[Linux-aus] Call for Papers: Haecksen Miniconf LCA2011
lbrindle at redhat.com
Tue Sep 14 07:50:26 EST 2010
The Haecksen miniconf is on again! This year, linux.conf.au is going to
be held in sunny Brisbane, and we want to invite women who develop,
administer and play with FLOSS to come and join us again at the miniconf.
*Important*: The CFP closes at midnight *24 September 2010*. Selected
talks will be announced early in October. That's not much time, so get
We're attempting to mix it up a bit this year, so we're looking for
people willing to give long talks like normal (20 or 40 minutes), but we
are also after lightning talkers, panel experts, and hands-on demos.
A long talk should run for about 40 minutes. You can use slides if you
want to, run video or audio components, and encourage audience
participation and discussion to your heart's content. You can discuss
anything related to open source, and it doesn't have to be specific to
Some suggested topics are smart crafting, usability, cloud living,
professional development, loyalty tax, community management, best
practices, documentation, impostor syndrome, virtualisation, computer
security, social engineering, fashion technology, hardware hacking, how
to submit your first patch. Don't see your favourite talking point on
the list? Don't worry - if you're passionate about it, we want to hear
about it. If you think forty minutes is going to send you (or maybe your
audience) batty, do a half-length talk (twenty minutes) instead.
Have you got a great idea and need some people to help make it a
reality? Is there something really cool happening in your world but you
don't have twenty minutes worth of information about it? Have you never
spoken before, and would like a little practice? A lightning talk is a
short, more informal talk that only runs for about 5-10 minutes. You can
use slides if you want to, but many people prefer to just get up and
share their enthusiasm. You can talk about anything that you find
interesting. This is a great way to find out if speaking is something
you want to get into. It's also a really good way to ask for
contributors to a project that you are working on.
The panel discussion will be on a topic relevant to women in FLOSS. We
are going to need three or four people to be our panel 'experts'.
Previously speakers have incited so much excitement and enthusiasm that
the conversation bubbles over in the audience. We would like to capture
that conversation and give it its own spot in the program. Do you have
some great ideas about getting and keeping women in FLOSS development?
Perhaps you run a program for teaching and encouraging women in
technology fields? Perhaps you have been involved with Girl Geek
Dinners, or other social programs? Come and be a panel 'expert' and get
the conversation started.
_Show Off Your Stuff_
Doing something pretty awesome, but don't want to stand up and give a
boring talk about it? Why don't you do a hands-on demonstration, or give
a short tutorial? This is great if you're doing something fun with
Makerbots, Arduinos, wearable technology, or any other variety of
hardware hacking. Let us know what you've got, and how long you need to
In brief, we are looking for women doing interesting stuff with
interesting technologies. If something has captured your enthusiasm,
come and share it with us! If you have never spoken before, the Haecksen
miniconf is a friendly and relaxed environment to find your
'stage-legs', so go ahead and submit something!
*Submissions*: To submit a proposal for the Haecksen miniconf, email us
at unicorn at haecksen.net *before 24 September*. Include your name and
some information about what you want to do. An organiser will get in
contact with you about it.
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