[Linux-aus] Bids for linux.conf.au 2009 host city

Jonathan Oxer jon at ivt.com.au
Fri Sep 14 00:03:17 UTC 2007

Hi LA,

Just a prod to remind everyone that the deadline for bid submissions for
hosting LCA2009 is only two weeks away, so if you have grand plans it's
time to get your bid together and submit it to committee at linux.org.au!

For reference, this was the original call for bids:

On Mon, 2007-05-21 at 15:35 +1000, Jonathan Oxer wrote:
> Hi LA,
> If you have dreams of hosting the best Linux conference on the planet
> it's time to start turning those dreams into a cunning plan.
> Yes folks, it's time to start sharpening those pencils and preparing
> bids for linux.conf.au 2009. After a fantastic LCA2007 in Sydney and in
> anticipation of an equally auspicious LCA2008 in Melbourne, I'm really
> looking forward to seeing what proposals pop out of the woodwork for
> 2009.
> Prior to the LCA2008 decision the bid timetable involved submissions
> before the previous conference; an announcement at the close of the
> previous conference; and then 12 months of organisation leading up to
> the event. We deviated from that rather dramatically with the 2008
> schedule and ran everything much earlier, with a public announcement a
> full 18 months in advance: 6 months before LCA2007.
> That was both good and bad. On one hand it provided the Melbourne team
> an unprecedented lead time in which to make plans for their event, but
> on the other hand it diverted attention from the then-upcoming LCA2007
> and resulted in some confusion as to exactly where the next conference
> was going to be held. And on the gripping hand it was a worthwhile
> exercise in terms of learning what works and what doesn't so we can
> fine-tune the process in future.
> So this year we're tweaking the bid schedule again and returning to
> something closer to the old timetable, but with just a little extra
> heads-up warning to the winning team so they have time to arrange some
> "we won!" theatrics:
>  * Start work on bids: now!
>  * Bid submission deadline: by Friday, September 26th.
>  * Bid assessment / discussion: until Friday, November 30th.
> The decision will then be made and the teams confidentially notified of
> the outcome soon afterwards for a public announcement at LCA2008.
> So get cracking, and if you're planning a bid and haven't read the LCA
> HowTo yet then I strongly encourage you to do so:
> http://wiki.linux.org.au/Ctte/LCA_HOWTO
> Questions / comments etc can be sent confidentially to the Committee:
> committee at linux.org.au.
> Cheers   :-)
> Jonathan Oxer

Cheers   :-)
Jonathan Oxer
Ph +61 3 9723 9399
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