[UbuntuWomen] Linuxfests in the US seeking speakers
macoafi at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 03:15:13 UTC 2010
Both Southeast LinuxFest (12-13 June @ Spartanburgh, SC) and Ohio LinuxFest
(10-12 Sept @ Columbus, OH) 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
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