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Topic # 157519 3-Dec-2014 15:07
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It'd be great to catch up with anyone who's coming along. Perhaps we can do a Geekzone BoF (birds of a feather) session? :)

I'm a part of the org-team so if you have any questions i'm happy to help or pass them along.
We're also keen to get some volunteers who can help us out behind the scenes during Conference week (12-17 Jan) - if you wish to attend part of the conference and volunteer for other parts, you get a registration subsidy. 'full time' volunteers don't pay anything.
The 'hallway track' as they say, is valuable on its own.

I first attended LCA2010 in Wellington and found it was a real eye-opener. No doubt you will think similar of LCA2015!

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BlakJak
http://linux.conf.au




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  Reply # 1188239 3-Dec-2014 20:20
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Likewise I'm part of the organising team for LCA 2015. Great to get the event in Auckland for the first time and back in NZ for the third time.

Also note that LCA is a lot more than a Linux conference, and covers a very wide range of Open Source technologies. If you or your business utilise Open Source this is one of the best events in the region to see what is going on and participate within the community.

Steve




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  Reply # 1188738 4-Dec-2014 15:28
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Huge announcement today - We've managed to get Linus Torvalds for a Keynote Q&A session

http://linux.conf.au/media/news/113




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  Reply # 1188779 4-Dec-2014 16:29
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As someone who hasn't even heard of this conference before, can you give me some idea of the benefits to going? For a $1k entry fee, I'd want to feel it was worthwhile. 




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  Reply # 1188820 4-Dec-2014 17:53
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If you havn't already, have a look through the website, and the programme. The quality of the content is superb.  The people who attend, both as delegates and speakers, are top-notch. 
You will get exposure to all manner of Linux and Open Source (and just 'Open') related technologies and many key people involved in them, both local and international.
The 'hallway track' is very well regarded, simply meeting people who are often considered luminaries in their respective fields and getting to know them and learn from them.
Key people in the development of many pieces of software you may use - or have simply heard about - are often in attendance.
Pretty much everyone is a 'good sort' - the calibre of LCA attendees is generally very high.
The full conference includes social functions pretty much every night, and is a lot of fun.
I've attended conferences with a week-long fee closer to $3K so $1K full commercial rate is excellent value.




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  Reply # 1190581 8-Dec-2014 13:26
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I've been attending linux.conf.au since 2007 and I've found it to be the best technical training all year. Aside from the main conference program there are a 13 technology specify mini-confs running on the first 2 days covering topics as diverse as open source hardware, containers, Open Stack, Continuous integration, Documentation and Astronomy.

The event is a non-profit and we run 3 different classes of ticket

 

  • Professional - Your boss is paying for your ticket
  • Hobbyist - Your paying out of your own pocket
  • Student - In full time education
We don't pay for speakers or for keynotes. Our aim is to have keynote sessions of merit rather than bought product positioning slots you'd see at other events.

Have a look at the main program and the Mini-conf timetables will be announced shortly

 

  • http://linux.conf.au/programme/schedule/wednesday

For further reference have a look at the 2014 and 2013 events

 





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  Reply # 1192008 9-Dec-2014 10:50
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I should add that we're also looking for technical volunteer staff who can help us with room AV (recording, streaming, lecturn and microphone type stuff) and if you volunteer, what you pay to attend gets greatly dropped. If you volunteer for the whole conference as a dedicated AV resource, you won't pay to be there - but it gives you the chance to see exactly what LCA is about and clearly you'll get some exposure to the conference by being there and helping in the rooms etc.

Anyone interested in this should drop me a note as i'm the AV and on-site infrastructure tech lead. The venue has awesome gear, btw.




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