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See you at LibrePlanet 2015!

by libbyr Contributions Published on Feb 23, 2015 05:42 PM

The LibrePlanet conference has always been a special event among free software conferences. Last year's conference blew us away, with over 350 attendees, speakers from thirty-nine different organizations, and a new partnership with the Student Information Processing Board at MIT. We strategized about how to use free software to make the world a better place, conspired to make our own movement more welcoming for everyone, and celebrated the movement's victories and some of its heroes with the Free Software Awards.

The energy and inspiration is palpable at LibrePlanet. Whether it's rubbing elbows with a maintainer you admire, learning about a new tool that can help you with your work, or getting down to brass tacks in the fight against proprietary software, I'm telling you, you want to be in Cambridge, MA on March 21-22, 2015 for LibrePlanet.

And here's the good news: if you're getting this bulletin in the mail, you're probably an active member of the Free Software Foundation, and attending LibrePlanet at no cost is one of your member benefits. So what are you waiting for: cash in your frequent flyer miles and make plans to be at LibrePlanet 2015!

This year, the theme of LibrePlanet is "Free Software Everywhere." Talks at this year's conference will touch on the many places and ways that free software is used around the world, as well as ways to make free software ubiquitous. Think "where" in the broadest sense of the word. What are some contexts where free software is thriving, and some others where it needs a push? How have people worked to gain a foothold for free software in their companies and communities? And what about free software on all of the myriad pieces of hardware we use, including laptops, phones, tablets, and even coffee makers? At LibrePlanet 2015, we're taking software freedom around the world, to outer space, and through all kinds of industries, governments, organizations, fields of study, and communities.

We want to see your smiling face at LibrePlanet, and we also want to see the smiling faces of people who can't afford a plane ticket, or need childcare or ASL interpretation in order to attend. You can help us ensure that LibrePlanet 2015 welcomes all people by making a contribution to the conference's scholarship fund. We run this event on a shoestring budget; Libreplanet is not a money-maker for us; we do it simply to help the movement for free software grow. Please consider making a donation today.1

We hope to see you at the next LibrePlanet on March 21-22, 2015 in Cambridge, MA.

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