2011 SFD Registration is launched!

SFD Registration is launch!

This is with a great pleasure (and small delay) that we are announcing registration opening for SFD 2011! In fact some of the SFD team leaders have already started to create their wiki pages and participated in the soft opening and registration testing that we started 2 days ago. Most bugs should have been cleared out of the way and we remain available for any problem you may encounter through email or on IRC (#SFD on freenode). A special thanks goes to Fred, who wrote us this brand new registration script for 2011 and the many years to come!

We also want to particularly thank our sponsors who are making this possible, namely Canonical, Google, Nokia/Qt in China and Linode. We have also attracted more media sponsors this year (from 2 to 5 in total now) where we are running a A4/Letter size ad in the August/September edition for most (some are quarterly magazines). In no specific order those are Linux Magazine (long time partner), Linux Journal (yeah, welcome!), Ubuntu User, Admin Magazine and Smart Developer. And we are still in discussion with 2 or 3 other organizations.

Like last year there are about 10 days to goodies deadline (limited to the first 200 teams and Canonical is still providing Ubuntu CDs), so just go create a new team page under http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/2011 (not continent this year) and fill the registration form! In 2011 goodies will include tshirts, tshirt labels, banners, stickers, balloons and DVDs (OpenDisc, FreeCulture and FreeDistro).

Last but not least we want to thank all the new volunteers who have joined the SFD global marketing team and are helping with global tasks. One of the net outcome has been our new SFD logo for 2011 which we will keep moving forward (thank you David, Jeff and Maxus Singapore) and the multimedia DVD which we have finally managed to make (thank you Diego and Marcos). All artworks are available here and under a CC-BY license.

Please also help us to spread the words and promote Software Freedom Day by placing one of the banners here! And happy SFD preparations!

Do subscribe to the discuss mailing list if you haven’t yet, read SFD Planet (we also have Spanish, Portuguese and German – URLs need to be updated), read our blog to keep posted (or RSS feed to it) as well as check out the SFD 2010 winners for inspiration and thank you to Makerbot and FSF for the prizes.

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2010 Best Event Competition Winners

Software Freedom Day 2010 Best Event Competition result announcements: Africa, Asia and Australia under the spotlights!

Hudson, New Hampshire (July 21, 2011) – Software Freedom International is proud to announce the SFD 2010 best event competition results. Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) with the goal of educating the public about the existence and the benefits of using FOSS in education, in government, at home and in business.

The SFD Best Event Competition is an international recognition of the efforts made by individual organizing teams in regards to spreading the importance of Software Freedom and reaching out to the relevant groups of people in their area. Each year three teams are chosen and the awards given to those teams are meant to help them further in their tasks for the years to come.

This year, two leading organizations from the Free and Open Source Software movements have joined us to reward those exceptional achievers: the Free Software Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the Free Software movement, and Makerbot, a private company pushing the concept of Free Software to physical media and making an fully open source 3D printer.

Among the 40 submissions we have received the three teams that came out as outstanding organizers and promoters of Software Freedom in 2010 are spread over 3 different continents. We would like to name in no specific order:
  • SFD team Melbourne, Australia
  • SFD team Yaoundé QV, Cameroon team
  • SFD team SPCF-CITE, Angeles City, Philippines
As a side note we are very pleased to see winners from different areas this year, especially Africa and would also like to mention some entries which didn’t make it in the top 3 but definitely deserve to be mentioned:
  • CPU & Software Freedom Network team, Manila, Philippines
  • 8layes team, manila, Philippines
  • Limestone Coast GLUG, Mount Gambier, Australia
  • NOSK team, Lalitpur, Nepal

The above teams should be an inspiration to all SFD organizers and help you to prepare for SFD 2011 which will happen on Saturday September 17th this year.

About SFI

Software Freedom International is the non-profit organization at the origin of Software Freedom Day. SFI handles sponsorship contracts, official team registrations, sending out schwags to teams, the annual Best SFD Event Competition and many other things.
For more information please contact:
Software Freedom International
info (at) softwarefreedomday.org
or visit our website at www.softwarefreedomday.org