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Register now for LibrePlanet 2020: "Free the Future", in Boston area, MA

by Zoe Kooyman Contributions Published on Nov 05, 2019 12:32 PM

LibrePlanet 2020: Free the Future registration now open

Registration has officially opened for LibrePlanet 2020! Mark your calendars: the conference will be held on March 14 and 15, 2020, in the Boston area. Scholarship applications, exhibitor registration, and sponsor opportunities are also open now.

For those of you who haven't been to the LibrePlanet conference before: expect a friendly, social, community-focused event with two days of inspiring talks and workshops from some of the most prominent people in the free software community.

Students and Free Software Foundation (FSF) 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 $90 for the two day conference.

At LibrePlanet 2019, over a thousand people participated either in person or online in the conference. Free software enthusiasts traveled from fourteen countries to explore the theme "Trailblazing Free Software." You can watch videos from this past March's conference on our MediaGoblin instance.

You can already pre-order this year's full-color LibrePlanet T-shirt on the conference registration form; if you order ahead, you can pick your shirt up at the event. Or, you can order the T-shirt through the FSF Shop, if you would like to have it shipped to you.

Call for Sessions LibrePlanet 2020: "Free the Future"

The call for sessions for LibrePlanet will close on November 20, 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, "Free the Future," and we are looking forward to seeing free software explored through the lens of this year's theme in sessions about software development, copyleft, community, or other related issues.

Have a look at our 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 Thursday to answer any questions you have about submitting a proposal for LibrePlanet, until submissions close on November 20. To participate in these information sessions, join us in the #libreplanet Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel during these time slots:

  • November 7th: 13:00 - 14:00 EST (18:00 UTC)

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

Don't use IRC? Email your questions to campaigns@fsf.org.

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 now! The application deadline is Monday, December 2nd, 2019, at 10:00 EST (15:00 UTC). Scholarship recipients will be notified in mid-December.

If you don't need a scholarship, you can help us to free the future, and welcome the broadest possible audience, by making a contribution to support those who do.

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 also offer unique opportunities for businesses and other organizations to connect to 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 exhibit hall, or to further sponsor the LibrePlanet conference, please email campaigns@fsf.org.

I hope to see you at LibrePlanet!

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