The fourteenth Debian Developer Conference (known as DebConf13), will take place in Switzerland.
 Interested in having DebConf13 in your city in 2013?
There's no need to be heavily involved in Debian before making a bid -- it's much more important that you're ready to do, and have time for, a lot of (unpaid) work over the next two years. It's of course great if you've organised other events before, but it's more important that you're coming to DebConf11 or have attended a previous DebConf. You don't need to be practiced at writing formal documents in English (we can help with that where necessary), but some members of any bid team should be ready to watch IRC and email closely and respond quickly. We realise that everyone will have times when they're busy or just tired, so we will prefer than to try to do all the work yourself.
We encourage people thinking about making bids to get involved in DebConf organisation *now*. That's the best way to see what you'd be putting yourself forward for, and will give you the behind-the-scenes experience of DebConf needed for a good proposal.
 Bid process
For information on the bid process, see http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/BidProcess
To see what's important for a DebConf location, have a look at the priority list and the more detailed location checklist:
If you can present your bid at DebConf11, you should try to show that you're thinking about what makes DebConf work well and have found some possible arrangements in your location. By the time of the venue decision at the start of 2012 we expect you'll have answered the whole location checklist. Of course, we'd rather you tell us about potential problems and how you hope to solve them rather than make promises you aren't sure of.
These are the jobs that DebConf13 will require, some local and some not: http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/Jobs Most of these jobs are assigned after a location is selected, but make sure that you will have enough local volunteers.
To submit a bid, put as much information as you can about your proposal on a sub-page of http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf13 and keep the information updated as you refine your bid.
When your proposal is mature, send an announcement to email@example.com to formally submit your bid. Keep active in #debconf-team and keep us updated. We'll help you develop your bid into the best it can be.
- 30 July 2011: presentations at DebConf11
- December 2011: formal bid submission
- Early 2012: location decision (decided on 20 February 2012)
- 2013: DebConf13 in winning location