Announcing the "FreedomBox Turns 10" Hackathon

In February 2020, the “Freedom in the Cloud” speech that founded the FreedomBox project will turn 10 years old, which means that our project will also turn 10 years old. This is a huge milestone for FreedomBox. To commemorate the 10 year milestone, the FreedomBox Foundation invites our community to New York City for the “FreedomBox Turns 10 Hackathon” in November!

Please join us to learn about FreedomBox, hack a little, and celebrate our project’s 10 year milestone!


Jerome Greene Hall Room 103
Columbia Law School
435 West 116th Street
New York, New York 10027
United States of America

Date & Time (in local time zone): Saturday, November 16th, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm


The hackathon will be split into two sessions. You are welcome to attend one or both sessions. Eben Moglen will deliver a speech in between Sessions 1 and 2.

9:00am-12:00pm: Session 1 - Contributor Discussion Session

  • What: The discussion will be about how to implement our development goals for the next year. The discussion will be guided by a printout of development goals written in advance by the core team.
  • Who: This session is intended for FreedomBox contributors (i.e. developers, designers, testers, translators, and forum contributors). The discussion will be led by people who already contribute to FreedomBox and understand our project. Newcomers are, however, welcome to come and listen to the discussion.

12:00pm-1:15pm: Lunch

  • What: Free lunch is served, hackathon participants arrive
  • Who: All hackathon guests

12:15pm-1:15pm: Eben Moglen’s Speech

  • What: Eben Moglen will deliver a speech about FreedomBox and the future
  • Who: This session is intended for the general public. No background knowledge is needed!

1:15pm-5:00pm: Session 2: Hackathon Session

  • What: Three hackathon activities will be led by the FreedomBox core team
    • Installfest: learn how to set up a FreedomBox
    • Development environment: learn how to set up your development environment
    • Guided coding: code for FreedomBox with our team
  • Who: This session is intended for the general public. No background knowledge is needed!

Note: Though the schedule of the program is final, we may revise some of the details of each session. If we make revisions, you can expect to be notified via email.

Registration & Cost

Cost: This hackathon is free to attend. We’ll even provide free lunch! We may even provide some free swag…!

Registration: Registration ahead of time is required. Once you are registered, you will receive an email confirmation from us.

To register, please email with “Hackathon registration” in the subject line and the following information in the body:

  • Your full name
  • Dietary restrictions you want us to know for lunch (e.g. vegan, vegetarian, kosher, halal, etc.)
  • Which sessions you want to attend (Session 1 and/or Session 2)
  • Your level of experience with FreedomBox (little to none, basic, or advanced)

Once you register, you’ll receive periodic updates via email about details like the event program and lunch menu.


Please feel free to email with any questions!