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[edit] Why Curitiba

Curitiba is a cosmopolitan city that receives people from all over the country. It has a small but vibrant technology scene and a strong culture of innovation. The city has a number of tourist attractions, both inside the city limits and around it. There is also a strong cultural scene with attractions for all tastes including theater, movies, music, and comedy.

Southern Brazil has a strong history of immigration during the last couple of centuries, and Curitiba has significant immigrant communities, including German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Ukrainian, Syrian and Lebanese. This plurality is reflected in a broad range of typical food available, as well as corresponding cultural landmarks of these populations which are an integral part of the city culture.

Since 2015 there has been an effort to organize more Debian-related events in Brazil, with the intention of showing people how Debian works and that participating in the project is easy and fun. The core group putting this bid forward has organized a MiniDebConf in Curitiba in 2016, MiniDebconf in Curitiba in 2017, and is organizing another one for early 2018. See what #Debian Community in Brazil has done on the last years.

2019 will mark 11 years since DebConf was last held in South America (Mar del Plata, 2008) so we think it's about time for DebConf to come back.

The free software community in Brazil enjoys organizing events to bring people together. We have big events like FISL, Latinoware, FLISOL, FGSL, etc. But we have noticed that many people of this community don't help free software with code. So, we believe if we have the principal event of the biggest global free software project here in Brazil, we can encourage new contributors to code, translate, write documentation, etc. We have reports of people who went to DebConf4 in 2004 in Porto Alegre and now they are DDs, DMs and contributors.

Brazil has been experiencing a technological inclusion movement, it may seem strange to say that in 2017, but in many cities here people are still discovering how to produce technology by themselves. In 2017 there were several events called hackathons where people from various areas who are passionate about technology could create some solution to a specific challenge. This type of event is bringing ordinary people closer to technology and it has helped to intensify collaborative work.

At MiniDebConf Curitiba 2016 came people from several cities, one of them told us that he came by motorcycle from São Paulo (480km far from Curitiba). Another guy who participated for the first time in a packaging workshop was able to follow the instructions and finalized the package on the next day. This type of hands on event is not very common in Brazil and the acceptance has been very positive, more and more people are participating. Because of that we think that bringing DebConf to Brazil will encourage more people to collaborate with the project.

[edit] Pronouncing "Curitiba"


[edit] Geographic location

Curitiba is the capital of Paraná State. It's located between São Paulo and Porto Alegre (where DebConf4 took place, and it's 408km from São Paulo.

Curitiba is 100km far from the coast.


[edit] How to arrive

Usually international flights will arrive in either the city of São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, and then you'll connect to Curitiba on a local airline like Gol, Latam, or Azul. So, upon arrival in e.g. São Paulo you don't have to buy a ticket for the remainder of the journey. For example, you can buy a ticket from London to Curitiba, with a connection in São Paulo, and pay for both flights at once.

[edit] By plane from São Paulo

The travel time between São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) and Curitiba's Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB) is 1h 5min.

[edit] By bus from São Paulo

From São Paulo to Curitiba it is 6h by bus, but it is very viable, safe and comfortable to travel that route, and there is at least two companies with a lot of departures in their timetables: Viação Cometa.

[edit] Weather

July is winter in Brazil, but we don't have snow and the weather is drier than in summer. We have little rain.

Curitiba is known to be the "coldest capital" in Brazil, so the weather during Debconf will definitely not be too hot.

According to the historical data from the last 30 years the temperature in July is:

Month Minimum Maximum Rainfall
July 8° C 20°C 99 mm
July 46,4°F 68°F 99 mm

[edit] Communities Debian User Group Paraná and Curitiba Livre

Debian User Group Paraná logo
Curitiba Livre logo
Debian Day 2016

The Debian User Group Paraná (GUD-BR-PR) started in 2004 using a mailing list named debian-pr. From 2004 to 2013 the group organized many events in Curitiba like:

The group also helped free software events in Curitiba and in others cities, especially on install fests. The complete list of events can be seen here:

For some years the GUD-BR-PR had a small organizational structure formed by a Leader, a Secretary, and a Technical Committee.

