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Software Freedom Day

FreeGeek Chicago, NFP

Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

Software Freedom Day

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This event is free and open to the public, though we do suggest a donation to support FreeGeek Chicago. We estimate that Software Freedom Day is worth $10.00 per person.
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FreeGeek Chicago Invites You to Our
2nd Annual Software Freedom Day Celebration!

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 the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business -- in short, everywhere!

The admission to the event is FREE and open to all enthusiastic people, though we suggest a "Pay-What-You-Can" donation to support FreeGeek Chicago and it's educational and outreach programming. If you write open source software, use free software, or are curious and want to learn about software freedom and the FOSS community, come join us for Software Freedom Day!


About Software Freedom Day

SFD Vision

Our vision is to empower all people to freely connect, create and share in a digital world that is participatory, transparent, and sustainable.

SFD Objectives

  1. To celebrate software freedom and the people behind it
  2. To foster a general understanding of software freedom, and encourage adoption of free software and open standards
  3. To create more equal access to opportunities through the use of participatory technologies
  4. To promote constructive dialogue on responsibilities and rights in the information society
  5. To be inclusive of organizations and individuals that share the SFD Vision (see above)
  6. To be pragmatic, transparent, and responsible as an organization



TimePresentation AreaHack Area
10:00a Registration SETUP
10:30a James Slater
Morning Roundup and Code of Conduct
10:45a David Eads
“What is Software Freedom?”
11:00a Naomi Ceder
“Farewell and Welcome Home - Transition and Inclusion in FOSS”
Django Jail Scrapper - sc3
CryptoParty - RAD
12:00p LUNCH Django Jail Scrapper - sc3
CryptoParty - RAD
12:30p Raven Guerrero
"Image editing with GIMP"
Django Jail Scrapper - sc3
CryptoParty - RAD
01:00p Radicals Against Discrimination (R.A.D.) Chicago
"Principles of Privacy"
Django Jail Scrapper - sc3

02:00p Jay Margalus and Russ Lankenau
“Open Hardware and the Future of Open Software”
Django Jail Scrapper - sc3
CryptoParty - RAD
03:00p Mahrinah von Schlegel
“Open Source in International Markets”
Django Jail Scrapper - sc3
CryptoParty - RAD
04:00p Meg Ford
FOSS Project Hour - “Getting Involved with FOSS Projects”
Django Jail Scrapper - sc3
CryptoParty - RAD

Wilberto Morales
FOSS Project Hour - “Chicago Food Inspections Project”

CryptoParty - RAD

Supreme Chi-Town Coding Crew (sc3)
FOSS Project Hour - "Cook County Jail Scraper"


FreeGeek Volunteer
FOSS Project Hour - Moderated Discussion and Q&A


James Slater
Evening Roundup and Appreciation



About Our Speakers


What to Bring

Bring yourself, some friends, and an open mind. In addition, you may wish to bring the following items:

  • Laptop - This is not a requisite to participate but we encourage you to bring your own to workshops and the hacking area. We'll provide the WiFi and power.
  • Lunch - FreeGeek will be providing light refreshments throughout the day, including coffee, donuts, chips, soda, water, and other snacks. For a full-on lunch, there are some great neighborhood eats: see Brown-Bag Options below. We'll break at 12:00 noon so you can stuff your face for a bit and socialize as well.


Getting Here

By Public Transit

  • CTA Blue Line to Logan Square Stop
  • CTA #76 Diversey Bus
  • CTA #56 Miwaukee Bus
  • CTA #82 Kimball-Homan Bus

By Bike

  • There are few bike racks right by FreeGeek, but we invite you to bring your bike right on into FreeGeek!

By Car

The map below shows free and unpermitted parking in the neighborhood. Generally, you should be able to find parking:

  • On Diversey, starting two blocks east of Kimball
  • On Diversey, starting west of the Family Dollar
  • On Kimball, everything south of Diversey Ave

free street parking



The main access to FreeGeek Chicago is through our grey alley door on the west side of our building, then down a set of stairs. If you would prefer using our elevator,

  • Dial #555 from the call box in front of our glass doors at 3411 W Diversey.
  • We'll answer and buzz you in.
  • Take the elevator to the Basement.


Brown-Bag Lunch Options

1 Spice Thai Cuisine 2886 N. Milwaukee Ave Thai YES STREET NO
2 Giordano's Pizza 2855 N. Milwaukee Ave Pizza & Pastas YES MALL LOT NO
3 Subway 2851 N. Milwaukee Ave Sub Sandwiches YES MALL LOT NO
4 Taqueria El Ranchito 2829 N. Milwaukee Ave. Mexican & American Food YES STREET NO
5 Las Torres 2825 N. Milwaukee Ave Mexican YES STREET NO
6 Best Subs 3426 W. Diversey Burgers & Other Fast Food YES STREET NO
7 Dunkin'Donuts 3427 W. Diversey Coffee & Donuts & Ice Cream YES MALL LOT YES
8 Baskin Robbins 3427 W. Diversey Coffee & Donuts & Ice Cream YES MALL LOT YES
9 Van Phat 2750 N. Kimball Chinese YES STREET NO
10 Subway 3207 W. Diversey Sub Sandwiches YES MALL LOT NO
11 Pierre's Bakery 2727 N. Milwaukee Ave Pastries NO PRKG LOT NO
12 Cafe Con Leche 2714 N. Milwaukee Ave Coffees & Cuban Food YES STREET NO
13 Mr.G's Beef 2715 N. Milwaukee Ave Burgers & Beefs etc... YES STREET NO
14 McDonald's 2707 N. Milwaukee Ave. McBurgers, McDrinks, etc... YES PRKG LOT YES
15 La Puebla 2668 N. Milwaukee Ave Mexican YES STREET NO
16 Half Italian Deli & Grocery 2643 N. Milwaukee Ave Deli Sandwiches & Salads NO STREET NO
17 Choi's Chinese 2628 N. Milwaukee Ave Chinese YES STREET NO

restaurants in the area

Have questions about Software Freedom Day? Contact FreeGeek Chicago, NFP

When & Where

FreeGeek Chicago
3411 West Diversey Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

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FreeGeek Chicago, NFP

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