[UbuntuWomen] Linuxfests in the US seeking speakers

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 03:15:13 UTC 2010

Both Southeast LinuxFest (12-13 June @ Spartanburgh, SC)[1] and Ohio LinuxFest 
(10-12 Sept @ Columbus, OH)[2] currently have open calls for presentations.

For SELF: email your abstract and a bit about yourself to 
jeremy.sands at southeastlinuxfest.org

Their website says:
"We welcome talks on all FLOSS related talks, but are particularly interested 
in web based tools, system administration tools, desktop Linux, security, and 

We are also open to lengthened, in depth, hands on proposals. "

Note that this means that they will have 5 tracks of 1-hour talks on Saturday 
and 3 tracks of 2-hour hands-on talks Sunday, so if you want to teach 
something but can't do it in only 1 hour, you're still in good shape!  Having 
attended last year's, I'm pretty sure they've nothing against community 
related talks either (like how to get involved or convince others to get 
involved...hint hint, I'm sure almost everyone on these mailing lists has been 

For OLF: fill out this form http://www.ohiolinux.org/cfp10.html

Their website says:
"This year's theme is "Saving the World with FOSS."

We're looking for all sorts of talks about Free & Open Source Software. Done 
something new and nifty? Developed new Open Source Software? Is your living 
room a geek dream? Do you play with FOSS for a living?"


If you would like to speak, submit something!  If you've never spoken before, 
that's fine.  Ohio LinuxFest 2 years ago was my first time speaking. If you 
don't think you know anything worth speaking on, I bet you're wrong :)  I said 
the same thing when my friends told me to submit to OLF's CFP.  They responded 
by listing off things they knew I knew but that I didn't realise I knew.  
Remember:  you don't have to be an expert to give a talk!

When asked why conferences don't have many women speakers, the number one 
answer is "we didn't get proposals from women."  I'm sure plenty of you have a 
LOT to say, so why not offer to say it?  Don't be shy!

(and yes, I'm practicing what I preach--I've already submitted my proposal to 

[1] http://southeastlinuxfest.org
[2] http://ohiolinux.org

Mackenzie Morgan
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