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SHA2017

Still Freeing Software Anyway

Four weeks ago, the FSFE had the pleasure to set up a village at SHA2017, a non-profit hacker-camp in the Netherlands. During five days in our village, we offered a public space to discuss, meet, hack sing-along and find shelter. This blogpost is a rough summary of our activities with links and pictures.

Fortunately, the “Free Software Village Europe” found its place in an exposed spot in the center of the camping place. The village was set up to offer a place to meet and get to know the FSFE but also to sit down and enjoy our infrastructure with power, internet, shadow and hot water for everyone. In addition, our village also offered a place for self-organised sessions like the Free Software Song choir or a FreedomBox install fest.

We have been very happy with the big interest in the FSFE and our activities and we like to thank everybody who made this event possible. Our special thanks go out to all the angels for their priceless contributions, to our neighbours for their helping hands and to the organisation of SHA for offering us our own curated track with talks covering multiple aspects of Free Software.

To get more detailed information about our sessions, please check the FSFE village wiki-page. In the following, find a visual report along some pictures:

FSFE Team:Village
FSFE Team:Village
The FSFE village in the evening sun.
Ad-hoc FreedomBox Install Fest in the FSFE Village.
Our ad-hoc choir for SHA2017, training the Free Software Song. (Watch the perfomance)
Siesta in the FSFE Village. Still Hacking Anyway.
Nico Rikken, FSFE team coordinator Netherlands, talks about “Free Software in the Dutch public sector”
Maurice Verheesen, FSFE team coordinator Netherlands, talks about “Digital personal locker” on the main stage.
Our noCloud-shirts in RGB-colors.
Lightning unicorns in the FSFE village.
Bring your message where the people go: Free Software Song, FreedomBox, Libre laptops … guerilla postering for FSFE at SHA2017.
The FSFE village at night.
Our POV from out of the village at the watchtower.

Free Software Village Europe at SHA 2017

Tonight, the FSFE team Netherlands will arrive at SHA2017 and set up a village for FSFE. SHA-camp is a non-profit hacker-camp in the the Netherlands, similar to the CCCamps in Germany. During 5 days the FSFE will offer a public space for and by our members, friends and supporters to discuss, meet, hack and organise. Find an overview of our sessions and other specialties in this blog post. Find all details and updates on our dedicated FSFE-village-page. Let’s put the hacking back into politics!

Our curated track:

FSFE assembly on CCCamp15
FSFE village at CCCamp15

Free Software Song sessions

Everyday at the FSFE village, we will run a Free Software Song sing-along-session. In addition, and for the first time, we start a project to bring together a choir who performs the Free Software Song. You can read additional details and background about it in my previous blogpost.

The ultimate Free Software challenge

More or less anytime you can come to our village and try the ultimate Free Software challenge that will let you dig deep into the history of Free Software, so deep that you might reach the big-bang-moment of Free Software. Be prepared for an inspiring and challenging journey and bring some friends (or any randomly allocated companionship) to pass it together.

New promotion material and textiles

We will bring our all-time favorites as well as new promotion material to our village. New ones are the FSFE logo on a die-cut sticker, a Hacking for Freedom sticker and a Free your Android sticker. New textiles are a FSFE-hoody in burgundy and bibs.

CCCamp 2007 Datenklo

Still hacking anyway!

“Join us now” … at SHA2017

Summary: For the good vibe, we are planning another round of Free Software song sing-along-sessions at the FSFE village during SHA-camp in August this year. Thanks to Benjamin Wand we even run a project to bring together a choir that performs on stage and engages the audience to do a public crowdsinging. Read the details in this post, spread the word and join us!
Also read about the other projects and the current status of the FSFE village at the end of this post.

If you have been at the FSFE assembly at 33C3 or the year before, you may have seen or even took part in one of our multiple Free Software Song sing-along-sessions. People gathering at our assembly, bringing instruments, singing together and share their love for Free Software.

“Join us now and share the software. You’ll be free, Hackers!”
Because of this good adoption, we are already planning similar sessions at the FSFE village during SHA-camp in August this year. And we will go one step ahead.

Benjamin Wand was so inspired by our sing-along-sessions during 33C3 to compose a full set of music notation for a choir to sing the Free Software song in four voices. At SHA we like to give it a try and start a project to bring together a choir who performs the Free Software song. We reach out to other assemblies to get a stage and a momentum for this. It’s a 2h workshop and a potential live act. This is your chance: Join us now and sing out your love for Free Software!

In preparation you find Benjamin’s music sheet on imslp and on musescore where you can even listen to it. Please find all the other details and updates on the dedicated project page inside the SHA-wiki.

And now to something completely different

We are still preparing our village at SHA-camp to offer you an exciting and inspiring location, dipped into the mindset of Free Software. Our international team is always up for a short or a long talk and sharing knowledge. We will bring the latest promotion material and offer you the ultimate Free Software challenge.

On day 4, I will speak about How to make use of democratic elections for your own purpose. We also love to self-organize more sessions and reach out to other assemblies to make it happen. If you have some place for us or you are affiliated with the FSFE and like to give a talk/session, then contact us and we might be able to organise it.

In any case, it is worth to check our FSFE village page from time to time for updates.