Free and Open Source Software Yearly conference

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FOSS is back in Portland, OR - August 1-4th 2024 at the Portland State University!

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Software Freedom Conservancy is hosting the second FOSSY at Portland State University! 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.

For the second year of FOSSY we are continuing with a focus on community and accessibility for the future of software freedom.. 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.

Call for track proposals

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.

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