November 3rd & 4th, 2023
Love SeaGL and want to help out? Get Involved


SeaGL speaker Q&A: Noah Swartz
October 08, 2015

SeaGL speaker Noah Swartz answers a few questions from SeaGL staff:

Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

A: Noah is a Staff Technologist on the Tech Projects team. He works on the various software the EFF produces and maintains, including but not limited to Privacy Badger.

Before joining EFF Noah was a researcher at the MIT Media Lab as well as a technomancer and free software/culture advocate.

Q: Without tipping your hand on the actual talk, can you give us an idea of what we might expect?

A: This talk will go over the state of tracking on the web, how advertisers cause this, how browsers allow this, how EFF’s Privacy Badger aims to stop this, and what you can do to help.

Q: How can attendees help the EFF with their efforts to end web tracking?

A: EFF maintains a tracker blocker called Privacy Badger. Due to the size of the EFF it’s hard for us to develop and maintain large software projects at the same speed as commercial alternatives. We’d love to see more outside contributions from the wider Free Software community. I’ll be available throughout the conference to help people get acquainted with EFF’s software projects, and help new contributors make their first contributions.

Q: Is this your first visit to SeaGL? If so, what are your expectations? If not, can you give us your impressions of the event?

A: I attended SeaGL last year, it was a lot of fun. Many great Free Software advocates all giving really enlightening talks.

SeaGL speaker Q&A: edunham
October 08, 2015

SeaGL speaker and staff member edunham answers a few questions about the upcoming conference:

Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

A: Hi, I’m edunham. I’m a “DevOps” engineer for Mozilla Research and alum of the OSU Open Source Lab. I enjoy working on and with free and open source software, and find that public speaking is a natural extension of that instinct to share information.

Q: Without tipping your hand on the actual talk, can you give us an idea of what we might expect?

A: My talk is called “You Should Speak”, and it’s all about offering technical solutions to the obstacles which keep others from taking advantage of the excellent personal and professional opportunities that result from presenting at tech conferences. Halfway through my education at Oregon State University, I accidentally founded a sysadmin training program called DevOps Bootcamp, and found myself teaching a bunch of newbies about topics that I wasn’t yet super confident at myself. I’ve gone on to speak at over a dozen different tech conferences in the past few years. This SeaGL will be my 19th talk since 2013, and the 3rd or 4th conference I’ve helped organize, so the suggestions in my talk are drawn from a reasonable amount of experience (though I haven’t been doing this long enough to forget what it’s like to be new).

Q: Is this your first visit to SeaGL? If so, what are your expectations? If not, can you give us your impressions of the event?

I spoke at SeaGL last year, and found it to be a really pleasant, welcoming event. I think its size is in the sweet spot for Northwest tech conferences: Large enough to offer a wide variety of talks and cater to diverse experience levels, yet small enough to mitigate problems with getting lost in the crowd. It also fits in a downtown venue surrounded by restaraunts, which you’ll appreciate if you’ve ever been to a gathering at a convention center in a “food desert”! Socially, I felt like SeaGL was less “cliquey” than some larger conferences, as well – attendees seemed happy to talk to strangers, and always had something interesting to say!

SeaGL seeking conference volunteers
September 27, 2015

We’re looking for volunteers to help out on the days of the conference. We need helpers to assist speakers setting up in the presentation rooms, direct attendees towards rooms, and to complete other tasks.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact us here.

The 2015 Schedule is up!
September 03, 2015

Our schedule is up! Take a look! The first day is visible first, but if you change the tab at the top, you’ll see the second day.

The schedule doesn’t include our very exciting keynotes yet. Shauna Gordon-McKeon will speak on Saturday morning from 9:30 - 10:30am about her work with brand new contributors to free software. At the end of the day on Saturday, Richard M. Stallman will speak at 2:30pm about Free Software and Your Freedom. Expect news about the expo floor, post-conference party and our community partners soon!

If you are just marking your calendar now, we’ll be at Seattle Central College again and the conference will be held on Friday October 23rd and Saturday October 24th,

  1. Booth space is definitely filling up, so now’s the time to drop us a line by emailing about your company or group. Our sponsor prospectus is right here. We’d love to hear from you!

