GNU 30th anniversary celebration and hackathon

[ GNU 30th Anniversary Banner ]

With remarks from GNU founder Richard Stallman.
September 28 and 29, 2013 at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Sponsored by the Free Software Foundation, Aleph Objects, and the Student Information Processing Board at MIT.

GNU is turning 30, and you're invited to the festivities. Join us at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 28 and 29 to celebrate the GNU Project's world-altering accomplishments with cake and coding. Of course, it wouldn't be a GNU Project event without an eye to the future. The 30th anniversary hackathon will focus on two important needs for free software in today's Web-based world: federated publishing and communication services, and tools to protect privacy and anonymity.

Featuring remarks from GNU founder Richard Stallman, GNU's 30th will be an opportunity for free software legends and enthusiastic newcomers to tackle important challenges together while celebrating the GNU Project's success. Registration is now open and admission is gratis, though donations are encouraged to defray the costs of cake and coffee.

Can't make it to Boston, or just want more GNU? Head over to the 30th anniversary global page to discover more ways to celebrate.


The entire agenda, including Richard Stallman's address, is in draft form and is subject to change. All times are Eastern Daylight Time.

Friday, September 27

17:30 Special dinner to benefit GNU at Rendezvous, with Richard Stallman, Bradley Kuhn, Rob Savoye, and John Sullivan. There are limited seats available, purchase tickets here.
19:00 In town early? Meet up with other attendees at ZuZu, 474 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139.

Saturday, September 28

9:30 - 10:00 Coffee, sign in (Building 66 lobby)
10:00 - 11:00 Welcome from John Sullivan, FSF Executive Director (Building 54, room 100)
11:00 - 12:00 Hackathon project introductions and setup (Building 54, room 100)
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch (on your own)
13:30 - 17:00 Hackathon, Cryptoparty (Building 66)
17:00 - 18:30 Remarks from Richard Stallman, Building 54, Room 100. Note: Stallman's address will be streamed live from
18:30 - 19:30 Anniversary reception (Building 54, room 100)
19:30 - 20:30 Dinner (Sign up for a self-organized dinner!)
20:00 - 00:00 Optional late-night hacking. We must be out of the building by midnight. (Building 66)

Sunday, September 29

9:30 - 10:00 Coffee, sign in (Building 66)
10:00 - 13:00 Hackathon resumes (Building 66)
11:00 - 13:00 Messaging free software planning meeting (Building 66)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch (on your own)
14:30 - 17:00 Hackathon (Building 66)
17:00 - 18:00 Wrap up, reportbacks (Building 54, room 100)
18:00 - 20:30 Dinner (on your own)
21:00 - ? Afterparty at Grendel's, 89 Winthrop Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Hackathon Projects

To get the resources you need for the hackathon project of your choice, visit the GNU 30th Hackathon wiki page on LibrePlanet.

GNOME will be hosting a newcomers workshop, with more information available on their wiki.

The GNU 30th banner (svg version) is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0. © 2013 Free Software Foundation.