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

Miniconf Info -

Miniconf Info

Miniconfs are a unique aspect of the experience. First introduced at 2002, they are now a traditional element of the conference.

Miniconfs are smaller one day events which are run on the Monday and Tuesday of the conference. They are intended as an incubator -- both of future conferences and speakers. The miniconfs are selected as part of the Call for Papers process which was run from June to July 2013.

Each mini conf includes the following;
1 Speaker Ticket for the Key Organiser
4 Two Day Miniconf Tickets for allocation to Speakers(These doesn't include a speakers or professionals ticket)

Day One Miniconf Programme – Monday 6th January 2014

Miniconf Organiser Abstract
Developer, Testing, Release and Continuous integration Automation Stewart Smith

This miniconf is all about improving the way we produce, collaborate, test and release software.

We want to cover tools and techniques to improve the way we work together to produce higher quality software:

  • code review tools and techniques (e.g. gerrit)
  • continuous integration tools (e.g. jenkins)
  • CI techniques (e.g. gated trunk, zuul)
  • testing tools and techniques (e.g. subunit, fuzz testing tools)
  • release tools and techniques: daily builds, interacting with distributions, ensuring you test the software that you ship.
Open Government Pia Waugh

A one day mini-conference for government geeks (and geeks interested in government) to share, compare and talk about the progress of open government in Australia. Will include case studies across different government jurisdictions, an updated state of the union in this space, and, given the timing of, will likely include an update on the progress of the Australian Action Plan on Open Government, as part of the deal in Australia joining the international Open Government Partnership in mid 2013. It's also a day to connect government and civil society, and look at citizen engagement in government, and the progress of open knowledge, open source and open data in government.

Open Radio Stephen Boyd

Facilitating communication between the amateur radio and open source communities.

The Open Radio miniconf will showcase the use of open source in many aspects of radio communications including:

  • hardware design (circuit and printed circuit board design, antenna design, etc.)
  • digital modes for data communications, and
  • digital voice communications.
Sysadmin Simon Lyall

The Systems Administration Miniconf focuses on tips, tricks, tools, and best practices used to manage real-world Linux environments both large and small. Attendees of this Miniconf improve their ability to manage their Linux systems environment both now and in the future. The aim is to provide talks directly useful to professional Linux systems administrators.

Day Two Miniconf Programme – Tuesday 7th January 2014

Miniconf Organiser Abstract
Linux Kernel Matthew Wilcox

The Linux Kernel Miniconf will feature deep technical presentations about a variety of kernel topics. Previous years have included talks on storage, memory management, the scheduler, RCU, networking and filesystems.

Haecksen Lana Brindley

Haecksen has been a regular feature at since 2007. In that time, it has stuck to a tried and trusted formula. A group of smart, vibrant women all working in some way with open source technology, spend the day together sharing their experiences and knowledge in a supportive and fun environment.

This year the emphasis is on fun. Kicking off with a gameshow-style quiz covering achievements of historical women in tech, the day will then move into a series of short, upbeat presentations, before finishing with a light-hearted hands-on education session dedicated to encouraging and assisting women with conference speaker applications, professional speaking skills, and conference attendance. Speakers are expected, and indeed encouraged, to cover topics that range widely from technical talks to professional development, and community involvement.

Astronomy Jessica Smith

Linux and open source technologies are used extensively in large-scale astronomy projects within Australia and throughout the world, and to a lesser extent in amateur astronomy. The Astronomy Miniconf will be a one-day stream at 2014, focused on the use of Linux and open source technologies in astronomy. It will primarily focus on the technical aspects of large-scale professional astronomy projects, but will include sessions on topics of interest to amateur astronomers.

Professional astronomers have been sourced from all of the major Australian radio astronomy projects (MWA, ASKAP, SKA) to give presentations on their work. To round out the programme, there will be a session on the 'citizen science' astronomy project the SkyNet, as well as sessions from amateur astronomers on more introductory topics. Most of the more technical sessions will be of interest to the full range of 2014 delegates, not just those with a particular interest in astronomy.

Multimedia and Music Jonathan Woithe, Silvia Pfeiffer

The creation of multimedia and music content continues to increase as the internet makes content distribution easier for unsigned creators. Linux and the FOSS ecosystem provides an important link in this process through the provision of affordable and highly capable content creation tools which continue to evolve in new and exciting ways.

The Multimedia and Music Miniconf at 2014 will bring together content creators, consumers and developers to discuss new directions in FOSS multimedia software and hardware, and exchange ideas about how to make best use of the tools at our disposal.

This miniconf will appeal to users and developers alike: anyone with an interest in multimedia or music on open-source platforms.

OpenStack Michael Still

OpenStack is an increasingly significant Open Source infrastructure as a service project with a vibrant community behind it.

This miniconf will cover deployment and development for OpenStack. The miniconf is in the middle of the Icehouse development cycle, which makes it well positioned to cover the current state of play for that release.

Arduino Jon Oxer

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.