Celebrations are in order as GNU turns 30 this September 27. Richard Stallman launched the GNU Project on September 27, 1983 stating “..I have decided to put together a sufficient body of free software so that I will be able to get along without any software that is not free.”

Celebrations have been planned at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 28 and 29 which will include featuring remarks from Stallman himself. According to an announcement on GNU website, the main focus of the hackathon event will be: “federated publishing and communication services, and tools to protect privacy and anonymity.”

Those who cannot travel to Cambridge can participate through satellite events which will be happening around the world. You can register for the event by filling out the registration form here. Partial scholarship is also on offer for those who are interested.

The main part of the event will definitely be the feature remarks by Stallman and we wonder what the free software pioneer will have with him to share at the 30th anniversary of GNU.