Berlin, 15. September 2015 – Alles wird vernetzt, auch die Kleidung. Die Meshcon, 2014 erstmals als Konferenz für Modemacher und Digital-Kreative gestartet, findet dieses Jahr am Samstag, 3. Oktober im Rahmen der Maker Faire Berlin im Postbahnhof statt. Bei der Neuauflage der Veranstaltung stehen Vorträge und Workshops zur digitalen Vernetzung im Mittelpunkt.
The OpenTechSummit 2015 took place for the first time in Berlin on May 14, 2015 with the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure as a core partner and supporter. With more than 700 attendees – from policy makers, developers, start-ups, to contributors – and over 70 speakers the event was a huge success. A wonderful atmosphere came up through the participation of lots of kids in the hacking area and in the workshops. Topics at the OpenTechSummit range from future technologies, open hardware, encyclopedias, open data and free knowledge, software development, community networks and digital policies. The FFII was the main responsible for the track “Internet, Society and Patents”.
The OpenTechSummit will take place for the first time in Berlin on May 14, 2015 with the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure as a core partner and supporter. The Free and Open Source technology event brings together policy makers, developers, start-ups, and contributors. Topics at the OpenTechSummit range from future technologies, open hardware, encyclopedias, open data and free knowledge, software development, community networks and digital policies. In the evening there will be an “OpenTech-Himmelfahrt” lounge. The FFII is the main responsible for the track “Internet, Society and Patents”.
The first Meshcon FashionTec Week took place from October 10-15, 2014 in Berlin with the support of the FFII e.V. The event attracted 23 speakers from around the world and gathered hundreds of attendees from the technology and fashion community. The FFII invited software engineers, creative minds and fashion hackers to the MeshCon 14’ in Berlin. The technology week is organised in cooperation with the TU Berlin, BBW, Wikimedia and the Mozilla Community. The Meshcon is about local production, design and distribution of textiles in a way that reaps the full benefit of the digital dividend. The goal of the event was to explore the benefits of participatory production in the textile industry.
On the 30th of March, 2011, the FFII and FSFE awarded tagesschau.de the DFD Award for its use of Open Standards in broadcasting content. Berlin and Hamburg Fellows joined the event to celebrate the important role of tagesschau.de in spreading Document Freedom, eat a piece of pie, and have a chat about Freedom and Open Source Software and Open Document formats. Press review for the Berlin event:
2011-03-30 DE Heise: Tagesschau.de wegen Ogg-Theora-Unterstützung ausgezeichnet
2011-03-30 EN The H: Tagesschau.de receives Document Freedom Day award from FSFE and FFII
2011-03-30 DE Golem: FFII und FSFE ehren Tagesschau.de für Inhalte im Ogg-Theora-Format
2011-03-30 DE Readers Edition: Die Netzversion der Tagesschau ist “offen”
2011-03-30 DE Linux Community: Eine Torte für offene Formate FSFE und FFII zeichnen ARD für freie Formate bei Online-Tagesschau aus
2011-03-30 DE Linux Magazin: FFII und FSFE zeichnen ARD für Einsatz von Ogg aus
2011-03-30 DE Netzpolitik.org: Offene Standards: Singapur, München, Tagesschau und der Rest der Welt
2011-03-30 DE Prolinux: Auszeichnungen für den Einsatz offener Standards für Tagesschau.de und München
2010-06-12 Workshop about current developments in software patents and open standards at LinuxTag 2010 in Berlin. 2010-03-16/17/18 Booth of FFII France at “Solutions Linux / Open Source 2010” in Paris, France. 2010-03-13 Speech about “Dangers from software patents in Europe” by Antonis Christofides at OpenFest 2010 in Piraeus, Greece.
2009-12-16 2nd meeting of the CENATIC Advisory Council with the participation as member of Alberto Barrionuevo representing FFII. 2009-12-04 to 13 (possible) meeting with the informatization board of the Cuban Ministry of Communications and Informatics, La Habana, Cuba, by Alberto Barrionuevo. 2009-12-01 to 03 participation to be defined of several FFII Spain Members in the Open Source World Conference 2009 at Caceres (Spain). 2009-11-05 Meeting with responsibles for Internet and Open Source and Open Standards of the Spanish Ministry of Industry with the participation of Alberto Barrionuevo representing FFII. 2009-09-24 (World day against software patents 2009), Alberto Barrionuevo defends his master thesis in the Politechnic University of Madrid.
Brussels, 2nd September 2008 — A global coalition of more than 80 software companies, associations and developers has declared the 24th of September to be the “World Day Against Software Patents”. Five years ago, on 24 September 2003, the European Parliament adopted amendments to limit the scope of patent law and thereby protect small software companies from the harmful effects of broad and trivial software patents. A global petition asking to effectively stop software patents worldwide will be launched on 24 September 2008, together with specific additional requests for certain regions such as Europe, the United States or India. On 24 September 2008, the World Day Against Software Patents will provide volunteers with the opportunity to express the growing concerns of users, businesses and developers. The granting of software patents by patent offices around the world affects their freedom to innovate.
The FFII won the Grand Prix 2006 awarded by the Newropeans Magazine in the category “Citizenship – Citizens Action”. The award highlights through three different aspects the essential link between European construction and democracy:
1. by rewarding the actors of this European democratisation
2. by having the winners elected by representatives of the European civil society
3. by considering democratization a very concrete process involving European mobility, accessibility and conviviality
In the CNET Networks UK 2005 technology awards, the FFII, together with NoSoftwarePatents.com, was the winner in category “Outstanding contribution to software development”, because of the “tireless work” that resulted in the rejection of the software patents directive.