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GNU system 30th anniversary celebration and hackathon

MIT in Cambridge, MA

September 28 - 29, 2013

Welcome to the GNU 30th anniversary celebration and hackathon.

Thirty years ago this month, the GNU system announcement sparked a conversation that has grown into the global free software movement.

The free software movement is built around the concept that computer programs should be "free, as in freedom"; available for everyone to use or modify as they see fit. Software that is developed collaboratively and shared freely can help us create a more just and abundant world for everyone. We need the free software movement now more than ever, as governments and giant IT corporations are working to restrict our freedom, stifle innovation, and invade our privacy, threatening our ability to create change in areas beyond technology.

This hackathon will focus on two important needs for free software in today's Web-based world: federated publishing and communication services, and tools to protect privacy and anonymity.


All hackathon events take place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA in buildings 54 and 66.

MBTA stop: Kendall/MIT (Red line)

Nearby Restaurants

The Friendly Toast: 1 Kendall Square B3101. All-day brunch menu with vegan options.

Stratton Student Center: MIT Building W20. Food court with burritos and fast food franchises.

Veggie Galaxy: 450 Massachusetts Ave (Central Sq). Vegetarian diner with vegan options.



Microblog: #gnu30

IRC: #gnu on Freenode


Learn more about hackathon projects by visiting the GNU 30th anniversary collection on the Free Software Directory at


Commotion Wireless is a free software communication tool that uses mobile phones, computers, and other wireless devices to create decentralized mesh networks. | Hackathon info |

coreboot is a free software project aimed at replacing the proprietary BIOS (firmware) found in most computers. | Hackathon info |

F-Droid is an easily-installable catalogue of free software applications for Android devices. | Tutorial and skillshare info |

The cryptoparty is an opportunity to get started with email encryption, a crucial way to protect yourself from surveillance online. Already using cryptography? Help us grow the Web of Trust by signing keys and letting others sign yours. | Cryptoparty info

GNU Gnash is a free software replacement for Adobe Flash and can be run standalone on the desktop or an embedded device, as well as a plugin for several browsers. | Hackathon info |

GNOME is a free desktop environment designed to put users in control and bring freedom to everyone. | Newcomers workshop and hackathon info |

GNU FM is free software for running music community websites, like | Hackathon info |

GNU MediaGoblin is a free software media publishing platform that anyone can run. | Hackathon info |

GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. | Hackathon info |

GNU social is a free microblogging server written in PHP and focused on federation. | Hackathon info |

GNU Guix is a purely functional package manager for the GNU system, and a distribution thereof. | Hackathon info |

Tahoe-LAFS is a free remote storage system that distributes your data across multiple servers. | Hackathon info |

Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. | Hackathon info |


For the latest information, visit the self-organized theme dinners page.


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