSQL Devroom at FOSDEM

CFP for NoSQL Devroom at FOSDEM
NoSQL is an encompassing term that covers a multitude of different and interesting database solutions.  As the interest in NoSQL continues to grow, we are looking for talks on any open source NoSQL database or related topic.

Speaking slots are 25 or 50 minutes. To propose a talk please go to:

Be sure to specify the length of your talk and select the NoSQL track.

As FOSDEM is a friendly open source conference, please refrain from slagging matches about each other’s projects. Keep it respectful, keep it non-commercial, and remember that all decks are subject to approval.

If you do not want to give a talk yourself but have ideas for NoSQL topics, send them to the mailing list at

Know someone who might be interested in the devroom? Please forward them this email on our behalf. Want to help out but don’t know how? Contact us!

The devroom is scheduled for Sunday, February 2nd and has approx 80 seats. The call for proposals is open until Dec 13th and speakers will be notified by December 20th. The final schedule will then be announced by January 10th.

Any changes will be announced on the mailing list:


HacknTalk – March Event

HacknTalk – March Event

One thing about me is I love to orgnaise anything, be it room, books, tops, filing or conferences, to me this is in fact oddly relaxing.  Yes i appreciate I am rather alone in this thinking.

However, I missed organising events so have started up a new venture.  It’s called HacknTalk, a one day event where people can come along, work on projects, give a talk on something they have learnt or a demo on something we’ve all read about but don’t know how to use.  This idea came to me when I watched Mark Shuttleworth demo the HUD when he was over at Skycon in October of last year.  Many people had heard of the HUD, but nobody knew how to use it well. After he showed it off when using The Gimp, everyone was willing to give it a try again and people could see the logic in it.  A demo is often worth 3 blog posts :)

With that in mind I set about trying to find a venue in London to use as that’s where I am currently located. To my joy the Google Campus have kindly let me use their venue. The first HacknTalk will take place on Saturday March 9th from 11-5pm. Since HacknTalk is an unconference, the speaking/demo schedule will be set on the day and everyone is free to propose a talk themselves. You are of course free to come along, sit back and listen to other people’s talks but we’d like to encourage everyone to take part and talk on something they are passionate about in technology.

People are welcome to do given a talk on any topic or perhaps they wish to demonstrate something they have gotten to know well.  Talks may be short and interactive, perhaps you wish to have a discussion, or we can hold an hour of  lightning talks. We have multiple tables at our disposal, should people want to collaborate together that is also possible. Again anything is possible  what happens will be up to those who come along!

It’s not distro or language specific, anyone and everyone are welcome to come along.  Place are limited however and you do need to sign up.  There is no cost associated with this event, it really is just created so more people can get together and get more hands on experience and learn from one another.

Finally a statement I can agree with, I am not a Geek Feminist

Finally a statement I can agree with, I am not a Geek Feminist

I have to say I’ve been really happy to see more and more statements with similar expressions that Nixie in her video Riki  Leslie  and others have expressed over the last few days. they are not Geek Feminists! Honestly in the past I’ve had to walk away from such groups of women/men where I didn’t feel welcomed as I didn’t agree with their statements. I’m sorry I just don’t.

Honestly, I do consider myself a Geek, I’ve studied computers at college, worked in tech jobs most of my life, yes I’m not a developer or a sys admin, but that doesn’t make me less geeky to all those people who look down their noses.  I surround myself by Geeky toys, events and people and love every bit of it. I love to go to Geeky events and have happily travelled this way attending events, speaking at then, and organising them.  Yes I fully admit to not always knowing what is being discussed but then again, neither does everyone! I’ll always put myself  out there and try and to learn what’s going on and what’s new. I love new technology!

I truly am sorry to hear about women who have experience shite at events from men and now women on top of it all, it’s inexcusable it really is but I also don’t want to spend the next event discussing and rehashing the experience over and over and over….It’s not what I came for.  I’ve been rather fortunate really I’ve never experienced any of the shite Nixie or others have blogged about at events and it’s frustrating this kinda thing is still happening in 2012.  I would like to find said bloke and sit him down and explain to him how much of a pig he really and also how it can effect the attendance of a conference.

I’ve been going to FOSDEM for the last 5 years and never once experience any issue, hassle, or quiet frankly any comment from anyone. To me this is a normal experience.  There have been at times the odd numptalot who’s put a idiotic image on a slide, has been chastised in their talk and it’s been removed, it’s just not tolerated, and again to me this is a good example of how people deal with people who are being out of line in a conference.  Zero tolerance.

Again, anyone who knows me, knows I speak my mind, and knows exactly where I stand on this topic, but I’ve never blogged about it before as I know to disagree with people it’s seen as undermining the issue. It’s not really, I just don’t want to get drawn into the debate again over and over again. I find circular conversations irritating and boring!

Seeing the others speak out and also the outrage from the open source community has put things into perspective, one needs to speak out and stand up for oneself and happy say (if they want) they are not Geek Feminists! I’ve watched Nikies video and it just made me rather sad,  she really looked upset and down, and I fully admit to not watching her other videos the whole time as I find the over enthusiastic AWESOME and eagerness to be a bit too much at times, HOWEVER, she does bring people to the community, she does have a following and she does get people interested in things, so I won’t knock her! Even recently on the Ubuntu-UK mailing list someone decided to take a pot shot about the way she dresses, I replied as honestly it’s no ones business how people dress, have we really nothing better to be doing!

To Nixi, Riki and all the others, come to FOSDEM, please! Please don’t think all geek events are the same and hopefully you will have a better experience there!