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Experience the fifteen years of LibrePlanet celebration firsthand as a volunteer

by Miriam Bastian Contributions Published on Feb 23, 2023 03:46 PM

There's only three weeks left until LibrePlanet 2023. We cannot do this event without our volunteers, who besides providing their invaluable help behind the scenes, also contribute to the great atmosphere. We'd like to extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers who have already signed up to help us organize LibrePlanet 2023. We are touched by how much support we've received so far. However, it would be helpful to have more in-person volunteers to fill some important roles.

Volunteer at LibrePlanet 2023. Image of people gathered at a LibrePlanet conference.

You can help us by joining the on-site crew at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and performing one of the following tasks:

  • Moderate a room, introduce speakers, and facilitate question and answer sessions after talks;

  • Join the registration crew to greet fellow attendees while getting to know speakers first hand;

  • Help out with venue logistics (we are especially looking for early birds but have some tasks during the day, too); or

  • Sell baby gnus, T-shirts, and all the cool stuff the GNU Press shop has to offer at the GNU press booth in our exhibition hall.

We will need your help on March 18 and 19 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. If you can lend a hand at any of these tasks, please reply to this email, or write to Let us know what you prefer to do, what days/times of LibrePlanet you will be able to volunteer, and don't forget to mention your T-shirt size (standard S-XXXXL), because we'll be providing each and every volunteer with a very handsome LibrePlanet 2023 shirt in addition to free admission to the entire conference and lunch -- and the community's deepest appreciation. By the way, the shirts are manufactured by Bella Canvas, which is WRAP-certified, meaning they comply with ethical, health, and safety standards in manufacturing.

For in-person volunteers, it is helpful to attend one of the following training and info sessions at the Free Software Foundation office at 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110 (nearest train stop is Downtown Crossing):

  • Friday, March 3, 19:00 to 21:00 EST
  • Tuesday, March 7, 19:00 to 21:00 EST
  • Wednesday, March 15, 19:00 to 21:00 EDT

In your email, please let us know which training you can attend. Note, whether or not you can make it to one of these, you can still sign up! So, if you have any doubts about availability for a training, please let us know so we can adapt to your schedule. Room monitoring requires more training than other volunteer tasks, but there are some important things we need all volunteers to know. The training will also help you to connect with other volunteers before the event. You may still volunteer without attending a training, but your assigned role may be slightly less "glamorous" (but equally important).

LibrePlanet 2023 will be the fifteenth edition of the conference that brings free software enthusiasts together from around the globe, and you can be an important part of this celebration. It is promising to be a terrific event! Thank you for supporting the Free Software Foundation and thank you for volunteering! It's people like you who ensure that LibrePlanet stays stellar.

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