November 3 - 4, 2018, 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.

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 second annual freenode #live conference.

We would like to thank Bytemark, Falanx, openSUSE, Private Internet Access, Ubuntu and Yubico for supporting last year's event, and we also want to welcome PIA back as the lead sponsor again in 2018! Get in touch with us via e-mail to [email protected] if you would like to find out about sponsorship opportunities for 2018!

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The second freenode #live takes place at We The Curious (formerly At-Bristol Science Centre) in Bristol, UK on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2018. The inaugural freenode #live conference in 2017 saw just over 250 attendees from a wide range of FOSS and other peer-directed projects come together for a weekend of excellent talks and plenty of networking opportunities.

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.

Bristol

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Private Internet Access
openSUSE

Media Sponsors

Linux Journal

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

Speakers

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Leslie Hawthorn

Developer relations strategist, speaker and author. Senior Principal Technical Program Manager on Red Hat’s Open Source Team.

As an internationally known Developer Relations strategist and Community Management expert, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating, and enabling open source communities. She’s best known for creating Google Code-in,the world’s first global initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launching the second-most trafficked Google Developer Blog, receiving an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 for her work to grow the Google Summer of Code program and her contributions to Humanitarian open source projects. During her 15+ years working in the technology industry, Leslie has developed, honed and shared open source expertise spanning the Enterprise to NGOs, including senior roles at Google, Red Hat, the Open Source Initiative, the OSU Open Source Lab and several startups, including Elastic. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, she and her family now call Amsterdam home, though she travels worldwide to keynote about open source, and building products and teams that are built to last. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @lhawthorn. Image and text from Hawtorn Landings [CC BY 3.0]

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Chris Lamb

Project Leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project and a member of the Board of Directors for the Open Source Initiative

Currently Project Leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project and a member of Board of Directors for the Open Source Initiative, Chris is a freelance computer programmer, author of dozens of free-software projects and contributor to 100s of others.

He has been official Debian Developer since 2008 and is currently highly active in the Reproducible Builds sub-project for which he has been awarded a grant from the Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative. In his spare time he is an avid classical musician and Ironman triathlete.

Chris has spoken at numerous conferences including LinuxCon China, HKOSCon, linux.conf.au, DjangoCon Europe, LibrePlanet, OSCAL, All Things Open, SCALE, Software Freedom Kosovo, #freenode Live, FOSS’ASIA, and many more.

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Kyle Rankin

Chief Security Officer at Purism, SPC. Tech Editor and columnist at Linux Journal.

Kyle Rankin is the Chief Security Officer at Purism, SPC and a Tech Editor and columnist at Linux Journal. He is the author of Linux Hardening in Hostile Networks, DevOps Troubleshooting, The Official Ubuntu Server Book, Knoppix Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference, Linux Multimedia Hacks and Ubuntu Hacks, and also a contributor to a number of other O’Reilly books. Rankin speaks frequently on security and free and open source software including at BsidesLV, O’Reilly Security Conference, OSCON, SCALE, CactusCon, OpenWest, Linux World Expo and Penguicon. You can follow him at @kylerankin.

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Bradley Kuhn

Distinguished Technologist at Software Freedom Conservancy, and editor-in-chief of copyleft.org.

Bradley M. Kuhn is the Distinguished Technologist at Software Freedom Conservancy, and editor-in-chief of copyleft.org. Kuhn began his work in the software freedom movement as a volunteer in 1992, as an early adopter of GNU/Linux, and contributor to various Free Software projects. Kuhn’s non-profit career began in 2000 at FSF. As FSF’s Executive Director from 2001-2005, Kuhn led FSF’s GPL enforcement, launched its Associate Member program, and invented the Affero GPL. Kuhn was appointed President of Conservancy in April 2006, was Conservancy’s primary volunteer from 2006-2010, and has been a full-time staffer since early 2011. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola University in Maryland, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. Kuhn received an O’Reilly Open Source Award, in recognition for his lifelong policy work on copyleft licensing.

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VM Brasseur

Vice President of the Open Source Initiative, moderator and author for opensource.com, and an author for Linux Journal.

VM (aka Vicky) spent most of her 20 years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, and providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses. Now she leverages nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to advise companies about free/open source, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them. She is the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. Think of it as the missing manual of open source contributions and community participation. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is now available in an early release beta version. It’s available at https://fossforge.com. Vicky is the Vice President of the Open Source Initiative, a moderator and author for opensource.com, an author for Linux Journal, and a frequent and popular speaker at free/open source conferences and events. She’s the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016). She blogs about free/open source, business, and technical management at {anonymous => ‘hash’};.