[Linux-aus] TWO DAYS LEFT: Haecksen miniconf @ linux.conf.au Call For Proposals

Chris Neugebauer chrisjrn at gmail.com
Wed Oct 30 08:54:46 EST 2013

This miniconf is something I'm very glad Linux Australia supports.


On 30 October 2013 08:49, Mary Gardiner <mary at puzzling.org> wrote:
> The Haecksen miniconf will be a one day community stream on Tuesday 7th
> January 2014, in Perth, as part of linux.conf.au 2014. It will be the
> eighth annual LCA miniconference focussed on women and free and open
> source software.
> CFP closes 1 November.
> --------------------------------
> http://haecksen.net/haecksen-2014-call-proposals
> Haecksen 2014 - Call For Proposals
> Haecksen isn't Haecksen without all the Haecksen! That's you!
> This year, we're looking for:
> * Short talks (around 20 minutes, but requests for a double slot of 40
> minutes will be considered) on anything related to open tech
> generally, or women in open tech specifically, that you are currently
> working on.
> * A small number of short hands-on presentations about *your personal or
> professional experience* of preparing, submitting, and giving talks at
> technical conferences.
> Think you've got what it takes? Go to
> http://haecksen.net/node/add/miniconfsubmission and tell us all about
> it!
> Submissions are open until 1 November. If you have questions about
> anything at all, email unicorn at haecksen.net.
> == Admission to the conference ==
> We have ONE free Hobbyist admission to the entire LCA conference to give away
> to a Haecksen speaker who couldn't otherwise attend:
> http://owoot.org/content/free-lca-registration-one-haecksen-speaker
> In addition, thanks to the LCA team, we have FIVE free miniconference-only
> admissions (Monday and Tuesday only) for Haecksen speakers who couldn't
> otherwise attend.
> Please note in your submission if you also want or need free admission in order
> to speak.
> We cannot provide travel assistance to speakers.
> == About Haecksen 2014 ==
> Haecksen has been a regular feature at linux.conf.au since 2007. In that
> time, it has stuck to a tried and trusted formula. A group of smart,
> vibrant women all working in some way with open source technology, spend
> the day together sharing their experiences and knowledge in a supportive
> and fun environment.
> For linux.conf.au 2014, the Oceania Women of Open Technology (OWOOT
> http://owoot.org) group proposes, again, a one-day Haecksen miniconf.
> Again, the intention is to feature women speakers and panellists on
> technical and community topics related to free software and women in
> free software.
> This year, however, the emphasis is on fun. Kicking off with a
> gameshow-style quiz covering achievements of historical women in tech,
> the day will then move into a series of short, upbeat presentations,
> before finishing with a light-hearted hands-on education session
> dedicated to encouraging and assisting women with conference speaker
> applications, professional speaking skills, and conference attendance.
> Speakers are expected, and indeed encouraged, to cover topics that range
> widely from technical talks to professional development, and community
> involvement.
> == 2014 Haecksen team ==
> Lana Brindley. Lana will lead organisation of the miniconference prior
> to and at linux.conf.au 2014. Lana was the lead organiser of the 2011
> and 2012 Haecksen miniconfs, and was a member of the LCA 2013 core team.
> Mary Gardiner. Mary will assist with the call for papers and selecting
> presentations. Mary was the founder of the Haecksen miniconf and was
> co-organiser of the 2007 and 2008 miniconfs.
> Bianca Gibson. Bianca will assist with the call for papers and selecting
> presentations. Bianca was co-organiser of the 2013 Haecksen miniconf.
> == About OWOOT ==
> OWOOT (Oceania Women of Open Tech, formerly Aussiechix) was formed in
> October 2011, but grew out of women's groups in the region active since
> 1999. OWOOT remains a chapter of Linuxchix. Linuxchix functions as a
> geographically distributed user group. It has been running for over a
> decade and contains well over a thousand active members in many
> different countries. Originally founded with the explicit intention of
> providing an alternative to occasionally hostile online environments, it
> is not yet in the enviable position of being redundant. As such, as well
> as the usual technical aspect of user groups, OWOOT has a heavy social
> aspect.
> == Women at linux.conf.au ==
> Possibly due to the community spirit provided by groups like OWOOT, the
> previous miniconfs have helped attract women in the greater FLOSS
> community to linux.conf.au. The presence of the miniconf since 2007 has
> demonstrably helped raise the numbers of women to the conference itself.
> The inaugural miniconf expected 20 women. Last year, over 80 people
> expressed interest in the miniconf, and the main conference is now
> regularly attracting around a 20% female attendance rate. With a
> reported 4% female contributions to open source projects, a 20% female
> attendance rate shows the good work the Haecksen miniconf does for
> promoting and welcoming female talent and perspective to FLOSS projects,
> and linux.conf.au in particular.
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