DebConf 2025 bid for Lisbon, Portugal

The Lisbon bid has been attempted many times, and it is now time to make it happen!

indiebio and ginggs are moving to Portugal and what better way to make a country home than to organise a DebConf there?

According to Jose there is not a very big or active FOSS community in Portugal, so the long time before 2025 is a good time to find the good people, build and (re)activate the community.

From previous bids the venue in Lisbon was also not ideal, so the time also allows a more thorough search for appropriate venues country wide.

Portugal has excellent internet coverage, with the relatively late development after 1974 allowing to leap-frog to better technologies like fibre internet. Renewables cover at least 54% of electricity generation in Portugal. Portugal is impressive with innovative policy decisions and seem set to take full advantage of a connected world, with a well established remote working visa programme, decriminalised drug laws and the LGBTQI rights are now among the best in the world.

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Presentations at:

Our proposal is for DebConf25 to take place in Portugal because:

This will be a guarantee of a smooth and traditional DebConf.

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Venue

Venue ranking table

TODO: upload Pictures of all visited venues

25 November, indiebio, ginggs and calhariz spent time together in Lisboa, visited the Technico and associated Technopark, and met up with the Ubuntu Portugal group and made new friends! indiebio opinion: to be honest, Lisbon does not inspire me. I don't think a main city is a good DebConf venue, and I think accommodation remains difficult. But it is certainly doable to have a good DebConf here. The typical Portuguese food is heavy on meat and fish, so we need to work on more veggie and lighter food and snacks. Portugal in general seems very alcohol friendly and trust adults to be adults.

Venue matrix: 0 = not suitable, 1 = suitable or may be suitable, 2 = major attraction, advantage, ? = more info needed. Columns from ?PriorityList

0. Venue

1. Affordability

2. Good working spaces

3. Internet

4. Catered Food

5. Nearby Food

6. Accommodation

7. Presentation facilities

8. Travel logistics

9. Accessibility

10. Central

11. Scenic

12. Alcohol friendly

13. Access After Hours

14. Site visit yet?

Technico Lisboa main campus

The university management is supportive, so expect 1-2

2

2

?

2

0.5

2

2

1.5

2

1

2?

2?

Y

Taguspark, Lisboa

1?

2

2?

?

0

0.5

2

1

2

0

0.5

?

1?

Y

Aveiro

Coimbra?

Taguspark is a technopark associated with Technico Lisboa. It is a shuttle ride away from most things, but rented e-bikes are currently in progress. There is ostensibly accommodation for 140 people on site in student residences, and a Holiday Inn 2km away, which may be inconvenient. Concerns are if it gets too hot in and around the venue in summer, the venue is large with plants inside, but not ideal ventilation, and it is unlikely that we will have exclusive access.

Some of the Ubuntu Portugal members are in Aveiro, also the home of the University of Aveiro Linux group. Aveiro has a direct train connection with Porto, Lisbon and Coimbra, and a university town close to the sea sounds very promising!

Food

Weather

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Accommodation

Travel

Visa Policy

Cheese and Wine Import

Free Time

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Local Team

Core team

Portuguese contributers

Others contributers

People interested in helping

Team contact

debconf-portugal (a) tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Commitments

Jose M Calhariz

My dream is to have a DebConf in Portugal at my University. I will do whatever is needed to have a smooth DebConf in Lisbon.

indiebio

Organising a conference is an excellent way to learn about a place, and learn the language. We fist visited Portugal in March 2022 and I was very pleasantly surprised. Reading about the psyche and history of Portugal, the country has already crept into my heart. The nature especially is amazing.

ginggs (Graham Inggs)

Probably does't have much of a choice, indiebio will drag him along ;) Good at video, infrastructure and some admin (like helping with visa letters).


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