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Friday, March 23rd

SpinachCon 2018

Do you ever wish the free software were just a little bit better? As a longtime free software advocate, I certainly have had this thought many times. Enter SpinachCon — it’s a hackfest for user experience and new contributor feedback. The idea is that sometimes free software “has a little spinach in it’s teeth” and it needs its friends to let it know in a friendly way. Contact Deb Nicholson with any questions.

This location is wheelchair accessible.

When: 12:30 - 17:00
Where: CGIS Knafel
1737 Cambridge Street
K354 Seminar Room, Third Floor

Free Software Foundation Open House

Mingle with speakers and other attendees at the FSF office before the conference. Refreshments will be served. Check in and receive your nametag here, and skip the line on Saturday!

This location is wheelchair accessible. Please call 617-542-5942 for assistance.

When: 17:00 - 19:30
Where: FSF Office (transportation tips)
51 Franklin Street
Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Welcome Dinner

The Welcome Dinner is for all women, genderqueer, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people interested in free software

Start your LibrePlanet off by having a fun, gratis dinner with some great people in free software. A group of us will be heading to the restaurant from the FSF Open House, but feel free to meet us there! Please RSVP by adding your name and any eating restrictions you have..

This location is wheelchair accessible.

We would like to thank IBM for their generous support and sponsorship of this dinner.

When: 19:45
Where: Hei La Moon
88 Beach St
Boston, MA, 02110

Saturday, March 24th

LibrePlanet Party!

Join us Saturday night to celebrate free software in Downtown Boston! After the Free Software Awards, head over to Scholars Bistro. We will have gratis snacks, and your first drink is on us. A full dinner menu is available for purchase. The venue is accessible, and all ages are welcome!

This location is wheelchair accessible.

When: 19:00 - 22:00
Where: Scholars Bistro
25 School Street
Boston, MA 02108

Hacking and Social Space

Looking for a little quieter social time? The FSF office will be open late for hacking and hanging out. Snacks, (nonalcoholic) drinks, and power will be provided! This is an alcohol-free event.

This location is wheelchair accessible.

When: 19:00 - 21:30
Where: FSF Office (transportation tips)
51 Franklin Street
Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Piano Concert: Kimiko Ishizaka

Enjoy a performance by celebrated pianist and composer Kimiko Ishizaka, whose dedication to free culture is reflected in her decision to release the recording and score of her latest project, “The Libre Art of the Fugue,” with a free license.

This location is wheelchair accessible.

When: 19:30 - ?
Where:MIT Killian Hall
Building 14W, Room 111
160 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139

Sunday, March 25th

Annual FSF Associate Members Meeting

Are you an FSF associate member? If so, join your fellow Associate Members for a feedback and visioning session over lunch. Share your thoughts on the Foundation, the free software movement, and what you want to see more of. This event is organized by Associate Members with the support of the FSF, and notes from the meeting will be shared with FSF staff. RSVP on the LibrePlanet wiki so we make sure to have enough lunch! Donations for food are welcome but not required.

This location is wheelchair accessible.

When: 12:35 - 13:35, Sunday, 3/25
Where: Room 32-155 at MIT's Stata Center (the building where most LibrePlanet sessions take place)

Free Software/Culture Community Pub Night

Close out LibrePlanet with us at Grendel's Den! This local institution has been welcoming to Boston (and visiting) hackers for over ten years. All ages welcome!

This location is wheelchair accessible. Please call 617-491-1160 for assistance.

When: 21:00, Sunday, 3/25 - 01:00, Monday, 3/27
Where: Grendel's Den
89 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Near the Harvard Square stop on the MBTA red line Wheelchair access: There is elevator access upon request. Call 617-491-1160 to have someone from Grendel's assist you.

Monday, March 26th

LibreOffice Certification

Lothar Becker will host a certification-focused workshop on Monday, March 26, at the Boston Nonprofit Center, from 09:30 to 13:30.

LibreOffice Certification has been extended to FSF Associate Members in 2017, based on the same professional pre-requisites of TDF Members. The workshop will offer a thorough overview of the skills requested and a summary of TDF migration and training protocols. Participation is free but must be booked in advance by sending an email to

This location is wheelchair accessible.

When: 09:00 - 13:30
Where: Boston Nonprofit Center
89 South St
Boston, MA 02111
Near the South Station stop on the MBTA red line

Programmable Publishing: Digital Humanities for Everyone

This workshop is designed to teach basic programming skills to humanities students and scholars without a background in math or computer science. Using the Racket programming language, the user-friendly text editor DrRacket, and the markup language Scribble, participants will learn how to write an academic paper from start to finish which can then be exported to html and pdf.

For more details, or to register, visit the registration page.

This location is wheelchair accessible.

When: 09:00 - 12:00
Where: RedHat
300 A Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02110