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How many LibrePlanet scholarships will we give?

by libby Contributions Published on Dec 11, 2014 03:31 PM
Will you help us bring important voices to LibrePlanet 2015 by making a contribution to our scholarship fund?
Karen Sandler speaking at LibrePlanet 2014

Sandler at LibrePlanet 2014

We're excited to announce our first keynote speaker for LibrePlanet 2015: Karen Sandler, executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy and co-host of the “Free as in Freedom” podcast. Ms. Sandler's closing keynotes have been a highlight at LibrePlanet, and we're so excited to have her back. In other words, LibrePlanet 2015 is shaping up to be a really great event.

We hope you'll join us, and that you'll give a little extra so that a fellow free software enthusiast will be able to attend with a travel scholarship.

Each year, free software enthusiasts from around the world get together for the LibrePlanet conference, co-produced by the FSF and Student Information Processing Board at MIT (SIPB). At LibrePlanet, the movement has key conversations about how to keep free software strong and growing, and how to make sure that it is accessible to everyone, no matter what their needs or skills. In order to make the conference as rich and dynamic as possible, the Free Software Foundation works hard to offer travel scholarships to people who might be otherwise unable to attend. This year, we will also be offering funding for childcare.

Will you help us bring important voices to LibrePlanet 2015 by making a contribution to our scholarship fund?

A donation of $50 will provide a night in a shared hotel room. A donation of $300 will fund a domestic flight. A donation of $1,000 will fund an international flight.

In 2014, the Free Software Foundation spent $6,000 to bring fourteen people to LibrePlanet. This year, we've received a record number of scholarship applications: sixty three people from thirty countries who would like to attend LibrePlanet but need financial assistance. How many of them will we be able to offer scholarships? It depends, in part, on the donation you make between now and December 15th. Will you help us?

You can make a donation here, or donate when you register for the conference yourself. Remember, every donation you make also helps us meet our goal of raising $525,000 by January 31st.

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