Presented by

  • Tracy Homer

    Tracy Homer

    Tracy Homer works as the Operations Manager for Software Freedom Conservancy. Tracy also serves on the board of her local hackerspace, an organization committed to teaching and promoting open technology exclusively. In addition to being the first point of contact for interested members, she also authorizes people to use the laser cutter, and 2d design classes in Inkscape. She is passionate about accessible technology so that people are able to have the tools they need to be creative and successful without restrictions. Tracy is also pursuing a degree in GIS at the University of Tennessee.


Knox Makers in Knoxville, TN is the area's premier hackerspace. In existence for almost 12 years, it boasts over 325 members and its base operations are fully supported by membership dues. It also has a commitment to open hardware and software, running all of its tools, behind the scenes operations, and teaching classes exclusively with FOSS. In this talk, Tracy will talk about why Knox Makers has chosen open source, some of the technologies they use, and what the challenges are to this commitment.