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Volunteer is a grass-roots, community-driven event. It needs bright, enthusiastic people - like you - to make it a success!

Volunteering at 2016 is a great opportunity, and can be deeply rewarding. On a more practical note, volunteering at can add to your professional portfolio in many ways - making this an ideal opportunity for students or recent graduates.

  • Meeting exceptional people - many of whom are recognised experts in their field and industry luminaries
  • Great networking opportunities with people working in the free and open source community
  • Gaining practical, hands-on experience and skills in event management, customer liaison, public relations and operation of audio visual equipment - which are invaluable to future employers

What's required of me?

To be eligible for Volunteer Registration at, you will need to be able to commit to at least four (4) full days of volunteering on the following days:

  • Saturday 30th January (for conference setup and AV training - compulsory day for training and induction)
  • Sunday 31st January (for registration and conference setup)
  • Monday 1st February (for Miniconference room monitoring, AV and general assistance)
  • Tuesday 2nd February (for conference room monitoring, AV and general assistance)
  • Wednesday 3rd February (for conference room monitoring, AV and general assistance)
  • Thursday 4th February (for conference room monitoring, AV and general assistance)
  • Friday 5th February (for conference room monitoring, AV and general assistance and conference packup and tear-down)

We would also like you to have one or more of the following skills and/or aptitudes:

  • the ability to meet and greet people and provide basic face to face assistance with a friendly, cheerful disposition
  • some familiarity with audio visual equipment
  • confidence addressing an audience, such as introducing a speaker
  • some familiarity with technology such as IRC, social media, text editors etc
  • a clean driver's licence, and be competent in driving minivans and small trucks
  • physical fitness for some manual activities (the most you would have to do would be to lift some heavy boxes, or participate in an eating competition)

The types of tasks you can be expected to be assigned to include:

  • General conference set up including moving and commissioning of equipment such as audiovisual and networking gear
  • Operating audiovisual equipment such as cameras in the conference venues
  • Assisting with registration of delegates and ensuring questions related to accommodation and getting around the conference venue are answered
  • Introducing speakers and ensuring they run to time
  • Room monitoring activities including co-ordinating with other conference rooms
  • Escorting delegates to/from Melbourne Airport
  • General event administration tasks
  • Assisting with accommodation and food/beverage activities, such as making breakfast for delegates

What's in it for me?

Tempted, but want to know more about what you get for volunteering your time? This is what we're offering:

  • Free conference registration (excluding the Penguin Dinner)
  • Lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea provided every day (at minimum - we may include other meals for instance if you're volunteering of an evening)
  • T-shirt
  • Schwag bag
  • Refunds of expenses you incur in the course of volunteering (e.g. petrol for driving to the airport for a pickup)
  • Written reference covering your experience and duties - useful for job interviews!

We don't include the following:

  • Accommodation
  • Travel to and from the conference venue - you will have to make your own way there

Sign me up!

Great! Here's what you have to do:

  1. Register or sign in to this site
  2. Register as a volunteer at
  3. If you meet eligibility criteria and are chosen as a volunteer, you will be given the option of a 'Volunteers' ticket for Registration. You will then need to complete the usual conference Registration process, ensuring you select the 'Volunteers' ticket type. We'll send you an email to let you know if you've been chosen as a volunteer.
  4. Join us in Geelong for the conference!

Any questions? Email us at

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