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Register now for LibrePlanet 2017: "The Roots of Freedom" March 25-26, 2017 in Boston, MA

by Georgia Young Contributions Published on Oct 06, 2016 11:50 AM
Clear your calendars for the last weekend of March 2017!
LibrePlanet 2017
March 25-26
Greater Boston

Gratis for students and FSF associate members

Register now

Clear your calendars for the last weekend of March 2017! Registration for LibrePlanet is now open. The conference will be held March 25-26, 2017, in the Boston area.

Last year, over 350 people participated in LibrePlanet, traveling from 11 countries and 28 U.S. states. And guess what? Students and FSF members attend LibrePlanet gratis. Not a member? Join today to register gratis, or register at our non-member rate.

This year's theme is "The Roots of Freedom." Some talks at this year's conference will look back at the historical "roots" of the free software movement, including the Four Freedoms, the GNU General Public License and copyleft, and the focus on strong security and privacy protections. Others will look at the movement's strong, foundational "roots" -- and the exciting developments that grow from them in education, business, activism, and the arts.

Want to speak at LibrePlanet?

You have just a few weeks left to submit a session proposal -- the deadline is November 16th, 2016 at 18:59 EST (23:59 UTC).

Do you have questions about what makes a strong proposal? We're hosting an information session to answer any questions you have about submitting a proposal for LibrePlanet on Tuesday, November 1st from 15:00 - 18:00 EDT (19:00 - 22:00 UTC). Join us in the #libreplanet IRC channel on Don't use IRC? Email your questions to

Need help traveling to LibrePlanet?

We have a limited amount of funding to bring conference participants to LibrePlanet from all around the world. You can apply for a scholarship starting now -- the application deadline is Monday, December 1st, 2016 at 10:00 EST in the morning (15:00 UTC). Scholarship recipients will be notified in mid-December.

If you don't need a scholarship, you can help us welcome all types of people to LibrePlanet 2016 by making a contribution to the conference's scholarship fund now, or when you register for LibrePlanet.

Will your company sponsor LibrePlanet?

Would your employer consider sponsoring LibrePlanet? We'll be providing the info you need to persuade them soon, but you can also contact us now at for more information.

LibrePlanet is an energizing, friendly event where you'll meet activists, students, developers, and leaders -- and you may get involved in a new project, gain new energy for free software activism, and make new friends. We work hard to ensure a welcoming environment for all, and we have a safe space policy. Don't wait to register: we want you here with us on March 25-26, 2017 for LibrePlanet 2017.

Check out LibrePlanet 2016's video of testimonials about why the free software community loves this annual event!

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