2017 | News Recent content from 2017 2017 Accommodation allocation and service requests /about/news/accommodation-allocation-and-service-requests/ /about/news/accommodation-allocation-and-service-requests/ Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Staying at the University accommodation? We can help make your stay more comfortable.</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>This year, 150 of our single bedrooms at the University accommodation are 6-bedroom units. Those units have 2 bathrooms shared across the units, as well as a common room and some kitchen facilities.</p><p>If you have some friends who’ve booked accommodation at the uni too, and you’d like to share an accommodation unit with them, we’d be happy to make that happen! Likewise, if there are people who you are not comfortable sharing a unit with, we can make sure you’re kept apart.</p><p>We can also accommodate general requests, for example, being housed with other people of the same gender, or having single-gender bathrooms in your unit.</p><p>Send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> and we’ll do our best to meet your requests.</p><p>Room allocation requests need to be sent in by Monday 9 January, and we can’t necessarily fulfil all room allocation requests. We’ll try our hardest, though!</p><p>If you have any other enquires about the university accommodation, <a href=""></a> is the place to send e-mail to.</p></div></div> </p> Keynote: Designing for Failure with Mozilla's Dan Callahan /about/news/callahad-keynote/ /about/news/callahad-keynote/ Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">How can the Future of Open Source build upon the failures of the past? 2017 is turning to former Mozilla Persona developer, Dan Callahan to help us understand.</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>One of the great frontiers of open source is in public infrastructure: Open standards built around Open Source code should, in theory, allow developers to select infrastructure without fear of vendor lock-in.<br/></p><p>But who deploys that infrastructure? And what happens when major deployers of that infrastructure go away?</p><p>We’re delighted to welcome Dan Callahan to 2017’s keynote stage, to share important lessons from such a piece of Open Source infrastructure. is being held in Hobart, Tasmania from Monday 16 January 2017 until Friday 20 January 2017. Tickets are now on sale: you can find out more about our ticket options from <a href="/attend/">/attend</a></p><p>Dan works as a Software Engineer in Developer Relations at Mozilla, whom he joined five years ago to work on Persona, a decentralised browser-based identity and authentication system, which aimed to replace passwords on the web with stronger cryptographic approaches. </p><p>Persona has been covered previously at, including in 2013, where presenter François Marier underscored the importance of open source identity projects for the security and privacy of users, stating that:</p></div></div> <div class="block-raw_html"><blockquote> <p>“Identity is a very significant piece of Internet infrastructure, and so it is critical that the solution that gets widely adopted be free-as-in-freedom, cross-browser, distributed and ruthlessly focused on making it easy for developers and end-users.”</p> </blockquote></div> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>Despite noble goals and clear needs, development on Persona was halted three years ago, and Mozilla plan to shut down the servers for Persona by the end of 2016.<br/></p><p>Dan’s keynote, <i>Designing for Failure</i>, is a retrospective of the technical and human factors encountered during the shutdown of Persona: Why didn’t Persona succeed? How did the shutdown affect the organisations that depended upon Persona? And why, despite being a protocol with an open specification, didn’t a community-backed replacement for Persona emerge?</p><p>We’ll get the answers to these questions and more, but Dan asks a deeper question: <i>"How can we design software and services robust enough to not just gracefully degrade, but to gracefully die?"</i></p><p></p><p>Come and learn from the past, so that we can better build the robust, decentralised Open Source infrastructure of the future.</p></div></div> </p> Pia Waugh: 2017 Keynote Presenter /about/news/pia-keynote/ /about/news/pia-keynote/ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">How are the principles of Open Source shaping the future of government and society? Open Government Ninja, Pia Waugh will explain!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>How are the principles of Open Source shaping the future of government and society? 2017 is proud to welcome one of Australia’s great shapers of open government and open data, Pia Waugh as a keynote presenter.