On our side of the world we are planning to celebrate in Hong Kong where we are now registered and happen to already have a hackerspace. We have about one month to finalize the plans so expect more announcement on this topic soon.
And for the hackerspaces not registered yet it is definitely still time: you have the space, the people in your neighbourhood are waiting for you to take up the challenge and show them what you are doing. Wait no more and register right now to let them know you will be participating!
We are launching a new celebration around Open Source Hardware called Hardware Freedom Day and which will be celebrated on April 20, 2013 (Saturday). We just launched registration and will be sending an event kit (t-shirts, banners, posters, stickers, balloons, etc) free of charge to all the teams who register before March 15, 2013.
Need ideas for your event? You can always subscribe to our mailing list and see what others are doing. We also have an IRC channel on freenode (#hfd) for instant communication. Also please help us to make this event as big as SFD by using our banners and countdown on your website. Feel free to localize these artworks (all released under a CC-BY license) to your language and don't forget to share your files on the HFD wiki for others. Happy HFD!
We will of course continue with the current schedule of two annual worldwide celebrations of Culture and Software Freedom respectively called Culture Freedom Day and Software Freedom Day. Both will be celebrated as planned, respectively the 3rd Saturday of May and the 3rd Saturday of September, putting CFD on Saturday 18 May and SFD on Saturday 21 September this year. Events registration will open around mid March for CFD and early June for SFD. As usual early SFD registrants gets to receive a free team pack and we are still trying to raise sufficient funds to provide the same benefits for CFD events.
All the SFD team packs have left DFI office and are now on their way to your event. All registered teams before August 12 this year should start to receive the great stuff we have prepared for them. In total we packed and shipped about 200 packages together with our local community. DFI has been generous enough as every year to invite us for dinner that same day!
A big thank you goes to Google, Canonical, Linode, Free Software Foundation, FSFE, Linux Magazine, Ubuntu Users, Smart Developer, Admin magazine, Linux Journal, FreeBSD, and Joomla!. We are also pretty excited to have new FOSS projects doing their part to support and encourage SFD, such as Creative Commons and Open Clipart . For those who missed the deadline, subscribe to our announce or discuss mailing lists to get notified next year and rush to our artwork page to download all the source files and produce your own goodies!
Digital Freedom International is one more time very proud to announce the SFD 2011 best event competition results. We would like to name in no specific order:
- SFD team 8layertech/SFD.PH, Philippines
- SFD team CP-Union, Philippines
- SFD team IEEE ENIS Student Branch, Tunisia
As a general comment we were very pleased to see a higher quality of most events participating in the competition and would also like to mention some entries which didn't make it in the top 3 but definitely deserve to be mentioned: Palestine Software Freedom Day, Bluepoint Linux User Elite and Algeria Software Freedom Day.
Congratulations to all! Full details available here.
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