free networks conference


The FreeNetworks Conference (FN-CON) 2003 is focused on giving the
public an in-depth look into the the fast growing worldwide movement of
Community Wireless Networking (CWN). In the past few years, these
decentralized, non-commercial networks have gained world recognition
and populist support as the adoption of the IEEE Standard for wireless
ethernet, 802.11b, more commonly known as WiFi has gained ground.
FN-CON will show you how these networks started, the directions they
are taking, and provide you with enough technical knowledge to
bootstrap your own networking group.

FN-CON aims to gather the experts and implementors in community
wireless networking groups from across the globe, innovators from the
wired community and municipal networks, and the technologists designing
the hardware for future phases of this amazing movement for a
conference like no other.

The conference will combine overviews of the technologies and
motivations, status reports from the frontline, and in-depth coverage
of implementation details that provide the conference attendee with the
knowledge to bootstrap their own CWN in their locale.

The conference will start with one day of in-depth, hands-on tutorial.
Attendees will leave the tutorial with a working piece of hardware that
they can build, configure and replicate for use in their own community
wireless network.

The second and third day will be done in standard fashion with multiple
tracks and multiple speakers on each track.

-Bring together both wireless and wired FreeNetworks participants.
-Educate people on the benefits and impact of FreeNetworks.
-Enable people to use available technologies (802.11b and others) and
to prepare for future technologies.
-Showcase the status of FreeNetworks worldwide and learn from the
experience of the early adopters.
-Discuss upcoming social, political and technological developments that
affect the FreeNetworks movement.

Alexis Park Resort – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

June 6-8, 2003

Call For Papers
We are now accepting presentation proposals for FN-CON.

Here are some possible topics that come to mind however we are in no
way limiting it to these, and we expect that you will have some
creative ideas in addition to those listed below:

-New advanced routing protocols that could benefit Free Networks and
ad-hoc networks in general, reports on use of said protocols in a real
world environment.
-Examples of community networks in use serving a real world purpose
that may or may not be possible on traditional carrier-built networks.
-Research and development of networking technologies that can help
further the FreeNetworks movement.
-Applications/tools which might be considered useful for FreeNetworks.
-Hands on tutorials that will enable people to build their own wireless
router or some other cool and useful wireless device.

What To Send Us

A brief description (two, three paragraphs max) of your topic.
Your bio, resume, portfolio or whatever you have that says something
about your experience, why you are qualified to discuss said topic and
any other major achievements you may have accomplished. Please include
URLs wherever possible.
If you plan on doing something other than a traditional slideshow,
please let us know of any special requirements you may have; i.e.
duelling projectors, laser shows, two turntables and a microphone. We
want to know if you will need anything other than the usual projector
and PA setup.
Contact information; at the very least, you must provide us with an
email address that you check on a frequent basis. Physical address and
phone numbers if you desire.
Submit material in ASCII or PDF format to

Program Committee

SeattleWireless – Ken Caruso (Chair), Matt Westervelt
Bay Area Wireless Users Group – Matt Peterson, Cliff Skolnick, Tim Pozar
NYCwireless – Terry Schmidt, Ben Serebin
Consume – Ben Laurie
NoCat – Rob Flickenger
Security Travel – Tina Greene

Think you would like to sponsor what has the potential to be one of
the coolest and most unique conferences yet? Please let us know.