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Call for papers

Call for Papers and Presentations Debconf 5 Helsinki, Finland

The annual Debeconf conference is the technical and social forum for Debian developers, sponsors, affiliates, and friends. It allows various groups within Debian a chance to come together and network.

We invite you to submit a proposal to present a technical paper or tutorial, or to host a meeting (BoFS, or Birds of a Feather Session).

Step 1. Submit Proposal

This is the first year that we are asking for proposals. The proposal lets us know in advance what sort of talks we will have. This helps us in attracting developers and potential sponsors to the conference.

Your proposal can be a rough outline, but should be at least 500 words in length (and ideally no more than 1500 words). Your proposal should be clear about whether your proposal is political (Free Software, dealing with traditionally marginalised groups, etc.), technical, or social (Dealing with debian structures and groups). It's okay to hit all three of these.

Your proposal should also include some information on why you're qualified to talk about this. Ideally it will also include links to posts your have made to Debian mailing lists. A presentation is not the best place to mention your idea for the first time.

Proposals will be accepted until March 15th 2005, 23h59 UTC.

To submit your proposal, go to and register as an attendee. Once you are registered, there is a "Submit a proposal" link. You will see your proposal on the site. If it's not there for some reason, please tell us right away!

Step 2. Committee Review

The review committee for this year consists of Jeff Bailey , Andreas Schuldei , and Amaya Rodrigo Sastre

This committee will make its decision by April 1st. If you aren't available between March 15th and April 1st for questions, please let us know your schedule. All correspondance will be done by email.

Step 3. Paper Submission

For the first time, we are asking for papers to be submitted along with the presentations. The goal is to provide written information along with transcripts of the sessions for later viewing. Having written papers in advance will allow us to get translations done, to help non-native-English speakers feel more comfortable with the topics presented.

Papers are due by June 1st, and should cover the topic in reasonable depth. Any formatting requirements will be given to you on March 15th when your paper is accepted.

Step 4. Live Presentation

Presentations are either 45 minutes or 90 minutes in length. 90 minute presentations have a break in the middle and should include workshop items that directly involve the participants.

Fine Print Publication Rights

Debconf requires non-exclusive publication rights to papers, presentations, and any additional handouts or audio/visual materials used in conjunction with the presentation. The authors retain all copyrights.

The presentations will be recorded, and may be broadcast over the Internet. Any copies of the presentation will be made available under a license such as the MIT/X11 license.

Failure to Submit

In the event that a deadline is missed we reserve the right to revoke any offer to present.