October 28 - 29, 2017, Bristol/United Kingdom

freenode #live

freenode #live is a community-focused live event designed to build and strengthen relationships between Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) developers and users. freenode live seeks to raise awareness of and promote FOSS alternatives to proprietary software. Facilitating face-to-face interaction, creative workshops, talks and think tanks, freenode #live will bring developers and users together in a nurturing and dynamic environment stimulating the free exchange of ideas and information while fostering cross-project collaboration and dialogue for innovation.

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freenode has been supporting free and open source software and other peer-directed project communities since 1998, and we are excited to now be able to invite you to the inaugural freenode #live conference.

freenode #live takes place at At-Bristol Science Centre in Bristol, UK on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October 2017. We look forward to welcoming you to Bristol for a weekend of talks, workshops and exhibitions from various Free and Open Source Software and other peer-directed projects. It is not too late to get involved as a sponsor or exhibitor, and we would encourage you to get in touch with us by sending an e-mail to [email protected] if you want to learn more about what freenode #live could do for your organisation.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Private Internet Access
Open Rights Group
Free Software Foundation

Media Sponsors


For sponsorship, exhibiting or media partnership enquiries — please e-mail [email protected]

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Student Ticket

Student tickets are available to anyone with a valid Student ID card. This discounted rate provides access to the full conference programming including the Saturday evening drinks reception and entertainment. Please do make sure to let us know your t-shirt size as part of the registration.

Get Tickets £15

Standard Ticket

Standard Tickets provide access to the full conference programming including the Saturday evening drinks reception and entertainment. Please do make sure to let us know your t-shirt size as part of the registration.

Get Tickets £25

Daytime Only Ticket

We want to make sure that the conference is accessible to all, and it is possible to attend the daytime programming (talks and exhibition hall) for free. Please do let us know your t-shirt size as part of the registration, and make sure to register also if you plan to attend for daytime programming only.

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Deb Nicholson

Director of Community Outreach, Open Invention Network

Matthew Garrett

Linux Kernel Developer and Staff Security Engineer, Google
Image by Daniel from Melbourne, Australia (mgarret) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Karen Sandler

Executive Director, Software Freedom Conservancy

Chris Lamb

Debian Project Leader

John Sullivan

Executive Director, Free Software Foundation
Image by Kori Feener [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Neil McGovern

Executive Director, GNOME Foundation

Myles Jackman

Obscenity Lawyer and Legal Director, Open Rights Group


Ethical Hacker, Social Engineer and Co-Founder of Redacted Firm

Christopher Baines

Debian Developer

Mooneer Salem

Software Engineer

Rick Falkvinge

Head of Privacy, Private Internet Access and Founder of the Pirate Party

James Wheare

Founder, IRCCloud

Jamie Bennett

VP of IoT and Device Engineering, Canonical

Oliver Gorwits

Core Developer, NetDisco

Kaspar Emanuel

Electronic Design Engineer and Software Developer, Kitnic

Nilesh Chandekar

Technical Support Engineer (OpenStack), Red Hat

Robert McQueen

Developer, Flatpak/Flathub, and VP of Deployment, Endless


Lecturer in Critical Digital Media Practice, Lancaster

Kavita Kapoor

COO, Micro:bit Educational Foundation

Douglas DeMaio

Senior Consultant, Corporate Communications, OpenSUSE

Matt S Trout

Technical Director, Shadowcat Systems

Errietta Kostala

Software Architect, FairFX

Christopher Jeffrey

CTO, Purse.io

Nathan Handler

Site Reliability Engineer, Yelp

Michael Schloh von Bennewitz

Computer Scientist, Intel Innovator and Mozilla Contributor

Philipp Krenn

Software Developer and Developer Advocate, Elastic

Shane Allen

President, Hacker Spring

Mark Keating

Managing Director, Shadowcat, and Director of FLOSSUK and the Enlightened Perl Organisation

Michael Walker

Ph.D Student, University of York


  • Registration
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Opening Keynote
  • Talks
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  • Lunch
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  • Keynote
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  • Lunch
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  • Closing Keynote