</p><p> 2017 is being held from Monday 16 January until Friday 20 January 2017. Pia is one of four keynotes speakers, joining <a href="/about/news/r0ml-keynote/">Open Source strategist Robert M "@r0ml" Lefkowitz</a> and <a href="/about/news/nadia-keynote/">sustainability researcher Nadia Eghbal</a>. Tickets are now on sale: for more details, see <a href="/attend/">/attend</a></p><p>Pia Waugh has been no stranger to since the beginning of the conference. Indeed, ten years ago you could find Pia on stage as one of the co-organisers of 2007 in Sydney. We’re delighted to welcome her back to main stage at, where she’ll be sharing experience of how the approaches and culture of open source are shaping government and society at large.</p><p>In her keynote, <i>Choose Your Own Adventure, Please!</i>, Pia argues that whilst society is seeing a shift – characterised by Open Source and Open Government – from central to distributed co-operation, and from closed to open systems, many of our assumptions, laws and social rules are based on centricity, scarcity and closed as both the default and desired state.</p><p>She continues: <i>“We have come to a fascinating fork in our collective road where we can choose to either maintain a world that relies upon outdated models of scarcity that rely upon inequality, or we can explore new models of surplus and opportunity to see where we go next, together.”</i></p><p>Pia has a long history as a one of the early leaders of the Australian Open Source community: she was a board member of Software Freedom International and OLPC Australia. She was instrumental in the early years of’s parent organisation, Linux Australia, as President and then Vice President, transforming the organisation into a peak body for the Linux and Open Source community in Australia.</p><p>Not long after her stint helping run, Pia turned her attention to openness in government: first as an ICT Policy advisor to Senator Kate Lundy, where she was involved in the Gov 2.0 agenda and the internationally-recognised Public Sphere initiative for co-developing government policy with the public. She later joined the public sector, building the Australian Government’s Open Data agenda, including rebooting, improving public access to government data, and helping government agencies improve the culture and practices around open data.</p><p>Pia’s unique position in both government and the Open Source community led to her founding the non-profit and community-run GovHack initiative: an annual hackathon that encourages the public to develop Open Source software projects around government datasets.</p><p>Pia was also involved in the early stages of the Australian Digital Transformation Office, helping to establish a vision and direction for the office, but returned to the open data agenda before leaving work a year ago to have her first child.</p><p>Whilst studying on maternity leave, Pia developed an interest in the role of regulators in society. Pia returned to work in September at AUSTRAC, the Australian financial intelligence agency where she will be working on international projects, open data and new approaches to regulation, continuing her interest and vision to establish "government as an API".</p><p></p><p>Pia blogs semi-regularly at <a href=""></a> and is found on Twitter at <a href="">@piawaugh</a>.</p></div></div> </p> Nadia Eghbal is keynoting at 2017 /about/news/nadia-keynote/ /about/news/nadia-keynote/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Does Open Source have a sustainable future? One of 2017’s four keynote speakers, Nadia Eghbal will help you find out!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>’s focus in 2017 is The Future of Open Source, so we’re delighted to welcome Nadia, a noted researcher on sustainability in Open Source. She’ll be sharing her insights on the inherent tension between keeping code free and better supporting the people who maintain that code.</p><p> 2017 is taking place in Hobart, Tasmania between Monday 16 January and Friday 20 January, and tickets are now on sale. For more information, see <a href="/attend">/attend</a></p><p>Previously working in venture capital, in January 2016, Nadia started investigating Open Source as the “digital infrastructure” upon which the tech industry is built.</p><p>Her initial reports painted a worrying view of the sustainability of Open Source software: Many Open Source projects – ones that form the vital digital infrastructure that many big organisations in tech and government rely upon – aren’t in very good shape. Much of Open Source is not well-funded, and depends heavily on the contribution of free time on the part of a small pool of maintainers.</p><p>She also highlighted that despite building their success on this infrastructure, much of the leadership in the tech industry was largely unaware of these issues.