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Developers and Activists Gather for AdvocacyDev II


Katrin Verclas
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Developers and Activists Gather for AdvocacyDev II: Open Source Software for Campaigns, Advocacy and Mobilization

San Francisco, California, July 7, 2005 -- Aspiration, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting better software for a better world, is convening programmers and activists developing free and open source advocacy tools to share skills and knowledge at the second annual Advocacy Developers Convergence. AdvocacyDev II will take place in Oakland, California on July 11-13, 2005 –

Nonprofits, Riders, and 'Geeks' Gather at Penguin Days to Make Better Software and the World a Better Place

SAN FRANCISCO, March 7 (via AScribe Newswire) --

Activists, nonprofits, and software developers will meet at local Penguin Days ( in Chicago, San Francisco, and New York City this spring to demystify open source software for social change.

Penguin Days explore open source software in plain language, build networks among nonprofits technology users, and help socially-minded 'geeks' find ways to support nonprofit organizations.

Katrin Verclas of Aspiration ( who has been organizing Penguin Days in what is becoming growing movement, said, "The goal of Penguin Days is to make open-source software available to non-profit organizations who are in need of specific, often expensive or inflexible programs to manage volunteers, fundraise, or mobilize constituents. Penguin Days challenge software developers to provide flexible and appropriate open source software for nonprofits. They also empower nonprofits to better communicate their needs and be active partners in the use of open source technology."

First Ever Free/Libre/Open Source Usability Sprint a Success

Developers and Activists Gathered in San Francisco to Make Open Source Software More Usable and Accessible

Aspiration, dedicated to better software for a better world, and Blue Oxen Associates, a think tank focused on improving collaboration, held the first-ever Free / Libre / Open Source Software Usability Sprint in San Francisco, California on February 18-20, 2005 (

The event was the first in a series of usability sprints focused on making free/libre/open source software more useful for nonprofits and activists.

The Sprint gathered Open Source developers - specifically those interested in creating software for supporting non-profit organizations - with usability experts. The group included 40-some people from the Bay Area, San Diego, Massachusetts, and even Berlin, while the web audience may have had further reach.

Aspiration facilitated first-ever Developer Roadshow in South Africa

Event Date(s): 
December 6, 2004

Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) offers a promising alternative for meeting the software needs of civil society across the African continent. But much work remains to be done in building understanding, capacity and community among developers interested in creating tools to support the sector.

The first FLOSS Developer Roadshow convened African software developers to meet one another, share skills and build knowledge, while designing and implementing appropriate tools for civil society. The event was aimed at meeting sustainable development needs while enhancing the pool of appropriate software skills in the regions. Participants left with with a better understanding of the potential and reality of FLOSS for civil society, new expertise and an enhanced network of contacts and potential collaborators.

Allen Gunn of Aspiration facilitated the event. The Developer Roadshow was hosted by our colleagues at CSIR and supported by a grant from the Open Society Institute.

The homepage and wiki for the Roadshow is at here; a news report is at Tectonic: Africa's Source for Open Source News.


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