Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual worldwide celebration of Free Software. SFD is a public education initiative with the simple aim of increasing awareness of Free Software and its virtues, and encouraging its use.
Software Freedom Day was established in 2004 and was first observed on the 28th of August of that year. Over 70 teams participated in the first Software Freedom Day. Since that time it has grown in popularity and organisers anticipate more than 1000 teams this year.
Since 2006 Software Freedom Day has been held on the third Saturday of September.
In the Philippines, independent groups, IT activists and passionate practitioners of F/OSS organize themselves for this very day and pull their efforts and resources together to promote the use and benefits of Free Software. Ti’s the time of the year where “IT Activists” celebrate the essence of FREEDOM. FREEDOM from cost, Liberation from ignorance and FREEDOM to innovate. That though FOSS and Using FOSS is FREE; Learning and Being Learned is PRICELESS.
This year we decided to register our team to SFD.PH, instead of 8layer Team due to the fact that 8layer Team has already enjoined other pious and staunch advocates. This is a concerete manifestation of our steady goal on awareness and proliferation of the F/OSS principles and philosophy in the Country. YES, the SFD Movement in the Philippines is getting bigger and formidable.
The SFD.PH team, growing steadily every, gathered for our common cause on the utility and benefits of FOSS, imbibes the objective is to essentially and meaningfully reach individuals and organizations to responsibly make use and believe that Information Technology can immensely impact the way of living, doing and our society today.
One way or another our small seed, simple and sincere deeds, our passion and determination has flourished to propagate our firm belief that only with the right perspective and values on Information Technology can we be able to maximize IT’s potential.
And in knowing that “We can only build, with what we know what we have”, this endeavor also fosters enhancing oneself, continued growth and development.
Like gypsies, our team moves from one venue to another, adopting a new community to be aware of the beauty and utility of Free Software, and after the solidarity F/OSS is then adapted.
So this year, our SFDPH2011 Event with theme, “Smarter Communities Choose to be FREE” will be hosted and held at St. Paul University Philippines, Tuguegarao, Cagayan and is projected to draw 2000 students, IT practitioners, representative of government offices and companies in the Region.