Software Freedom Day - Melbourne 2010


Project Name: Software Freedom Day - Melbourne 2010

Project URL:

Aim of Project:
To celebrate Free & Open Source Software and the community behind it.

Person Resposible for Request:
Donna Benjamin - Linux Users of Victoria (LUV)

SFD Sponsorship - $1000.00

Software Freedom Day has been actively celebrated in Melbourne since 2004, when members of LUV held a CD burnfest then walked the streets of Melbourne's CBD giving away Free and Open Source Software.

Since then we've had events at ComputerBank, the East Melbourne Unitarian Church, twice at Melbourne's Town Hall, The Docklands
community hub, and last year at the Melbourne PC club rooms at Chadstone Shopping Centre.

This year Vicnet ( is supporting Software Freedom Day by letting us use the State Library of Victoria (SLV - Conference centre and Experimedia space. It is a truly magnificent venue. Located opposite Melbourne central train station on Swanston Street, it's very easy to get to. It is one of Melbourne's cultural hubs.

The SLV conference kit provides more detail on the venue:

However, it does come with extra costs.  We will need to pay for an extra security guard at the doorway between the Library and the conference centre, as well as a theatre technician.

In recent years we have successfully applied for funding from Multimedia Victoria (MMV is a Victorian Govt department focussed on the development of Victoria's IT industry) to organise printing of CDs and DVDs, T-shirts for all our volunteers (usually around 30), printing of posters and postcards, balloons, helium, equipment hire, etc.

Photos from 2008 & 2009 events:

Our total budget this year is just under $5000.

We have submitted a grant application to MMV, but given the approach of the State Election there is a chance the grant program may be frozen, and we won't be able to secure the funding we require.  We seek Linux Australia's support to ensure we can proceed with the event, and make the most of our stunning new venue.

We would be very proud to be able to add the Linux Australia logo to our printed collateral, and SFD wiki page as an event supporter.


Linux Users of Victoria
AU$ 1,000
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Melbourne SFD Team