Learn how to participate (and possibly present) at FOSDEM 2017 in the graph developer roomJust like last year, we’re happy that the graph processing and graph database developer room at FOSDEM was approved again. Check out all the details here, including information about submissions: http://graphdevroom.org.

If you’re interested in presenting, please submit your talks as soon as possible.

I’ll be supporting the effort from the Neo4j side. Martin Junghanns and Achim Friedland are helping me with the organization, and if you have time and capacity, I’d be happy to get more help, especially during the day of the event.

More details below on everything below – can’t wait to see you there!

Cheers, Michael

Call for Participation


We are happy to announce the 5th edition of the Graph Devroom co-located with FOSDEM 2017 in Room H.2214 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Campus Solbosch) in Belgium.

FOSDEM is an annual software developers meeting attended by over 5000 free and open source enthusiasts from all over the world. The devroom will take place on Saturday, 4 February 2017 with a welcome at 10:00, and talks from 10:30 a.m. till 19:00 p.m.

In the past few years, graph processing systems have gained a clear impact for processing complex, semi-structured, interrelated and distributed datasets. Thanks to many high-quality open source implementations, comprehensive vendor solutions and outstanding community support, the graph space continues to accelerate adoption.

New implementations and initiatives are announced regularly by players of all sizes, making it all that much more important for developers to stay informed. Our Graph Devroom is a great opportunity to learn from the experts leading in the field of graph technology.

In previous devrooms, we saw many great presentations and demos. Deep discussions took place during and after the talks. That’s why in 2017 we’ll again give creators and maintainers of graph solutions, researchers, geeks and open source hackers the possibility of presenting their latest work to an attentive audience. This includes:

    • Graph databases, RDF stores and specialized network databases
    • Graph query languages (like e.g. (open)Cypher, Gremlin, GraphQL or SPARQL) and user-friendly APIs
    • (Distributed) graph processing frameworks
    • Semantic graphs (RDF)
    • Graph benchmarks
    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and graphs (routing, etc.)
    • (Large-scale) graph visualization
    • Graphs and the Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Real-life application of graph processing, including industry experience
This list is not closed, other related topics are always welcome.

Submit Your Idea


Convinced? Interested in giving a talk or presenting a demo?

We are looking for high-quality technical (non-marketing) submissions, ranging from principles to practice and of interest to attendees with widely different backgrounds. Talks should be 20 to 30 minutes (lightning talks, 5 to 10 minutes), and they should consist of a presentation supported by slides, videos and/or demos. Any degree of interactivity is highly welcome.

We also welcome other activity proposals different from “traditional” project presentations and talks. All submissions should be based on free and open software solutions or free and open APIs. All accepted presentations will be recorded.

To submit a talk, please go to the FOSDEM submission system and follow the instructions.

If you previously spoke at FOSDEM, chances are high that you already have an account! If you forgot your password, just reset it. If not, follow the instructions to create an account. If you encounter any problems with the Pentabarf submission system, please contact us and we will help you.

When you are logged in, please click on the “Create Event” item in the menu to load the submission form. Then click on the “Show All” tab in the top right corner of the browser window (all the way to the right on a large screen!).

Please include at least the following information:
    • Your name, nickname, contact information (public/only for org) and a short biography
    • Select “Graph Processing Devroom” as the track
    • The title and a short abstract describing your presentation/demo/talk (max 500 words)
    • Intended audience and goal of the talk (e.g., “Beginner”, “Advanced”, “Analysts, helping them to discover and visualize patterns” or “Developers, trying to optimize processing of highly connected datasets”)
    • The desired length of your time slot (typical 30 minutes, including five minutes for Q/A, or 5-10 minutes for lightning talks)
    • Links to background information on the given talk for the hungry and impatient
    • Links to your previous talks, code snippets or repositories
To avoid any kind of misunderstandings and lost submissions, please send also a short email to fosdem2017@graphdevroom.org and wait for our confirmation.

Important Dates


Submission deadline 25. Nov 2016
Notification of accepted speakers 01. Dec 2016
Preliminary schedule 05. Dec 2016
Publication of the final schedule 11. Dec 2016
Graph Devroom day (H.2214) 04. Feb 2017


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About the Author

Michael Hunger, Developer Relations

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Michael Hunger has been passionate about software development for a very long time. For the last few years he has been working with Neo Technology on the open source Neo4j graph database filling many roles. As caretaker of the Neo4j community and ecosystem he especially loves to work with graph-related projects, users and contributors. As a developer Michael enjoys many aspects of programming languages, learning new things every day, participating in exciting and ambitious open source projects and contributing and writing software related books and articles.


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