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30 Days of Geek: 14 – Favourite Computer Conference

Oh. You probably won’t be surprised to hear this one, but the answer is Linux.conf.au the Australasian Free and Open Source Software Conference. I’ve been attending since Melbourne 2008, and have since “been” to Hobart in 2009 and travelled to Wellington to attend in 2010.

LCA is a great conference because it gives people in the broader FOSS-using community in Australia (people like me) the opportunity to meet the people who put together the software that we used on a day-to-day basis. It turns out that they’re an entirely friendly bunch of people, who are all too willing to share their experience: in 2008, Andrew Tridgell spent 20 minutes one-on-one with me explaining how a particularly awesome piece of code he’d written worked.

In 2010 I ran one of the short single-day conference streams (known as “miniconfs”), on the topic of Open Programming Languages. This was a fantastic opportunity to give back to the LCA community, and help bring more of the topics that I was interested in to LCA — we had a fantastic lineup of presenters, and the day went awesomely. I’m glad to have the opportunity to do this again: I’m running the Open Programming miniconf at LCA2011 in Brisbane, and along with my friend Peter Lyle, will be running the Research and Student Innovation Miniconf. Both of them are shaping up to be excellent miniconfs.

So yes, LCA is in Brisbane this January, and I thoroughly recommend you get along if you can!

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Linux.conf.au 2009 -- Day 5
LCA2010 Speakers Dinner
LCA2010 Open Day

Welcome to Wellington (Or: Incoherent early-morning brain dump)

I’m taking what scant morning time I have away from the conference today to let you know what I’m doing during it, isn’t that nice? Naturally, I’ve written this at 6:30AM, which is like 4:30AM Sydney Time: a fact that my body hasn’t kept from me. Still, I need to be up early, if only for today… So. Here begins the brain dump:

I landed in Wellington on Friday — as a miniconf organiser, I was fortunate enough to get picked up at the airport, and get the sights of the area shown to me. This includes Wellington’s idea of an aircraft control tower (slotted between two houses on a residential block — no photo, going too fast :(), a wind meter, which kindly blocks the road in sufficiently-strong winds, and most importantly the conference centre in which LCA will be held. I checked in to UStay (the budget accommodation booked by the conference), and got a room on the 11th floor. This wouldn’t necessarily be an issue to me, save for the fact that the elevator goes up to 10 only: the remaining floor is scaled by way of a fire escape that isn’t terribly well-marked. The room is pretty comfortable (really good for NZ$21 per night), and the common room is big, with plenty of couches, allowing delegates to socialise.

This is my first time staying at conference accommodation (I’ve been to two LCA’s before), which has revealed an entirely new side of the conference: all the delegates staying here share a single common room, and there are plenty of new friends to be made just by popping over to another of the many groups that form there.

The common room, luckily, provides more than enough entertainment here, since the weather’s been pretty awful since I got here — strong wind and plenty of rain have accompanied 15-degree weather (which I am hoping will lift tomorrow). Flights for some have had to be diverted to Auckland, so it’s dubious as to whether some people will even make the start of the conference. This is apparently unusual for Wellington (despite its reputation as the windy city).

Well, it’s probably time I considered popping downstairs, and getting ready to go: I’ve got a miniconf to run today — wish me luck!

LCA2010 Open Programming Languages Miniconf: CFP Closes on Friday!

And this time we mean it!

Our CFP was extended by a month, and now you only have this week to get your presentation proposals in for the LCA2010 Open Programming Languages Miniconf!

Our call for presentations closes on Friday 23 October 2009, so if you’re planning on attending LCA2010 in Wellington in January, and have something to say about doing development with Open Source programming languages, libraries or frameworks, we’d love to hear from you!

We’re looking primarly for standard-length talks (20-25 minutes including questions), but we’ll also consider double-length talks on suitably compelling topics (that’s 40-45 minutes including questions).

Our CFP is available from http://blogs.tucs.org.au/oplm/cfp/ — if you’ve already read it, you can submit your proposal at http://blogs.tucs.org.au/oplm/cfp/submit/

ABOUT THE MINICONF

The Linux.conf.au Open Programming Languages Miniconf is a single-day mini-conference about application development with Open Source programming languages. Featuring talks on a wide range of topics and programming languages, this miniconf aims to bring together open source developers with presentations that share techniques, best practices and values amongst programmers of all open programming languages. OPLM2010 will be held at Linux.conf.au 2010, in Wellington, New Zealand on January 18.

OPLM2010 is being organised by Christopher Neugebauer and Jacinta Richardson with help from the broader community. You can contact the OPLM2010 organising team at oplm2010@googlegroups.com or visit the website at http://blogs.tucs.org.au/oplm

LCA2010 — I’m registered

Registrations for Linux.conf.au 2010, being held in Wellington, New Zealand this January opened earlier this week — I’m registered (a bit of a no-brainer, given that I’m running a miniconf this year). Have you registered yet?