</p><p>This research culminated in <i>Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure</i>, a 142-page report published by the Ford Foundation, that highlights the scale of the problem:</p></div></div> <div class="block-raw_html"><blockquote> <p> Everybody relies on shared code to write software, including Fortune 500 companies, government, major software companies and startups. In a world driven by technology, we are putting increased demand on those who maintain our digital infrastructure. Yet because these communities are not highly visible, the rest of the world has been slow to notice. </p> <p> In the face of unprecedented demand, the costs of not supporting our digital infrastructure are numerous. No individual company or organisation is incentivised to address the public good problem alone. </p> </blockquote></div> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>More recently, Nadia has joined GitHub, focusing on finding ways that GitHub can empower open source maintainers to create and nurture thriving, healthy open source projects.<br/></p><h3>More from Nadia Eghbal</h3><p></p><ul><li><a href="">How I Stumbled Upon The Internet’s Biggest Blind Spot</a></li><li><a href="">Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure</a> <br/></li></ul><p></p></div></div> </p> Introducing 2017 keynote presenter, Robert M. "r0ml" Lefkowitz /about/news/r0ml-keynote/ /about/news/r0ml-keynote/ Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Does Open Source have a part to play in the future? Join Keynote Presenter, Robert M. "r0ml" Lefkowitz to find out!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>Does Open Source have a part to play in the future? At 2017, software architect and open source strategist, Robert “<i>r0ml</i>” Lefkowitz will reflect on how to continue the democratisation of software even as Linux and Open Source software have become ubiquitous.</p><p>We’re pleased to welcome r0ml to present a keynote at 2017, to be held from Monday 16 January until Friday 20 January at the Wrest Point Convention Centre in Hobart, Tasmania. Tickets for 2017 are available now, and you can find more details about our ticket options at <a href="/attend/">/attend</a></p><p>In his keynote, <i>Keeping Linux Great</i>, r0ml will help us to consider the role of Free Software in a technological landscape that has changed substantially in the years since Linux was first released:<br/></p><p>The underlying motivation for Linux and Free Software was (and is) to democratise software – making it more accessible to all. This goal has been especially successful for developers, with Open Source tools becoming a key part of development of even proprietary software. </p><p>Is this the limit of the democratisation that Free Software can achieve? What new strategies can be developed to continue the democratisation of software and keep Linux great?</p><p>We’re looking forward finding out how r0ml can help us answer these questions.</p><p>Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz is the Chief Architect at Warby Parker, a US-based technology-enabled lifestyle brand. In 2015, Fast Company named Warby Parker the most innovative company in the world. Prior to Warby Parker, he worked mostly in the financial and telecommunications industries, acting as Chief Architect at AT&amp;T Wireless and Vice President of Data Services at Asurion and Morgan Stanley. In 2006 he was named a Distinguished Engineer of the ACM.</p><p>At one of his first seven jobs, r0ml was the Public Software Librarian for a timesharing company – seven years before the GNU manifesto. In 2000, he became the first person at Merrill Lynch to install Linux, and as a result, his computer was confiscated by the IT department. In response, he became the Director of Open Source Strategy for Merrill Lynch, and secured the email address <a href=""></a> – he regrets the loss of that address.</p><p></p><p>r0ml (who can be found on Twitter as <a href="">@r0ml</a>) is an enthusiastic, albeit not very accomplished, fencer and juggler, and enjoys studying obscure programming languages. He grew up in Brazil, with a French mother and Chinese father of Russian ancestry. He would love to say something about his wife, Gina, and their seven children, but space does not permit.</p><p>You can find more information about r0ml's keynote <a href="/schedule/presentation/107">in our conference programme</a>.</p></div></div> </p> Come to 2017! /about/news/buy-your-ticket/ /about/news/buy-your-ticket/ Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">We’d like you to come to Hobart to discover the Future of Open Source. Tickets and accommodation for 2017 are now available!