Education Freedom Day is launched!

Digital Freedom Foundation is launching a new celebration around Free and Open Educational Resources called Education Freedom Day which will be celebrated on January 18th 2014 (Saturday). We really hope this celebration can provide a great introduction to the general public what Open Educational Resources (OER) is, its benefits and how vibrant your local community is.

Please help us to promote EFD by using our EFD countdown and banners. If you have contacts with either your local schools, colleges, universities or some open education projects please visit the EFD wiki, create your event page and register your event! If you have any question, please join and ask our EFD mailing list or IRC channel #efday @ Freenode.

Happy Education Freedom Day!

Google Code-in 2013 is launched!

Our long term sponsor, Google has launched its Code-in 2013 program, an online contest to introduce 13-17 year old pre-university students to free and open source software development. The contest is similar to the Google Summer of Code program for older students in that it gives participants the opportunity to work with mentors from carefully chosen free and source software projects on real-world coding and related tasks like QA, documentation and more. Over the last 3 years over 1200 students from 71 countries have participated. We hope to expand the program this year and would appreciate your help and that of the members of your community to spread the word to girls around the world.

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Fundația Ceata becomes supporting organization of Software Freedom Day

Bucharest, Romania and Hong Kong, China -- For its continuous and growing effort to spread awareness on Free Software among Romanian speakers with the occasion of the international days run by the Digital Freedom Foundation, Fundația Ceata gets acknowledged as supporting organization of Software Freedom Day near the date of this year's edition.

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Schedule

Date:September 21, 2013 (1:15pm to 6pm)

Registration starts at 1:15pm

Talks

  • 1:45pm to 2:00pm   Welcoming speech by Graham Leach, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    2::10pm to 2:55pm  Google
    3:05pm to 3:50pm   Libre Office
    3:50pm to 4:20pm   Break 30 mins
    4:20pm to 5:00pm   Nick Jones, Network Box R&D head
    5:00pm to 5:40pm : Drupal by Julien Mary
    5:50pm to 6:00pm : Closing speech and lucky draw by Michael Iannini

Exhibitors

  • Digital Freedom Foundations
    Libre Office
    Blender movies
    Fedora

Workshops

  • FOSS development
    OLPC
  • GNU/Linux

 

DFF going into Open Education

It is with great pleasure that the Digital Freedom Foundation is announcing its inclusion of the Greenboard project, an Open Education project started in China and focusing on adding FOSS equipped computers to primary schools as a tool to their current curriculum. With years of experience pushing Free Software and OER in poor schools the DFF board has acquired great knowledge of the challenges associated with OERin general and specific educational constraints in particular, assets it is taking to promote around the world.

The first phase will be to publicize all its content into English so it is easily transferable to other places in the world with minimum efforts. Once this is done we will then be able to improve and develop more content while eventually starting to localize our resources to specific regions where opportunities arise.

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