FOSS is back in Portland, OR - August 1-4th at Portland State University!

Exterior photograph of PSU SMSU
Portland State Memorial Union (CC-BY 2.0)

Software Freedom Conservancy is so proud to announce that we are hosting a community oriented conference this summer. FOSSY (Free and Open Source Yearly) is focused on the creation and impact of free and open source software, uplifting contributors of all experience. We are also mindful of having a safe environment for all. In this new time of conferences, we will be focused on COVID safety and making sure all attendees feel safe participating as much as they feel comfortable.

Taking place in Portland, OR, we hope FOSSY will be a community focused event that invites local community, as well as the wider internet and global communities we have formed over the years. Whether you are a long time contributing member of a free software project, a recent graduate of a coding bootcamp or university, or just have an interest in the possibilities that free and open source software bring, FOSSY will have something for you.

For this second year we are running a conference of this scale, we are having around ten tracks with talks over four days. With tracks for community building, development and legal and licensing issues, our conference will provide ample learning and networking opportunities for contributors of all levels of experience. There will be hands on workshops, lightning talks and traditional 40 minute talks.

As we look to the future of conferences, we are excited to focus on using free software to run a conference and will seek to help reduce the amount of proprietary software that is treated as default.

If you are interested in sponsoring our conference, please see our Sponsorship Prospectus or contact us at conference@sfconservancy.org.