I just returned from my first ever FOSDEM conference in Brussels, Belgium – a hard-core open source conference with more Linux Distros and amazing open source software packages being showcased that I could take in (although this might also be because of the fact that the conference served beer all day).
The free conference attracts a few thousand attendees and you meet people you normally don’t see at the bigger and more expensive conferences. It was a massive pile-up of open innovation and high-tech presentations that didn’t shine by their looks (by a long shot in some cases) but definitely by their content.
Mozilla had a room for the duration and many a great talk lined up so there were never any empty benches. I have to admit that I was wondering if the talk I had planned to give together with Robert Nyman would work with this crowd and was quite surprised to see our room packed to the brim. Due to fire regulations we had to stop allowing people in ten minutes before the talk.
[ Editors note: as slideshare is having trouble with their image generator we embedded the flash version for now. You can also download the slides as a PDF if you want to ]
It was a massive success and I hope we encouraged some people to give HTML5 a go!
About Chris Heilmann
Principal Evangelist at Mozilla for HTML5 and open web. Let's fix this!