linux.conf.au 2015 News

Big announcement about upcoming announcements...

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The Papers Committee weekend went extremely well and without bloodshed according to Steve, although there was some very strong discussion from time to time! The upshot is that we have a fantastic program now, with excellent presentations all across the board.

We have already begun contacting Miniconf organisers to let them know who has been successful and who hasn’t, and over the next couple of weeks we will be sending emails out to everyone who submitted a presentation to let them know how they fared.

If you have been accepted to run a Miniconf then your contact will be Simon Lyall (miniconfs@lca2015.linux.org.au) and if you have been accepted as a speaker then your contact will be Lisa Sands (speakers@lca2015.linux.org.au). We will be asking for a photo of you and your twitter name, as we will be running a Speaker Feature about a different presenter each day - don’t worry - you will be notified on your day!

We want to give great thanks to everyone who submitted papers - you are all still winners in our eyes, and we hope that even if you weren’t selected this time that won’t put you off attending the conference and having a great time. Please note that due to the large volume of submissions, we are unable to provide feedback on why any particular submission was unsuccessful.

Our earlybird registration will be opening soon, so watch this space!

Papers Committee weekend - who will be presenting at LCAuckland

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This weekend is the Papers Committee weekend, and Steven (Ellis) is now on his way over to Sydney to join our revered Papers Committee for a fun-packed weekend deciding which of the many submitted presentations to chose from for our conference next year.

It’s a very important job, crucial, even! I don't envy them, trying to foresee what is going to be at the top of everyone’s must-see list, predicting what will be trending in 6 month’s time, and what will have died a sad, lonely death or sputtered out after a brief burst of glory in the meantime.

Then there’s the programme... Who fits together? Who shouldn’t be opposite whom? And on it goes. It will be hard work! After speaking with the Chairs of the committee (Michael Davies and Michael Still) we've learned that this is traditionally a passionately fought process with each and every person focussed intently on ensuring that our delegates have access to the best presentations currently and soon-to-be available.

“The Michaels” know the conference and its audience and the rest of the committee is made up of past organisers, some FOSS celebrities and past presenters - most of whom have done this job many times now. Steve has been sent with some strict instructions about the presentations our team wants to see and the format of the conference itself that has some new, exciting ideas.

To those in the Papers Committee gathering together this weekend to make these important decisions - we wish you all a safe journey there and back again, and we say Stand Your Ground!

To those of you who have submitted a presentation we say "Good Luck - you are all wonderful in our eyes!

All the best

The LCA 2015 team

Call for bids for LCA 2017

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Plans are coming along really well for linux.conf.au 2015 in Auckland. We're very much looking forward to seeing you all there, but in the meantime it's time to start thinking about plans for 2017.

Here is the timeline:

  • July - Council works with Bid Teams to help them prepare their bids, answering questions and providing guidance.
  • 8th August - Submission of formal bids closes.
  • August - Council clarifies any questions regarding the bids and reviews them.
  • September - Council conducts Site Inspections with shortlisted Bid Teams.
  • October - Council decides on the winning city and informs the Bid Teams.
  • January - The winning bid is announced at linux.conf.au 2015.

If you have ever sat in the back of a LUG meeting or an LCA talk and had an informal chat to someone about running an LCA now is the time to put that idea into action. If you were the person two seats back listening in, go bug that person to put in a bid!

If you haven’t already, the first thing to to do is to send an email to Council@linux.org.au to let them know you are thinking of submitting a bid. You should also CC linux-aus@linux.org.au, this might help you find other people keen on helping you out.

Once you've done that here are two documents to help you get started:

The first outlines what is required for the bid process, while the second give a fairly detailed overview of the sorts of things you need to think about when preparing to run an LCA, and provide example bid documents.

There is also a comprehensive Event Portal with lots of useful information on how to run a successful event at http://wiki.linux.org.au/Linux_Australia:Events_Portal

So go out, get your team together, talk to some venues/vendors and start bidding to run the next awesome LCA! Armed with your amazing organising skills, this is your opportunity to show off your city, do what you always wanted to do at LCA, add something extra special to the conference and have a say in the programme of the conference.

This is something you will remember for a lifetime and gain life-long friends, professional contacts and the experience looks amazing on a resume. Not to mention, it’s great fun to run!

Once you've finalised your bid document then please send to Council@linux.org.au and linux-aus@linux.org.au.

If you are thinking of bidding, please put your hand up sooner rather than later so that the Council can make sure you get the support you need to prepare a high quality bid. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need any help in preparing your bid.

