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LibrePlanet 2021 will be an online event, CFS extended to November 11th

by Zoe Kooyman Contributions Published on Oct 22, 2020 03:26 PM

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Mark your calendars: LibrePlanet 2021 will be held online in March, 2021. To give more remote speakers the opportunity to submit a talk, we are extending the Call for Sessions (CFS) to November 11th at 12:00 EST November 16 12:00 EST, so that everyone in the global community has a chance to submit their talk or panel.

For those of you who haven't participated in a LibrePlanet conference before: expect a friendly, social, community-focused event with two days of inspiring talks and workshops from prominent people in the free software community, as well as people new to the community, all happening online. General registration will open soon, and more information about exhibitor registration and sponsor opportunities will be posted online, too.

This year, we have decided to bring LibrePlanet 2021: Empowering Users online. Currently, we do not feel confident that we can safely hold an in-person event in March next year, so we want to make use of the time we have to plan a truly special and unique online experience for everyone. Though we are disappointed that we will have to miss another year of meeting the community in person, an online event offers some great opportunities. One of these opportunities is that we can open up talk submissions to more speakers worldwide.

We will take the lessons we learned from our online LibrePlanet 2020: Free the Future experience this year and organize an event that is even more inclusive, allowing people from all over the (libre)planet to participate. You can watch videos from this past conference (and previous conferences) on our MediaGoblin instance to help inspire your session proposal this year.

LibrePlanet has a global audience full of energy and passion for free software. A wide range of skills and expertise is represented at the event, and your talk will be received with great engagement and enthusiasm. This event offers a fantastic opportunity to introduce potential contributors to your project, or it can also be a resource to test your theories and to gauge response to your ideas by getting feedback from our audience that will help inform your thinking.

Call for Sessions LibrePlanet 2021: "Empowering Users" submission information

The Call for Sessions for LibrePlanet will close on November 11th, at 12:00 EST (17:00 UTC), so if you haven't submitted yet, there is still time to be part of the program. This year, LibrePlanet will explore the theme "Empowering Users," and we are looking forward to seeing free software through the lens of this year's theme in sessions about software development, copyleft, community, and other related issues.

Have a look at our previous Call for Sessions blog post to learn more about the theme and the kinds of sessions we are looking for. We are also hosting an information session every Tuesday to answer any questions you have about submitting a proposal for LibrePlanet, until submissions close on November 11th. To participate in these information sessions, join us in the #libreplanet Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel on Freenode during these time slots:

  • October 27th: 13:00 - 14:00 EDT (17:00 UTC)

  • November 3rd: 13:00 - 14:00 EST (18:00 UTC)

  • November 10th: 13:00 - 14:00 EST (18:00 UTC)

Don't use IRC? Email your questions to

FSF Award nominations extended until November 11th

We are also still eager to receive Free Software Foundation (FSF) Award nominations. We invite you to take a moment to show your favorite free software community members that you care, by nominating them for an award in one of three categories: the Award for the Advancement of Free Software, the Award for Projects of Social Benefit, or the Award for Outstanding New Free Software Contributor. Don't assume that someone else will nominate your chosen nominees -- the committee does take into account the amount of times a project or person is nominated.

The deadline for the awards will remain the same as the CFS deadline: November 11th, 2020, at 12:00 EST.

Support LibrePlanet by becoming an exhibitor or sponsor

LibrePlanet is organized by the FSF, a 501(c)(3) charity. Your contribution allows us to create a truly valuable event for many people all over the globe by making the production of the event possible, and allowing us to livestream the event.

We will also offer unique opportunities for businesses and other organizations to connect to a community that is dedicated to free software, tailored to an online experience. For more information you can contact; a prospectus will be published on the event site soon. Early bird pricing for exhibitors has already started, and will be available until February 15th, 2021. For information on how your company can be represented in our virtual exhibit hall, or to further sponsor the LibrePlanet conference, please email I hope to see you at LibrePlanet 2021!

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