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== FSCONS Overview ==
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The Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS) is a meeting place for social change. Individuals and organisations, working together to provide insights into tomorrows future, can find discussion areas, workshops, showrooms, social events and presentations on important topics at FSCONS. Set against the backdrop of the nordic countries, FSCONS provides a forum for the world community, and all corners of the world come together during an intensive weekend to engage in discussions that spans the entire range of current topics, and provides a chance to participate in the shaping of future movements in a city where tradition meets innovation and art meets technology.
 
 
 
=== Participants ===
 
FSCONS brings together everyone with an interest in the future, regardless of their demographics, be they grass root organisations, companies, academics, cultural workers, hackers or interested individuals. Regardless of who is asked, a common trend among the participants of FSCONS, is the interest in the discourse about our future society and how free software and free culture plays a part in shaping this society. Similarly, participants of FSCONS share a common feeling that meeting spaces where all groups of people from the different fields can come together are severely lacking, and FSCONS intends to help in creating such a cross-cultural meeting space, and to bridge the gap between organisations and inviduals from all fields, who can come together in a united effort to participate in the discourse.
 
 
 
Non-profit organisations and companies participate in FSCONS in order to show their activities to a larger audience. Companies looking for talented individuals that can contribute positively to their work can find those individuals among the FSCONS participants. They can also find other companies to interact with, as well as potential customers and clients in their field of work. But more importantly, companies participate in FSCONS because they will work within the future society, which is shaped in part by the participants, and being a part of this discourse, either as participants or as sponsors of FSCONS, is essential for their future.
 
 
 
Individuals attending FSCONS come from a significant demographic spread, from young graduates to senior advisors, but they are with few exceptions all involved in the discourse about the future society, and come to FSCONS in order to communicate with individuals, organisations and companies around their topics. In particular academic visitors find FSCONS a valuable source of ideas and input for their work, and professionals within any field participate to not only find other professionals in their area, but also to communicate and engage in discussions with companies around their common interests.
 
  
 
== Sponsorships, budget ==
 
== Sponsorships, budget ==

Revision as of 06:10, 1 March 2009

Information pertaining last years FSCONS can be found at FSCONS 2008.

This is some preliminary information regarding FSCONS 2009. As you can see, we are still in an early stage of preparations and are still filling in all the gaps. If you're interested in official announcements of FSCONS, please subscribe to our announce mailinglist, where regular announcement will be sent. FSCONS planning and related things can currently be discussed on the general Nordic fsfe-nordic mailing list.

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Sponsorships, budget

There's an indicative budget which leaves the costs at between 30000€ and 47000€, ie. in line with what the conference cost 2008. Of course, the cost very much depends on how many people will show up, and this is calculated for 300 people, including coffees and dinners. The most expensive item is for the location, which will cost roughly 10000€. Sponsorship requests have been sent to .SE (for 250 kSEK) and Nordisk Kulturfond (for 50 kDKK).

Possible co-operative associations in each Nordic country

A very quick look to "organization" of FLOSS activities in each country.

In addition to fields mentioned, also more things to get common information about can be added.

Denmark

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Activities in the field of education:

Co-operation between these parties:

Finland

  • COSS (The Finnish Centre for Open Source Solutions)
    • For businesses mainly, over 100 company members (Nokia, Novell, IBM, Red Hat...). Responsible for a lot of free software education (via usage of the open source term), promotion, studies, governmental co-operation
  • FLUG (Finnish Linux User Group)
    • Old, stable LUG. Not too many active people, but also a good place to spread information at (mailing lists)
  • vapaasuomi.fi (”Libre Finland”)
    • Free software and content. A new community, but the first with specifically FLOSS scope instead of eg. only Linux (which is understandably popular in Finland). IRC channel #vapaakoodi @ Freenode has ca. 50 persons now. Semi-associated with FSFE (uses fsfe-fi mailing list for example).
  • Other than those three, Ubuntu Finland is Big in terms of visibility, and there are also a big Debian community, Fedora, openSUSE and Unix users communities among else, but in practice anyone with specifically FLOSS interested should (eventually) find their way to COSS (companies), FLUG (Linux specifically) or vapaasuomi.fi (mainly for individuals).

Activities in the field of education: COSS, FLUG both have activities, collections of reports from schools, cities etc.

Co-operation between these parties: Very good, people know each other at least to some extent so that there is communication flowing between each three.

Norway

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Activities in the field of education:

Co-operation between these parties:

Sweden

Serengeti är i sin kärna en e-postlista för oss som sympatiserar med solidaritetsrörelsen och vill lära oss mer om, och diskutera, fri programvara. Vårt mål är att fler ska upptäcka fria programvara och sätta den i ett ideologiskt sammanhang. Vi hoppas att fler ska förstå värdet av att använda fria program och operativsystem och att det ska bli vanligare bland organisationer och aktivister inom de solidariska rörelserna.

Serengeti erbjuder även hostning (webbhotell) för ideella organisationer/projekt (för villkor se Serengeti).

Activities in the field of education: Serengeti förbereder en wiki i utbildningssyfte.

Co-operation between these parties: