The Working Centre
The Working Centre is a Kitchener-based not-for-profit community organization that helps people in a variety of ways: job searching, refurbished bikes, community kitchen, thrift shop and computer recycling. We hosted the Kitchener Software Freedom Day in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Please note: Due to many other events being held on September 15th, 2012. The Working Centre has decided to hold our Software Freedom Day 1 week later, September 22, 2012.
Location(s): Presentations will be at the back of the Queen Street Commons at 43 Queen Street South in downtown Kitchener, Ontario.
The installfest and CD/DVD giveaway will be held at Computer Recycling, 66 Queen Street South. Use the Charles Street entrance.
The following people have offered to present topics related to software Freedom:
10:30am - David Lloyd Carr
11:30am - Joe Wennechuk
12:30pm - Bob Jonkman
1:30pm - Stefan Chirila
2:30pm - John Eddie Kerr
10:30am - David Carr: Make Your Own Freedom By Writing Your Own Software
Frustrated that there just doesn't seem to be a program or app that does exactly what you want? Maybe there is, but it does a lot of other things too that just get in the way. Maybe you just can't see paying for something so trivial. "I just want it to... How hard can that be?"
The answer may be, "Not so hard." Writing your own software has never been easier. Together we'll look at a few programs I wrote for my own personal use and how you can go about creating your own.
11:30am - Joseph Wennechuk: Transitioning from Manufacturing Work to IT
Joe worked for a welder for many years. He will share his career path from manufacturing to taking courses at a private college to learning about Free Software and engaging the community.
12:30pm - Bob Jonkman: What Is Software Freedom?
- A bit of history:
- the League for Programming Freedom
- Free Software Foundation
- the Open Source Movement
- The different kinds of "Free Software":
- Open Source
- (and their arch enemy, Proprietary Software)
- Free Software Licences
- GNU General Public License
- Apache, Mozilla and others
1:30pm - Stefan Chirila: Free Software is mainstream. The silent revolution is over
- How Free Software has changed the world
- Free software adoption in key positions
- Where free software has caught up with commercial software and where it's about to surpass it
- Tutorial on photography (RAW Therapee)
2:30pm - John Eddie Kerr: How Free Software Affects Consumers and Taxpayers
John Kerr started learning Linux to avoid copyright infringement. Then the economic aspects became clear. In this talk John will share his insights.
We are actively looking for volunteers who can help with the install-fest, who want to prepare materials about free software, or talk about using free software.We will also need volunteers to help with setup, takedown and logistics on the day of the event.
If you'd like to be a part of TWC's SFD 2012 team please contact:
- Call Charles (519)743-1151 x121, email: cr @ theworkingcentre.org. (or visit in person @ 66 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario).
- Call Paul N. (519)743-1151 x147
Software Freedom Day artwork page: http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/Artwork
Event Preparation Resources: http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/Resources