As we did last year, we have launched the Libre Graphics meeting 2009 Pledgie drive. Our goal is to raise 15,000 USD this year to support travel and collaboration between Free and Open Source Graphics Software Developers and Users to Montreal, Canada this May 6, 7, 8 and 9.. We are running this campaign all the way up until April 22, 2009, but don’t wait until then to donate! For this campaign we are asking for your help to do three things:
- Donate to Sponsor Developer Travel via our Pledgie Campaign
- Blog about this campaign on your site(s)
- Put the following pledgie drive button on your site(s) for the duration of the campaign
Here is the press release:
Libre Graphics Meeting 2009 Launches Community Fundraising Campaign
The Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) is an annual workshop for developers and users of free software graphics applications to collaborate and advance the cause of high-quality free graphics software. From now until April 22, you can help support this event by making a donation to the LGM 2009 community pledge drive. LGM is free to attend, so your support is critical to making this important event a success.
The fourth annual LGM will be held May 6 – 9, 2009 in Montreal, Canada at École Polytechnique. Donations will be used solely to help cover travel costs for volunteer developers and presenters. Last year’s campaign raised more than $12,000 dollars from individuals and corporations in the community.
As with last year, pledges can be made online at Pledgie.com. Visit http://pledgie.com/campaigns/2926 to make your contribution. All donations are tax deductible for US taxpayers. Large donations from corporations and individuals may go through the Pledgie campaign or contact LGM directly at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to coordinate.
About Libre Graphics Meeting
For four years, the Libre Graphics Meeting has been the premiere conference for developers, users and supporters of free software graphics applications. Developers from projects such as GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, Krita, Scribus, Hugin, the Open Clipart Library], and the Open Font Library gather to work on interoperability, shared standards, and new ideas. Work at prior LGMs has pushed the state of the art in important areas such as color management, cross-application sharing of brushes and other assets, and common formats.
The face-to-face meetings and opportunities for collaboration are important to developers, but LGM offers plenty for end users as well. Tutorials, talks, and birds-of-a-feather (BOF) meetings to help free software users get the most out of their applications fill out the LGM schedule, and demonstrations from artists showcase what is possible.
For more information, visit http://www.libregraphicsmeeting.org/
For the Pledgie campaign, visit http://pledgie.com/campaigns/2926
LGM is super critical for all of the aforementioned projects to get together and have time to talk face to face. Most of us live all around the world and only get to chat electronically. Meeting face to face synergizes all teams. Even more, through presentations and talks, new overlap happens which brings new collaboration.
If you benefit from Free Software-based Graphics tools, please consider providing a donation to the LGM Fundraising Campaign so that we can all keep making this software great for you!