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The Call for Sessions for LibrePlanet 2015 is open from Monday, September 15th, 2014 to
Sunday, November 2nd Sunday, November 9th, 2014 at 19:59 EST (23:59 UTC).
This year, the theme of LibrePlanet is "Free Software Everywhere." We're looking for talks that touch on the many places and ways that free software is used around the world, as well as ways to make free software ubiquitous. Think "where" in the broadest sense of the word--it's not just geography-based talks we're after. What are some contexts where free software is thriving, and some others where it needs a push? How have you worked to gain a foothold for free software in your company or community? And what about free software on all of the myriad pieces of hardware we use, including laptops, phones, tablets, and even coffee makers? At LibrePlanet 2015, we're taking software freedom around the world, to outer space, and through all kinds of industries, governments, organizations, fields of study, and communities.
Yes! We encourage speakers of all experience levels to submit a proposal. LibrePlanet is a great place for new and seasoned speakers alike. While LibrePlanet always includes technical talks, our program also emphasizes topics that are appropriate for newcomers. We are especially interested to see proposals from people who use free software or apply its values for social benefit, from academic research to community organizing, education to medicine and the arts.
While we do not provide honorariums for our speakers, speakers are eligible to apply for travel scholarships (see our list of important dates for more info). So yes, please submit a proposal even if you live far away and aren't sure you can afford a plane ticket!
At LibrePlanet, we are looking for sessions that embrace the free software movement's ideals and also its language. For example, successful proposals will use phrases like "free software" and avoid phrases like "open source."
There is also a place on the proposal form to indicate if you would like to participate in the conference in other ways in addition to your session – by framing and moderating a panel; facilitating a caucus space; sharing media-making skills; demonstrating something cool in the exhibit hall; or blogging about the conference. Please let us know about the community-building skills you have to share!