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by James Slater

Guild Literary Complex - Notes from the Mainframe Jan 29 @ FreeGeek Chicago

by James Slater

Hey Friends!

FreeGeek Chicago will be hosting Applied Words: Notes from the Mainframe on January 29th from 7:30P - 9:00P. This a Guild Literary Complex reading event and is being co-sponsored by the folks at Gapers Block. In short, it’s going to be awesome.

From event page:

In the 21st century, we live inside technology like never before. For Applied Words “Notes from the Mainframe,” the Guild Literary Complex invites writers employed in technology to read their work and discuss the poetics of art and science.

“Notes from the Mainframe” will include readings by Catherine Halley (Director of Digital Programs, Poetry Foundation), Daniel X. O’Neil (Executive Director of Smart Chicago Collaborative), and Stephanie Plenner (Founder of Chicago Literary Map). Artists will participate in a Q&A following the event.

There’s no official registration. Just show up and you’ll get to listen to some great local writers and participate in some interesting discussion.

Holiday Party!

by James Slater


Black Friday Sale (and Beyond!)

by Taylor Hales

On 11/29 we will be hosting a Black Friday sale. Laptops and LCD monitors will be 25% off. Desktops,parts, and all other peripherals will be 50% off!

Happy Thanksgiving!

by James Slater

As we gather to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family, FreeGeek wishes to thank all those who have contributed to our successes this year. In celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the FreeGeek Shop will be closed Wednesday Nov 27 and Thursday Nov 28. We will return to our regular schedule on Friday Nov 29.

Software Freedom Day is Sept 21

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago Invites You to Our 2nd Annual Software Freedom Day Celebration!

Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business -- in short, everywhere! This year we are celebrating software freedom on September 21.

Full Schedule and Registration are available on our Event Page.

Nick Keiser, FreeGeeker for Life

by James Slater
It is with great sadness that FreeGeek Chicago has learned our friend and FreeGeek founder Nick Keiser has passed away. Though in recent years Nick had focused his attention on his health and his work as a bike mechanic, he continued to be a strong supporter of FreeGeek. Friend and co-founder David Eads writes:

For those who didn't know Nick, he was an original founder of FreeGeek Chicago and one of our most stalwart volunteers. I have fond memories of bleak January Sundays when the only people hanging out all day were me, Nick, and Janet. Sometimes, it was just Nick.

Through thick and thin, Nick would ride his bike up to FreeGeek for another day at the space. He always did the toughest jobs with an utterly charming combination of humility and sarcasm, grit and sweetness. He fiercely defended FreeGeek‘s spirit of collaboration, consensus, and autonomy. He dealt with Lenny, the neighborhood junkie. He remains FreeGeek’s greatest tour guide and on-screen presence.

You can read a bit more on the FreeGeek Talk List. Any updates on memorial services in Chicago will be posted there.

Peace and love to Nick and all who knew him.

~FreeGeek Chicago

Now Accepting Workshop Proposals

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago is now accepting Workshop Proposals! If you are interested in presenting at FreeGeek, take a moment and fill out our Workshop Submission Form.

FGC Unrolls New "Tech Needs" Survey

by James Slater

Hey all. We'd like to share with you our latest concoction, the FreeGeek Chicago "Tech Needs" Survey!
We are preparing a series of workshops for the summer and we want to know from you all what kind of problems you are running into and how we can best help you out--and maybe show you some cool extra stuff in the process!

StoryCorps Partnership

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago is teaming up with StoryCorps to record the voices and stories of our community. If you are a current or former FreeGeek Volunteer and are interested in sharing your experiences, ones from the FreeGeek space or elsewhere, let us know you want to participate. Register here.

Shop Closed July 3rd and July 4th

by James Slater

In observation of U.S. Independence Day, FreeGeek is closed Wednesday July 3rd and Thursday July 4th. FreeGeek will reopen for regularly scheduled programming on Friday July 5th. Enjoy the fireworks, grilling, and nice weather!

ReSolution Firehouse 3-way Meeting and FreeGeek Tour

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago, The Recyclery Collective, LET'S GO Chicago, and other community members will meet at FGC on Thurs June 13 at 6:30PM to discuss a bid on a Rogers Park firehouse. The firehouse may eventually serve as TheRecycley's permanent home and shared space with LET'S GO Chicago and a FreeGeek Extension. FGC Members will give a tour of their space and operations and then the group will get down to business at 7:00pm.

And Then There Were Two

by James Slater

FreeGeek's indiegogo campaign has one week remaining has already reached $2400, enough to hire one internship position, but I am asking for your financial support to help FreeGeek Chicago sponsor two interns for our Summer Program. Our campaign will close on Tuesday, June 11 so please donate today.

2013 Internship Campaign is Live!

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago is again fundraising to support our super-awesome Summer Internship Program. This is our third-annual, paid summer internship which will help expand our services to the community and our earned revenue sources. Learn more and Donate on our Indiegogo Campaign Page.

Application for 2013 Summer Internship Available

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago is happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for our paid summer internship program. You can grab an application or you can visit our summer internship page.

Projects will focus on expanding earned revenue sources and services to the community. In exchange, FreeGeek will provide an opportunity to someone who is looking to use and expand their technology / communications / recycling skill-set and get some serious experience with a community-run non-profit organization. We plan on having this internship run from mid-June through mid-September with an average commitment of 12 hours per week. Applications for this position are due Friday, May 31st. Interviews will be given on a rolling basis.