Annual Report 2023: LibreOffice Conference in Bucharest

LibreOffice Conference 2023 group photo

The LibreOffice Conference is the annual gathering of the community, our end-users, developers, and everyone interested in free office software. In 2023, it took place in Bucharest, Romania

(This is part of The Document Foundation’s Annual Report for 2023 – we’ll post the full version here soon.)

This was our second in-person conference after the COVID pandemic, following on from the Milan conference in 2022, but we also lived-streamed sessions and made recordings so that participants could watch remotely (and ask questions in our chat channels too).

The conference took place from September 20 – 23, at the Universitatea Națională de Știință și Tehnologie Politehnica București – Facultatea de Automatică și Calculatoare – PRECIS. The organisers produced a very handy “Essential guide to Bucharest” with information on transportation in the city, exchanging money, and joining the social events.

Conference Tracks and extra sessions

Following the opening session, presentations and talks were given across various “tracks”, or categories: Development, Advocacy, Open Document Format, Quality Assurance, Localisation and Business. There were highly technical talks focused on specific areas of the software and source code, along with more open discussions about community building and recent updates from The Document Foundation.

In addition to the talks, there was also a community dinner at Hanu’ lui Manuc, a restaurant with outdoor seating that served traditional Romanian food, accompanied by live folk music and dancing. There was also a hackfest where developers could work together on the codebase while sharing pizza.

LibreOffice Conference 2023 hackfest

A workshop for new developers was held in parallel with the main tracks over the three days of the conference, and many different things around LibreOffice development were discussed, including: effective communication in free and open source projects; bug reporting and triaging; building LibreOffice from its source code; and using Gerrit for code reviews.

Sponsoring and merchandise

The event was sponsored by Collabora, allotropia, and 1&1, with support from itgenetics, rosedu, Tech Lounge,, GMX and Thanks to the sponsors, attendees could get merchandise at the event, including T-shirts with the conference logo.

LibreOffice Conference 2023 merchandise

Full Programme

Full details about the event are available on the conference website. For a quick overview of all the talks, including links to PDF versions of the presentations, see the schedule. Videos from most of the talks are available as a playlist on our YouTube channel – or on PeerTube.

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Conference in 2024

This year’s conference is coming up! And will take place from the 10 to the 12 October 2024 in Belval, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. Visit the conference website to find out more.

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