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Meet the locals: Come to LibrePlanet and connect with free software supporters in New England

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Apr 10, 2024 12:14 PM
New England free software supporters: we invite you to come socialize with other local free software supporters at LibrePlanet 2024.

LibrePlanet 2024! is an excellent opportunity to connect with like-minded locals. In the Birds of a Feathers (BoF) section of the LibrePlanet wiki, you can let other free software enthusiasts from the area know that you want to meet with them. We will happily provide you with a classroom at our beautiful venue, the Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT), or you can simply meet up somewhere close by.

Photo of the keynote room at the Wentworth Institute of Technology with the words 'Friday night open office', 'Saturday night walk', 'licensing table', 'diversity breakfast', and Birds of a Feather social events' written on it.

If you don't want to organize something yourself, you can participate in the growing number of social activities planned throughout the weekend of LibrePlanet 2024. You are cordially invited to hang out at the Free Software Foundation (FSF) office on Friday night and on Saturday night, you can join us for a walk to meet new people and get some fresh air after sitting through conference sessions indoors. Looking for a space for women, nonbinary people, and all those who have been traditionally excluded from technological and social causes? Come to the diversity breakfast! Or you can share your feedback with the FSF and discuss with other FSF associate members where you think the FSF should be going at the annual FSF associate members meeting. Learn more about ways to participate in our recent blog post.

A program that will excite you

We recently announced that Alyssa Rosenzweig, who spearheaded the reverse-engineering of the M1 Apple GPU, will keynote LibrePlanet together with Hayley Tsukayama and David Wilson. Hayley Tsukayama is associate director of legislative activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and will speak about grassroots activism, how to diversify the free software movement, and how we can bring skills honed in the free software advocacy community to other areas of policy. David Wilson created the System Crafters channel and community to teach others how to craft their computing experience using free software tools like GNU Emacs and GNU Guix. During his keynote, he will share his thoughts on how to cultivate a welcoming free software community that lasts.

Foto of a classroom at the Wentworth Institute of Technology with the LibrePlanet 2024 logo on it.

In addition to the keynotes, the LibrePlanet 2024 schedule features more than thirty thrilling panels, talks, and workshops. The topics range from how to make a libre movie with only libre software to the threats of so-called "artificial intelligence" and the popular free chess platform Lichess.

The facts about LibrePlanet 2024: Cultivating Community

LibrePlanet: Cultivating Community will be held on May 4 and 5, 2024. The in person part of the conference will take place at the WIT in Boston, MA, a terrific and welcoming place of learning, bustling with students. For information regarding transportation, accommodation, and restaurants, please visit the lodging & travel section of the conference page. FSF associate members, students, and volunteers enter at no cost.

Register today to safe your spot.

Be a host for a LibrePlanet attendee, volunteer, or speaker

Would you like to host a LibrePlanet attendee, volunteer, or speaker? Felix, Crescent, Mark, wixie, and others are looking to room with like-minded free software enthusiasts. Learn more about them in the accommodation section of the LibrePlanet wiki. Simply email and we are happy to connect you with any of the people listed there.

Connect with others while volunteering

Last but not least: would you like to help us with moderation, the GNU Press booth, registration, and other important tasks at the event? While volunteering, you can easily connect with other volunteers as well as with the attendees you're serving. For more information see the Call for Volunteers.

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