Our Call For Papers has closed

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The Call For Papers is now closed. The last 6 weeks has been very exciting as we’ve watched all of those paper submissions flow in.

To those of you who have submitted a presentation to us - good luck, and thank you! You should hear from us in September whether you have succeeded.

There are more and more wonderful things happening each day.

The LCA 2015 Auckland Team

Call for Proposals and Mini-Confs extended for one week

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The Call for Proposals (CFP) opened on the 9th July, and the quality of submissions so far has been fantastic. There has been some requests for extension from potential speakers, and we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to have their proposal considered! Originally scheduled to be closed on Sunday 13th July, the papers committee has agreed to extend the deadline until midnight Sunday 20th July as we know there are more stories out there that deserve attention.

For those of you still considering submitting a proposal, there is only one rule:

Your proposal must be related to open source

This year the papers committee is going to be focused on open source in education as well as our usual focus on deep technical content.

If you have been working on something interesting, now is the time to tell the world! Visit linux.conf.au/cfp to register and for more information, including some very useful tips and tricks for submitting a proposal.

Important Dates:

  • Call for proposals now closes: Midnight 20 July 2014 NZ Time
  • Email notifications from conference organisers: September 2014
  • Early Bird registrations open: 23 September 2014
  • Conference dates: Monday 12 - Friday 16 January 2014

About linux.conf.au:

LCA (linux.conf.au) is a meeting place for the free and open source software communities. It will be held in Auckland at the University of Auckland Business School from Monday 12 to Friday 16 January, 2015, and provides a unique opportunity for open source developers, students, users and hackers to come together, share new ideas and collaborate.

The LCA2015 team

CFP closes in ONE week!

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We have only 1 week of the CFP left, and although we're getting some brilliant proposals we need a great deal more in order to build the wonderful conference that we want it to be. The linux.conf.au 2015 papers committee is looking for a broad range of proposals, and will consider submissions on anything from programming and software, to desktop, mobile, gaming, userspace, community, government, space, and education. There is only one rule:

Your proposal must be related to open source.

This year the papers committee is going to be focused on open source in education as well as our usual focus on deep technical content. We will also welcome presentations on:

  • Clouds, datacenters and scalability.
  • Community challenges; legal threats; education and outreach.
  • Documentation for open source projects.
  • HTML5; multimedia codecs.
  • Kernel developments; new architectures.
  • Open hardware; embedded systems; wearable computing.
  • Security; privacy; anonymity.
  • Networking; Software defined networking; bufferbloat; network function virtualization.
  • Software development; programming languages.
  • Sysadmin and automation.
  • ...
So...

What would you like to present at LCA 2015 in Auckland?

Yes? Then to submit your proposal, create an account, and select Submit a Proposal from the menu on the left hand side.

Advice for those of you thinking of submitting a linux.conf.au 2015 proposal

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We have some tips and tricks to help you to submit a successful paper presentation to #LCA2015 right here on our CFP page. With heartfelt thanks to Jacinta Richardson for writing this up for us!

You can also view Michael Davies' presentation from LCA 2014 in Perth which discusses the same point in greater depth.

Important Dates

  • Proposals
    • Call for proposals closes: 13 July 2014
  • Miniconfs
    • Miniconf CFP closes 13 July 2014
  • Conference dates:
    • Early bird registrations open 23 September 2014 (TBC)
    • Conference: Monday 12 January to Friday 16 January, 2015

The call for proposals for linux.conf.au 2015 is now open!

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To submit your proposal, create an account, and select Submit aproposal or Submit a miniconf from your profile menu.

The conference is a meeting place for the free and open source software communities. It will be held in Auckland at the University of Auckland Business School from Monday 12 to Friday 16 January, 2015, and provides a unique opportunity for open source developers, students, users and hackers to come together, share new ideas and collaborate.

Important Dates

  • Call For Proposals
    • Call for proposals opens: 9 June 2014
    • Call for proposals closes: 13 July 2014
    • Email notifications from papers committee: September 2014
  • Call For Miniconfs
    • Miniconf CFP opens 9 June 2014 (TBC)
    • Miniconf CFP closes 13 July 2014
    • Email acceptances start Sept 2014
  • Conference dates:
    • Early bird registrations open 23 September 2014 (TBC)
    • Conference: Monday 12 January to Friday 16 January, 2015

New Look LCA 2015 Website Launched

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Welcome to our freshly re-laundered LCA 2015 website. Our CFP will be announced shortly so watch this space.