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Zurich, Switzerland :: September 17 - 19, 2010

The primary owners of this event are Sandro Mathys & Marcus Moeller, with some help and budget from Red Hat's Community Architecture team.

Quick reference

FUDCon is the Fedora Users and Developer's Conference, an opportunity for all who contribute to or use Fedora to meet, learn, plan, and hack. This event is free and is open to everyone. For a taste of what a FUDCon is like, you can view a video from a previous FUDCon.

This year FUDCon EMEA will be proudly hosted by FrOSCamp 2010 on the premises of the ETH Zurich. This goes as far as that the unknowing user might not even be able to separate them as there will be a single agenda for both. Of course FUDCon will have Fedora dedicated rooms and FrOSCamp will have their own rooms - there'll be only one shared keynote room tho. Both events take place in the same building at the same time (no FrOSCamp on Sunday tho) and share lots of resources and hopefully also a part of the audience. Seeing FrOSCamp and FUDCon participants in some sort of productive exchange would be great! After all Fedora is friends with all other major distributions, upstream, downstream and all other projects oriented towards free and open source.

Even the party on Friday evening is open for everyone from both events. There'll be a FUDPub targeted mainly for the FUDCon audience on Saturday evening, but of course friends are always welcome there too.



Everyone is responsible to book a room from our room contingent in our event hotel on their own. Please see FUDCon:Zurich_2010_Accommodation for further details.

Event details

Opening Times

Doors open at 09:00 and the programm starts at 10:00 and goes on until 18:00, doors closing at 19:00. But don't think it'll be a boring evening - there's social events planned until midnight and there's always a bar open later on!



Days 1 and 2 - Friday and Saturday, 2010-09-17/18

There will be talks and workshops with a previously determined (i.e. fixed) agenda and random hacking in groups. Add your talk/workshop to FUDCon:Zurich_2010_Talks_and_Workshops. The agenda will be fixed at least 1.5 months in advance and then be published here.

That's also the two days where our partner event FrOSCamp will feature sessions and FUDCon sessions will be made public in their program as well.

Day 3 - Sunday, 2010-09-19

There will be talks and workshops that will be determined in BarCamp style first thing in the morning and random hacking in groups. Prepare to brief the audience about your talk/workshops in 2 minutes tops at 09:00 and to start your presentation at 10:00. You can add your talk/workshop to FUDCon:Zurich_2010_Talks_and_Workshops but you can also do this last minute without announcement before Sunday morning.

FrOSCamp has finished at this point so it's FUDCon only.

Social Events

Wired Dreams Party

On Friday evening after FUDCon there's a big party together with the folks from FrOSCamp. It will take place in the student association's party location in the ETH Zurich's CAB building which is just next to the primary event location (CHN building). No matter whether you'll just need a FreeBeer (free as in freedom, i.e. creative commons) after an exhausting day or you need to move your body to the bands playing live creative commons music after many hours of sitting in talks all day long that party is definitely the place to be!


On Saturday evening after FUDCon there's a relaxed FUDPub for Fedora folks and friends taking place in Zurich.

Sightseeing at CERN

On Monday there are plans to do some sightseeing at CERN.


Question Answer
What's the entrance fee? Entrance to FUDCon (and FrOSCamp) including all talks, workshops and everything else is free of charge. This is also true for Friday's party and Saturday's FUDPub. You'll have to pay for food and drinks tho - the first drink and a snack might get sponsored (TBD).
What's the currency of Switzerland? Can I use €? You could pay with EUR in many places in Zurich, but would normally have the worse exchange rate as at a bank. You definitely need CHF at Friday's party. Be aware that Swiss banks are closed during the weekend and close in the early afternoon on Fridays but most ATMs are accessible 24/7 even though there's no ATM at the event location. If you need to exchange foreign cash (during the weekend) you can do so in the main station or at the airport. There's always a fee when exchanging money.
Do I need cash or do cards the job? You'll need some cash for Friday's party, to get a quick snack (like a doener kebap just over the street) or in very small shops. Maestro debit cards work in most shops and to get train/tram/bus tickets. Credit cards are mostly accepted in shops and (non-snack) restaurants.
How about traveller cheques? Traveller cheques (in CHF, EUR and USD) can be exchanged at most local banks.
What power plugs/sockets are in use in Switzerland? Will europlug work? If you have an European 2-pin plug (i.e. an Europlug), you don't need an adapter. If you have a non-Swiss 3-pin plug, a British plug or a plug with 2 pins and additional clips (e.g. the Type E or F used in France and Germany), you need an adapter to use the Type J used in Switzerland. Make sure your device can handle 230V at 50Hz.
What are the prices in Switzerland? How much does Bread/Lunch/Accomodation/Public transporatation cost? Zurich is generally considered one of the most expensive cities in Europe and the world. We try to keep costs of FUDCon attendees low where we can and are looking to get special discounts. Prices without discounts: 500 Bread is CHF 1.20, lunch starts at CHF 10.- (i.e. a pizza margarita or a kebap), accommodation: FUDCon:Zurich_2010_Accommodation, public transportation: one day ticket that covers the hotel and the event location is CHF 12.40 and valid for bus, tram and train and cable car. Discounts are TBD.
Will there be internet available? We have ethernet plugs for the hackfest tables and probably for the presenters (make sure your talk still works if the internet fails, though). There's wifi in most parts of the building, particularly in all session rooms and the hackfest areas. Also, there'll be a few ethernet sockets in the Zivilschutzbunker and we try to set up a wifi access point. The connections should allow access to any ports (incoming and outgoing). Please don't try to down-/upload anything illegal or large chunks as there's automated systems in place that would then shut down all connections until Monday.

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