Over the years, several members of GUD-BR-PR moved from Curitiba to other cities or countries, or just stopped helping. In 2013 a small group of free software enthusiasts decided to organize the Debian Wheezy Release Party, and in the same day, they decided to formalize the creation of a new free software generic group named Comunidade Curitiba Livre (Community Free Curitiba). Since then, the members of Curitiba Livre have organized the free software events in Curitiba, like:

More photos on flickr:

[edit] MiniDebConf Curitiba 2017

The Brazilian community of users and Debian developers realized the MiniDebConf Curitiba 2017 on March 17-19 at UTFPR in Curitiba.

The MiniDebConf Curitiba 2017 had over tree days dedicated to Debian with 38 hours of programming, 135 attendees, 16 lectures, 6 Lightning Talks, 6 Workshops and 3 closed bugs at BSP.

The members of Curitiba Livre led the organization.

A brief report | Photos


[edit] MiniDebConf Curitiba 2016

The Brazilian community of users and Debian developers realized the MiniDebConf Curitiba 2016 on March 5–6 at Aldeia Coworking in Curitiba.

The MiniDebConf Curitiba 2016 had over two days dedicated to Debian with 20 hours of programming, 85 attendees, 12 lectures, 7 Lightning Talks and 5 Workshops.

The members of Curitiba Livre led the organization.

Photos here, here and here


[edit] Debian Ruby Sprint 2016

From February 29th to March 4th, the Debian Ruby Sprint 2016 took place in Curitiba.

Reports from Antonio Terceiro


[edit] Testimonials from the Ruby sprint in Curitiba

Christian Hofstaedtler (zeha), DD:

Curitiba certainly was super nice; getting there was easy enough (i.e. flight connections are available from Rio just fine); weather was good minus the midday rainfall; University hosting - I'm sure you can say more on that than me. The center of Curitiba as we've seen it was quite awesome, everything in walking distance, no need to feel unsafe anywhere or something. (I know people were concerned about this on this years DebConf.) Also the steak was superb and Antonio is a really nice host :-)

Tomasz Nitecki (tnnn), DM:

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of attending both the Ruby Sprint and Mini DebConf hosted at Curitiba. While I had my reservations about flying halfway around the world, I'm really glad I did. First of all, I must mention all those nice and helpful people who made both events possible. Thanks to their dedication, both events were successful and memorable. The Curitiba itself is also an interesting city - warm, full of contrasts but also a friendly place. I must admit that I've also greatly enjoyed diverse food venues available locally. I'd really like to visit Curitiba again, this time with more Debian people :)

[edit] Debian Women

Currently Curitiba has some groups working to encourage women in technology like: PyLadies - Curitiba, Women Techmakers Curitiba, TechLadies, ArduLadies Curitiba, Emílias - Armação em Bits

Emílias - Armação em Bits is a project from Informatics Department of Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR). The goal of the project is to carry out actions to increase the female representation in the area of Computing, arousing the interest of future female students and maintaining the motivation of the current female students of the courses of Computer Engineering and Information Systems. There is an expectation that the coming of women DDs may spark the interest of these female students by Debian. ..

[edit] Visas, customs and entering the country

Brazil operates its borders on a reciprocity policy, so if your country requires a visa from Brazilian citizens, most likely Brazil will require a visa from you.

  • South American citizens do not need a visa
  • European citizens from countries in the Schengen area do not need a visa
  • US/Canada citizens do need a visa
  • Other countries most likely require a visa.

Please double check your situation with the official listing of visa requirements for entering Brazil.

The nearest airport is codenamed CWB. It is located in São José dos Pinhais, in the metropolitan area of Curitiba, located about 18km from downtown Curitiba. You can use a bus of public transport for R$ 4.25 (~ USD 1), an executive coach for R$ 18.00 (~ USD 5) or taxi service at an approximate cost of R$ 60.00 (~ USD 20). You will mostly likely fly into Brazil through São Paulo (GRU), Rio (GIG) or Brasília (BSB), all of which have direct flights from major hubs in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Getting to Curitiba will require a short flight from those airports.

