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LinuxchixMiniconf

LinuxChix miniconf 2009

The LinuxChix miniconfs (2007–2009) and Haecksen miniconfs (2010–2014) were one-day events focusing on women who use and contribute to Linux and other free and open source software. It was held as part of linux.conf.au, which has a tradition of providing venues for one or two day community organised miniconferences in a variety of areas.

While the Haecksen miniconferences haven't formally ended, no miniconf has been held since January 2014.

HistoryEdit

LinuxChix chapters were created in Australia in 1999. 1999 was also the year that the Conference of Australian Linux Users (CALU) was held, regarded as the predecessor of the annual linux.conf.au event which began in 2001. linux.conf.au began hosting "miniconfs" (mini-conferences), one or two day tracks organised by volunteers outside the core conference team, from 2003.

LinuxChix miniconf LCA2007

LinuxChix miniconf audience in 2007, CC BY-SA Wikipedia user Zarrinba

In 2006, Mary Gardiner proposed that a LinuxChix miniconf be one of the miniconfs held at linux.conf.au 2007. The miniconf that year was credited with being part of the cause of record numbers of women attending linux.conf.au in 2007 (10% of total attendees, as opposed to 10 women in some previous years). The miniconference was in the linux.conf.au program every year from 2007–2014, organised by a woman or a small group of women each year. In 2010, Joh Pirie-Clarke renamed it the Haecksen miniconference to be more inclusive of people who were not LinuxChix members, and it bore that name from then on. ("Haecksen" is a word that some, but not all, German speakers regard as the feminine word meaning "hackers".)

The miniconference directly inspired the creation of AussieChix and New Zealand LinuxChix in 2007, which merged into OWOOT in 2011.

Future of the event Edit

OWOOT closed due to lack of activity in 2014. While there is still a dedicated Haecksen mailing list where organisation can take place, there was no Haecksen miniconference in 2015, and it is unclear whether the event will be held in future, or in what form.

ConferencesEdit

2014 Haecksen miniconferenceEdit

A Haecksen miniconference for linux.conf.au 2014 was organised by Lana Brindley.

Speakers:

2013 Haecksen miniconferenceEdit

A Haecksen miniconference for linux.conf.au 2013 was organised by Bianca Gibson and Robyn Willison.

Speakers:

2012 Haecksen miniconference Edit

A miniconference was organised for linux.conf.au 2012 by Lana Brindley and Mary Gardiner.

Speakers were:

See miniconf schedule.

2011 Haecksen miniconference Edit

A miniconference was organised for linux.conf.au 2011 by Lana Brindley. Speakers were:

See miniconf webpage.

2010 Haecksen and Linuxchix miniconference Edit

Haecksen

Haecksen/LinuxChix website screenshot

The 2010 Haecksen and Linuxchix miniconf was held on 18th January 2010 at LCA2010 in Wellington, New Zealand. It was organised by Joh Clarke and ...

Speakers at the miniconference were:

See also: Women at linux.conf.au 2010 and 2010 miniconf webpage

2009 LinuxChix miniconference Edit

A LinuxChix miniconference was held at linux.conf.au 2009 in Hobart, Australia. It was organised by Sarah Stokely and Robyn Willison.

Speakers were:

Donna Benjamin and Pia Waugh held a workshop on  how to evangelise IT to girls. Bdale Garbee, Silvia Pfeiffer, Andrew McMillan and Casey Schaufler spoke at a Geek Parenting Panel.

See also: Women at linux.conf.au 2009.

2008 LinuxChix miniconference Edit

The 2008 LinuxChix miniconference was held on 29th January 2008 as part of linux.conf.au 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. It was organised by Robyn Willison, Mary Gardiner and Melissa Draper.

Speakers at the miniconference were:

See also: Women at linux.conf.au 2008 and 2008 miniconf webpage

2007 LinuxChix miniconference Edit

The first LinuxChix miniconference was held on 16th January 2007 in Sydney, Australia. It was organised by Mary Gardiner with assistance from Sara Falamaki and Stephanie Miller.

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LinuxChix miniconf 2007 advertising image

Speakers at the miniconference were:

The miniconference was credited with being part of the cause of record numbers of women attending linux.conf.au in 2007 (10% of total attendees, as opposed to 10 women in some previous years).

See also: 2007 miniconf webpage

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