The FSF's 30th Birthday Party
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, 19:00 - 23:00
CIC Boston at 50 Milk St, Boston, MA 02109, a few blocks from the FSF office, and wheelchair accessible
The party is at Cambridge Innovation Center Boston, 50 Milk Street, Boston, 02109, two blocks from the FSF office. To get to the party, enter through the lobby on Devonshire Street, where FSF staff will greet you and direct you to the event.
Parking in the area is expensive -- we recommend taking public transportation to the party, but if you must drive, there are many parking lots in the area. The best deal is at the Boston Common Garage -- $18 for 3+ hours of parking, and about a 15 minute walk to the event.
More on the party
The evening will feature a talk by Richard Stallman, appetizers and dessert, a full bar with cash and credit card payment accepted, a musical surprise, and a photo booth. The dress code is hacker casual -- though you're free to get fancy if you like!
When you get to the party, be sure to stop at the GNU Press shop to check out our limited edition FSF30 t-shirt and make a suggested $30 donation (if you haven't already). The GNU Press shop is also the place to get your hands on a commemorative, engraved copper mug -- for a $50 donation, you'll receive a mug to take home, plus a ticket good for one Moscow GNU (vodka, ginger beer, and lime -- a Moscow Mule, but GNUier!) at the bar. (You can also buy a Moscow Mule at the bar, sans mug.)
We are expecting a full house at the party. Registration at this time is closed -- if you've registered to attend, please arrive early to guarantee admission.
Be sure to check the weather, because it is likely to rain.
Join the Free Software Foundation and friends in Boston, MA to celebrate the culmination of our 30th year fighting for computer user freedom, powered by supporters like you. There will be plenty of social time for catching up with old friends and making new ones, and an address by FSF founder Richard Stallman as the centerpiece of the party.
RSVPs for the FSF30 party are now closed.
Before the party: the User Freedom Summit
We're also hosting a User Freedom Summit on Saturday before the party. Registration is separate from the party. We'll announce more details about the Summit here, on our blog and on the Free Software Supporters mailing list.
Support the FSF's work
Our supporters have made our 30 wonderful years possible. Join as an associate member so that we can keep up this work for the next 30 years. Members also get special benefits, including gratis admission to our yearly LibrePlanet conference.
Volunteer or Sponsor
In addition to setting up the venue and greeting guests, we need people with skills in free software livestreaming. All volunteers will receive a special reverse birthday gift from us to you.
The FSF is also seeking general event, beer, or food sponsors. To sponsor or recommend a sponsor, or to volunteer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not Coming to Boston?
Supporters around the world are organizing local parties to celebrate the FSF's birthday. This the FSF30 Party Network, and each of the events is a party node. Anyone can start a party node by following the instructions.
We're planning to stream the event and post videos online afterwards, so you'll be able to follow along online even if you can't make it to a party node or the event in Boston.
Where to stay
This is our by-no-means comprehensive list of lodging recommendations, listed from inexpensive ($) to expensive ($$$). The city of Cambridge, where many of these hotels are, is directly across the Charles River from Boston and very well connected via the subway's Red Line.
- Hostelling International Boston Downtown ($)
- YMCA, Berkley Residence ($)
- The Irving: a cute New England bed and breakfast in Harvard Square, Cambridge ($$)
- The John Jeffries House: a B&B in Boston ($$)
- Days Hotel of Boston ($$)
- The Marriott: at the Kendall/MIT subway stop in Cambridge stop with many restaurants located nearby ($$)
- The Kendall Hotel: a historic hotel in the heart of the MIT campus, originally an 1800s firehouse ($$$)
- The Doubletree: a hotel in Boston that is known to give away free-as-in-cookies cookies ($$$)
- The Charles Hotel: in Harvard Square, Cambridge, with valet parking ($$$)
- The Cambridge Hyatt Regency: overlooks the Charles river, providing a view of the Boston skyline ($$$)
To get the lowest rates, check out other hostels a little farther away on HostelWorld.