Haecksen call for papers open!

With huge recent increases in the number of women speaking in the
linux.conf.au main program, this year, the Haecksen miniconf is moving away
from general technical talks by women and towards discussing and
highlighting activities and events supporting women in open source.

Women's advocates
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The Haecksen miniconf seeks people involving in advocating for, promoting
and mentoring women and girls in technology in general and open source in
particular, for talks, panels and collaborative planning sessions. We are
seeking people who are involved in organizing, working or volunteering for
any of the following:
- mentoring programs such as Summer of Code and GNOME Women's Outreach
- technical training programs aimed at girls or women
- women's development groups such as Debian or GNOME Women
- women's networking events such as Girl Geek Dinners
- groups or individuals highlighting hinderances for women in technical
culture and careers, such as Geek Feminism

We are seeking both short (10 to 20 minute) talks and panel participation on
these subjects, please let us know whether you are interested in giving a
talk, being on a panel, or both

New tech speakers
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This year, Haecksen specifically invites women who are not experienced
technical speakers to consider giving a technical talk at Haecksen. Talk
slots will be 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions. Speakers will be also
invited afterwards to a small and private feedback session with experienced
women public speakers, who will discuss ways to prepare your talk for a
larger technical conference, including the linux.conf.au main programme.

What is linux.conf.au?
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linux.conf.au (LCA) is an open source conference. It brings together Linux and open source enthusiasts and is the biggest conference of its kind in the southern hemisphere. 2012 will be a significant year for the LCA as it will be the first time the conference has been held in an Australian regional city. It will be held in Ballarat from 16-20 January, 2012. More information about the conference is at linux.conf.au.

Miniconfs (miniature conferences) are community-organised sessions designed to bring together like-minded delegates with interests in a specific field. They are run within the framework of the broader LCA event, and provide excellent opportunities for professional networking and developing presentation experience.

Unfortunately, financial assistance is not available for miniconf speakers.

Submissions
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To submit a proposal for the Haecksen miniconf, email us at unicorn@haecksen.net before 30 September. Include your name and some information about what you want to do. An organiser will get in contact with you about it.