Check back here or subscribe to our mailing list for updates!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, either by emailing or visiting us on IRC on Freenode in #seagl.

Call for Participation extended to July 31
July 28, 2015

Due to the response from potential speakers we’re extending our Call for Participation deadline to Friday, July 31, 11:59:59 p.m. PDT.

Submit your proposal here.

We can help with your presentation proposal
July 15, 2015

This year we’re hosting live help sessions for potential speakers on our IRC channel on Freenode. If you’d like to know of your idea is a good fit for our conferece, or just want help finessing a few sentences in your proposal, please join our channel on the dates below:

Thursday, July 16, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. PDT Sunday, July 26th, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. PDT

Freenode channel: #seagl

Of course, if you can’t make our live help sessions, we’re always available by email at and many of the conference organizers can be found at random times hanging out in the IRC channel.

Announcing the Cascadia Community Builder Award
June 29, 2015

We are pleased to announce that we will be giving the out the first Cascadia Community Builder Award at SeaGL this year!

This is a new award for a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the free software movement in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho. This award will be given to someone for their work to build the free software community over the last one to three years. The winner of this award will be someone who has have applied deep commitment and creativity to growing and broadening the community. The award is designed to recognize work in software projects, non-profit organizations, outreach and education, hackerspace, user groups or any activity that promotes the adoption and appreciation of free software to new and larger groups of people. The awards committee is especially interested in individuals who have successfully reached out to traditionally under-represented groups, even if that is not the primary goal.

To nominate someone, please send us an email with the nominee’s name in the subject line. The more information you can provide about the nominee’s work, affiliations and history with free software, the better. Thanks in advance for helping us honor a great community builder!

If you want to speak with us in realtime, come visit us on IRC on Freenode in #seagl.

2015 CFP is now open!
June 25, 2015

Our Call for Participation is Open!

Submit your presentation now.

It doesn’t matter if this is your first conference presentation or your fifteenth; If you’re excited about a topic related to GNU/Linux or free and open source software, then we want to hear about it! Below are some sample subjects that will appeal to our audience:

  • How to get involved in free and open source software
  • Dev/Ops: both beginner and advanced topics
  • Career tips and strategies
  • Web development tools
  • Policy and licensing that affects free and open source software development
  • Hardware, Embedded Linux, or the Internet of Things
  • Scaling and optimizing GNU/Linux
  • The “cloud” and other distributed services
  • Building free and open source communities
  • Using free software at home, work, or school
  • Security and privacy online
  • Anything else that you think would be interesting to new or seasoned GNU/Linux enthusiasts!

The CFP deadline is midnight on July 26th (PDT). We look forward to seeing your presentations!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, either by emailing or visting us on IRC on Freenode in #seagl.

2015 CFP opening soon!
June 16, 2015

Our Call for Participation opens soon!

We’re currently testing our CFP system. After we do a little more tweaking, the CFP will officially open.

Like years past, we welcome presentations on diverse topics and speakers from diverse backgrounds. If you have something interesting to say about GNU/Linux, or free and open source software, we want to hear from you!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, either by emailing, or visting us on IRC on Freenode in #seagl.

Shauna Gordon-McKeon and Richard Stallman to Keynote SeaGL 2015!
June 14, 2015

We are excited to announce that Shauna Gordon-McKeon, the main organizer of OpenHatch’s Open Source Comes to Campus events, and Richard M. Stallman, GNU’s Project leader, will deliver the keynote addresses at the 2015 Seattle GNU/Linux Conference.

Besides her work bringing open source tools to some of the world’s top universities, Shauna’s numerous contributions to the open source community are listed on the Open Hatch site:

She’s also a freelance programmer, researcher, organizer and writer. She’s worked for the MIT Media Lab and Civic Commons, among others, and volunteers with the Sunlight Foundation and the Open Science Collaboration.

Richard’s three decades of activism are summed up on the Free Software Foundation website:

Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time in political advocacy for free software, and spreading the ethical ideas of the movement, as well as campaigning against both software patents and dangerous extension of copyright laws. Before that, Richard developed a number of widely used programs that are components of GNU, including the original Emacs, the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU symbolic debugger (gdb), GNU Emacs, and various others.