[Linux-aus] LA grant application

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 9 07:27:06 UTC 2006

Dear Linux Australia,

I'm part of the organising committee for FOMS 2007 (11th-12th January
2007), Foundations of Open Media Software, a developer
meeting/conference which is an offspring from the former audio/video
miniconf of LCA . FOMS is built around a similar model to the Desktop
Architects meetings of OSDL, but with a focus on media technologies
and applications.

We have put together an awesome list of speakers/projects, see
http://www.annodex.org/events/foms2007, and will be addressing many of
the challenges that digital media technologies still face on Linux.

Some of the speakers will require sponsorship to attend FOMS.

This is a request for a grant from LA to sponsor the conference. In a
chat with Pia, she suggested that rather than ask for general
sponsorship, I pick one particular speaker who will bring value to
Australia and request you sponsor him. So, more concretely, this is a
request to sponsor the trip of Holger Levsen (cc-ed).

Here is my grant application:

Date: 6th December 2006

Project Name: FOMS: Foundations of Open Media Software, Conference

Aim of Project:
The aim of FOMS is to get the right people together to take the next
steps in open media software. We will meet and discuss next year's
plans of open media software developers and forge relationships to
unwind the kinks, making open media kick ever more ass.

Aim of this Grant application:
The aim of this grant application is to sponsor the trip of Holger
Levsen (http://layer-acht.org/) to FOMS. Holger is one of the key
organisers of the video recordings at FOSDEM, at debconf since 2004
and now also a organiser of debconf.

Holger has made it possible that debconf's talk videos are available
in a timely manner and streamed live. He has set up reliable
infrastructure and can tell a tale of success unparalleled with open
media software. He has also developed tools to support these tasks and
publshed them as open source software.

With this grant, Holger will come to Australia and attend FOMS, he
will also stay on for LCA and help out with the video recordings at
LCA, and Holger has offer to give a talk at SLUG.

I believe the most important reason that Holger should be sponsored to
come to Australia is to enable Australian open media software
enthousiasts, which will be gathering at FOMS and also at LCA, to have
an exchange of experiences, tools, ideas & recommendations with
another successful overseas expert and to create links into the
overseas communities.

Person Resposible for Request: Silvia Pfeiffer

Request: Holger's trip will cost at current estiamte approx EURO
1.300, i.e. A$2,198; I'm requesting LA sponsorship of A$2,000 - FOMS
will cover the remainder.

Best Regards,


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