Perth, Western Australia - 6th to 10th January 2014

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Call for Proposals Extension:

*Note Submissions close Saturday midnight 20th July GMT +8.0
The Call for Proposals (CFP) has now been open for five weeks, and the quality of submissions so far has been fantastic. Originally scheduled to be closed this week, the papers committee has agreed to extend the deadline by two weeks, as there's been some requests for extension from potential speakers, and we want to make sure that everyone a chance to have their proposal considered! Read more at

To submit your proposal, create an account, and select Submit a Proposal from the menu on the left hand side.

Important Dates

  • Call for proposals opens: 1 June 2013
  • Call for proposals closes: 20 July 2013
  • Email notifications from papers committee: September 2013
  • Early Bird registrations open: 1 August 2013
  • Conference dates: Monday 6 January to Friday 10 January, 2014

Information on Proposals

Important: You must first register and log in the our system before you will be able to enter any proposals.

The 2014 papers committee is looking for a broad range of proposals, and will consider submissions on anything from programming and software, to desktop, mobile, gaming, userspace, community, government, space and education. There is only one rule:

Your proposal must be related to open source

This year, the papers committee is going to be focused on linux on the frontier and deep technical content-- that might range from cybernetics and mobile operating environments to large astronomy projects and big data projects.

However, the conference is to a large extent what the speakers make it -- if we receive many excellent submissions on a topic, then it’s sure to be represented at the conference. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:

  • The Cloud - What is it, how can we use it and why is it running on my toaster?
  • Kernel and core systems: file systems, embedded devices
  • Networking: peer to peer networking, or tuning a TCP/IP stack
  • Desktop: office and productivity applications, peripherals, support
  • Mobile: kernel, applications, programming, challenges, user interfaces
  • Servers: clusters and supercomputers, databases and cloud computing
  • Embedded systems: constraints in storage/memory, real-time aspects, open hardware
  • Virtualisation: benefits, challenges, management, kernel and application support
  • Systems administration: maintaining large numbers of machines, disaster recovery
  • Security: application security, network security, cryptography, malware, viruses
  • Programming: programming languages, software engineering practices, testing, continuous integration/deployment, different development methodologies, version control
  • Modern web technologies: Open source web browsers, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, web apps, accessibility
  • Audio and video: video editing, VoIP, WebRTC, video player development, live streaming
  • Open Community: licensing changes, patent threats, open data, open apis.
  • Free software use: home automation, IT, education, manufacturing, research, government applications, home security

LCA is known for presentations and tutorials that are strongly technical in nature, but proposals for presentations on other aspects of free software and open culture, such as educational and cultural applications of open source, are welcome.

Code of Conduct welcomes first-time and seasoned speakers from all free and open communities - people of all ages, genders, nationalities, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, abilities, and walks of life. We respect and encourage diversity at our conference.

By agreeing to present at or attend the conference, you are agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions We expect all speakers and delegates to have read and understood our Code of Conduct


This year, there are three different ways that you can present your content:


Presentations are 45 minute slots that are generally presented in lecture format. These form the bulk of the available conference slots.


Tutorials are 100 minutes that are generally presented in a classroom format. They should be interactive or hands-on in nature. Tutorials are expected to have a specific learning outcome for attendees.

Mini conferences

Mini conf’s are one to two day long sessions on a specific topic. A separate CFP process will be used to propose and select mini conf’s, and will be announced publicly soon.

For more information on miniconfs, see:

Speaker Information

In recognition of the value that speakers bring to our conference, once a proposal is accepted a speaker is entitled to:

  • Free registration, which holds all of the benefits of a Professional Delegate Ticket
  • Exclusive tickets to the Speakers' Dinner for the speaker and their immediate family
  • One free family ticket to the Partners' Programme

If your proposal includes more than one speaker, these additional speakers are not entitled to free registration or to any extra benefits. does not and will not pay speakers to present at the conference. is able to provide limited financial assistance for some speakers, for instance, where the cost of flights or accommodation might prohibit a speaker from attending. Please note, however, that there is a limited budget for travel assistance and that asking for assistance could affect your chances of acceptance.

Recording and Licensing

To increase the number of people that can view your presentation, might record your talk and make it publicly available after the event. When submitting your proposal you will be asked to release materials relating to your presentation under a Creative Commons ShareAlike License. Additionally, if you are discussing software in your presentation, you must ensure the software has an appropriate open licence.

For more information, see:

About Linux Australia

Linux Australia is the peak body for open source communities around Australia, and as such represents approximately 3500 Free and Open Source users and developers. Linux Australia supports the organisation of this international Free Software conference in a different Australasian city each year.

For more information about Linux Australia see:

Papers Enquiries

  • 2014 Papers Committee
  • Email: papers-chair at