[Linux-aus] Linux Australia July update

Linux Australia President president at linux.org.au
Thu Jul 12 18:28:53 AEST 2018

Hi everyone,

Hope this note finds you all keeping warm as winter sets in across the
country. We have lots going on at the moment so want to keep you updated!

        Humanity and Technology - creating fair communities in a digital

Next week I'm delighted to be hosting this casual, free, Q&A style event
in Canberra with Lyndsey Jackson
<https://www.facebook.com/lyndsey.jackson.315?fref=mentions> of EFA :
Electronic Frontiers Australia
author Ellen Broad <https://www.facebook.com/ellenmbroad?fref=mentions>
and Dr Amy McLennan of The Australian National University
3A Institute.


        Australian Internet Community - planning a way forward

As you might be aware, the Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF)
that ran for several years, was chosen by auDA not to be funded this
year. Several organisations, including Internet Australia, EFA and
others, are now working together along with a DFAT-appointed consultant,
to investigate what sustainable multi-stakeholder models may be
appropriate into the future. I'll be representing Linux Aus at a one-day
workshop in Canberra next week, representing opensource community
viewpoints. Linux Australia has approved a grant of about $3,500 to
ensure that young IGF ambassadors are able to attend and have a voice.


        WordCamp Sydney 28th-29th July, UTS


Preparation is in full swing for WordCamp Sydney - so do get your tix
before they sell out! Follow along on Twitter at #wcsyd or @WordCampSyd.
A huge shout out to Wil Brown and the team for their excellent work.

        Pycon AU Sydney 24th-28th August, International Convention Centre


Pycon AU is almost here! Yay! The Call for Volunteers -
https://2018.pycon-au.org/news/volunteer - has just gone out so please
do consider helping to bring this event to life. Follow the Python
action at #pyconau or @pyconau on Twitter. Massive ups to Katie
McLaughlin, Katie Bell and the PyconAU team.

        HealthHack Brisbane, 16th-18th September, Thoughtworks


Linux Australia recently decided to both provide a grant for Health
Hack, and to provide an auspice so that HealthHack can operate within a
legal framework.

        linux.conf.au 2019 Christchurch, New Zealand - CfP NOW OPEN


The Call for Proposals for linux.conf.au is now open! It closes on 30th
July, so get in quick! Follow along @linuxconfau or #lca2019. Massive
thanks to Steven Sykes, Lisa Sands and the team, and special shout out
to Michael Davies and the Papers Committee for all the hard work they
have coming up!

        DrupalSouth Canberra 2018 3rd-5th December, Hotel Realm


DrupalSouth is back, and this year the event joins forces with
DrupalGov. Massive well done to Chris Skene, Owen Lansbury and the team.
Follow along at @DrupalSouth.

        Upcoming events - and bids opening for linux.conf.au 2021

We currently have events in planning for JoomlaDay Brisbane 2019 and
WordCamp Brisbane 2019, and will shortly open the call for bids for
linux.conf.au 2021 (can you believe it, 2021??!!). So if you've ever
considered putting on linux.conf.au in your home town, time to start
gathering your posse and figuring out why linux.conf.au in your home
town/city would be awesome.


A reminder that Grant Requests and discussion now occurs on the Grants
list - http://lists.linux.org.au/mailman/listinfo/grants

        Membership platform and voting system redevelopment - AgileWare

Following several months (years?) of planning and scoping, we are about
to formally engage AgileWare to implement CiviCRM to replace MemberDB.
This will be built on top of WordPress and will include a custom voting
module replicating the functionality currently in MemberDB. The
implementation will force renewal of Linux Australia memberships,
allowing us to "clean up" our membership data. CiviCRM will allow us to
do better membership management - for example better targeting of
information geographically or to a particular interest - ie why hear
about WordPress when you're say a kernel developer? On a personal note,
I'd like to give Justin Freeman from AgileWare a big shout out for all
his patience as we've progressed to this point. 

So, as you can see, there's quite a bit going on in Linux Aus land. As
always, if you're interested in being involved, please do let us know.

  * Twitter - https://twitter.com/linuxaustralia
  * Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LinuxAustralia
  * LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/linux-australia/

As always, your feedback and comments are warmly welcomed.

Kind regards,

Kathy, Cameron, Sae Ra, Russell, James, Cherie and Hugh

Kathy Reid
Linux Australia

0418 130 636

president at linux.org.au

Linux Australia Inc
GPO Box 4788
Sydney NSW 2001

ABN 56 987 117 479 

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