eLiberatica is the biggest independent Open Source and Free Software conference taking place in Romania. The event was initiated by a group of IT enthusiasts (ROSI) that evolved now in an on growing community formatted around the event (The eLiberatica Community).
The goal of the event is to develop and sustain a healthy Free Software, Open Source and Digital Civil Society movement, and to promote Free/Libre/Open-Source Software (FLOSS) business models in Romania and Eastern Europe.
Presentations and activities at the event are meant to help both local and international participants share ideas and experience about these concepts and movements.
Participants including legal scholars, national offices of multinational computing giants (like IBM, Red Hat and Sun), strong national companies (like BitDefender and BitSoftware), businessmen, students, the media, people from Romanian institutes of higher learning and working developers.
The second edition of eLiberatica took place in Bucharest, on 30th-31st May 2008 and surpassed the success of the first. This time 28 international and local speakers presented at eLiberatica in front of around 400 people. The Government of Romania sent representatives for the first time. And a European Union delegate presented to an Open Source event in the Romania, also for the first time. Many of the big IT players participated in the conference by sponsoring and sending delegates, including IBM, Microsoft, Sun, Mozilla, Google, RedHat, O'Reilly, Gartner, Dell, HP, Ubuntu, OpenOffice, FSF Europe and more.
The third edition of eLiberatica took place at University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, on 22nd - 23rd 2009. Despite the harsh financial times, eLiberatica made a stand again – 400 confirmed participants, 5 inside conference events and over 40 speakers. This was the first time when the conference hosted Romanian FLOSS Community booths. As usual, high profile speakers, local and international organizations and massive participation of young attendees and community members, made this third edition probably the most popular one.
"At the beginning were the enthusiasts; we didn't know exactly how it would end
or where it was going to lead. Now, after three editions and four years of work
we can say that eLiberatica exceeded all expectations. In the meantime, we learned
a lot, the event matured and an entire community started to evolve around it.
We believe the conference has been a great thing for Open Source in general and
for Eastern Europe IT in particular. Now we have a duty to continue it. There
are so many people believing in it. The young generation, business people, and,
ultimately, Civic Society should benefit for all the knowledge the conference is spreading."
Lucian Savluc - eLiberatica Chair
We are thinking of organizing a fourth edition of eLiberatica. Since eLiberatica is a complex and big event, we have to find resources and partners to set it up. For partnership opportunities, please contact us.
More articles about how eLiberatica started: The birth of ROSI Group | Agora Media – the official ROSI partner for eLiberatica | eLiberatica 2007 keynote speech.
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For a complete 2009 eLiberatica collection, check flickr eLiberatica 2009. Soon we will update with more images here.