SFD08 Press Release III
The FOSS Nepal Community has been declared one of the three global winners for the second consecutive year in the Software Freedom Day 2008 Best Event Competition. The other winners are SFD Nicaragua and DabaweGnu. The announcement was made on the SFD website by Software Freedom International, who coordinates the SFD celebration worldwide.
Software Freedom movement is a philosophical and social movement which values freedom, collaboration, community and transparency. It benefits the public good and ensures basic human freedoms are strengthened by technology, not hampered. Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual grass roots effort to educate the public on the virtues of Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) and also to encourage its use, to the benefit of the public. SFD is marked on the third Saturday of every September. The 2008 event took place on September 20 and was celebrated by over 500 teams in over 120 countries all around the world, all taking software freedom to the masses! In Nepal, the celebration was organized by FOSS Nepal Community for the fourth successive year with the theme "Create, Share, Collaborate”. Over 1000 people had attended with an organizing team of more than 40 volunteers.
Highlights of our SFD 2008 celebration:
- Kathmandu Declaration signed by over 500 people including Honorable Minister for Science and Technology, Ganesh Shah
- Software Freedom Rally
- Candlelight Vigil
- A CD collection of Free Software for users of Windows 'Nirvikalpa'
- Nepali subtitle of GNU’s short movie where Stephen Fry talks about Free Software
- Open Hardware and Robotics Workshop
- Celebration in Sunsari (Dharan) and Chitwan (Bharatpur) by FOSS Nepal local chapters
FOSS Nepal Community is a team of volunteers who believe in the usage of FOSS. The primary objective of the community is to promote and diversify the usage of FOSS in Nepal. The community has been organizing a series of awareness programs, orientations, talk programs, discussion programs, install-fests, initiating local communities in colleges, etc. for the past four years.