</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>Early Bird Discounts are available on the first 165 tickets we sell, or until October 31, whichever comes first.</p><p> 2017 is being held in Hobart, Tasmania from Monday 16 January through to Friday 20 January 2017. To find out more about our ticket options, please visit <a href="/attend/">/attend</a> and for accommodation options, visit <a href="/attend/accommodation/">/attend/accommodation</a><br/></p><p>All our tickets provide access to all five days at the conference, and include complimentary morning and afternoon tea, as well as a fully catered lunch on each day of the conference. Our limited-edition 2017 t-shirts are available until December 1, and we’ll include a free t-shirt with every ticket sold before then too.</p><p>Our Professional Tickets ($999 regular price, plus a $150 early bird discount) are our all-access pass: as well as your conference attendance and complimentary t-shirt, your ticket includes access to the exclusive Opening Reception and Networking Breakfast (this year’s PDNS) on Monday morning, and a free ticket to the conference’s signature Penguin Dinner on Wednesday night.</p><p>For those of you who want to support the community even more, our Fairy Penguin Sponsor ticket ($1999 regular, plus a $150 early bird discount) comes with all the benefits of a professional ticket, but we’ll also put your company’s logo on the conference website, and mention you during our conference plenary sessions.</p><p>For those of you attending out-of-pocket, we offer discounted tickets. Our Hobbyist ticket ($499 regular, plus a $100 early bird discount) is available to the general public and represents the best price that we can make available. Hobbyists can purchase a seat at the Penguin Dinner for an additional cost.</p><p>Our student ticket ($160 regular price only) is further discounted, for those who can provide a current student ID card on arrival at the conference. Our student tickets are offered below cost, as a form of investment in growing the next generation of the Free and Open Source Software community.</p><p>Additional tickets to the penguin dinner are available for $95 for adults; further t-shirts are available at $25 per shirt.</p><p>For more information on all of our ticket options, see <a href="/attend/">/attend</a> </p><p>We’re also very happy to offer two exclusive accommodation options for our attendees: </p><p>Budget-style accommodation is available at the University of Tasmania Apartments and can be purchased alongside your ticket. Single rooms are available for $420 for 6 nights, checking in on Sunday 15 January and checking out on Saturday 21 January. Each room shares 2 bathrooms per block of 6 bedrooms. The room rate includes a full cooked breakfast each morning, and complimentary transport to and from the conference venue at Wrest Point.</p><p>We also have exclusive rates at the hotel next to our conference venue. Wrest Point has a wide variety of rooms available exclusively to attendees, starting at $149 per night for 3.5-star Motor Inn rooms, through to 4.5-star Suites.</p><p>For further information on our accommodation options, including how to book, see <a href="/attend/accommodation/">/attend/accommodation</a></p><h2>About 2017</h2><p> is a community-driven conference about the Linux operating system and the vibrant ecosystem of Free and Open Source Software that has grown up around it. Run in a different Australian or New Zealand city each year by local volunteers, LCA invites more than 500 people to learn from the people who shape the future of Open Source.</p><p>In 2017, is welcoming you to Hobart, Tasmania, on Monday 16 through to Friday 20 January. Ticket sales are now open: see <a href="/attend/">/attend</a><br/></p><p>We thank our Emperor Penguin Sponsors, IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise for their generous contribution to the conference. For more information, please visit <a href="/"></a></p><p><br/></p></div></div> </p> Presenting 2017's selected presentations! /about/news/selected-presentations/ /about/news/selected-presentations/ Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">We’re very pleased to share this year’s selected talks and tutorials for 2017, taking place from Monday 16 January to Friday 20 January in Hobart, Tasmania.</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>We’re very pleased to share this year’s selected talks and tutorials for 2017, taking place from Monday 16 January to Friday 20 January in Hobart, Tasmania.</p><p>Selected from over 400 submissions, this year’s programme features 84 talks and 6 tutorials. Our diverse presenters, coming to Hobart from all around the world, directly shape the projects and topics they’re presenting about. They’ll help you understand the tools, the technology, and the issues that are shaping the Future of Open Source.