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Upcoming Talks

Talk Suggestions - Talk Offers


  • Sandrine Balbo
  • ARjen Lentz


  • Russell Coker - DNS and Bind
  • Mick (Red Hat)


Elena Kelareva - Automated Scheduling Problems

Automated scheduling algorithms have many applications in the real world, from manufacturing to transport to space. This talk will give a general overview of scheduling problems and the algorithms that exist for solving them, as well as describing in more detail a number of software applications which use automated scheduling to solve real-world problems.

Elena Kelareva is a software engineer/researcher working for OMC International, a maritime consulting company which makes software for ports. Elena has been involved in developing algorithms for the Dynamic Under Keel Clearance software used by most major Australian ports to determine safe sailing times for ships. She is about to start a PhD on automated scheduling at ANU, with a case study of scheduling ships at a port.

Andy Gelme - Hacking the world ... using an Arduino or two

Open-source hardware platforms, such as the Arduino, have become reasonably inexpensive, quite capable, with good connectivity options. In addition, a vast range sensors and actuators are now available. Most importantly, active and innovative developer communities have made Arduino hacking a truly fascinating activity. More recently, instrumenting the world with large scale device networks has emerged as a contender for the one of the "next big things".

This presentation will (briefly) cover the basics of getting an Arduino environment running on Linux. The main focus will be on demonstrating interesting ways in which you can create interactions between your Linux system, some Arduino controllers and a variety of connected devices (including some wearable computing).

Andy Gelme has been working and playing with Unix for a very long time ... and got into Linux around the time of SLS 1.03 and kernel 0.99pl12, when everything fitted onto ten 3.5" floppies. His main area of interest is in distributed systems, particularly when applied to large scale device networks. From 2000 to 2008, Andy was the technical lead of an R&D project that developed home / building automation systems (amongst other things). Some of the resulting distributed system framework and development environment is in the process of being released as open-source. More recently, Andy has been involved in starting the Connected Community HackerSpace in Melbourne.


  • Ben Powell - Something Legalish - MS vs TomTom or CC-au
  • Jacinta Richardson - 'On Speaking' plus tips for writing a good abstract (hello OSDC and LCA)

Title: On Speaking.

You've been to *those* talks. The kind where the title first drew your attention, the abstract made you go wow, and you were so excited you took a front seat. Then the speaker went to their first slide and it was so full of text (15 bullet points!) and you just knew they were going to spend the next ten minutes talking about what you've just read in two. Worse, being up the front, you can't easily leave and it'd be rude to pull out your laptop... Don't be one of those speakers. No matter how technically brilliant your talk, it's worth nothing at all if you can't keep your audience interested. This (short) talk will cover a whole bunch of tricks you can use to get your audience's attention and keep it. Better yet, if you use these ideas there's a good chance people will remember *what* you spoke about and will attend your future talks as well.

Title: On getting your talk accepted.

You could be the best speaker in the world, but that's no good if you never get up and try. There are numerous opportunities to share your wisdom and gain fame, you just have to take advantage of them. This short talk will give you some feedback on how to make your talk proposal convincing, so you'll find acceptance more easy.


Jacinta Richardson is managing director of Perl Training Australia, with more than a decade of experience in teaching, software engineering and technical writing. She maintains the very popular Perl Training Australia "Perl Tips" newsletter and course notes, and was a technical editor for Dr Damian Conroy's /Perl Best Practices/ book. Jacinta has been involved in the organisation of the Australian Open Source Developers' Conference 20 ***

Jacinta is an internationally acclaimed conference speaker, and a regular presenter at Perl Mongers and other technical user groups throughout Australia. Jacinta is passionate about increasing the participation of women in Open Source Software.

In 2008 Jacinta received the prestigious White Camel award for her outstanding contributions to the Perl community. In her spare time Jacinta enjoys scuba diving, cycling, and baking.



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