linux.conf.au 2011 is now over and its time to catch up on a few hundred hours of sleep (after a little packing up and cleaning). It is amazing how much work still has to be done after the conference has finished, but I am hopeful (perhaps skeptical) that I will have most of it out of the way before I officially go back to work in a weeks time.
The conference was awesome, given the many challenges the team had to endure before, during and after the event. lca2011 will truly be a conference the whole team (and many others) will remember for a long time to come. While we were unable to deliver everything we had hoped for (time and financial constraints due to floods), the majority of the feedback has been extremely positive. There were a few interesting requests during the conference that added extra challenges (such as tethering a helium balloon 100m above the university oval) and the rocketry miniconf near the NOC kept us fairly high on paint fumes for many of the days they were constructing their rockets.
Reflecting back on the event – we had a venue (eventually), we had great speakers and delegates, supportive sponsors, a working network with Internet prior to the conference (even with a little IPv6 thrown in here and there) and great food. The PDNS at the Maritime museum saw fine weather and a relaxed environment (even with some food left over from the catering) with a few fireworks thrown in across the river. Interestingly, we also managed to have many video’s uploaded to http://linuxconfau.blip.tv/ during the conference which was a credit to our AV team and the many hours of planning and training that they undertook. Once encoding is finished all the video’s will be available at the Linux Australia Mirror (as per usual). The speakers dinner was a real drumming event where everyone was able to get in to the rhythm and hit drums as hard as they could – an event that received continual praise from many speakers during the week. The penguin dinner was relaxed and perhaps a little slow to kick off the fund raising activities – however a total of $23 239 was raised for the Qld Flood Appeals and another $5000 for the Glenleighden School at Fig Tree Pocket in Brisbane ($28 239 in total).
Open Day seemed to attract a good crowd of people during the morning while the final day of conference activities was the launch of the Rockets built during the Rocketry miniconf (thanks to Bdale, Keith, AJ and Clinton for their efforts here). A few of the pics from the rocket launch day can be found at http://fishtank.kangawallafox.com/index.php/linux-conf-au/rockets-lca2011