The freenode project has been supporting free and open source software and other peer-directed project communities since 1998.

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.

We would love to see your project at freenode #live, whether as an exhibitor, speaker or participating in another way. We recognise that freenode provides a home to peer-directed projects that do not have a FOSS focus, and we want the conference to be just as inclusive and diverse as the freenode network itself, and we would love to see projects such as Creative Commons, Free Culture, Wikipedia, and the various hackerspaces/makerspaces and digital rights organisations represented as well!

Please join us in the #live channel on the freenode network, or send us an e-mail ([email protected]) if you have any questions and would like to get involved! Further information will also be posted on the website.

We would also like to extend thanks to Private Internet Access, who have agreed to be our main sponsor and co-host this year -- if you are looking for sponsorship opportunities, please drop us a line to [email protected] and we will try our best to accommodate.

Call for Papers

We are ready to accept your proposals for sessions!

You can submit proposals for Talks, Demonstrations, Workshops and Lightning Talks. Proposals should fit in one of the 3 tracks: Privacy and Security, FOSS and Community and Making and Remixing. The submission period has begun Saturday, July 1. 2017 and closes Thursday, August 31. 2017. That means you have only 8 days left! Remember fn-live17 will only be as good as the sessions you present. Submit early, submit often!

Where to stay in Bristol

Here is a selection of hotels and hostels in close proximity to the venue, please note that Bristol also offers numerous other options.


ibis Bristol Centre

ibis Bristol Centre is situated just across the road from the conference venue, right in the heart of Harbourside and close to the Bristol Cathedral, Hippodrome Theatre, University of Bristol and many other attractions.


YHA Bristol Hostel

Situated only three minutes walk from At-Bristol, this backpackers hostel makes a perfect base. Explore the harbourside and old city areas, visit the magnificent Avon Gorge - Brunel’s suspension bridge, or enjoy Bristol’s cultural base of theatres, museums, art galleries and thriving live music and club scene.

Visit Stokes Croft to encounter the eclectic, unconventional and quirky quarter of this forward-thinking and green (it's official) city.


Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

Situated next to the cathedral and only a few minutes walk from the conference venue, the Marriott Royal provides and excellent and luxurious base for your visit and is conveniently close to Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Zoo.


Buy your ticket now!

Student Ticket

Students are eligible for a discount on the standard ticket price -- a student ticket gives you full access to all talks and the exhibition hall, as well as evening social events. Please remember to select your preferred t-shirt size.

Get Ticket £15

Standard Ticket

A standard ticket provides access to all talks, the exhibition hall and evening social events. Please remember to select your preferred t-shirt size.

Get Ticket £25

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Want to sponsor or exhibit at freenode #live? Please contact us!