FOSS is back in Portland, OR - July 13-16th 2023 at the Oregon Convention Center!
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Software Freedom Conservancy is so proud to announce that we are hosting a community oriented conference this coming summer. FOSSY (Free and Open Source Yearly) is focused on the creation and impact of free and open source software, uplifting contributors of all experience. We are also mindful of having a safe environment for all. In this new time of conferences, we will be focused on COVID safety and making sure all attendees feel safe participating as much as they feel comfortable (we will have a detailed policy published in the coming weeks).
As this is the first year we are running a conference of this scale, we plan to have 8 tracks for talks over 4 days. With tracks for community building, development and legal and licensing issues, our conference will provide ample learning and networking opportunities for contributors of all levels of experience. We also plan to involve significant community participation in the content of our tracks.
As we look to the future of conferences, we are excited to focus on using free software to run a conference and will seek to help reduce the amount of proprietary software that is treated as default.
If you are interested in sponsoring our conference, please check out our sponsorship prospectus. We are looking for sponsors at a variety of levels, including a sponsor to help us create a fully free WiFi stack for all our attendees.
Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!
FOSSY is a community centered conference and in that vein we want to work with our community to design and build the conference from the ground up. If technology is not made by all of us, it won't be for all of us. In the spirit of community development we are modelling our talk tracks on the community led DevRooms at FOSDEM and LinuxConfAU's miniconfs.
We are looking for people who are committed to specific issues in free software: community, GIS, right to repair, educational software (for example). If you are interested in organizing and running, please see our submission page here.