Software Freedom Day 2016

It doesn't matter how much you directly participate in software
freedom or what operating system you run, all that matters is that you
would like to live in a world of software freedom where every
individual can control the code that runs on their computer and the
conditions under which it executes. It's that time of the year for all
of us who compute to celebrate our freedoms in technology and indulge
in the finer details of keeping our increasingly digital lives under
our direct control.

Free Software Melbourne, in conjunction with Linux Users Victoria, is
celebrating the 13th annual Software Freedom Day. With a variety of
talks and workshops helping everyone to get the most out of the
Free/Libre and Open Source communities and the free software they make


Our gracious hosts this year are:

Electron Workshop co-working space
31 Arden Street, North Melbourne

Time Table

A (data) array of wonderful talkers have been so kind as to help
spread the word or just give you a tour of some great programs that
respect you.


10:00am - Doors Open

So there is no opening ceremony. What is this the Olympics? I hope
not! We don't need that level of needless grandeur! Also we are not
sponsored by Mega-Globa-Pharma Corp. Come early and meet some like
minded people before the talks start off.

11:00am - Information and communication technology & Free software in Schools.

The stereo type of most technology in schools is one of an endless sea
of proprietary software with no room for anything else, the truth
however is much more refined. This is a look at what software is being
using in schools and what can be done in the future to improve the use
of free software in education.

Duration: 1 hour

12:00pm - Matt Cengia (@mattcen) and Open Street Map Applications.

Almost all people talk about Google Maps and Apple Maps - not us! It
is great to see progress in the open alternative Open Street Maps.
Find out how to use one of the most comprehensive and complete mapping
data assets ever compiled for your own use. A great place to start is
the Electron workshop!

Duration: 1 hour

1:00pm - Free and Open Source Community Gathering

1:30pm - Lunch in North Melbourne.

Lets just make this clear. North Melbourne doesn't have the same class
as one of Heston's restaurants but there are loads of great local
restaurants for a good meal and "endless conversation"*.

*Endless conversion is limited to the duration period.

Duration: 1 Hour

2:30pm - Russell Coker and Bionc
Have you ever wanted to help search for extra terrestrial activity? How
about helping develop the next generation of antimalarial drug? What
about helping mankind discover the secrets of the cosmos? Russell
will show us all how to do this and more from the comfort of our living
rooms using the Boinc research platform.

Duration: 1 Hour

Games and workshops

Must we go on? Yes! This is the point of the day you will have
hopefully been through a few talks, have your head buzzing with
questions and ideas and a have been eyeing off the games running off
to the side for the last few few hours. Well now is your time to play!
Or talk. Network with others at the event or have fun on fully free
software games (No Steam or GOG here).

Duration: 45 Mintues

Round up of the day

At last we must say goodbye. A 'State of the union' like speech from
Linux User Victoria and Free Software Melbourne representatives. A
reminder of why freedom in technology is important to everyone. Also
expect us to persuade you to come to our regular monthly meetups -
don't worry we are not a cult. Well not yet. ;)

Duration: 15 Minutes

Next year we do it all again! uber, but this is the only part of the
event that is neither Libre nor Gratis. You must evacuate the premises
and we're not paying your way home (although we can help you sort out
a cab or public transport directions)

Entry is free anytime, so help spread the word on everyone’s
liberties. Tea, Coffee and light snacks will be provided gratis and
soft drinks avaliable at Electron Workshop prices.

This is the a family friendly event, please invite anyone that is
interested as the more people that are involved the more the positive
effects can be spread.

You can see our Code of conduct online at the link below. Be
respectful. Be mindful. Work together. Advocate freedom.

Hope to see lots of happy faces (you don't have to be happy I guess)
at the event.

For more information in regards to Software Freedom Day, please see
the links below.

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