SCaLE 16X – the 16th annual Southern California Linux Expo – will take place on March. 8-11, 2018, at the Pasadena Convention Center. SCaLE 16X expects to host 150 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials and special events. SCaLE is the largest community-run open-source and free software conference in North America. It is held annually in the greater Los Angeles area.

This year the organizers have agreed to hosting a Libre Graphics track at the expo. The team is reaching out to all in the graphic and design community to come out and spend a day together helping to spread awareness of libre graphics tools, processes, and community. There is a Call for Participation for anyone interested in speaking more about the work their doing or hacking on!

SCaLE Libre Graphics Track Call for Participation

The libre graphics community is thrilled to announce that a special, one-day track at SCaLE 16x will be dedicated to libre graphics software and artists. All those who work with free and open-source tools for creative graphics projects are invited to submit a proposal and join us for the day!

SCaLE 16x will take place from March 8 to 11 of 2018 in Pasadena California. Libre Graphics Day: SCaLE will take place at the main SCaLE venue on Friday, March 9.

The libre graphics track is an opportunity for teams, contributors and practitioners involved in Libre Graphics projects to share their experiences, showcase new developments, and hear new and inspiring ideas.

By libre graphics we mean “free, Libre and Open Source tools for creative uses”. Libre graphics is not just about software, but extends to standards and file formats used in creative work.

People from around the world who are passionate about Free/Libre tools and their creative applications are encouraged to submit a talk proposal. Sessions will be 30 minutes in length.

Developers, artists, and activists alike are invited. First-time presenters and established projects of all sizes are welcome to submit.

We are looking for:

  • Reflections and practical sessions on promoting the philosophy and use of Libre Graphics tools.
  • Technical presentations and workshops for developers.
  • Showcases of excellent work made using Libre Graphics tools.
  • New tools and workflows for graphics and code.
  • Reflections on the activities of existing Free/Libre and Open Source communities.


Please submit your proposal to


The deadline for submissions is January 10th, 2018, and participants will be notified by the end of January 2018.

Participation and attendance is totally free, though the organisers gratefully accept donations and sponsorship.

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