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Register for LibrePlanet 2021 and help us to empower users

by Zoe Kooyman Contributions Published on Dec 15, 2020 04:11 PM

The thirteenth edition of the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) annual conference is only a few months away. We're well into the preparations for the event, which will be held online on March 20 and 21, 2021. Registration is open now.

Registration now open for LibrePlanet 2021

LibrePlanet is a vibrant multi-day event that attracts a broad audience of people who are interested in the values of software freedom. The event brings together software developers, law and policy experts, activists, students, and computer users to learn skills, celebrate free software accomplishments, and face upcoming challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2021 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels. The theme for LibrePlanet 2021 is "Empowering Users." This year's event will be keynoted by Julia Reda, and other community leaders. The full schedule will be released in January. With a record number of speakers submitting talk proposals for the event, it is promising to be a fantastic experience.

Register today!

Preparing an online event is a little different than an in-person event, and we learned a lot from our experience this past March. But there were still many questions to answer: how do we organize an event that approximates the intimacy and contact with the community that our conference normally permits; what additional value can we offer to the people and organizations that have supported LibrePlanet for years; how do we know who actually tunes in to see and participate in the event; and how do we contact them to ask what they thought?

As always, we will offer access to the event livestream gratis to everyone around the world, so this means that conference talks are available to literally everyone with access to the Internet -- how else could we stay faithful to our theme of "empowering users"?

Registration won't be required to watch the talks. But by registering, you do help us make a better event in 2021 and beyond. To encourage registration, and appreciate those who can give a little extra towards the organization of the event, we are adding some benefits on top of universal access to the livestream.

Again, everyone can view the event live on the libreplanet.org page and join the event in the #LibrePlanet IRC channel on Freenode, and no registration is necessary to receive that access. Here is what the different registration tiers do provide:

  • Participant: Registration is free (as in lunch)

Your registration helps us greatly in the planning of the event. If you register, you get access to the virtual conference space, hallway track, and exhibitor hall. The FSF tech team is still researching the best platform to use for these, but whether we use Jitsi Meet, BigBlueButton, or another platform, you will have direct contact with the speakers, other attendees, and the exhibitors, since you'll be in the same channels as they are. We also offer a 10% discount to the GNU Press Shop for anyone who registers, which you can use to purchase any of the merchandise there, including preordering the LibrePlanet 2021 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): Your registration fee goes a long way

Registration at this level costs $50 during early bird registration, which will last until Monday, February 15th, 2021, and $80 after this date. Your financial support will enable the organization of the event. To thank you for investing in the FSF and LibrePlanet, we will give you first access to limited-room workshops in the schedule, to be announced. You can also participate in the LibrePlanet trivia event, and win fabulous prizes from our exhibitors. You will receive a digital registration badge, a commemorative pin, and a souvenir USB drive with videos from the event.

FSF associate members and students have traditionally entered the event gratis, so this year, you will enter the event in this tier, at no cost. Members also have access to the member forum, where you can communicate with other members, and learn how 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. You will be able to use the FSF job board for posting positions, and you can sign up for an hour of free licensing consultation during the event. You can also join a digital coffee-time with FSF staff, in which you can ask the campaigns team or tech team questions like how to set up your own BigBlueButton or Jitsi Meet instance, how to start a free software conversation, or other questions you need answered to make your software usage more free.

  • 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 starts now, and will be available until February 15th, 2020. For information on how your company can have a table in our virtual exhibit hall, or how to further sponsor the LibrePlanet conference, please email campaigns@fsf.org.

Thank you for supporting the FSF and LibrePlanet

LibrePlanet is organized by the Free Software Foundation. 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.

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

We also encourage you to take this opportunity to join the FSF and be one of the 295 more new members we currently need to reach our fall fundraiser goal of 500 new associate members before December 31st. Among many other benefits, by becoming an associate member, you can use your membership perk to register at tier two for LibrePlanet 2021: Empowering Users.

Also, to celebrate this year's event and the opening of registration, we now have the LibrePlanet T-shirt available for purchase in the FSF shop! If you pre-order yours before the 1st of March, 2021 cut off date, you will be able to wear it to the event.

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

With our record number of speaker submissions, a successful practice run with our live broadcast of the FSF35 anniversary event, our confirmed first keynote by Julia Reda, and the always powerful and positive atmosphere the LibrePlanet audience creates, 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 campaigns@fsf.org.

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