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Help put the Planet in LibrePlanet by sponsoring an attendee

by Georgia Young Contributions Published on Dec 18, 2015 03:02 PM
Here at the Free Software Foundation, we're selecting the program for LibrePlanet 2016: Fork the System right now. It's shaping up to be another standard-setting free software conference -- but we need your help.
LibrePlanet 2015

If you haven't yet, register now to attend LibrePlanet, and consider helping build our travel scholarship fund, to help a fellow free software enthusiast attend.

Each year, free software fans from across the world gather for the LibrePlanet conference. At this year's LibrePlanet, our theme, "Fork the System", will explore how free software creates the opportunity of a new path for its users, allows developers to fight the restrictions of a system dominated by proprietary software by creating free software replacements, and is the foundation of freedom, sharing, and change.

Fitting the theme, each year we offer a few scholarships to LibrePlanet participants for whom the cost of travel is a major barrier to attendance. We strive for inclusiveness in the free software community, and we know the scholarship fund is one way of creating opportunity in the free software community.

The FSF is seen as a guiding light for the free software community. Can you increase access to LibrePlanet 2016, helping more community members shine, by giving to our scholarship fund?

The impact of scholarships is huge: the free software community benefits when new people are able to attend LibrePlanet. Those who are awarded travel scholarships bring their own ideas to the conference and commit to sharing what they learn at LibrePlanet with their local community.

A donation of $100 will fund one night in a shared hotel room. A donation of $400 will fund one domestic flight. A donation of $1,200 will fund an international flight.

In 2015, the Free Software Foundation spent $4,500 to bring four people to LibrePlanet. This year, we have thirty-three applicants from fifteen countries who would like to attend LibrePlanet but need financial assistance. The number of applicants we'll be able to offer scholarships depends, in part, on the donation you make between now and December 31st.

Will you help us? You can make a donation or donate when you register for the conference yourself. Every donation you make also helps us meet our goal of raising $450,000 by January 31st. We've already raised 30% of our goal! Thanks for your support.

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