Call for Participation

Foundations of Open Media Software (FOMS)
Developer Workshop
Wednesday 13 - Friday 15 January 2010
Wellington, New Zealand

Important Dates:

 Submissions open: 6th August 2009
 Submissions close: 30th November 2009
 Notification: 10th December 2009

What is FOMS:

Open media is a movement to promote free expression and innovation in online video and audio.

Foundations of Open Media Software (FOMS) is a task-oriented developer meeting. At FOMS, developers of open media software gather to collaborate on code and plan future technology to enable a future of open media.

Meet and discuss your plans for the next 12 months and forge relationships with other developers to unwind the kinks, making open media kick ever more ass.

This is a call for participation in the fourth FOMS meeting, which will be held in Wellington, New Zealand over three days in January leading up to 2010.

The FOMS meeting is organised by developers for developers.

FOMS caters for developers with topics of interest in and related to:

  • open media frameworks
  • audio infrastructure
  • web video (HTML5 audio/video) and crossover with open source
  • open audio & video codecs and codec optimisation
  • hardware support for open multimedia
  • mobile video
  • open audio & video players
  • open audio & video editors
  • open audio & video applications
  • open metadata
  • open media standards
  • audio and video accessibility

The proximity to allows us also to discuss audio- and video-related issues with the developers of Open Source kernel, networking and desktop systems.

Who should attend:

Individuals and organisations that work on and with open audio and video software, specifications, and installations. FOMS is a unique forum in which to talk with like-minded individuals about common problems and attack and solve them.

A few of the projects that have come out of FOMS past are improvements to liboggplay, including its Dirac support, the start of libsydneyaudio, the encouragement of ffmpeg releases, approaches toward patents, improvements to cortado, and many more.

How to attend:

FOMS attendees will be developers of open media software from the community as well as professional delegates from companies with a background and interest in this space. The attendance fee for professional delegates is A$420 - community participation is free. Attendees are expected to have a background in open media software.

Register / submit:

Register to participate in FOMS at Also mention if you require travel assistance.

Coincident Conferences:

Since FOMS2010 is happening the week before, in the same city, you may want to consider submitting a proposal for that conference as well.

Travel Funding:

FOMS highly values its developer attendees. FOMS has provided a limited number of sponsorships for travel funding for the best developers since it's beginning. Further travel sponsorship can be achieved by being an accepted speaker to The Linux Foundation also has travel sponsorships to important events like FOMS and LCA.


If you would like to talk to somebody about the workshop, please contact foms-committee(at) .