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New year, new LibrePlanet: Register now to join us on March 19 and 20

by Zoë Kooyman Contributions Published on Jan 19, 2022 04:21 PM
The fourteenth edition of the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) annual conference is only a couple of months away. We're well into the preparations for the event, which will be held online on March 19 and 20, 2022. Registration is open now.
New year, new LibrePlanet: Register now to join us on March 19 and 20

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Students and FSF members associate members attend LibrePlanet gratis. Not a member? Join today for $10 per month ($5 for students), or register for LibrePlanet at our non-member rate of $25 (early bird) for the two day conference at the Supporter tier level (with perks!).

Over a thousand people participated online in the conference last year. Free software enthusiasts from around the world joined us in our live sessions. You can watch videos from the March 2021 conference -- using only free software of course -- on our MediaGoblin instance or on PeerTube. Also, you can now pre-order this year's full-color LibrePlanet T-shirt in the FSF shop. If you order yours before the March 1, 2022, cutoff date, you will be able to wear it to the event.

Register now and get a 10% shop discount to pre-order the LibrePlanet T-shirt online.

This year's event is coming together as we speak, and it is promising to be another great two days of online excitement! Be on the lookout for our first keynote announcements in the next few days, and the full schedule is also not too far off. We are certain you will not be disappointed by what LibrePlanet has in store for you this year!

Register to help us prepare

As always, anyone can attend online editions of LibrePlanet gratis. We will broadcast the LibrePlanet online event via livestream on, and you can join the discussion via the general #libreplanet IRC channel on Libera.Chat, as well as the room-specific IRC channels. You can also submit your prerecorded lightning talk at any time. No registration is necessary to access these channels. However, registration helps us prepare for the event. It is very useful in anticipating the amount of server space we need, or as we plan the number of volunteers we need for things like moderation. It also ensures you won't be left out of any important communications about the event. In return for registration, we will give a small token of our appreciation at a couple different tiers:

  • Participant: Registration is gratis

This level is a general-access level and is gratis. Much like any person that doesn't register, you have access to the virtual conference space, hallway track, and exhibitor hall. You can ask your questions to the speaker via the IRC channels, as well as socialize with the other attendees and the exhibitors. In return for telling us you're coming, we'll offer you a 10% discount in the GNU Press shop, which you can use to purchase the glorious 2022 T-shirt! This level also gives you access to attend BoF (Birds of a Feather) sessions, and/or create your own.

  • Supporter (and associate members): A small contribution goes a long way

An online event is cheaper than an in-person event because you don't have costs like venue hire, but there are still organizational expenses involved. Registration at the Supporter level allows you to give a small donation towards the organization of the event. We start this off at $25 during early bird registration, which will last until Monday, March 1, 2022, and $50 after this date. Your financial support will enable the organization of the event. Besides our 10% GNU Press shop discount, as a thank you for investing in the FSF and in LibrePlanet, you can participate in the LibrePlanet trivia event, and win fabulous prizes from our exhibitors. You will also receive a digital registration badge that you can share on your personal blog, or on social media.

Anyone who registers at the Supporter tier (including all associate members) is also invited for the LibrePlanet: Living Liberation afterparty with FSF staff, where we can interact socially with each other, play games, and round out this year's event.

FSF associate members and students have traditionally entered the event gratis, so this year, you will enter the event at this tier, at no cost. Members also have access to the member forum, where you can communicate with other members. You will also be invited to participate in the annual associate membership meeting.

  • Stalwart: Your financial support makes us better

Individuals can pay $200 ($150 early registration), and corporate attendees get access at $500 ($400 early registration). For supporting the event at this higher level, you receive all the previously mentioned perks, as well as our specially designed LibrePlanet T-shirt and a souvenir USB drive with videos from the event, so you can look back at them in the future, and share them with your community. You'll also have the option to get an hour of free licensing consultation in 2022, or advice in another field we might be able to help.

  • Sponsoring and exhibitors

Sponsors and exhibitors are key to the event's success. We also offer unique opportunities for businesses and other organizations to connect to and learn from a community that is dedicated to free software. Early bird pricing for exhibitors is happening now, and will be available until February 20, 2022. For information on how your company or organization can have a table in our virtual exhibit hall, or how to further sponsor the LibrePlanet conference, please email

Volunteer remotely

We are always looking for volunteers. Just like last year, we'll be looking for people who can help us with moderation, room monitoring, and other important tasks that make the event possible. We are also working on the further development of LibreAdventure, our virtual conference space. So if you think your organizational or technical skills might be helpful to make our event an even greater success, then email

Thank you for supporting the FSF and LibrePlanet

LibrePlanet is organized by the Free Software Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity. Your contribution allows us to create a truly valuable event for many people all over the globe, by funding our fully free servers and making it possible for us to devote the substantial amount of time necessary to organize everything -- an effort which is nearly year-round.

It's your support that keeps us moving forward. Register today!

We are very much looking forward to this year's conference. Make sure you sign up for the LibrePlanet announcements list to get the latest updates. If you need more information, or have any questions about the tiers, please email

We hope to see you at LibrePlanet!

The LibrePlanet Team

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