LCA2015 will be in Auckland, New Zealand next year, and the Call for Proposals has just opened! The conference is one of the best venues in Australia and New Zealand to get word out about your Open Source project, as well as learning about the cool things that other people are doing. This is the third time the conference has been in New Zealand, and its looking to be an excellent event.
This one call for proposals covers papers, tutorials, and mini conferences.
I just want to make sure that everyone knows that the LCA2014 call for proposals is open. There are two calls this time around — a call for proposals and a call for miniconfs. The call for proposals closes on 6 July, so you don’t have heaps of time left to submit something.
So, if you’re interested in speaking at linux.conf.au 2014, in Perth between 6 and 10 January 2014 you should hit up those CFPs now!
The call for presentations opens on 1 June, which is only 11 days away! So if you’re thinking of speaking at the conference (a presentation, tutorial, or miniconference), now would be a good time to start thinking about what you’re going to say. While you’re thinking, please spare a thought for our web team, who are bringing up the entire zookeepr instance so that the CFP will work properly.
We’ve been getting heaps of stuff done over the past few months. We’ve had a “ghosts” meeting (a meeting with former LCA directors), found conference and social venues, and are gearing up for the Call For Presentations.
We’ve signed a contract for the keynote venue, which I think you will all really enjoy. We have also locked in our booking for the lecture theatres, which is now working its way through the ANU process. For social events, we’ve got a great venue for the penguin dinner, and have shortlisted venues for the speakers’ dinner and the professional delegates’ networking session. We’re taking a bit of extra time here because we want venues that are special, and not just the ones which first came to mind.
The ghosts meeting went really well and I think we learnt some important things. The LCA 2013 team is a bit unusual, because so many of us have been on a LCA core team before, but that gave us a chance to dig into things which deserved more attention and skip over the things which are self-evident. We want to take the opportunity in 2013 to have the most accessible, diverse and technically deep conference that we possibly can, and there was a lot of discussion around those issues. We’ve also had it drummed into us that communications with delegates is vitally important and you should expect our attempts to communicate to ramp up as the conference approaches.
I’m really excited about the progress we’ve made so far, and I feel like we’re in a really good state right now. As always, please feel free to contact the LCA2013 team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
It’s time to start thinking about your talk proposals, because the call for papers is only eight weeks away!
For the 2013 conference, the papers committee are going to be focusing on deep technical content, and things we think are going to really matter in the future — that might range from freedom and privacy, to open source cloud systems, or energy efficient server farms of the future. However, the conference is to a large extent what the speakers make it — if we receive many excellent submissions on a topic, then its sure to be represented at the conference.
The papers committee will be headed by the able combination of Michael Davies and Mary Gardiner, who have done an excellent job in previous years. They’re currently working through the details of the call for papers announcement. I am telling you this now because I want speakers to have plenty of time to prepare for the submissions process, as I think that will produce the highest quality of submissions.
I also wanted to let you know the organising for linux.conf.au 2013 is progressing well. We’re currently in the process of locking in all of our venue arrangements, so we will have some announcements about that soon. We’ve received our first venue contract to sign, which is for the keynote venue. It’s exciting, but at the same time a good reminder that the conference is a big responsibility.
What would you like to see at the conference? I am sure there are things which are topical which I haven’t thought of. Blog or tweet your thoughts (include the hashtag #lca2013 please), or email us at email@example.com.