<br/></p><p>You can find our full list of accepted presentations at <a href="/schedule/general-sessions/list">/schedule/general-sessions/list</a></p><p>For those who want to know what’s happening close to the hardware, we have presentations covering upcoming features of the Linux kernel, new approaches in networking, and stories from people who’ve been making and breaking the latest new and unusual hardware.</p><p>If you’re a developer, we’ll be covering the latest developments in Open Source browsers, new tools for targeting mobile platforms, war stories from developers working with emerging programming languages, and how design and usability shapes the applications we develop.</p><p>Sysadmins and devops can look forward to talks about the future of tools that make systems run better, including talks on automated builds, configuration management, new tools for working with containers, and package management.</p><p>We also have a strong line-up of talks looking into community, policy, and business issues in Open Source. We’ll look at how Open Source is playing a more important role in Government, how businesses can better participate in Open Source, and how Open Source can provide better communities for users and developers.</p><p>And of course, will feature its usual fare of people doing cool stuff with Open Source Software and Hardware: from cars, to planes, and even into space.</p><p>Our tutorials will provide you with practical experience in a diverse range of topics in Free and Open Source Software. This year we’re featuring tutorials on devops with SaltStack, home automation, the Rust programming language, .NET on Linux, Linux containers, and GPL compliance.</p><p>If you want to find out about these talks, tutorials, and more, check out our full list of accepted presentations at <a href="/schedule/general-sessions/list">/schedule/general-sessions/list</a></p><p>You’ll emerge from 2017 knowing where the world of Open Source is heading, with skills and knowledge to be a part of the Future of Open Source.</p><p>We expect to announce ticket sales and accommodation options shortly.</p><h2>About 2017</h2><p> is a community-driven conference about the Linux operating system and the vibrant ecosystem of Free and Open Source Software that has grown up around it. Run in a different Australian or New Zealand city each year by local volunteers, LCA invites more than 500 people to learn from the people who shape the future of Open Source. </p><p>In 2017, is welcoming you to Hobart, Tasmania, on Monday 16 through to Friday 20 January. Ticket sales will open in October. We thank our Emperor Penguin Sponsors, IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise for their generous contribution to the conference. For more information, please visit <a href=""></a></p><p><br/></p></div></div> </p> Announcing the 2017 Miniconfs /about/news/announcing-miniconfs/ /about/news/announcing-miniconfs/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Before we give the stage to our selected presentations, will explore twelve special interest areas affecting the Future of Open Source.</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p>Miniconfs are’s special interest streams: they let us explore important topics in Open Source with greater depth than our selected presentations alone. This year our miniconfs cover fields ranging across technology, community, and openness in fields beyond technology.<br/></p><p> 2017 is being held in Hobart, Tasmania from Monday 16 January to Friday 20 January 2017. Our miniconfs will take place on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 January.</p><p>Many of our miniconfs are accepting talk submissions, and want to hear from you. Miniconfs are a great opportunity to share your stories and experience, especially if you’re a new speaker, or if you missed out in’s primary call for proposals. To submit a talk to a miniconf, create an account on our website (<a href="/dashboard">/dashboard</a>), create a speaker profile, and then select “new proposal”. </p><p>Note that does not offer complimentary tickets to presenters at miniconfs, however, a limited number of tickets for just the Monday and Tuesday of the conference may be available on request.</p><p>To find out more about our miniconfs, please visit <a href="/schedule/miniconfs/list">/schedule/miniconfs/list</a> </p><p>We’re excited to share our list of accepted miniconfs with you, and can’t wait to see what sort of talks you’ll propose!</p><h3></h3><h3>Systems Administration</h3><h4>Organised by Ewen McNeill -- Talk submissions now open</h4><p>The Systems Administration Miniconf focuses on professional management of real-world Linux and open source environments, both large and small. The miniconf aims to include talks directly useful to professional Linux administrators, covering a diverse range of tools and techniques that will help keep your entire environment functioning smoothly, and accomplish more with less effort.