SFD Melbourne 2012
Software Freedom Day: Saturday September 15
Linux Users of Victoria and Free Software Melbourne is hosting Software Freedom Day in Melbourne!
At a conference dedicated to the theme of free software in a free society, confirmed speakers include Jon Lawrence of Electronic Frontiers Australia, Chris Samuel of the Victorian Life Sciences Initiative, Alec Clews of the Melbourne Raspberry Jam, Andy Gleme of the Connected Community HackerSpace, Daniel Jitnah of GreenwareIT, and Lev Lafayette of Linux Users of Victoria. There is a possibility that Belgian social theorist Michel Bauwens will be attending.
Presentations will cover the recent Internet surveillance laws, the importance of free software in scientific computing, new embedded technologies and micro-computers, free software and 3D printers, free software in education, and the business of free software.
Software Freedom Day will be opened by Dr. Alison Parkes, senior lecturer in business information systems at the University of Melbourne, and Greens candidate for Lord Mayor of Melbourne.
Free Software Melbourne will be hosting a games area, the One Laptop per Child project will be present, as will the Raspberry Jam group. There will be plenty of free software available, as well as copies of the OpenDisc.
Software Freedom Day will come with a free lunch (with open sauce!).
Software Freedom Day will be held at the Melbourne Unitarian Church hall (110 Grey Street, East Melbourne), starting at 10am. It's about 5 minutes from Jolimont Station, or a brisk 10 minute walk from Parliament station. There's plenty of parking at the site as well!
Free software has changed the world! Twenty years ago, free software advocates took on the multi-billion proprietary operating systems in the server, supercomputer, and mainframe world - and we won. Ten years ago, we took on the big online encyclopaedias with a free alternative - and we won. Now we're taking on producers themselves with three-dimensional printers. We'll win that as well.
Come celebrate software freedom!
Agenda for the day.
01. Dr. Alison Parkes, University of Melbourne, Opening 10am 02. Jon Lawrence, EFA, "Freedom? Cybercrime Legistlation and Copyright" from 10.15 - 11.00 03. Chris Samuel, VLSCI, "Free Software in Supercomputers and Science", from 11.00 - 11.45 04. Tony Forster, OLPC, "One Laptop per Child Project", 11.45 - 12.30 04. Nom! Nom! Nom! A Free Lunch With Open Sauce 12.30 - 13.30 05. Alec Clews, "Raspberry Pi", 13.30 - 14.15 06. Andy Gelme, "3D Printing with Linux and Arduino", 14.15-15.00 07. Daniel Jitnah "Free Sofware in the Education Sector" 15.15 - 16.00 08. Lev Lafayette "The Business of Free Software" 16.15 - 17.00
Plus other events and spaces
09. Alex Fraser and Andrew Pam, Free Software Games corner 10. Andy Gelme, 3D Printer Space 11. Alec Clews, Rapberry Jam 12. Tony Forster, OLPC 13. Wen Lin, LUV Table