Software Freedom Day 2011 Boston

From OpenHatch wiki

We want to

  • Bring people together who are on the front lines of free software recruitment and teaching
  • Create new contributors (e.g., software development volunteers) for free software projects
  • Create more expert users who are well-versed with free software and can teach others

We're going to do this by organizing a free-of-cost event to celebrate Software Freedom Day here in the Boston area.

Software Freedom Day 2011, in Boston


On Saturday, September 17:

  • 10:00: Registration, and free coffee
  • 10:30: Opening keynote by Máirín Duffy, discussing the highly-effective outreach effort called "Fedora Design Ninjas."
  • 11:00: Ignite-style presentations by community groups
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1:00: "Show and tell" time, where you can speak with community groups
  • 1:30 - 4:30: Two tracks: Installation help and tutorials (for newcomers to free software), and community organizing talks with Q&A (for ongoing contributors)
  • 4:30-5:00: Wrap-up
  • 5:00 to 7:00: After-party, at Tommy Doyle's in Harvard Square (some tickets for drinks will be available for attendees thanks to the generous support of the Open Innovation Network)

The detailed schedule is available at the schedule page. Note that it is still in flux!


Cambridge College has graciously offered to donate space at 1000 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA. To get here:


The event is organized by OpenHatch and made possible with generous support from the Open Invention Network and the Free Software Foundation.

Organizational checklist

Other SFD celebrations

  • NEIA Free Culture is organizing one of their own on Tuesday, September 20.
  • Add yours here!

Slides & Information

  • Keynote Máirín Duffy
    • Video, recorded by Chris Macken
  • A. Richard Miller's talk and Walter Bender's talk
  • Video, recorded by Chris Macken
  • Rob McQueen's talk on "Free Software in Consumer Electronics," subtitled: "(why Android makes my job harder)"