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Newly-appointed Director of Community at GitHub, Jono Bacon, will be one of four outstanding keynotes for in February 2016. Bacon, formerly Community Manager at Canonical - the company behind Linux distribution Ubuntu, and author of the best-selling ‘The Art of Community’, will deliver insights into building strong, effective, diverse and successful technical communities.

Bacon shared his enthusiasm for keynoting “I am absolutely delighted to be joining you all in Geelong in 2016. LCA is a cornerstone in the global Linux and Open Source movement and I am not only excited about speaking but also getting to know all the attendees at the event”, Bacon says.

Conference Director, David Bell, was thrilled to announce Mr Bacon as Keynote Speaker.

“Our theme for 2016 is ‘Life is better with Linux’ - and the strength of our Linux and open source communities contribute significantly to that aspiration. Robust, diverse, and inclusive communities happen by design, not accident, and Jono has done an enormous amount to shape that. It’s truly an honour to be able to host him in Geelong in February.”

One of the most respected technical conferences in Australia, Linux Conference Australia ( will make Geelong home between 1st-5th February 2016. The conference is expected to attract over 500 national and international professional and hobbyist developers, technicians and innovative hardware specialists, and will feature nearly 100 Speakers and presentations over five days. Deakin University’s stunning Waterfront Campus will host the conference, leveraging state of the art networking and audio visual facilities.

The conference delivers Delegates a range of presentations and tutorials on topics such as open source hardware, open source operating systems and open source software, storage, containers and related issues such as patents, copyright and technical community development.

Linux is a computer operating system, in the same way that MacOS, Windows, Android and iOS are operating systems. It can be used on desktop computers, servers, and increasingly on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Linux embodies the ‘open source’ paradigm of software development, which holds that source code – the code that is used to give computers and mobile devices functionality – should be ‘open’. That is, the source code should be viewable, modifiable and shareable by the entire community. There are a number of benefits to the open source paradigm, including facilitating innovation, sharing and re-use. The ‘open’ paradigm is increasingly extending to other areas such as open government, open culture, open health and open education.

Potential Delegates and Speakers are encouraged to remain up to date with conference news through one of the following channels;

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We warmly encourage you to forward this announcement to technical communities you may be involved in.

Jono Bacon Jono Bacon will be one of four keynotes for 2016 in Geelong

LCA2016 Optiver Diversity Programme Announced

[D] [Digg] [SU] [R] [SU] [SU] 2016, in partnership with Optiver, are very proud to announce our diversity programme for 2016! LCA2016 and Optiver are proud to be able to support diversity in our community. The Optiver Diversity Programme is intended to ensure that continues to be a safe, open, and welcoming conference for everyone. Together with Optiver the programme has been developed to assist delegates from under-represented cohorts who contribute to the Open Source community but, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend LCA2016. For more information please see our Optiver Diversity Programme page

Call for Media Participation

[D] [Digg] [SU] [R] [SU] [SU] 2016 Geelong - LCA By the Bay - is now seeking applications from suitable media outlets to participate in one of the most respected technical conferences in the Asia Pacific region.

When: Monday 1st February to Friday 5th February

Where: Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus, Geelong CBD

Up to five Media Passes will be available, providing;

  • free Professional registration to all five days of the conference, valued at around $AUD 1000, including access to Penguin Dinner and Professional Delegates Networking Session access to specially designated Media areas
  • Access to interview Keynotes and Speakers will be via the Conference Media Liaison, and by agreement with the Keynotes and Speakers themselves.

Travel and accommodation is not included in the Media Pass, and Media Representatives will need to make their own way to the conference.

To be considered for a Media Pass, please provide the following information via email to

  • The registered business name of your media outlet, and ABN or ACN
  • Examples of the online or physical media you produce
  • Whether you’ve attended in the past, and if so, examples of media coverage generated at the event
  • The name of the staff member who would be attending
  • Acknowledgement that you agree with the Conference’s Code of Conduct

Decisions to grant a Media Pass will be made based on the following principles;

  • ensuring diverse channel and cohort coverage of
  • prioritising media outlets who have a significant focus on Linux and / or open source technologies
  • that the holder of a Media Pass have not previously breached the Conference Code of Conduct

We encourage you to remain up to date with conference news through the following channels;

Dates confirmed for #lca2016

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We're thrilled to announce that dates for 2016 - LCA By the Bay have been confirmed as 1st-5th February 2016 at the wonderful Deakin University Waterfront campus in vibrant Geelong.

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