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LibrePlanet 2014: Day one wrap-up

by wtheaker Contributions Published on Mar 22, 2014 11:11 PM
The first day of LibrePlanet 2014 was a huge success, thanks to the work of our tireless volunteers, staff, and speakers.
Free Software Awards at LibrePlanet 2014
Audience members waiting for a keynote to begin

In addition to being the most diverse conference yet, this year's LibrePlanet was also the largest with upwards of three hundred people attending. The lecture halls and corridors were packed with excited free software activists and our exhibit hall was filled with representatives from free software projects and businesses. There were so many great talks and I'm disappointed I wasn't able to attend them all. I especially enjoyed Bradley Kuhn's talk "Considering the future of copyleft: how will the next generation perceive GPL?," which discussed the threat of free software being coopted by proprietary software companies.

The panel "Beyond the women in tech talk," with ginger coons, Sara Hendren, Kÿra, and Marina Zhurakhinskaya offered some great insights on building a more inclusive and liberatory movement for software freedom and social justice. The panel and the audience collaborated on an Etherpad to build a list of reading materials for people looking to address their own privileges and understand the experiences of marginalized groups.

Free Software Awards at LibrePlanet 2014
Beyond the women in tech talk

Molly de Blanc and Deb Nicholson's talk on nurturing non-coders built on the theme of creating a stronger and more diverse movement was nicely complemented by the Free Software Awards later in the day, with the GNOME Outreach Program for Women and Matthew Garrett being recognized for their contributions to free software. With a day this great, I can't wait to see how tomorrow shapes up.

Free Software Awards at LibrePlanet 2014
See you tomorrow!
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