The LCA 2012 Call for Papers (speakers and tutorials, really) is still open. The Linux Conference Australia audience is bright, curious, and eager to learn more. In particular, LCA attendees seem to love talks about file systems and storage, and I know there’s at least one fewer file systems-related talk than usual in the system this year!
Part of the reason I went to LCA 2007 was to fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing a giant squid in person – and it totally worked.
One of the big secrets about a career in open source is that you get to do interesting technical work that makes the world a better place AND travel around the world without paying for (most) of it. If you think you have something even vaguely interesting to talk about, and happily would go to Australia if you could work out the travel somehow, please consider submitting a proposal and figuring out how to pay for it during the next few months. LCA wants fresh faces and new ideas, and if your topic is interesting enough, everyone can work together to find a way to make it happen.