1 From: Jeff Waugh <firstname.lastname@example.org> 2 To: Linux Australia <email@example.com> 3 Subject: [Linux-aus] Pitch for linux.conf.au, 2007 4 Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2005 07:41:12 -0500 5 6 linux.conf.au, Sydney 2007 7 ========================== 8 9 We're a keen team of Sydney-based FOSS lovers, and we're aiming to host the 10 best linux.conf.au EVER. This is our pitch to Linux Australia to bring the 11 conference to Sydney in January, 2007. 12 13 linux.conf.au is rapidly growing in size and scope, and appealing to old and 14 new audiences as Free and Open Source Software gains popularity. Our team is 15 committed to growing linux.conf.au - and its audience - such that it retains 16 its intimacy and irreverence, and continues to represent the fun and curious 17 nature of our community. 18 19 We've covered the basics... 20 21 * we have a strong and committed team reflecting a broad set of experiences 22 and interests 23 * a fully sponsored, proven venue 24 * a rocking budget 25 * keen sponsors 26 27 ... and we bring some unique ideas to the plate: 28 29 * a structured conference 'release schedule' (after all, we have the GNOME 30 release manager emeritus on the team!) 31 * plans to handle the growth and changing demographic of the conference 32 without sacrificing intimacy 33 * an Open Day to grow the community, and show off our great work beyond the 34 traditional audience of linux.conf.au 35 36 37 The Team 38 -------- 39 40 * Lindsay Holmwood 41 * Sara Kaan 42 * Ben Leslie 43 * Matthew Moor 44 * Jeff Waugh 45 * Pia Waugh 46 * Jamie Wilkinson 47 48 49 The Venue 50 --------- 51 52 The University of New South Wales was such a great venue and setting for the 53 first linux.conf.au conference in 2001 - not only are we keen to return, but 54 the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Faculty of Engineering 55 (FE) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) were keen to have us back! 56 They have offered to sponsor the venue in full if the Sydney 2007 pitch is 57 accepted. 58 59 The facilities include a 945 theatre for keynotes, four smaller theatres for 60 mini-confs and presentations - all fully decked out with modern AV equipment 61 and accessible with wheelchairs - and ample indoor/outdoor gathering space 62 nearby. Wonderful on-campus venues exist for the networking evening and the 63 Penguin dinner, along with plenty of cafes and shops around the university. 64 There is plenty of accomodation within walking distance of the conference 65 venue, in price ranges appropriate for students and professional attendees, 66 with easy transport from the airport and city, and on/nearby-campus parking. 67 68 Finally, for those not interested in the beautiful Coogee and Bondi beaches, 69 the university provides full wireless coverage and we'll have terminal rooms 70 for the laptop challenged. 71 72 73 The Budget 74 ---------- 75 76 A growing linux.conf.au requires a tougher, more robust budget. We've split 77 our budget into necessary and discretionary items, and plan to wholly fund 78 the necessary items - such as the venue, speaker costs and the very basics 79 of our social functions - through sponsorship. This protects Linux Australia 80 against blowouts, and gives the organising team much more flexibility with 81 discretionary items... the fun stuff! 82 83 The budget takes into account the experience gained from previous 84 conferences, with local costings. It will be made available to the Linux 85 Australia committee soon after the submission of this pitch. 86 87 88 Sponsorship 89 ----------- 90 91 We aim to work very closely with our sponsors to ensure they are satisfied 92 with their linux.conf.au partnership, and are keen to return for following 93 events. We have approached a number of potential sponsors, and received 94 their verbal support for linux.conf.au in Sydney, 2007. Smaller sponsorships 95 from local Open Source focused businesses will be an important part of our 96 sponsorship strategy. 97 98 99 Partners and Kids 100 ----------------- 101 102 We are committed to providing a mix of organised events for partners (and in 103 some cases, children) and free time where partners can simply explore the 104 city and surrounds with good information and suggestions in hand. We are 105 engaging with many previous attendees of the partners programmes to ensure 106 prior experience and suggestions are taken on. 107 108 109 Open Day 110 -------- 111 112 We plan to involve new audiences with the linux.conf.au Open Day - a less 113 technical event with competitions, fun demonstrations, a poster and demo 114 session for FOSS projects represented at linux.conf.au, showbags, and a 115 specific focus on involving students. Open Day will start at 2pm, allowing 116 conference attendees to participate in tutorials or BOFs prior to the Open 117 Day activities. Drinks and snacks will be available, with Pizza & Thai at 118 7pm to attract the "after-work" crowd and their families. 119 120 121 Public Relations 122 ---------------- 123 124 With PR opportunities built into the release schedule, good communications 125 between attendees and from the conference to the outside world, dollars 126 committed in the budget for advertising, and the wonderful press opportunity 127 the Open Day provides, we believe we can ensure a full house for the 128 conference and related events, and great coverage of linux.conf.au in local 129 and international media, which of course is good for everyone. 130 131 We will be inserting ads for the conference in relevant IT publications. Ads 132 for the Open Day will be more broadly distributed in mainstream media, 133 school publications, and to schools and peak education bodies themselves. 134 135 136 Seven 137 ===== 138 139 We're chomping at the bit to put this conference together, so please let the 140 Linux Australia committee know that you are excited about linux.conf.au in 141 Sydney, 2007. We will rock you. 142 143 - The Seven Team 144 145 -- 146 "We must be proactive, eternally vigilant, forever fighting, 147 overwhelmingly clever and handsome." - Robert Love 148 149 _______________________________________________ 150 linux-aus mailing list 151 firstname.lastname@example.org 152 http://lists.linux.org.au/listinfo/linux-aus
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