[Linux-aus] linux.conf.au 2010 Call for Miniconfs are now open!

Donna Benjamin donna at cc.com.au
Mon Jun 15 21:22:20 EST 2009

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From: Andrew Ruthven <andrew at penguinsvisiting.org.nz>

==linux.conf.au Call for Miniconfs==

We are pleased to invite proposals for Miniconfs on any Free Software
related subject; from Linux and the BSDs to OpenOffice.org, from
networking to audio-visual magic, from deep hacks to Creative Commons.
The LCA2010 Miniconf Review Committee will be accepting Miniconf
Proposals up until the close of business on Friday 17 July 2009.
Successful Miniconf Proposals will be notified in early September 2009.

If two or more Miniconf Proposals are similar in nature, the Miniconf
Review Committee will (before deciding whether to accept one of the
Miniconf Proposals), send to the Miniconf Organisers of the duplicated
proposals, the details of the other similar Miniconf Proposals,
including the Miniconf Organisers contact details. This is to assist
the accepted Miniconf Organiser when they consider Miniconf Presenters
for their Miniconf.

Miniconfs are full 1-day events. There will be 6 streams of Miniconfs
running throughout Monday and Tuesday, totalling 12 Miniconfs at

The Miniconf Organiser is the person responsible for organising their
Miniconf. The LCA Organisers do not assist with organising the
Miniconfs or running them during LCA2010. Miniconf Organisers are
expected to decide on the Miniconf track content themselves and
organise Miniconf Presenters to fill 6x 45-minute presenting slots,
with an additional 5 minutes to answer any questions. 

Miniconf Organiser are expected to arrange for Miniconf Presenters to
give presentations, including seminars and tutorials, on a particular
technical topic, (for instance, the kernel, or the MySQL database, or
MythTV), or from a particular technical community, (for instance,
LinuxChix or Sys Admins). If Miniconf Presenters would like to provide
delegates with handouts or notes during their presentation, it is the
responsibility of the Miniconf Organiser to arrange for and distribute
these directly to delegates during your Miniconf. LCA2010 Organisers
will not provide Miniconf Organisers or Miniconf Presenters with
photocopying facilities in the lead up to or during LCA2010.

Miniconf Organisers will be inviting proposals from Miniconf Presenters
at a later date. Watch this space: www.lca2010.org.nz/programme

== Important Dates ==

      * Call for Miniconf proposals open: Monday 15 June 2009
      * Miniconf proposals deadline: Friday 17 July 2009
      * Email notifications from Miniconf Review Committee: Early

== Miniconf Proposal Guidelines ==

Miniconfs are required to relate to Free Software, either to a specific
project, or in general. If your Miniconf is about a particular project
or uses a particular tool, it must be available under an Open Source
licence. Beyond that your Miniconf Proposal will primarily be judged on
the interest your Miniconf will hold for the LCA2010 audience; your
general ability to organise a Miniconf; and your specific expertise on
the subject of your Miniconf.

The LCA2010 auidence are largely technical people, most of whom are
already involved in, or are running, one or more Free Software projects.
The majority of accepted talks are pitched at an audience of near-peers.
Promotional talks, such as commercial advertisements and sales pitches
are not appropriate for LCA2010.

== How to submit a Miniconf Proposal==

In order to submit an Miniconf Proposal, you will first need to create
an account, which requires entering your full name and email address.
Then please read the section on Information for Miniconf Organisers
contained in the Presenter FAQ. Now you are ready to submit a Miniconf

Please go to the Submit a Miniconf page and enter the following
information in support of your Miniconf Proposal. Most of the fields
are optional. In order to increase your chances of acceptance, please
provide as much information as possible.

      * The title of your Miniconf
      * A summary of your Miniconf, including any special 
        requirements your Miniconf may have
      * The target audience, including the estimated number of
        attendees, if possible
      * Your Miniconf URL, if applicable
      * Any additional files, including images, slides, etc
      * Information about you, including your name, phone number,
        homepage, biography and relevant experience

Miniconf Organisers and Miniconf Presenters will not be asked at any
time for any papers or written material in support of your Miniconf

==About linux.conf.au==

Linux.conf.au is one of the world's best conferences for free and open
source software! The coming Linux.conf.au, LCA2010, will be held at the
Wellington Convention Centre in Wellington, New Zealand from Monday
18th January to Saturday 23rd January 2010. LCA2010 is fun, informal
and seriously technical, bringing together Free and Open Source
developers, users and community champions from around the world.
LCA2010 is the second time linux.conf.au has been held in New Zealand,
with the first being Dunedin in 2006.

For more information see: http://www.lca2010.org.nz/

==About Linux Australia==

Linux Australia (http://www.linux.org.au/) is the peak body for Linux
User Groups (LUGs) around Australia, and as such represents
approximately 5000 Australian Linux users and developers. Linux
Australia facilitates the organisation of this international Free
Software conference in a different Australasian city each year. 

For more information see: http://www.linux.org.au/

==Emperor Penguin Sponsors==

LCA2010 is proud to acknowledge the support of our Emperor Penguin
Sponsor, InternetNZ. 

For more information see: http://www.internetnz.org.nz/

Andrew Ruthven
LCA2010 - Director

PO Box 11-682    |          linux.conf.au 2010 
Manners St       | Follow the signs. Visit Wellington!
Wellington 6142  |      http://www.lca2010.org.nz

Donna Benjamin - Executive Director
Creative Contingencies - http://cc.com.au
ph +61 3 9326 9985 - mob +61 418 310 414
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