Most importantly, travelers are generally permitted to bring industrialized food in its original packaging, including cheese with long maturation, up to 5 kg(~10 pounds), and wine. :-)

[edit] Local team

[edit] Core team

The core team are the people willing to work on the project seriously. Add yourself to the core team if you wish to help, but please be aware that we will want you to attend our meetings and take some responsibilities.

Name/nick Location (town) Debian/DebConf experience Comments Willing to join DC18 in Hsinchu?
Antonio Terceiro Curitiba
  • DD
  • attended several Debconfs
  • MiniDebConf Curitiba 2016, 2017, and 2018 organizer
  • member of FISL5, FISL6, FISL7 and FISL8 program team
- yes
Antonio C C Marques Curitiba - yes
Cleber Ianes Curitiba - no
Daniel Lenharo Curitiba Sysadmin at CELEPAR yes
Giovani Ferreira (jova2) Poço Fundo - yes
Paulo Santana (phls) Curitiba - yes
Samuel Henrique (samueloph) Curitiba
  • DM
  • Attended Debconf17
  • MiniDebConf Curitiba 2016, 2017, and 2018 organizer
- yes
Valéssio Brito Salvador
  • debian artist, web design, publicity
  • Attended Debconf16 and Debconf17 (organization team)
- yes

PS1: International Free Software Forum (FISL) in Brazil is one of the biggest (+5.000 people) and oldest (+17 years) conference for Free and Open Source technologies in the world.

PS1: Campus Party is an annual week long, 24-hours-a-day technology festival where thousands of “campuseros” (developers, entrepreneurs, astronomers, digital designers, robotics or gamers...) equipped with laptops, camp on-site and immerse themselves in a truly unique environment. Campus Party unites the brightest young minds in technology and science under the idea that “Internet is not a network of computers, it’s a network of people". There are some stages in Campus Party and one of them is dedicated to Free Software.

[edit] Willing to help

You wish to help us for DC19 but don't have enough time or can't be in the core team? Please add yourself here!

Name/nick Location (town) Debian/DebConf experience Comments Willing to join DC18 in Hsinchu?
Adriana Cássia da Costa Curitiba
  • MiniDebConf Curitiba 2016 and 2017 organizer
- no
Alisson Coelho Curitiba
  • MiniDebConf Curitiba 2018 and FTSL organizer
- no
Lucas Kanashiro (kanashiro) São Paulo
  • DD
  • Attended Debconf17
I'd want to be part of the core team but without enough time now yes
Marcelo Santana Recife
  • Debian contributor since 2002
  • Attended Debconf15
Renata D'Avila Porto Alegre
  • Outreachy intern with Debian

[edit] Who declared support

[edit] Brazilian DDs

[edit] DDs from others countries

Please insert your Name and Country below:

[edit] Debian Contributors

[edit] Others members of free software community

  • Alexandre Oliva (Campinas - SP) - founding member of Free Software Foundation Latin America (FSFLA)
  • Eliane Domingos de Sousa (Rio de Janeiro - RJ) - member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of The Document Foundation (2014-2016)
  • Jon Maddog Hall - Executive Director of Linux International
  • Márcio Júnior Vieira - leader of organization Pentaho Day 2015 in Curitiba
  • Ole Peter Smith (Goiânia - GO) - leader of organization Fórum Goiano de Software Livre (FGSL) in Goiânia
  • Ramiro Batista Luz (Curitiba - PR) - leader of organization PythonBrasil[6] in Curitiba

[edit] Contact Details

  • Mailing list:
  • IRC Channel: #debian-br-eventos in

[edit] Venue

[edit] UTFPR (our priority)