</p><p></p><p><a href="/schedule/presentation/1">Find out more, or submit a talk.</a></p><h3>Open Hardware</h3><h4>Organised by Jonathan Oxer and Andy Gelme -- Talk submissions open soon</h4><p>The concept of Free and Open Source Software, already well understood by LCA attendees, is complemented by a rapidly growing community focused around Open Hardware and "maker culture". Interest in Open Hardware is high among FOSS enthusiasts, but there is also a barrier to entry with the perceived difficulty and dangers of dealing with hot soldering irons, unknown components and unfamiliar naming schemes. The Open Hardware Miniconf will ease software developers into dealing with hardware, covering topics across both software and hardware.</p><p></p><p><a href="/schedule/presentation/2">Find out more.</a></p><h3>Docs Down Under</h3><h4>Organised by Brian Moss and Lana Katherine Brindley -- Talk submissions now open</h4><p>Docs Down Under is a technical communication-themed miniconf that will draw documentation professionals of all kinds from across Australia. Topics on every aspect of technical writing are welcome, ranging from languages and tools to building communities and the state of the industry. We are particularly interested in talks on the future of technical communication as an industry, new and interesting communication technologies, and the changing role of the writer in the IT world.</p><p></p><p><a href="/schedule/presentation/3">Find out more, or submit a talk.</a></p><h3>Open Knowledge Australia </h3><h4>Organised by Matthew Cengia -- Talk submissions now open</h4><p>The Open Knowledge miniconf, organised with the help of members of Open Knowledge Australia, will give people the opportunity to learn about many different aspects of openness, transparency, and information sharing, including in Open Data, Open Government, Open Source Software, Open Journals, Open Maps, Open Communities, Open Hardware, Open Science, and probably others too. This miniconf is a great introduction for people who are new to the open source world, or who want to learn about different types of openness to those with which they are familiar.</p><p><a href="/schedule/presentation/4">Find out more, or submit a talk.</a></p><h3>Security and Privacy</h3><h4>Organised by Fraser Tweedale and Jason Cohen -- Talk submissions now open</h4><p>The 2017 Security and Privacy Miniconf will bring together users, researchers and practitioners involved in, or simply interested in, security topics in Open Source software and hardware. The program will feature a series of talks explaining and demonstrating important security and privacy concepts, techniques and initiatives. Whether you are a researcher, developer, sysadmin, UX designer or anthropologist, there will be something at the Security Miniconf to help you or your users live a more secure digital life.</p><p></p><p><a href="/schedule/presentation/5">Find out more, or submit a talk.</a></p><h3>Kernel</h3><h4>Organised by Andrew Donnellan -- Talk submissions now open</h4><p>The Linux kernel is at the heart of several billion computing devices, and is thus a rather important piece of open source infrastructure! The Kernel Miniconf will focus on a variety of kernel-related topics –- technical presentations on up-and-coming kernel developments, the future direction of the kernel, and kernel development community and process matters. Past Kernel Miniconfs have included talks on RCU, scheduling, filesystems, memory management, and others.</p><p></p><p><a href="/schedule/presentation/6">Find out more, or submit a talk.</a></p><h3>WOOTCONF</h3><h4>Organised by Katie McLaughlin, Jacinta Catherine Richardson, Lana Katherine Brindley -- Talk submissions now open</h4><p>WOOTCONF, Women Of Open Tech, is a miniconf dedicated to allowing women to share their knowledge in relation to the future of open source in Australia in beyond. Working on a foundation of previous miniconferences: AussieChix, and Haecksen, WOOTCONF seeks to provide an environment allowing women to share their ideas and knowledge, with talks ranging from professional development, community and technical. WOOTCONF, and encourages new and upcoming speakers to propose and deliver talks. Mentoring by a number of recognised women in the open source community will be available for any speaker or attendee who wishes to use such help.</p><p></p><p><a href="/schedule/presentation/7">Find out more, or submit a talk.