FOSDEM took place Feb 4-5 in Brussels, and for the first time featured a dedicated Energy devroom. Organized by Nico Rikken of Alliander, Nicolas Höning of Seita Energy Flexibility, Kai-Uwe Hermann and Anna-Lina Helsen of PIONIX, and Dan Brown of LF Energy, the Energy devroom featured 17 different sessions covering topics relevant to open source and energy. The goal of this devroom was to introduce open source developers to the challenges of the energy transition and decarbonization, and demonstrate how they can help solve them.
Half the sessions were broadcast online only, and the second half were conducted in-person at FOSDEM. Hundreds of viewers watched the online sessions, while the in-person devroom was filled to or beyond its 120 seat capacity, often with queues out the door. The organizers were thrilled to see such tremendous interest within the open source developer community to learn more about energy infrastructure and sustainability projects, and expect that the conversations arising from this devroom will lead to increased participation in the open source energy community.
Videos are now available. They can be accessed by selecting the specific session on the Energy devroom page or from the links below. Photos can also be accessed here. The organizers hope to host another devroom at FOSDEM 2024, and more details will be forthcoming once planning begins.