[Announce] LCA2015, call for bids

Joshua Hesketh josh at nitrotech.org
Sat May 25 18:03:28 EST 2013

Hi there,

Plans are coming along really well for linux.conf.au 2014 in Perth.
We're very much looking forward to seeing you all there, but in the
meantime it's time to start thinking about 2015.

We have had a lot of expressions of interest already for bids so we
aren't going to do a formal call for EOI's but are instead doing our
official call for linux.conf.au 2015 bids! Don't worry though, if you
didn't express your interest we'd still love to talk to you about how to
put together your bid and have given you plenty of time to put one together.

The timeline for this year is as follows:

 * Jan/Feb - The Council seeks expressions of interest in running an LCA.
 * 25th May - The Council formally requests bids for LCA.
 * June - The Council works with teams to help them prepare their bids,
answering any questions.
 * 8th July - Submission of formal bids closes.
 * July-August - The Council clarifies any questions regarding the bids
and reviews them
 * September - The Council visits potential teams.
 * October - The Council decides on the winning city and informs the
bidding teams.
 * January - The winning bid is announced at LCA 2014.

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 at linux.org.au to let them know you are thinking of submitting a
bid. You should also CC linux-aus at 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:
 * http://wiki.linux.org.au/Linux.conf.au_Bid_Guidelines
 * http://wiki.linux.org.au/LCA_HOWTO

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

There is also a comprehensive Event Portal with lots of useful
information on how to run a successful event at

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


P.S. Please forward this announcement onto local LUG lists and anywhere
else you think is relevant.

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