[Linux-aus] Software Freedom Day - Saturday September 15th - Melbourne Town Hall - Get involved

Kylie Davies mailkylie at optushome.com.au
Tue Jul 24 08:26:25 UTC 2007

Hi to all, but especially to folks in Melbourne,

<sorry for cross posting>

Last year we put on an event to celebrate our own software freedom and
to let other people know about it. Along with free and open source
(FOSS) software we showcased different FOSS groups and their interests.
There were talks and we watched the code breakers. This year we plan to
run the event again but with a slightly different focus. 

We've decided to drop the talks and have demo zones instead. Within the
demo zones there will be scope to do 10 minute talks and demos. We will
showcase all that is cool in FOSS as well as have a community stand and
a burning station. We plan to show videos too. 

To do this we need volunteers to help out with demo zones, at the
community table and at the burning station. We'll also need people to
help spruik the event out the front of the town hall.  

Computerbank will provide two computers at each of the demo zones. LUV
will supply the burning station. MLUG have suggested they can bring in a
few laptops running different distros. Melbourne Wireless will provide
access points. 

The community stand will be the place where groups can leave information
about themselves. Members from different groups can be rostered to help
with it. We can also hang posters on display boards. 

Depending on funding, we imagine having a number of t-shirts available
for volunteers helping at demo zones or with spruiking.  People from
groups who have their own branded t-shirts (other) should wear them if

We have a planning wiki over at
http://vic.computerbank.org.au/wiki/SoftwareFreedomDay and our main page
for the event is at http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/melb 

We need to know who is interested in attending and helping on the day.
We need to know if your group wants to be represented on the community

If you have a preference to help with a particular demo-zone or task
don't forget to let us know (check the wiki for a list of demo-zones). 

We also need help with letting the general public know about this event,
we need people to help put posters and flyers out there. If you can help
with this please get in touch. We really want to get the word out

If anyone has any ideas or opportunities for publicity we'd love your
help. We really want the day to rock! If you are on mailing lists or
forums you might consider plugging our event in your sig. 

We have a Melbourne SFD planning and volunteers list, if you are
planning on helping out as a volunteer or if you are coming along to
represent your group, let me know, and we'll subscribe you to it. 

Software Freedom Day - only 53 days to go. Get involved. :)

Feel free to forward this email far and wide. 



Kylie Davies
Computerbank Victoria Inc

Recycling computers with care for the community and the environment. 
Low cost Linux computers for concession card holders. 

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