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Software Freedom Day Chicago 2012

FreeGeek Chicago is a not-for-profit community organization that recycles used computers and parts to provide functional computers, education, internet access and job skills training to those who want them. FreeGeek advocates for the humane, environmentally-friendly use of information technology.

Free Geek Chicago will be hosting this year an event celebrating Software Freedom Day. We invite you and all the friends of software freedom in Chicago to join us in our hackerspace during this annual celebration on September 15th.


Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 10am to 6pm


We are located in the Logan Square neighborhood at 3411 W. Diversey Ave., Basement, Chicago, IL 60647

Activities along the day:






History and Philosophy of Free and Open Source” David Eads


Software Libre Movement in Latin America” Banio Carpenter


Edubuntu in Schools” Beth Lynn Eicher


Intro to Command Line” James Mazurek


Lunch Break


Git workshop” Nishitha Ningegowda


Gnome Outreach” Meg Ford


Want to keep government data open and free? Don't miss this one.” Kate Eyler-Werve


Software Radio: A new galaxy of opportunities for all” Martin O'Shield


Gaming on Linux” James Slater


Making Your Computer Accessible From the Internet” Erik Johnson


Introduction to Tor” Squeaky Clean


Introduction to GNOME 3” Brian Cameron


GNU Media GoblinChristopher Allan Webber


Diaspora ProjectTodor Krecu


Running Your Old Programs (Linux Virtualization & Emulation)” Joel Luellwitz

Although, having a laptop is not a requisite to participate, we encourage you to bring your laptop to workshops and hacking area.

Presentations Download:

The presentation "Making Your Computer Accessible from the Internet", can be downloaded from the following URL:


Hack Fest

From 10 AM to 6 PM

This is a hands-on area. Here you can:

  • join and learn/code with:
    • Townsquare Project: web application - Drupal (present) and Django (proposed) - https://github.com/freegeekchicago/townsquare

    • The Gnome Project: To be involved with the GNOME hackfest, it would be best to have your own computer or laptop with a recent version of GNOME 2 or GNOME 3 running on it. It would be okay to use GNOME via a LiveCD or Live USB. Much of GNOME is written in C and Python. People who have experience and interest in these areas will be given guidance about how to work with the code. There are also many other areas of GNOME that do not involve so much coding if there is an interest, such as how to work with GNOME configuration internals or graphic design opportunities. http://www.gnome.org/

    • Kevin Brandstatter + Android Framework: setting up the environment and starting a basic project, code management and maintaining a project. Any code would be in java and the end product might be more of a group idea.

  • bring your own open source project, work on that, and get help/advice from the community


If you write open source software, use free software, or want to learn about software freedom, come join us for Software Freedom Day!

Registration for Software Freedom Day is now open. The event is FREE but space is limited so register today!


For more information visit us on: www.freegeekchicago.org, or Twitter.

Happy hacking!


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