Call For Proposals

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The Call for Proposals for 2013 is now closed!

The conference will showcase the best of open source and community-driven software and hardware. It will be held in Canberra at the Australian National University from Monday 28 January to Saturday 2 February, 2013, and provides a great opportunity for open source developers, users, hackers, and makers to share their ideas and further improve their projects.

Important Dates

  • Call for proposals opens: 1 June 2012
  • Call for proposals closes: 20 July 2012
  • Email notifications from papers committee: 28 August 2012
  • Early Bird registrations open: 1 October 2012
  • Conference dates: Monday 28 January to Saturday 2 February 2013

Information on Proposals

The 2013 papers committee is looking for a broad range of proposals, and will consider submissions on anything from programming and software, to desktop, userspace, community, government, 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 deep technical content, and things we think are going to really matter in the future -- that might range from freedom and privacy to open source cloud systems or to energy efficient server farms of the future.

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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Modern web technologies: Open source web browsers, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, web apps, accessibility
  • Audio and video: video editing, VoIP, WebRTC, video player development
  • Free software and free culture: licensing and Free and Open approaches outside software
  • Free software use: home, IT, education, manufacturing, research, government applications

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 40 minute slots that are generally presented in lecture format. These form the bulk of the available conference slots.
Tutorials are 90 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.
Miniconfs are day-long sessions on a specific topic. For more information about 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.

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

Email the 2013 Papers Committee at papers-chair at