LinuxChix miniconf 2009: call for presentations
LinuxChix mini-conf 2009: Call for Presentations
LinuxChix is pleased to announce that they'll be hosting the LinuxChix mini-conf at Linux.conf.au in January, 2009 in Hobart, Tasmania. This mini-conf exists to encourage women with an interest in free and open source technology to share their ideas, network and improve their presentation skills.
We are now calling for presentations by women on both free and open source software (FOSS) technical topics and other topics of general interest to women involved in open source software or working in IT.
The presentations will likely cover a spectrum ranging from technical talks to professional development and community topics. For example, a talk on productivity strategies or how to negotiate successfully in business might fit in the professional development stream, while a community-focused talk might look at how to get involved with mentoring groups which go out to schools and evangelise the benefits of getting
girls into IT, or what kind of steps an open source project can take to increase female participation.
(If you'd like an idea of the kind of presentations given at the Chix miniconf last year, you can look at the 2008 programme.
We strongly encourage you to submit a paper which falls under the following general categories:
- professional development and productivity
Please stipulate in your proposal the format you're proposing (ie presentation, tutorial or workshop). We will look very favourably upon proposals which encourage participation and action.
While LCA is a technical conference and clearly Chix attendees as much as anyone else will want to talk tech, we're also keen to devise ways to involve younger or less experienced LCAers to attend and get involved with the the Miniconf. Perhaps this could be a 'how to' session such as how to set up an open source blog or how to set up a web server. Or it could be a guide to getting involved in an open source project, or how
to start hacking on something simple.
Our goal for the day is to ensure a good mix of listening and speaking/networking time (question time is important! as is networking!).
About the mini-conf
LCA 2009 will be the third anniversary of the LinuxChix mini-conf. It will be held on either Monday the 19th or Tuesday the 20th of January, 2008 (We don't know which) at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, as part of the annual linux.conf.au conference. All attendees of linux.conf.au are welcome to attend the women's mini-conf, but are
reminded that the focus of the miniconf is encouraging female participation in open source.
There is no need to be an active member of LinuxChix, as attendees and speakers from other women's advocacy and development groups including project-specific women's groups and others, are encouraged to participate.
The mini-conf has both 50 minute and 25 minute talks slots available. We recommend that inexperienced Speakers opt for the shorter slots and plan to present for around 15 minutes; the remaining time will be devoted to discussion. Experienced speakers may choose to opt for a full 50 minute slot, and prepare to talk for 35-40 minutes. We reserve the right to request that 35 minute presentations be shortened to 15 minutes to
enable best use of the time we have. Abstracts for talk proposals should be submitted
to: Linuxchix Miniconf Organisers
by: Monday 20th October 2008 12:00 GMT
All talks should be on Free and Open Source Software related topics.
We are very keen to include women who may not have attended LCA or given a presentation to a tech conference before, so please help us get the message out by forwarding this announcement to any women or groups you think would be interested. Students, rofessional IT geeks or hobbyists are all equally welcome. :)
LinuxChix is a community for women who like Linux and Free Software, and for women and men who want to support women in computing. The membership ranges from novices to experienced users, and includes professional and amateur programmers, system administrators and technical writers.
linux.conf.au is Australia's annual technical conference on Free Software. Fun, informal and seriously technical, linux.conf.au draws together Free and Open Source Software developers from across the world.
About Linux Australia
Linux Australia is the peak body for Linux User Groups (LUGs) around Australia, and as such represents approximately 5000 Australian Linux users and developers. Linux Australia facilitates the organisation of this international Free Software conference in a different Australasian city each year.