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Software Freedom Day 2008

Posted by Unlimited Potential on 20/09/08
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Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about of the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business—in short, everywhere! The non-profit company Software Freedom International coordinates SFD at a global level, providing support, giveaways and a point of collaboration, but volunteer teams around the world organize the local SFD events to impact their own communities.

A local event to celebrate SFD is to be held in Wellington on Saturday 20th September from 12pm - 6pm at the Michael Fowler Centre and Town Hall. 

Unlimited Potential and all sponsors and organisers of the event will be welcoming more than 120 software enthusiasts from around the country are already set to attend the event this Saturday at 12noon at the Wellington Town Hall and Convention Centre – including leading programmers, website development teams, and open source advocates.

Software Freedom Day ’08 is part of an international initiative celebrating open source software – that is, software that is developed through a transparent peer-review process, independent of commercial organisations. The software is free to use and can be shared among multiple users.

“Software Freedom Day gives Kiwis an easy way to investigate, learn, and share knowledge around open source software,” says Nat Torkington, host of Software Freedom Day ’08.

If you’ve ever been curious about it, or just wanted something better than what you’ve got, come on by. The event is open to everyone – not just programmers. It’s a great chance to learn more about open source software and meet the Kiwis who are changing the face of software.

The event will feature an ‘open source barcamp’ allowing participants to discuss their thoughts, ideas and experiences with open source software and a ‘hackfest’/‘installfest’ which will offer participants the opportunity to participate and the SuperHappyDevHouse hack-a-thon, demonstrate open source software to a captive audience, and have open source software (such as Linux) installed on their computer with help from the WellyLUG team.  There will be free wifi, expresso, afternoon tea and after a short wrap up session at 6pm, pizza and beer!

All those registered for Software Freedom Day ‘08, and in attendance on the day will also have the chance to win an $895 ‘golden ticket’ to Webstock ’09 and associated swag (thanks to the generosity of the Webstock team).

Software Freedom Day ‘08 is proudly sponsored and organised by Unlimited Potential, CWA New Media, New Zealand Open Source Society (NZOSS), SuperHappyDevHouse, WellyLUG, Ideegeo, Morphoss, Cafenet, Catalyst IT, Sun Microsystems, 920, Grow Wellington, Gen-i, Silverstripe, Xero, Google, Webstock and InternetNZ.

A wiki has been created for the event where you can post ideas about the open source projects you are interested in hacking on or talking about at the barcamp. Visit it here.

Date: Saturday 20th September 2008
Time: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Michael Fowler Centre and Town Hall
Note: This is an 18+ event, minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

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