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We're evaluating the feasibility of sponsoring a member of the Ask Ubuntu community to speak at a conference in 2011.

Speaking is a relatively big "ask", so this needs to be planned many months in advance. Let's get started!

We'd like the community to establish where ...

What relevant Ubuntu conferences are coming up in 2011 that have open speaker slots or calls for papers?

... and then who.

Which members of the community are strongly interested in being sponsored by Stack Exchange, Inc to speak at one of the above conferences in 2011?

To be clear, the speaker is free talk about anything he or she wants so long as it would be roughly on topic for this site -- with a quick acknowledgement of support from Stack Exchange and a mention of the community here.

  • +1 for the idea. I'd love to go but I'm no speaker :) – Nathan Osman Apr 20 '11 at 4:40
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I'm very interested in talking about Ask Ubuntu at a conference, and I would be going to UDS were it not for lack of sponsorship money.

These are some Linux-/Ubuntu related conferences in 2011:

Of those, the UDS and DebConf are essential to our community, Linux Tag, as far as I can tell, is very influential to the Linux community at large.

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    Linux tag would be a nice one to hit. UDS and Debconf are developer-related working conferences anyway so I don't think there's much bang-for-the-buck there, I go to those anyway. – Jorge Castro Apr 15 '11 at 14:15
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    Desktop Summit in August? How about that? – Manish Sinha Apr 20 '11 at 9:19
  • UDS is less than a month away -- could you speak / present there? If so go for it and we'll do our part to make it happen! – Jeff Atwood Apr 21 '11 at 3:18
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    As Jorge says, UDS isn't really relevant. Canonical already sponsor the people who ought to be there to go (the relevant people being developers mostly). Also I don't think there are any open speaker slots or calls for papers. – 8128 Apr 21 '11 at 9:12
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LWN has a calendar of all these if you want to peruse.

Here's the ones in North America I would target:

Normally I would just do a talk at Ohio (I've spoken there in the past) but unfortunately I won't be able to attend this year. I did run into some ServerFault community folks there last year and I remember people talking about it, so it might be a good 2 birds for one stone with the right speaker.

Pity we missed SCaLE, that'd be a nice one for next year.

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