Perth, Western Australia - 6th to 10th January 2014
Haecksen has been a regular feature at linux.conf.au since 2007. In that time, it has stuck to a tried and trusted formula. A group of smart, vibrant women all working in some way with open source technology, spend the day together sharing their experiences and knowledge in a supportive and fun environment.
For linux.conf.au 2014, the Oceania Women of Open Technology (OWOOT http://owoot.org) group proposes, again, a one-day Haecksen miniconf. Again, the intention is to feature women speakers and panellists on technical and community topics related to free software and women in free software.
This year, however, the emphasis is on fun. Kicking off with a gameshow-style quiz covering achievements of historical women in tech, the day will then move into a series of short, upbeat presentations, before finishing with a light-hearted hands-on education session dedicated to encouraging and assisting women with conference speaker applications, professional speaking skills, and conference attendance. Speakers are expected, and indeed encouraged, to cover topics that range widely from technical talks to professional development, and community involvement.
Lana Brindley has been playing with technology since that summer in the 80’s when she spent the whole time trying not to be eaten by a grue. She has been writing since she could hold a pencil, and is currently writing technical documentation for Rackspace after spending six years with Red Hat. Lana holds Business degrees in marketing and information systems, and a postgraduate degree in technical communication. Right now, she’s getting her hands dirty on cloud documentation, and raising her very own geek girl. One day she hopes to write the manual for that, too.