[Linux-aus] LCA2014 - Next steps to get it done?

David Jorm djorm at redhat.com
Tue Sep 4 11:40:21 EST 2012

Hi All

I'm considering entering a bid, but I'm daunted by a couple of things and unsure whether or not to proceed:

* The complexity of the bid process and the level of detail required to submit a bid. I can't justify doing this much work for something that might succeed. The investment of time isn't worth it unless it is a given that the bid is going ahead. I imagine I'm not the only one stuck on this point. If the bid submission could be reduced to something like one or two pages (venue, team, theme) I think this would encourage far more bids.

* The level of work required to lead a conference seems to be more than I could possibly give. My work and study situation means taking the week of the conference itself off is the absolute maximum I could do. 

Due to the above constraints, I think the best approach would be to engage professional organizers. I know several people who run security conferences, and for all of them it is a full time job. I am not aware of any security conference even half the size of LCA that can be put together with volunteers. If we can engage professional organizers or an event production company and reduce the bid complexity, I will submit a bid for 2014.

David Jorm / Red Hat Security Response Team

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