Ngā Mihi / Introduction
Start your game neurons firing, we're back! Returning for the third time in a row, it's the linux.conf.au Games Miniconf.
FOSS and games have been getting closer and closer for a while now, but there is still more to do!
Games are now gobbling up the attention of people at a rate never before seen, and FOSS is the lingua franca of the software world. Yet we are still only learning how the two can work together. Despite an overlap amongst developers and users, for the most part the game developers and players hide in their silo and FOSS hide in theirs. We're getting the band back together for another look at what we can learn from each other.
This miniconf will be a single day exploring the interaction of games, free and open source software, and their communities and developers. If you've got a passion for game development, FOSS, community, or playing games then this miniconf will be of interest to you.
Call for Proposals
We are inviting talks on anything that looks into the interaction between games and game development and free and open source software. Potential talk topics include (but are not limited to):
- Fully Open Source or Free games
- Free and Open Source game engines and tools
- Pros and cons of using the above
- Legal or business implications of game development using FOSS
- The history of Open Source in games and game development
- Open sourcing your game
- Creating open hooks into proprietary games
- Diversity in open source and game development, what we can learn from each other
- What the FOSS and LCA community can learn from the game developers
- What game developers can learn from the LCA and FOSS community
- Open game hardware and peripherals
- Playing games on open hardware and platforms
- Community management and interaction difference between the FOSS and games community
- Open source art and music for games
- FOSS and board games.
- ...and anything FOSS and Game related you can think of!
We are now open for talk submissions. We have openings for:
- 15 minute presentations
- 30 minute presentations
- 5 minute demos and micro-talks
- Panels and other Discussion formats
- Workshops and tutorials
- … Can’t see a format here that interests you? Tell us what you want to do! We’re more than open to allowing more creativity in our running sheet.Whether that means you want to turn the miniconf into an escape room, or present a talk in interpretive dance, we want to hear from you!
If you’re looking for extra advice or want to chat about an idea before submitting you can always email us. We’re excited to hear from you!
We are also after people willing to set up games to let people play with during the lunch break.
*NOW OPEN* Submissions: Who and How
Submission are now open! Head on over to linux.conf.au to create your speaker profile and submit your presentation summary!
Once you have an account, log in and on the dashboard click the "Games Miniconf Talk" button (or whichever miniconf you wish to submit to). Fill in the form, add additional speakers if required, and congratulations! You've submitted a proposal! Proposals are not limited, so if you have more ideas, feel free to submit as many proposals as you like! However, it may be unlikely that more than one of your proposals will be accepted for a miniconf. Also don't forget to do your best to make your proposal as clear as possible to the reviewers, you can always contact the organisers if you're unsure or just want some extra help proof reading or fleshing out an idea. You can also make edits and resubmit before the deadline closes!
Submissions close: 19th November 2018, New Zealand Standard Time
We are handling submissions via the same system as the rest of linux.conf.au so if you already have a profile there, you can use the same one for your miniconf submission! If you are submitting a demo of a game, tool, or project make sure in your submission you send us a link where we will be able to preview it, otherwise we won't be able to approve it.
We strongly encourage first-time and seasoned speakers from all walks of life – all ages, genders, nationalities, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, and abilities. Like the main LCA conference, we respect and encourage diversity at our miniconf and all presentations and attendees must adhere to the Code of Conduct If you would like any assistance with creating a proposal, don't hesitate to ask one of the organisers.
Tickets & Financial Assistance
Please note, linux.conf.au is a community run conference. To present or attend the miniconf you will need to be a registered attendee of LCA. We understand this is not as easy to do for all people, and we ask that if you don’t think you can do this, please contact us. We would love to look at ways to help you attend. Your attendance and involvement is very important to us, and we want to help you be there!
There are also usually miniconf only tickets available that are significantly cheaper than whole conference tickets, but we really recommend you attend the entire conference as there are amazing people in attendance, and it would be a shame to miss them and the great experience that linux.conf.au can be. We wouldn’t want you to miss more novel ways we can bring FOSS and Games together!
Dates and Deadlines
- 19-11-2018 NZST - Deadline for submissions
- 21-11-2018 - Confirmation of presentations
- 21-01-2019 - Games and FOSS Miniconf Day!
Organisers & Contact
If you have any questions or need to get in contact with us, please don't hesitate to! We look forward to chatting.
Or Contact us via email at email@example.com.