LibrePlanet: Conference/2024/Lightning Talks

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Lightning talks at LibrePlanet

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Lightning talks are five-minute presentations given by conference attendees on free software topics they're passionate about.

If you would like to give a lightning talk at LibrePlanet 2024: Cultivating Community please list a title, a short description, and (optionally) your name to the list below.

  • To ensure a conference that's safe and fun for everyone, we take our Safe Space Policy very seriously. We'd appreciate it if you looked it over before planning your presentation.
  • There are many conferences focused on "open source," and we're proud that people come to LibrePlanet to be part of the free software movement. In your presentations, please use the term "free software" rather than "open source", to help us keep LibrePlanet focused on computer-user freedom. We appreciate it, and your audience will too.
  • You can choose whether you want to have your lightning talk in person or online.

For remote lightning talks: Submit a recorded lightning talk by April 15

  • Record a 5-minute max. video. If you can't reduce your talk to 5 minutes, do not hesitate to upload. We may still find a spot for it but we can't guarantee it.
  • We prefer **horizontal** (4:3, 16:9) videos and it would be ideal if you could transcoded your video into **WebM** format.
  • Upload your video for LibrePlanet 2024: Cultivating Community by following the upload instructions.
  • Please upload your video no later than April 15. If you didn't make this deadline, do not hesitate to upload, who knows, we may still find a spot for it but we can't guarantee it.

The lightning talks will be streamed and posted online.

For in-person lightning talks: Submit your slides by April 15

  • Upload your slides for LibrePlanet 2024: Cultivating Community by following the upload instructions and uploading slides in a free format.
  • Please make sure your slides are in PDF format, not LibreOffice (and, of course, please definitely not in PowerPoint).
  • Please upload your slides no later than April 15. If you didn't make this deadline, do not hesitate to upload, who knows, we may still find a spot for it but we can't guarantee it.
  • As a precautionary measure, also bring your slides on a USB drive to your talk.


If you have questions, please send an email with your question to campaigns at fsf dot org.

Our tips for an awesome lightning talk:

  • Be as selective as possible with what you cover. (In our experience, a five-minute talk cannot cover what a fifteen-minute talk covers and still be effective.)
  • Use a large, reader-friendly font for all your slides.
  • Keep the number of your slides low.
  • Do not visually overload your slides.

Watch past LibrePlanet Lightning talks for inspiration:

<< See recordings of past talks, both online and in-person. >>

Lightning talks at LibrePlanet



Short description

Speaker(s) (optional)

LibrePlanet 2024 talk proposals

Put your talk here, please, using the template above.

Title: Grist: Spreadsheet data ownership without losing collaboration

Short description: Spreadsheets have gone from a local app to a world of collaborative productivity SaaS tools, but losing data control, ownership, and privacy in the process. Grist is modern collaborative spreadsheet-database with a free software core, that can be run on your servers.

We’ll talk about why general-purpose spreadsheets are still a fantastic productivity tool, why they need to be collaborative and what that should mean today, and why FOSS-sensitive organizations choose Grist.

Speaker(s) (optional): Dmitry Sagalovskiy

Title: Group: LibrePlanet Denver

Short description: LibrePlanet Denver is a group of activists and other volunteers who advocate for the ideals of Free/Libre Software as an ethical social movement, and digital rights as a necessary means for a Free Society. We operate in accordance with the LibrePlanet Mission Statement and Code of Conduct.

Speaker: Robbie (macrohumanity)

Title: Introduction to Overlay Mesh Networks

Short description: Expanding mesh overlay networks is a plausible path to achieve a Free and decentralized Internet.

In this talk, I will give a high-level overview of what these networks are, what they can be used for, and how they compare to other attempts to make a less broken Internet like IPv6.

Speaker: Zachary Liebl

Title: Self-Hosted Web Apps: Cultivating the Sandstorm Community

(May 3rd submission)

Short description

Web applications are an important topic in Free Software and user autonomy. Installing and administering them is still difficult for most users, and a hassle for everyone. This makes us rely more on Big Tech.

Sandstorm is a project aiming to fix that. It has an application model that's secure by default. Application installation for users is similar to the experience on desktop or phone. Application development is also simpler, as Sandstorm takes care of user accounts and many security concerns out of the box.

The platform was created ten years ago as a business, and has since changed hands to become a community project. We currently have a small community (and a lot of old fans who have prematurely lamented Sandstorm's demise). We see a lot of untapped potential in this project, but we need to cultivate our community to make it happen.

Speaker Daniel Krol

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