Criteria Federal University of Technology of Paraná (in portuguese: Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná - UTFPR)
Letter Commitment letter from UTFPR
Location Venue is situated in downtown Curitiba
Transport Airport to venue is 50 to 60 minutes by public transport (bus) or 20 minutes by taxi
  • There is an internal restaurant/cafeteria/snack bar
  • There are many restaurants, cafeterias, snack bars around
  • There is a Shopping Mall in front of it.
  • Auditorium: 409 seats - photos
  • Mini-auditorium: 100 seats - photos
  • Video-conference room: 40 seats - photos
  • Classrooms (many): 20~50 seats - photos
  • Public university
  • Good location in downtown, good number of restaurants and hotels nearby
  • Near of hardware and electronics stores
  • Near of 2 shopping malls: Estação right in front, Curitiba 15 minutes on foot from the venue.
  • no accommodation in the university itself. We will have to use a nearby hotel
  • The academic calendar will be publish on the end of 2017. We will have to wait decide the best date to coincide with student vacations
  • university is only open up to 23:00 (11PM); we will need to have hacklabs at the hotel
Potential Dates July 7 to 28
Costs USD 1.000~2.000 The spaces will be for free, but we will need to pay the staff to work Saturday and Sunday.
Details UTFPR

[edit] UFPR

Criteria Federal University of Paraná (in Portuguese: Universidade Federal do Paraná - UFPR)
  • Centro Politécnico
  • Venue is situated in a neighborhood close to downtown (~5km).
Transport Airport to venue is 20 to 30 minutes by public transport (bus) or 10 minutes by taxi
Accommodation Hotels and hostel in downtown
  • Auditorium (Administração): 300 seats photos
  • Auditorium (Leo Grossmann): 120 seats [
  • Auditorium (DInf): 80 seats
  • Classrooms (many)
  • Public university
  • Very good network connectivity
  • Costs free to use the the rooms
  • No accommodation in the university itself. We will have to use a hotel in downtown. It will be necessary to use public transportation (bus) from downtown to there or rent one or more bus.
Potential Dates July 9 to 28
Costs USD 0,00 (zero)
Details -

[edit] PUCPR

Criteria Catholic University of Paraná (in portuguese: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná - PUCPR)
  • Campus Prado Velho
  • Venue is situated in a neighborhood close to downtown (~3km).
Transport Airport to venue is 20 to 30 minutes by public transport (bus) or 10 minutes by taxi
Accommodation Hotels and hostel in downtown
Food There are many restaurants, cafeterias, snack bars around inside the Campus and nearby
  • Very good spaces
  • Costs free to use the the rooms
  • No accommodation in the university itself. We will have to use a hotel in downtown. It will be necessary to use public transportation (bus) from downtown to there or rent one or more bus.
Potential Dates July 9 to 28
Costs USD 0,00 (zero)
Details -

[edit] BUDGET estimation (debconfers / debcampers)

We are expecting approximately 100 people for DebCamp and 300 people for DebConf coming from other cities.


  • Real (R$) (BRL)
  • R$ 1,00 = USD 3.35 (Dollar quotation today 2017/12/09)

[edit] Venue (UTFPR)

  • USD 1,000.00 ~ 2,000.00 (R$ 3.400,00 ~ R$ 6.800,00)
  • The spaces will be for free, but we will need to pay the staff to work saturday and sunday.

[edit] Accommodation

  • USD 25.00 (~ R$ 85,00)
    • Per person
    • Per day
    • Room with 2 beds and with air conditioner
    • Including breakfast


  • We can still negotiate this value and the dollar quotation may fall
  • We can have rooms with 3 beds e the valor per person may fall


  • USD 25.00 x 100 people = USD 2,500.00
  • USD 2,500.00 x 6 days (monday to saturday) = USD 15,000.00


  • USD 25.00 x 300 people = USD 7,500.00
  • USD 7,500.00 x 7 days (sunday to saturday) = USD 52,500.00

Total ~ USD 67,500.00

[edit] Food

  • USD 5.00 per person (~ R$ 17,00)


