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

First Official keynote announced for LCA2014 -

First Official keynote announced for LCA2014

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First Official keynote Jonathon Oxer for LCA2014

The 2014 team are excited to announce our first keynote speaker - Jonathan Oxer. Jon has agreed to come and present a keynote discussing ArduSat.

Jon has been hacking on both hardware and software since he was a little tacker. Most recently he's been focusing more on the Open Hardware side, co-founding Freetronics as a direct result of organising the first Arduino Miniconf at LCA2010. His books include "Ubuntu Hacks" and "Practical Arduino".

Jon has been variously referred to as Australia's geekiest man and as a cyborg-in-progress. As part of his “SuperHouse” home automation series, Jon has taken keyless entry to an all new level by embedding an RFID tag into his arm using a vet's chipping tool.

Recently he has been working on ArduSat, a satellite that aims to give hobbyists, students and space enthusiasts an opportunity to design and run their own experiments in space. By choosing a standardised platform based on the hugely popular Arduino hardware design, ArduSat allows anyone to develop and prototype experiments at home using readily accessible parts and all based on a simple open source software environment.

Jon will be presenting an overview of the latest developments to the ArduSat project as part of his keynote presentation during 2014 in Perth, Western Australia.

Also announce Arduino mini conf this year. 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 Arduino Miniconf will use the Arduino microcontroller board as a stepping stone to help ease software developers into dealing with Open Hardware. Topics will cover both software and hardware issues, starting with simpler sessions suitable for Open Hardware beginners and progressing through to more advanced topics.

The day will run in two distinct halves. The first part of the day will be a hands-on assembly session where participants will have the chance to solder together a special hardware project developed for the miniconf. Instructors will be on hand to assist with soldering and the other mysteries of hardware assembly. The second part of the day will be presentations about Open Hardware topics, including information on software to run on the hardware project built earlier in the day.

The hardware project for LCA2014 hasn't yet been set in stone, but the current plan is a DIY cellphone with voice and SMS capability, an Arduino-compatible brain, and breakouts for sensors and actuators. More details of the project such as costs and how to reserve your spot will be posted on the Arduino Miniconf website at before the event is an annual open source conference organised by Linux Australia. In 2014 the conference will be held in Perth, Western Australia from the 6th January to the 10th. #LCA2014