Software Freedom Day 2013

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Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, government, at home, business, and everywhere! The non‐profit organization Software Freedom International coordinates SFD at a global level, providing support, giveaways and a point of collaboration, but volunteer teams around the world organize the local SFD

events to impact their own communities.

For the second time, SFD will be celebrated in Ekiti, and this event would hold at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Oye Campus. The event is organized by the Information and Communication Technology Centre in conjuction with Computer Science Department.

It’s not always easy to explain concepts like free software and open source, but it’s important that it happens. Which is why events like Software Freedom Day are so important; To help introduce software freedom to the community. We are aiming to provide a Software Freedom Day full of interesting talks and workshops dealing with free and open source tools and projects that are cool.

The event is expected to attract software programmer and enthusiast across the country. The event will run from 16th to 21st of September. The next page contains the summary of the event(currently work in progress).

16th to 20th of September 2013-  Pre-conference program:
Tutorial sessions / workshops

There will be concurrent training session during this period. At present we have confirmation for the following trainings/worskshop (You may click any of them to read more)

21st of September is the SFD day and it will include the following:

  • Presentations
  • Exhibitions
  • Open discussions
  • Social activities (the social event and closing event)
  • The will be a website contest!!! click here to participate and stand a chance to win a great price!

(Event program”draft” is available  here)

If you will be attending the pre-conference trainings, kindly take note that there is a fee of 30000 per participant. This fee includes launch and tea break during the training period. All those participating in any of the events are expected to handle their accommodation and transportation themselves. We can however help you book for an hotel based on request. You may send us an email with subject “hotel booking” to Below is the account to make all necessary payment (do send us an email once you make payment):

Bank: Diamond Bank Ado Branch

Account Name: Federal University Oye-Ekiti

Account Number: 0026330892

Businesses and Institutions often are unaware that switching to Free Software and Open Source increases productivity and user satisfaction whilst cutting down software licensing by at least 65%. Running a production system on Free Software and Open Source can also ensure that the system does not miss out on innovative industry and community developments.

So does this sound like something you may be interested in? Great! If you would like to come along as a Speaker, Volunteer, Audience member or something else. Register Here

Serve as a Speaker – Call For Papers and Presentation

The 2013 SFD Program Committee thus invites proposals for papers and presentation on the use of Free and open Source Software (FOSS), and Information and Communication Technologies(ICT) in general.

Sessions will consist of three twenty-minute presentations, and proposals should be geared to that length. A different format for some sessions may be chosen by the Programmme Committee after the proposals have been reviewed. Session organizers may wish to propose different formats for their sessions, subject to Programmme Committee approval. SFD will bring IT and FOSS experts from all over the country to discuss the use of FOSS and ICTs to help attain sustainability in our community and country as a whole.
The Programme Committee seeks innovative proposals and sessions and hope to see cross-disciplinary participation wherever possible. For both the commissioned and the open sessions, we are looking for the broadest possible range of proposals of topics within and across all the disciplines.
Selection procedure: Papers and Presentations will be evaluated for promise of quality and significance of topic. Session organizers make an initial selection of papers and submit a plan to the Programme Committee, which makes final decisions by 1st september 2013. Notification of acceptance or rejection will take place shortly thereafter.
The proposal must have two parts:
(1) a cover sheet containing the proposer’s name, professional status, postal address, home and office telephone numbers, fax number (if available), e-mail address, and paper title;
(2) a second sheet containing the proposer’s name, session for which the paper should be considered, paper title, 250-word abstract, and audio-visual equipment requirements. If the proposer will be at a different address when decisions are announced in September, that address should be included.
Submissions: Proposals should be submitted to the Programme Committee   with subject topic “proposal [paper title]”
The submission should be in relation to the following areas:
Governance (e-government, advocacy, etc)
Poverty Alleviation (business, innovation, job creation, mobile technology)
Education (open educational resources, open learning, virtual learning, online universities)

Other topics: The Programme Committee welcomes submissions on other topics and will organize additional sessions to accommodate the best submissions.

Session proposals: The Programme Committee will consider proposals for entire sessions if their subject matter does not conflict with that of other sessions. Please consult with the Programme Committee chair before preparing a proposal. Session proposals require the same information as individual paper proposals; abstracts for the papers in the proposed session will be evaluated by the Program Committee.

Audio-visual equipment: If required, requests for audio-visual equipment must be made with the proposal.

Student Prizes: Special awards will be given to some students for papers judged meritorious by the program committee. To be eligible for an award students must, of course, reside in Nigeria and, once their proposed papers have been accepted for inclusion in the program, must submit complete papers to the Programme Committee by 15th September, 2013.

Volunteer as a Trainer/Sponsor

We will be delighted if you cound volunteer to contribute your skill, time and resources to the success of this event. Should you have a talk you like to share/present. Kindly send us an email with subject “volunteer participant” to You may also consider to sponsor the event; Below are the different areas you may consider to take up:

Sponsorship Category details and breakdown for FUOYE SFD 2013 in NG Naira

Platinum = 1,000,000

  1. Exhibition Space
  2. Logo in all conference materials
  3. Opening ceremony speech slot
  4. Extended SFD partnership (i.e we could give them priority even for next year hosting)
  5. Five (5) passes to attend any pre-conference workshop
  6. Other negotiable benefits


 Gold = 500,000

  1. Exhibition Space
  2. Logo in all conference materials
  3. Opening ceremony speech slot
  4. Three (3) passes to attend any pre-conference workshop
  5. Other negotiable benefit


Silver = 300,000

  1. Exhibition Space
  2. Logo in all conference material
  3. Two (2) passes to attend any pre-conference workshop
  4. Other negotiable benefits


Bronze – 200,000

  1. Exhibition Space
  2. Logo in all conference materials
  3. One (1) pass to attend any pre-conference workshop

Should incase you like to sponsor specific item of the event, such as transportation cost of participants, accommodation, pre-conference training fee etc. Kindly contact us by sending an email to   with subject heading “targeted support

Audience Member/Pre-conference Participant



 Click the image above to register. You are welcome to either attend the Pre-conference trainings, main conference OR both.

For the first time, SFD will be celebrated in Ekiti, and it will be a thing of pride for Federal University Oye-Ekiti to lead in this. The event will be organized by the Information and Communication Technology Centre. The Computer Science department and some departments in Faculty of Engineering will also be invited to partner in this. May I also note that this event was hosted in UNEC for the first time last year, it was also the first in Enugu and late Ach Ikechukwu Ifeanacho was very instrumental to its success. It will be yet another opportunity honor him as we both planned to run this together again this year!

The event is expected to attract software programmer and enthusiast across the country; this will create a good opportunity for our computer science department to connect with colleagues and share ideas together, it will also get our student exposed to Free and Open Source Software development early enough. The event will run for 10th to 15th of September. Below is the summary of proposed the event plan.

Th to 14th of September– Pre-conference program, which will include the following:

Tutorial sessions / workshops

  • Lightning talks

  • Exhibitions

  • Social activities (the opening reception, and social event)

  • Other small meetings


15th of September is the SFD day and it will include the following:

  • Presentations

  • Exhibitions

  • Open discussions

  • Social activities (the social event and closing event)