LCA2010 (the conference usually known as “linux.conf.au”, but in New Zealand for 2010) has an initiative to sponsor diverse attendees. Google is sponsoring the LCA2010 Diversity Programme in which Open Source contributors who are members of a minority group, including women, can apply to receive up to NZD1000 towards attendance at LCA2010 in January in New Zealand. Applications for LCA2010 assistance from this program close on Friday 2 October 2009.
They’ve also just announced their programme (I co-chaired the selection committee, but aggravatingly can’t attend due to conflicting commitments re bringing new life into the world, talk about poor timing kid). Women speakers are:
- Angela Byron, Drupal Under the Hood
- Anne Chin, The implications of using FOSS under Australian copyright and contract law
- Claudine Chionh, Unlocking the ivory tower: Free and open source software in collaborative humanities research
- Gabriella Coleman, Tuesday keynote
- Selena Deckelmann, Survey of open source databases
- Liz Henry, Hack Ability: Open Source Assistive Tech
- Emma Jane Hogbin, Self Help Guides for World Domination
- Denise Paolucci, Build Your Own Contributors, One Part At A Time
- Silvia Pfeiffer, HTML5 video: how to process and publish video in an open format
- Sarah Sharp, SuperSpeed me: USB 3.0 for Linux
Congratulations selected speakers.
Update, per pfctdayelise in comments, see also the LCA2010 Haecksen & Linuxchix miniconf, now accepting submissions from women. This will be the fourth time a women’s miniconf has run in addition to the main programme.