Not sure if I mentioned it here, but thanks to the kind generosity of the LCA2010 team, the Open Programming Languages Miniconf has been able to extend its call for presentations by a month. This means that you can now submit your presentations up until October 23 (which is a Friday) — I look forward to seeing another deluge of presentations in a couple of weeks-ish!

Open Programming Languages Miniconf CFP Now Open

The LCA2010 Open Programming Languages Miniconf, to be held at Linux.conf.au 2010 in January 2010 (either on Monday 18th or Tuesday 19th January), invites presentations about all programming languages with an Open Source implementation, such as Perl, Python, C, PHP and Ruby, amongst others.

Topics may include recent developments in open programming languages, interface design, portability and packaging, coding applications with cool new libraries and frameworks, and showing off the use of novel programming techniques; presentations may be proposed in a standard (25-minute) or long (45-minute) talk format.

Whilst most talks will be specific to a single language, the focus of this miniconf will be on sharing techniques, best practices and values amongst programmers of all open programming languages.

We will be accepting proposals effective immediately, and our CFP will close on Friday, September 25. Absolutely no extensions will be granted due to the tight timeline for LCA2010 programme publication.

To read the guidelines for presentations, and the submission process for proposals, please visit the CFP page on our website.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2009: CFP Opens at http://blogs.tucs.org.au/oplm/cfp/submit/
  • Friday, September 25: CFP Closes
  • Saturday, September 26-Thursday, October 1: Notification of successful presenters
  • Friday, October 2: Final programme submitted to LCA2010 organisers
  • January 18, 2010: Linux.conf.au 2010 Begins

The timeline for the CFP is extremely tight by requirement of the LCA2010 organisers, so no extensions will be granted.

About the Miniconf

The Linux.conf.au Open Programming Languages Miniconf is a single-day mini-conference about application development with Open Source programming languages. Featuring talks on a wide range of topics and programming languages, this miniconf aims to bring together open source developers with presentations that share techniques, best practices and values amongst programmers of all open programming languages. OPLM2010 will be held at Linux.conf.au 2010, in Wellington, New Zealand from January 18-23.

OPLM2010 is being organised by Christopher Neugebauer and Jacinta Richardson with help from the broader community. You can contact the OPLM2010 organising team at oplm2010@googlegroups.com or visit the website at http://blogs.tucs.org.au/oplm.

Announcing the LCA2010 Open Programming Languages Miniconf

You may have caught the announcement yesterday about the miniconfs accepted for Linux.conf.au 2010 (to be held in January in Wellington) and noticed my name there…

I’m running one of the miniconfs this year, along with Jacinta Richardson. It’s called the Open Programming Languages Miniconf, and is all about doing application development with open source tools (languages, libraries, frameworks, etc). Our proposal put it like this:

The Linux.conf.au Open Programming Languages Miniconf is a single-day mini-conference about application development with Open Source programming languages. Featuring talks on a wide range of topics and programming languages, this miniconf aims to bring together open source developers with presentations that share techniques, best practices and values amongst programmers of all open programming languages.

Our CFP isn’t quite ready yet, but our website is, and you can go there to read more of our proposal, and subscribe to our announcements RSS.

So if you have something to say about developing with Python, Perl, PHP, C, or any other open source programming language, start planning your talks and presentations; I look forward to seeing the quality from the main conference submissions first-hand!

Oh, and see you in Wellington!

More Thingies!

Time for another status report on things that have happened recently!

More Uni!

First up, I’ve started on my Honours year! Isn’t that exciting? As I’ve learnt this week, the next 12 months for me will consist of 4 coursework units, and a research thesis. This semester, it looks like I’ll be studying Embedded Systems (yay! I get to program some microprocessors! Whoo!), Computing in Context (a research-intensive unit in HCI), and possibly one other, depensive on what the unit outline for it looks like. My thesis I’m not so sure about, given that the process by which we get assigned supervisors hasn’t occurred yet. Currently, I have a pile of 12 project areas for my perusal, from which I must rank 6 proposals by order of how much I want to study them. At the moment, there are some interesting-looking proposals relating to Machine Learning, and some interesting ones relating to web monitoring; I find out what I’ve been assigned by Friday (very exciting, no?).

Linux.conf.au 2010

Linux.conf.au 2010 is being held in Wellington, New Zealand. One of the things that makes LCA a truly wonderful conference is the first two days, devoted to single-day “miniconfs” on topic areas of interest to the Free and Open Source Software communities. I’m currently involved with two proposals; I’m primary proposer of a developers’ miniconf (called “Open Languages”) aimed towards uniting the developer communities of open source programming languages, and I’m secondary proposer of an education-flavoured miniconf. I’d be equally happy if either of these proposals get up, but with 30 other awesome proposals competing for 12 openings for miniconfs, there’s going to be some very stiff competition.

Blackjack?

Hey, turns out I turned 21 on Wednesday. How did I manage that?