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Free Software Everywhere in the LibrePlanet 2015 program

by Libby Reinish Contributions Published on Jan 16, 2015 04:20 PM
What do you get when you combine free software activists, hackers, lawyers, librarians, students, and international aid workers?

You get LibrePlanet 2015: Free Software Everywhere, March 21-22, 2015 at MIT in Cambridge, MA.

This year's program showcases how free software is used around the world, from "Engaging Nepali kids with free software" to "Implementing electronic medical record systems in rural Haiti​." We're also taking a close look at how international treaties will affect free software users, with sessions from April -- a French free software activist organization -- and Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The conference will explore the importance of free software in different contexts, such as "When open is not enough: educators and academia grapple with the need for libre," and "Librarians fight back: free software solutions for digital privacy."

And if you're looking to pick up some serious free software skills, LibrePlanet 2015 has some great workshops planned, like "Will it blend?", a Blender tutorial with Bassam Kurdali, the animator of our User Lib video. And of course, we'll have a workshop for all of you who want to learn to "Rock your Emacs."

In addition to all these great sessions, LibrePlanet 2015 will feature keynotes from two of free software's biggest thinkers: Benjamin Mako Hill and Karen Sandler.

The full draft program is now online. Go check it out -- we're pretty sure you'll want to register after taking a look at all the conference has to offer. Remember, FSF members and students attend gratis, so the best way to attend is to become a member (if you aren't one already).

At LibrePlanet, we bring together software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and address challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2015 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels. LibrePlanet 2015 is produced in partnership by the Free Software Foundation with the Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) at MIT.

So, what are you waiting for? Register for LibrePlanet 2015 today!

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