  • USD 5.00 x 100 people = USD 500.00
  • USD 500.00 x 2 (1 lunch and 1 dinner per day) = USD 1,000.00
  • USD 1,000.00 x 6 days (monday to saturday) = USD 6,000.00


  • USD 5.00 x 300 people = USD 1,500.00
  • USD 1,500.00 x 2 (1 lunch and 1 dinner per day) = USD 3,000.00
  • USD 3,000.00 x 7 days (sunday to saturday) = USD 21,000.00

Total ~ USD 27,000.00

[edit] Venue + Accommodation + Food

Considering 100 people to DebCamp and 300 people to DebConf:

USD 2,000.00 + USD 67,500.00 + USD 27,000.00 = USD 96,500.00

[edit] Power

Brazil, which had been using mostly Europlugs, and NEMA 1–15 and NEMA 5–15 standards, adopted a (non-compliant) variant of IEC 60906-1 as the national standard in 1998 under specification NBR 14136 (revised in 2002).[40] These are used for both 220 volt and 127 volt regions of the country, despite the IEC 60906-2 recommendation that NEMA 5-15 be used for 120 V connections. There are two types of sockets and plugs in NBR 14136: one for 10 A, with a 4.0 mm pin diameter, and another for 20 A, with a 4.8 mm pin diameter.[41] This differs from IEC 60906-1 which specifies a pin diameter of 4.5 mm and a rating of 16 A. NBR 14136 was not enforced in that country until 2007, when its adoption was made optional for manufacturers. It became compulsory on January 1, 2010.

Few private houses in Brazil have an earthed supply, so even if a three-pin socket is present it is not safe to assume that all three terminals are actually connected. Most large domestic appliances were sold with the option to fit a flying earth tail to be locally earthed, but many consumers were unsure how to use this and so didn't connect it. The new standard has an earth pin which in theory eliminates the need for the flying earth tail.[42]

Adapters are easy to find and the organization will provide them for sale.


Curitiba is 127 volts.

[edit] Potential dates

  • DebCamp: july, 13-19
  • Open Day: July 20
  • DebConf: July, 21-28

Having DebConf during student vacations (3 to 4 weeks on july) is better because all classrooms will be empty, and there willl be fewer people on campus.

If it doesn't coincide with student vacations, we can still use the classrooms but there will be logistics to reorganize some classes to clear the rooms. That shouldn't be much of a problem. though.

[edit] Prospective local sponsors & support

[edit] Business

  • Other cities
    • 4Linux (São Paulo)
    • Editora Novatec (SãoPaulo)
    • (São Paulo)
    • ThoughtWorks (São Paulo)
    • Grupo Utah (São Paulo)
    • Async Open Source (São Paulo)
    • (Rio de Janeiro)
    • Propus (Porto Alegre)
    • O.S. Systems (Pelotas)
    • Colive (Salvador)
    • Terra (São Paulo)
    • Tempo Real Eventos (São Paulo)
    • Locaweb (São Paulo)
    • iMasters (São Paulo)
    • Kinghost (Porto Alegre)
    • Rocket.Chat (Porto Alegre)
    • OpenS (Douglas Conrad)
    • KHOMP
  • Local
    • Ambiente Livre Tecnologia
    • Livrarias Curitiba
    • Cinq
    • Elaborata Informática
    • Universidade Positivo
    • MPS Informática
    • Logicus
    • Tuxnet IT Solutions
    • WSU
    • Wise Systems
    • iSolve
    • Hop'n Roll Beer Club (and BrodeBrown)
    • Positivo
    • Intelbras

[edit] Institutional / government

  • Prefeitura de Curitiba
  • Serpro
  • Celepar
  • DataPrev
  • Fenadados

[edit] Communities in Curitiba

[edit] Fun and Free time

Tourism line

[edit] Places to visit

CNN has selected 3 sights from here among the 20 most beautiful in Brazil!

