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PyLadies Australia

PyLadies is coming to Australia!

PyLadies is an international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community.

To join the Australian community, visit the Australian PyLadies website.

OWOOT email lists now working

Apologies to anyone who has tried to send email to the OWOOT mailing list in January. The list is now working again and you can once again join our list and send email to it.

Thank you to the volunteer sysadmins for Linux Australia, who maintain the mailing list server and the web server for OWOOT.org!

OWOOT email lists down until further notice

Linux Australia has decommissioned the virtual machine that was hosting the OWOOT mailing lists, due to ongoing maintainence issues. While this does not affect the http://owoot.org/ website, it means that all OWOOT email including our mailing list is down until further notice.

We will work with Linux Australia to replace the mailing list setup as soon as possible. Watch http://owoot.org/ for updates.

Thank you to Linux Australia and their sysadmins for their ongoing work hosting OWOOT infrastructure!

Two days left to submit to Haecksen miniconference @ linux.conf.au !

The Haecksen miniconf will be a one day community stream on Tuesday 7th January 2014, in Perth, as part of linux.conf.au 2014. It will be the eighth annual LCA miniconference focussed on women and free and open source software.

The Call for Proposals closes 1 November.

Haecksen isn't Haecksen without all the Haecksen! That's you!

This year, we're looking for:

  • Short talks (around 20 minutes, but requests for a double slot of 40 minutes will be considered) on anything related to open tech generally, or women in open tech specifically, that you are currently working on.

Free LCA registration for one Haecksen speaker!

Normally, main program speakers but not miniconf speakers get free admission to linux.conf.au. This year, however, we'll have at least one exception: previous LCA speaker Josh Triplett has received a free Hobbyist ticket but can't come, and has generously donated the ticket to the Haecksen miniconf. The Haecksen committee will give it to one of the miniconf's chosen speakers.

Thank you Josh!

Haecksen 2014 - Call For Proposals now open!

The Haecksen miniconf will be a one day community stream on Tuesday 7th January 2014, in Perth, as part of linux.conf.au 2014. It will be the eighth annual LCA miniconference focussed on women and free and open source software. Submissions to present are now open, and close November 1.

Haecksen isn't Haecksen without all the Haecksen! That's you!

This year, we're looking for:

* Short talks (around 20 minutes, but requests for a double slot of 40 minutes will be considered) on anything related to open tech generally, or women in open tech specifically, that you are currently working on.

Preliminary Haecksen miniconf schedule announced

The first round of talks have been confirmed for the Haecksen miniconf at linux.conf.au 2013. The current talks are:

10:40: Skye Croeser: Feminism, anarchism and FOSS
11:05: Denise Paolucci: overcoming impostor syndrome
11:30: break
11:40: unannounced
12:05: Joh Pirie-Clark Security
12:30: lunch
1:20: Kathy Reid Less flack, moar hack!
1:45: Fee Plumley: Open Source Cities
2:10: break
2:20: Ruth Ellison: Recipe for making geek jewellery
2:45: Katie Miller Educating Girls about FOSS
3:00: afternoon tea
3:40: Jacinta Richardson : writing a good abstract/getting your talk accepted at a conference

Haecksen miniconf to run at linux.conf.au 2013

Today linux.conf.au 2013, to be held in Canberra in January, announced five additional miniconferences. This includes the Haecksen miniconf for women in open technology, run by OWOOT volunteers each year:

Haecksen: This miniconference is designed to encompass the wide range of activities that women are involved in throughout open source, and has historically attracted women involved in areas as diverse as software development, hardware hacking, and smart crafting, along with a wide array of other disciplines within free and open source software.

Silvia Pfeiffer appointed as an HTML5 co-editor

OWOOT member Silvia Pfeiffer has been appointed as part of the editorial team of the W3C HTML5 specification.

She writes:

[W]hen invited, I decided to offer my spare time to the W3C.

Brenda Wallace elected to InternetNZ's Council for a three year term

Software engineer and self-proclaimed “geek” Brenda Wallace has been elected as the latest new member of InternetNZ’s ruling council. She will serve a three-year term.

Wallace is currently a production engineer at Weta Digital. She describes her role thus: “I build, glue and duct-tape the stuff that goes between giant and/or archaic systems and make them play nicely with each other - and then sometimes I get to replace giant archaic systems with lightweight small systems that do the job even better.”

ComputerWorld: New councillor, two fellows created at InternetNZ AGM

Congratulations Brenda!

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