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    This makes me a little sad, but it’s totally understandable. The “hallway track” is always one of the best parts of the event.

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      I haven’t been to FOSDEM for ages and I really should. I gave up on the beer event the last couple of times because Delerium got so packed that you couldn’t hear people even if you were shouting in their ears, but if you went back on Sunday evening they were pretty empty and you could sample most of the beers and still have a good conversation.

      A few of us used to go there a day or two early and hack in the lobby of the Novotel Grand Place. They seemed quite happy as long as we periodically bought coffee / beer (which were not more overpriced than anywhere else near that area). I don’t know how much of FOSDEM you can capture in an online event. For me, the talks were occasionally interesting (and I’ve given a few main-track talks and several devroom talks), but the people that you’d meet in between were amazing. The talks always felt more like an excuse for attending than the real reason - a chat over breakfast in the Novotel was often the highlight of the trips for me.

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        I gave up on the beer event the last couple of times because Delerium got so packed that you couldn’t hear people even if you were shouting in their ears

        The trick is to go to Floris Bar, which is right across in the alley. They open a bit later and you easily get a table. They accept the beer tokens too. :-)

        I don’t know how much of FOSDEM you can capture in an online event. For me, the talks were occasionally interesting (and I’ve given a few main-track talks and several devroom talks), but the people that you’d meet in between were amazing.

        Totally agree. There is the occasional interesting talk/dev room, but the “hallway track” is the best. Also the yearly bytenight party at Hackerspace Brussels is great to meet interesting folks.

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          I haven’t been to FOSDEM for ages and I really should. I gave up on the beer event the last couple of times because Delerium got so packed that you couldn’t hear people even if you were shouting in their ears, but if you went back on Sunday evening they were pretty empty and you could sample most of the beers and still have a good conversation.

          If you stand outside it’s nicer frankly, but the queue are terrible :) In 2018 my phone got stolen at there. The WIFI password was appropriately “BeWarePickpockets” for the evening.

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          looking forward to FOSDEM 2023

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            I wonder whether fodder will still be able to book the ULB venue once they return to physical.