Free Knowledge & Free Technology (FKFT) Conference
, organised by
, the Open University of Catalonia
and the Free Knowledge Institute
, is the first
international event focused on the production and sharing of free
educational and lifelong learning materials on Free Software and Open
The FKFT Programme has confirmed important keynote speakers and
received a wealth of submissions from international participants. The
selected sessions can now be found online at http://FKFT.eu/2008/
The pioneer of the concepts of Free Software and copyleft, and initiator of the GNU project, Richard Stallman will open the FKFT conference
at the 15th of July. This session can be attended free of charge,
the educational track, there is a keynote from Stephen Downes, one of
the most important thinkers of how technology changes education these
days. There are presentations, discussion panels and workshops, e.g.
from educational software projects, Free Software in schools, Higher
Education and training. And of course there will be sessions about
various aspects of the SELF Platform and the future of SELF.
the governmental track, there are two keynotes: Karel de Vriendt from
the European Commission (IDABC) will talk about open standards and Free
Software at the European level, while Carlos Castro will give the
regional perspective of Extremadura, the Spanish region that keeps
inspiring many governments around the world with their strategic plan
on Free Software and Digital Literacy. Besides there will be
presentations from Cenatic, the Spanish national reference centre on
Free Software, and various others.
For those who want to know
all about the technology behind SELF, the developers team will hold a
day-long pre-conference workshop at Monday July 14th, and a sprint
session parallel to the FKFT. Those willing to code or contribute to
the course materials for SELF during the sprint can request a
scholarship to get their entrance fee waived.