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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.

SeaGL 2015 Dates Announced!
February 20, 2015

We’re very excited to be returning to Seattle Central College for SeaGL 2015! The conference will be held on Friday October 23rd and Saturday October 24th, 2015.

Check back here or subscribe to our mailing list for updates on the call for proposals and booth opportunities!

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

Thanks for a Great Year Two!
October 31, 2014

Thanks to all of you who spoke, sponsored, volunteered, ran a booth and/or attended our second year! We couldn’t have done it without you. We had more people at SeaGL this year by 11am on Friday than both days last year combined. We’d especially like to thank those of you who invited your friends and colleagues to join us this year. Word of mouth is absolutely critical to the success of a newer conference. Make sure you join our mailing list so we can keep you in the loop again for 2015.

Now before we completely move on into the sunshiney possibilities for next year, we’d like to hear from you. What went well this year and what would you like to see us change for next time? We want SeaGL to be your favorite conference and the only way for us to do that is for you to tell us how to keep improving. Please take a minute to drop us a quick email with “Feedback 2014” in the subject. We would really appreciate it!

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

This Weekend! About Our Keynote and Your Attendance
October 22, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Karen Sandler will be delivering a talk about free software and medical devices at 9:30 am on Saturday in the Broadway Performance Hall. The talk is titled, “Freedom in My Heart and Everywhere: Lessons from a Cyborg Lawyer” and we hope you’ll join us.

One more note about SeaGL, you absolutely don’t have to register in advance. The event is 100% free, so all you have to do is show-up. However, if you’d like to help us get a sense of expected attendance then we’d love it if you did choose to register through Lanyrd, thanks!

And in case you aren’t already familiar with our awesome keynote speaker, here’s a bit more about her: Karen M. Sandler is Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, the nonprofit home of dozens of free software projects. She was previously the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. Karen co-organizes the award winning Outreach Program for Women administered by the GNOME Foundation. Prior to GNOME, Karen was General Counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). She continues to do pro bono legal work with SFLC, the GNOME Foundation and QuestionCopyright.Org. Before joining SFLC, Karen worked as an associate in the corporate departments of big law firms in New York and London. Karen received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. Karen received her bachelor¹s degree in engineering from The Cooper Union. She is a recipient of an O’Reilly Open Source Award and also co-host of the “Free as in Freedom” podcast.

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