[edit] Wine & Cheese party

[edit] Municipal Market

The Municipal Market from Curitiba is a traditional place to buy fruits, vegetables, desserts, coffees, beers, meat, etc It was created in 1958 and you can find cheeses, wines, seasoning and sauces, in particular pepper sauce. In Brazil craft candies are very traditional, you can find guava preserve, pumpkin preserve, milk caramel 'dulce de leche', fig preserve, peach preserve, etc The craft candies area usually made of sugar, milk or water and the fresh fruit. The Mercado Municipal de Curitiba is close to the UTFPR.

Some examples what you can find there:

[edit] Tourism in Brazil

[edit] Transit

[edit] Public transportation

Curitiba has a reasonably good public transportation system. There is no subway, but there are central corridors at wider avenues that are exclusive to biarticulated buses, so it more or less works like a subway. The transit data is available on Google Maps, so you can use that to plan your trips inside the city.

Curitiba PublicTransport.png Curitiba-publictransport-complete.pdf

[edit] Car rental

You can rent a cars starting at ~ R$100 (~USD 33) per day. See e.g.

[edit] Bicycle rental

You can rent a bike starting at ~ R$ 10 (hour) per hour and R$ 50 per day. See e.g. and

[edit] Taxi

Curitiba has plenty of taxis and it's usually easy to get one. If you are not close to a taxi stop the best way to get a taxi is by using 99 taxis smartphone app (obviously non-free, available for Android and iOS), which works like Uber but for proper taxis.

Note that taxis from the airport are an exclusivity of São José dos Pinhais taxis which are lined up at the arrival area. You won't be able to get one via 99 taxis when coming from there. Going to the airport from Curitiba is fine.

[edit] Uber and Cabify

Uber and Cabify work in Curitiba.

[edit] Network connectivity

UTFPR has a excellent link, through RNP which serves most public universities. Wifi coverage is something we will have to work on.

If we go for another venue (not Universities), we might need to hire a better link, or get one sponsored.

[edit] Food

Curitiba is a multicultural city, and there are several different options of food, be it in restaurants, food trucks, food courts, etc.

The principal food in Brazil is rice, beans, meet (cow, chicken, pork, fish), and other accompaniments like potato (fried or cooked), all kind of vegetables like lettuce, tomato, onion, carrot, beet, etc.

It's very common a kind of restaurante called "buffet" where you pay a fixed price or you pay per weight. Here some examples, and others examples.

But it's very common you find restaurants with chinese food, japanese food, italian food, arabian food.

Brazilians love pizzas, so we can find many pizzerias here :-) And brazilians love sandwichs, so you can find local manufacturers and internacional fast food like Burger King and Mcdonald's

And sure, churrascaria (brazilian steakhouse). Where you pay a fixed price and can eat all kind of meet.

[edit] Vegan

Despite the fact that most brazilians eats lots of meat, Curitiba has a big and growing Vegan community, and it should not be a problem for Vegan people to be well fed in the city. There are many vegan restaurants around.

Even in restaurants where they serve meat, one will usually be able to get a decent Vegan meal at all-you-can-eat buffets that are very popular in Brazil, mainly inside shopping malls.

[edit] Cheeses

It is very easy to find all types of cheese in Curitiba, so the C&W party is 100% guaranteed.

[edit] Beer

Jon Maddog at Hop'n Roll in Curitiba
Ramiro (GruPy-PR) and Maddog at Hop'n Roll in Curitiba
Jon Maddog at DUM microbrewery in Curitiba See the video:

Yes my friends, we have many microbrewerys in Curitiba! Some of them:

Beer map in Curitiba

[edit] Pubs

[edit] Status and priory list

Please take a look at our status page to know what changed recently and see how we comply with the priority list.

[edit] Original ideas (sort of)

Free yoga at Botanical Garden
Free yoga at Botanical Garden

[edit] Debian Community in Brazil

[edit] Debian Day in Brazil

Over the years Brazil has been the country with more cities promoting Debian Day:

[edit] Activities inside Free Software events in Brazil in 2015, 2016 and 2017

[edit] Resources

[edit] Meetings

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