[Linux-aus] [LACTTE] Grant Request - CompCon 2015 - Speaker Travel Funding
andrew.donnellan at compcon.net.au
Tue Oct 6 00:00:09 AEDT 2015
Following up on this now that CompCon 2015 is over.
Russell's talk was very popular with ~50 students in attendance (by my
recollection), which was fantastic - along with the other talks we had from
Red Hatters and IBMers who spoke on open source, it was great to see
interest from so many students. Many of the conversations I had with
attendees indicated that interest in contributing to open source and free
software is alive and well among CS students!
Russell also spent a lot of his time after hours having in depth
discussions with students - I'm aware of at least one student who made her
first commit to a Python project while still at the conference, which is
So thanks to Russell for doing this, and thanks to Linux Australia for
On Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 7:22 AM, Joshua Hesketh <josh at nitrotech.org> wrote:
> Hello Andrew,
> The council has discussed your request and is pleased to be able to
> approve it:
> > MOTION by JOSHUA HESKETH to approve the Grant Request from Andrew
> > Donnellan to fund Russell Keith-Magee as a presenter at CompCon 2015 to
> > the value of $1,200.
> > SECONDED by CHRIS NEUGEBAUER
> > PASSED unanimously.
> I'll contact you directly to make arrangements.
> On 09/09/15 05:14, Andrew Donnellan wrote:
> Date: 2015-09-09
> Project Name: CompCon 2015 - Russell Keith-Magee
> Aim of Project: To allow Russell Keith-Magee of the Django Software
> Foundation to present a talk on open source development at CompCon 2015
> Person Responsible for Request: Andrew Donnellan (Chair, CompCon Inc -
> andrew.donnellan at compcon.net.au)
> We request funding for travel and accommodation for Russell Keith-Magee to
> attend the CompCon 2015 conference and give a talk on open source software
> CompCon 2015 is being held at the University of Queensland from 3-5
> October 2015. CompCon is a national conference for computing students
> (primarily undergraduates, but also high schoolers and postgraduates),
> first held at the Australian National University in 2013. CompCon is
> organised by CompCon Inc, a registered charity operated entirely by current
> students and recent graduates. CompCon 2013 had attendance of over 130
> people, and we are hoping for CompCon 2015 to exceed this. While CompCon is
> not specifically an Open Source/Free Software conference, open source will
> be strongly represented in the schedule. More information is available at
> Russell is the President of the Django Software Foundation, a Django core
> developer, and a well-known member of the Australian open source community.
> He has an established speaking record at a number of major conferences,
> including several PyCon AU conferences (run by Linux Australia). He was
> personally recommended by a member of CompCon Inc's committee on the basis
> of his talks at PyCon.
> The expected benefit to the wider Australian open source community is that
> the talk will provide an opportunity for students interested in open source
> and free software development to learn from and network with a well-known
> Estimated costs:
> * Return flights PER -> BNE, 3 October - 5 October = $900
> * Accommodation for 2 nights = $300
> Total = $1,200
> (CompCon Inc waives the conference registration fee for speakers)
> I made a similar grant request on behalf of CompCon in 2013 to fund Elena
> Williams' travel to Canberra, which was successful. I don't have exact
> numbers, but Elena's talk filled a lecture theatre almost to capacity - if
> we had known how many people were interested in open source we would've had
> to allocate her a larger room! We're hoping for a similar level of interest
> this year.
> I declare that I am a member of Linux Australia Inc, I am appropriately
> authorised to submit this request, and that I agree to undertake the
> relevant responsibilities if the grant is approved.
> Andrew Donnellan
> Chair, CompCon Incorporated
> E: andrew.donnellan at compcon.net.au
> M: +61 406 711 748
> W: http://compcon.net.au
> CompCon Incorporated, ABN 80 658 343 393
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Chair, CompCon Incorporated
E: andrew.donnellan at compcon.net.au
M: +61 406 711 748
CompCon Incorporated, ABN 80 658 343 393
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