Date: October 26-28 2023

Location: Berlin, EUREF Campus

Call for presentations ends Aug 6 (anywhere on Earth) 📢

Early bird registration is open! 🎟️

Call for presentations ends Aug 6 (anywhere on Earth) 📢

Early bird registration is open! 🎟️

Call for presentations ends Aug 6 (anywhere on Earth) 📢 • Early bird registration is open! 🎟️ •

After an amazing initial PackagingCon in 2021 – fully online due to Covid – we are now holding the first in-person PackagingCon in Berlin! We are super excited to welcome you in one of the most open source friendly cities of the world in October 26-28th 2023!

The event will be hybrid, so joining remotely is also an option.

Our mission is to bring different eco-systems together: from Python’s pip to Rust’s cargo to Julia’s Pkg, from Debian apt over Nix to conda and mamba, and from vcpkg to Spack we hope to have many different approaches to package management at the conference.

Deadline: July 31, Aug 6 2023, anywhere on earth

Today, practically every operating system, language ecosystem, and framework has one or more package managers. Package managers are a, if not the, major way of taming software complexity, integrating various ecosystems, components, and versions and ensuring they are managed (installed/updated/uninstalled) safely, reliably, and in a compatible manner on user systems.

Because package managers bridge the gap between developers and the end user, developing them requires a broad range of expertise in multiple areas, including language runtimes, OS policies, distribution management, dependency solving, and developer workflows.

Packaging Con seeks to bring various package management communities together, as a venue to discuss challenges and exchange ideas. What makes communities work together on a particular software ecosystem? Are the differences among package managers mainly in the implementation language, or are there other key distinctions to software management methodology? How can we get better interoperability and/or cooperation among package manager teams, and what’s missing/required to enable that? Is dependency resolution fundamentally the same problem across systems, or does each package manager do it differently?

If any of these questions interest you, we want to hear from you! Packaging Con is a conference for developers of software package management tools, as well as software packagers and communities! Anyone is welcome to participate. Our mission is to bring different software ecosystems together: from Python’s pip to Rust’s cargo, from apt, rpm, and Nix to conda and mamba, and from vcpkg to spack, and from fpm to npm.


We encourage submissions in a wide range of areas related to package management, including but not limited to:

  • Deep dives on specific packaging systems

  • Software supply chains, pipelines, and security

  • Package build and release methodologies

  • Modeling software ecosystems in package managers

  • Modeling compatibility (semver, API/ABI analysis, etc.)

  • Interactions between package managers

  • Reproducibility in package managers

  • Reliability/robustness of software ecosystems

  • Dependency solving and management: modeling, methods, and scalability

This list is by no means exhaustive — any topic related to package management is welcome to attend.

Code of Conduct

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, pledge to make participation in Packaging Con a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

By participating in the conference you agree to abide to the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct.

We have secured an awesome location in one of the worlds most open source friendly cities! The Wasserturm at EUREF campus in Berlin can host up to 150 people and we’re looking forward to welcome many packaging-passionate people in Berlin.

You can get your ticket now!

In-person meeting prices for early-birds (until 8 September)

  • Student: 150 Euro

  • Personal (you are paying): 200 Euro

  • Professional (your organization is paying): 300 Euro

In-person regular prices (after 8 September):

  • Student: 200 Euro

  • Personal (you are paying): 300 Euro

  • Professional (your organization is paying): 400 Euro

Virtual early bird meeting prices start at 37.50 Euro. Tickets for the one day sprint after the meeting are also available.

PackagingCon would not be possible without sponsors. If you are interested to sponsor the biggest conference dedicated to Software Package management, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team!

PackagingCon operates under the umbrella of NumFOCUS, a US based non-profit.