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Chicago Software Freedom Day

Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CDT)

Chicago Software Freedom Day

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Software Freedom Day is an international celebration of user freedom and a time to share our knowledge and expertise with the community. 
FreeGeek Chicago invites you to participate in our first annual Software Freedom Day activities on Saturday, September 15, 2012 between 10 AM and 6 PM. 

The admission to the event is FREE and open to all enthusiastic people. 
Suggested/Voluntary Donation: $5

If you write open source software, use free software, or are curious and want to learn about software freedom and the FLOSS community, come join us for Software Freedom Day! 
Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

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 MediaGoblin” Christopher Allan Webber


Diaspora Project” Todor 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.

Hack Fest



10:00 AM


6:00 PM

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

  • join and learn/code with:

    • Townsquare Project: web application - Drupal (present) and Django (proposed)

    • The Gnome ProjectTo 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. 

    • 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

We are going to have:
  • Open Source Gaming Station
  • FreeGeek Tours
  • A lot of fun!

Don't forget to bring your favorite distro to share and your laptop!

How to come to the event?

We highly recommend that all attendees take the Blue Line or CTA Buses for easiest access.

By public transportation:

  • Blue Line Logan Square Station

Buses to FreeGeek:
  • #82 Kimball-Homan bus
  • #56 Milwaukee Ave. bus
  • #76 Diversey bus

Parking in the area:

See the map bellow for a view of free parking locations in the neighborhood:

free street parking

  • On Diversey, starting two blocks east of us, parking is free.
  • On Diversey, everything west of the Family Dollar is free.
  • On Kimball, everything south of Diversey Ave is free.

Places where get lunch in the area:

restaurants in the area

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
Have questions about Chicago Software Freedom Day? Contact the organizer

When & Where

FreeGeek Chicago
3411 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CDT)

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FreeGeek Chicago

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.

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