[Ada FOSDEM] No Ada DevRoom for 2023, alternative rooms and Ada-Europe support

Dear Ada community,

Our proposal for an Ada Developer Room for FOSDEM 2023 has been declined. I asked whether we could have a virtual DevRoom just like in FOSDEM 2022, but it seems unlikely. This means Ada will (most likely) not take part in the new edition of FOSDEM. We are saddened by this decision, but the amount of proposals was indeed very large: 88 DevRoom proposals were submitted!

Nonetheless, we would like to encourage Ada developers to submit presentations to other DevRooms that may fit your interests! You can find the accepted DevRooms in [1]. I think the rooms that could be of interests to the Ada community are “Confidential Computing”, “Embedded, Mobile and Automotive”, “FOSS Educational Programming Languages”, “Microkernel and Component-based OS”, “Open Source Firmware, BMC and Bootloader” and “Security”. However, take a look at all the proposals! Maybe you are writing some RISC-V or networking software in Ada, and there is a DevRoom just for it! Please keep the AdaFOSDEM mailing list [2] informed about submissions and definitely about accepted proposals: we’ll build a consolidated list of Ada-related talks at FOSDEM 2023, as we did before [3]. If you have any questions or issues, we will gladly help you where we can.

We are also happy to announce that Ada-Europe [4], after learning that there would be no Ada DevRoom in FOSDEM, has opened the possibility of adding a new “DevRoom like” track in their 2023 conference [5]. The Ada-Europe conference will take place in Lisbon between the 13 and 16 of June, 2023. If you are interested in this possibility, please, contact Dirk Craeynest <Dirk.Craeynest@cs.kuleuven.be> to let him know.

Best regards,
The Ada FOSDEM team

[1] FOSDEM 2023 - Accepted developer rooms
[2] http://listserv.cc.kuleuven.be/archives/adafosdem.html
[3] Ada at the Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM'2021)
[4] http://www.ada-europe.org/
[5] Ada-Europe 2023 - Call for Contributions

Oh well… I guess we are too small to withstand the onslaught :frowning: Thanks for your efforts nonetheless.