</a></p><h3>Games and FOSS</h3><h4>Organised by Tim Nugent and Eloise Ducky -- Talk submissions now open</h4><p>We all love games, right? We all love free and open source software, right? So why don't we love them together? Games are now a very big part of the software and entertainment industry but we don't often talk about how well they play with FOSS. Despite there being an overlap amongst users and developers, for the most part the game developers hide in their silo and FOSS hide in theirs, it is time to start getting the two together. This miniconf will be a single day exploring the interaction of games, free and open source software, and their communities and developers.</p><p></p><p><a href="/schedule/presentation/8">Find out more, or submit a talk.</a></p><h3>Testing/Automation</h3><h4>Organised by R Tyler Croy -- Talk submissions now open</h4><p>Testing and automation is not isolated to a single toolchain, language or platform, there is much to learn and share regardless of background. The goal of this miniconf is to foster discussion across various layers of testing and automation, using open source tools to improve all software.</p><p></p><p><a href="/schedule/presentation/9">Find out more, or submit a talk.</a></p><h3>Community Leadership Summit X at LCA</h3><h4>Organised by VM (Vicky) Brasseur</h4><p>The Community Leadership Summit X is an outreach event spun out of the annual Community Leadership Summit run by Jono Bacon and held prior to OSCON. It brings together community leaders, organizers and managers of projects and organisations that are interested in growing and empowering a strong community.</p><p><a href="/schedule/presentation/10">Find out more.</a></p><h3>Free Software Law and Policy</h3><h4>Organised by Deb Nicholson and Donna Benjamin -- Talk submissions now open</h4><p>Code is a great thing, but there are also rules. You can't get too far without at least a cursory understanding of copyright law, software patents and trademark issues. Plus, the disconnect between legislators and developers leads to policies that seem to lack a basic understanding of technology, let alone a proper respect for user autonomy and privacy. The state of international and local law presents constant challenges and occasional opportunities for free sofware advocates -- so let's talk about it!</p><p><a href="/schedule/presentation/11">Find out more, or submit a talk.</a></p><h3>Open Radio</h3><h4>Organised by Scott Bragg and Ben Short -- Talk submissions now open</h4><p>The Open Radio miniconf has been a popular staple of the program for a number of years now, and with the explosion of embedded devices, open hardware and the Internet of Things, there are constant improvements and new ways of letting both users and devices communicate. Many Linux enthusiasts are also experienced amateur radio operators, while many more are interested in becoming a licensed ham. There are still plenty of experiments that can use unlicensed parts of the spectrum, and the Open Radio Miniconf will showcase talks and project demonstrations about many of them.<br/></p><p></p><p><a href="/schedule/presentation/12">Find out more, or submit a talk.</a></p><h3>About 2017</h3><p> is a community-driven conference about the Linux operating system and the vibrant ecosystem of Free and Open Source Software that has grown up around it. Run in a different Australian or New Zealand city each year by local volunteers, LCA invites more than 500 people to learn from the people who shape the future of Open Source. </p><p>In 2017, is welcoming you to Hobart, Tasmania, on Monday 16 through to Friday 20 January. Ticket sales will open in October. We thank our Emperor Penguin Sponsors, IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise for their generous contribution to the conference. For more information, please visit <a href=""></a></p><p><br/></p></div></div> </p> Our Call for Proposals is Open! /about/news/our-call-proposals-open/ /about/news/our-call-proposals-open/ Mon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +1000 <p> <div class="rich-text">Tell us how you’re shaping the Future of Open Source. The 2017 Call for Proposals is now open! Submissions close on Friday 5 August</div> </p> <p> <div class="block-rich_text"><div class="rich-text"><p> 2017 is a conference where people gather to learn about the entire world of Free and Open Source Software, directly from the people who shape the projects and topics that they’re presenting on.</p><p>If you’re working with Free and Open Source Software, Open Hardware, if you’re exploring openness in a field outside of technology, or if you’re doing something that you think will be interesting to people interested in Open Source, we want to hear from you!</p><p>Our CFP is open until Friday 5 August. Find out what we’re looking for in talk, tutorial, and miniconf proposals, and how to submit your proposal at <a href="/proposals/"></a></p><p><br/></p></div></div> </p>