Australian Open Source Developers' Conference, Dec 2004

Richard Jones richardjones at
Tue Oct 12 10:57:39 CEST 2004

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G'day folks,

This is a quick note to let you know that registrations for Australia's
first Open Source Developers' Conference are now open.

If you register before 31st October 2004 you will receive a conference
t-shirt and financial discount.  The t-shirts look fantastic.  :)

You can register at

OSDC is a grassroots-style conference designed by developers for
developers, covering open source languages, tools, libraries, operating
systems, licences and business models.  We're booking 3 lecture rooms
each day for the 3 days and every single slot is filled with a talk.
There are 60 different talks by 45 different speakers, not including the

Talks topics range from dealing with hardware in Perl, to designing
cochlear implants with Python, to writing large-scale PHP.  We also have
talks on the Firebird Database, Mozilla XUL, Lego Micromouse (and maze
solving), MySQL, CVS, Make, DocBook and writing games with Javascript.

You can find the list of speakers and talk titles at  Speaker names listed as
"unavailable" means that that speaker opted to have their paper
refereed.  Their names will appear once the refereeing process is over.

Because there are so many good talks, you can be certain that there will
be something that interests you in every talk session.  In our initial
timetable it was impossible to put the most interesting talks into
sequential timeslots as we had too many "most interesting" talks for the
time available.  Each day will start with a 1.5 hour keynote by our
excellent keynote speakers.  These include Damian Conway, Nathan
Torkington, Anthony Baxter, Luke Welling and Con Zymaris.  The rest of
the day will be filled with 5 hours of talks and plentiful food breaks.
Our catering choices should result in you being extraordinarily well fed
throughout the days of the conference.

There will also be a key-signing, several BOFs (yet to be organised),
lots of opportunities to socialise, a semi-formal dinner, a partners'
programme and other usual conference stuff.

If you have any other questions about what is happening, please don't
hesitate to ask: osdc-help at
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