LCA2015, call for bids

Plans are coming along really well for linux.conf.au 2014 in Perth. We're very much looking forward to seeing you all there, but in the meantime it's time to start thinking about 2015.

We have had a lot of expressions of interest already for bids so we aren’t going to do a formal call for EOI's but are instead doing our official call for linux.conf.au 2015 bids! Don’t worry though, if you didn’t express your interest we’d still love to talk to you about how to put together your bid and have given you plenty of time to put one together.

The timeline for this year is as follows:

* Jan/Feb - The Council seeks expressions of interest in running an LCA.
* 25th May - The Council formally requests bids for LCA.
* June - The Council works with teams to help them prepare their bids, answering any questions.
* 8th July - Submission of formal bids closes.
* July-August - The Council clarifies any questions regarding the bids and reviews them
* September - The Council visits potential teams.
* October - The Council decides on the winning city and informs the bidding teams.
* January - The winning bid is announced at LCA 2014.

If you have ever sat in the back of a LUG meeting or an LCA talk and had an informal chat to someone about running an LCA now is the time to put that idea into action. If you were the person two seats back listening in, go bug that person to put in a bid!

If you haven’t already, the first thing to to do is to send an email to Council@linux.org.au to let them know you are thinking of submitting a bid. You should also CC linux-aus@linux.org.au, this might help you find other people keen on helping you out.

Once you've done that here are two documents to help you get started:
* http://wiki.linux.org.au/Linux.conf.au_Bid_Guidelines
* http://wiki.linux.org.au/LCA_HOWTO

The first outlines what is required for the bid process, while the second give a fairly detailed overview of the sorts of things you need to think about when preparing to run an LCA, and provide example bid documents.

There is also a comprehensive Event Portal with lots of useful information on how to run a successful event at http://wiki.linux.org.au/Linux_Australia:Events_Portal

So go out, get your team together, talk to some venues/vendors and start bidding to run the next awesome LCA! This is your opportunity to do what you wanted to do at LCA, to add something extra special to the conference, to have a say in the programme of the conference and to show off your city and amazing organising skills. This is something you will remember for a lifetime and gain life-long friends, professional contacts and the experience looks amazing on a resume. Not to mention, it’s great fun to run!

Once you've finalised your bid document then please send to Council@linux.org.au and linux-aus@linux.org.au.

If you are thinking of bidding, please put your hand up sooner rather than later so that the Council can make sure you get the support you need to prepare a high quality bid. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need any help in preparing your bid.

P.S. Please forward this announcement onto local LUG lists and anywhere else you think is relevant.