The future of open source at

Donna Benjamin
Jul 4, 2016 · 3 min read
Tuz — the tassie devil masquerading as Tux the linux penguin.

The call for proposals for (LCA) just opened.

It’s one of the world’s best Free and Open source events.

LCA is entirely run by a different team of volunteers each year. It’s amazing. It takes place again in January 2017 in Hobart, the gorgeous capital city of Tasmania, Australia’s “tiny” southern island.

Mind you, beware anything called “Tiny” in Australia. Tasmania is twice the size of the Netherlands and about the same size as Ireland, Switzerland or the state of West Virginia in the USA. It’s also beautiful, with some of the world’s last great wilderness areas, including remnant forest from Gondwanaland.

There’s lots of reasons to go.

But I want you to think about sharing what you know. Do you have thoughts on the future of Open Source? Are you neck deep in the development of Free Software, driving your project roadmap forward? Growing your community? Tackling issues of privacy and surveillance?

Here are some suggestions from the call for proposals to get you started:

THE FUTURE OF YOUR PROJECT is well-known for deeply technical talks, and lca2017 will be no exception. Our attendees want to be the first to know about new and upcoming developments in the tools they already use every day, and they want to know about new open source technology that they’ll be using daily in two years time.


Many of the techniques that have made Open Source so successful in the software and hardware world are now being applied to fields as disparate as science, data, government, and the law. We want to know how Open Thinking will help to shape your field in the future, and more importantly, we want to know how the rest of the world can help shape the future of Open Source.


It’s easy to think that Open Source has won, but for every success we achieve, a new challenge pops up. Are we missing opportunities in desktop and mobile computing? Why is the world suddenly running away from open and federated communications? Why don’t the new generation of developers care about licensing? Let’s talk about how Software Freedom and Open Source can better meet the needs of our users and developers for years to come.


It’s hard for us to predict the future, but we know that you should be a part of it. If you think you have something to say about Free and Open Source Software, then we want to hear from you, even if it doesn’t fit any of the categories above.

Please submit a proposal and tell us all about it.

If you’re unsure, and you want to throw some ideas around before committing fingers to keyboards, then please seek me out on twitter @kattekrab, and let’s find a time to chat, to brainstorm, to explore. We value diversity and we value whacky ideas.

It doesn’t even have to be about Linux!

Check out the full call for proposals:

But first, signup for an account on the LCA website:

And then share your ideas here:

PS. Please don’t procrastinate. They will not extend the CFP this year.
The call closes Friday 5 August, AEST.

That means 4th of August for the rest of the world.

Don’t risk it.

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