What are Miniconfs?

The first two days of are made up of dedicated day-long streams focussing on single topics. They are organised and run by volunteers and are a great way to kick the week off.

First introduced at 2002, they are now a traditional element of the conference. They were originally intended as an incubator – both of future conferences and speakers.

Although delegates who present at miniconfs are not afforded speaker privileges at the main conference, speaking at a miniconf is a great way to gain experience, provide exposure for your project or topic, and raise your professional profile.

Call for Sessions

Some miniconfs are still accepting proposals. Get in today so you don’t miss out!

We understand that some people might need to know their proposal acceptance status earlier than December, in order for them to arrange time off, travel, etc. To assist with this, there will be an early acceptance window starting on 17 November 2019. If you require notice during this early acceptance window, please indicate this in the Private Abstract when filling out your proposals.

To submit a proposal, create an account or login to view your Dashboard. Following this, you will first need to create your Speaker Profile, then you can submit your proposal(s). Each of the miniconfs will have a proposal type listed, and you are welcome to submit as many proposals as you like to as many miniconfs as you want.

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Miniconfs at 2020

System Administration

Organised by Simon Lyall

The Systems Administration Miniconf focuses on professional management of real-world Linux and open source environments, both large and small.

Creative Arts

Organised by Jonathan Woithe

Take a look at the imaginative ways that artists, performers and programmers are using open technology to create things and multimedia experiences that are beautiful, interesting, and even useful.

Games and FOSS

Organised by Tim Nugent and Paris Buttfield-Addison

A single day exploring the interaction of games, free and open source software, and their communities and developers.

Open ISA (RISC-V, OpenPOWER, etc)

Organised by Alistair Francis and Hugh Blemings

Deep dive into the exciting field of open architectures.

The Absolute Value of Documentation

Organised by Joe Robinson and Dan Macpherson

Discover how great documentation is a critical aspect of any successful project.

Open Education

Organised by Arjen Lentz

A day on using open tools, open source and creative commons thinking in schools and other education environments.


Organised by Andrew Donnellan

A variety of talks and discussions on kernel and systems programming topics, including technical talks on current kernel developments and kernel community/process.


Organised by Sae Ra Germaine and Hugh Rundle

The intersection of GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) and open source communities.

Security, Identity and Privacy

Organised by Ben Dechrai and Erin Zimmer

With security, identity and privacy becoming ever more important, explore how these areas fit in the open source landscape.

Kubernetes, Containers and Docker

Organised by Angus Lees

A day of discussion about containers and related orchestration platforms.


Organised by Jonathan Eastgate and Deb Goodkin

Learn about FreeBSD and how it ties into the broader open source ecosystem.

Open Hardware

Organised by Jonathan Oxer and Andy Gelme

Construct your own robot in the morning, then learn more about open hardware and related software in the afternoon.


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