Nicaragua to host Debian Developer Conference 2012

March 25th, 2011

On March 22, 2011, the DebConf committee decided that DebConf12, the Debian developer conference of 2012, will take place in Managua, Nicaragua. This will be the first time DebConf takes place in Central America. The exact dates have yet to be determined. More details may be found on the organizers' wiki.

In a two-and-a-half hour meeting on Tuesday evening, the Managua bid narrowly won over the bid from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Teams had been preparing their bids since mid-2010, seeking venues and local sponsors in their respective cities and countries.

In thirteen years of DebConf history, this will be the first time that the Debian developer conference takes place in the Central American region, it is also the first time that the DebConf Team received a proposal from a Central American country. Both teams did great work in their bids.

The DebConf organizers congratulate the future organizers of DebConf12, and thank both teams for their efforts.

The venue decision for DebConf13 will be made in twelve months. Proposals should be submitted by 31 December 2011 to be eligible for consideration.

About DebConf

DebConf is the Debian Project's developer conference. In addition to a full schedule of technical, social and policy talks, DebConf provides an opportunity for developers, contributors and other interested people to meet in person and work together more closely. It has taken place annually since 2000 in locations as varied as Spain, Argentina, and the United States.

This year, DebConf11 starts on Sunday 24 July, and ends Saturday 30 July 2011. The conference will be held in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

DebConf will be preceded by DebCamp, from Sunday 17 July to Saturday 23 July 2011. DebCamp is a smaller, less formal event giving an opportunity for group work on Debian projects.

On Sunday 24 July 2011, DebConf Open Day will take place at the site. The Open Day is a short conference aimed at Debian users, and others interested in learning more about free software.

More information about DebConf11 can be found on the conference website.

About Debian

The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly free community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of the largest and most influential open source projects. Thousands of volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range of computer types, Debian calls itself the universal operating system.

Contact Information

For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at http://www.debian.org/ or send mail to <press@debian.org>.