Presented by

  • Hugh Blemings

    Hugh Blemings

    Hugh has had a long standing association with Free and Open Source Software, Open Hardware and, in particular, Linux and POWER/PowerPC. His career has spanned everything from Linux kernel development to engineering team management, electronics design to product management at the likes of IBM, Canonical and Rackspace. A long time participant in the free technical commons, he has previously served in a voluntary capacity on the Council of Linux Australia in various roles including President and is a former member of the Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory Board. In his current role of Executive Director of the OpenPOWER Foundation, Hugh works full time with the Board of the Foundation to build the OpenPOWER User community and associated ecosystem, increase the visibility of OpenPOWER Members and their solutions as well as the Foundation itself and grow Foundation membership and engagement.

  • Donna Benjamin

    Donna Benjamin

    Donna Benjamin is a passionate advocate of Free and Open Source Software. For the past two decades, Donna has been the glue for many successful organisations, teams, and individuals. Her volunteer work has been instrumental in helping open source organisations to upsize (and sometimes downsize) as they mature with their communities. Her work is valued by companies of all sizes (from the micro to enterprise). Donna facilitates success. She is a recipient of the Rusty Wrench Award in recognition of her contributions, and currently works with Red Hat as an Engagement Lead, in the Open Innovation Labs, but also runs her own business, Creative Contingencies.

  • Keith Packard

    Keith Packard

    Keith Packard has been developing free software since 1986, working on the X Window System, Linux, and rocketry electronics. He is currently a Principle Engineer with SiFive and a consultant on Linux Graphics for Valve Corporation. Keith received a Usenix Lifetime Achievement award in 1999, an O'Reilly Open Source award in 2011 and sits on the foundation board. He has spoken at numerous free software events around the world, including Linux Con, the Plumber's Conference, Linux Conf Australia, FOSDEM, FISL, Guadec, Akademy, OSCON and many others. Keith would appreciate being referred to with he, him and his pronouns.

  • Steven Ellis

    Steven Ellis

    Steve's is an Open Source Technology Evangelist in the APAC Office of Technology team at Red Hat. In the last 25+ years he worked as a developer and transitioned to an infrastructure and operations architect across a broad range of Unix and Linux technologies. For most of that period he’s used Open Source technologies to solve business problems, and on many occasions recover lost data. He freely admits that there have been occasions of data loss, and recovery during that career and really hopes some of the session attendees can avoid his past mis-steps. In his spare time he still hacks on the MythTV project and debugs Open Source on random bits of hardware that really should know better.

  • Tahlia White

    Tahlia White

    Tahlia is a high school student who has been brought up in this community and has been attending Linux Conf. since 2012, in 2018 she was an AV volunteer and has enjoyed the role ever since. She has been a part of a debate team for a few years, and loves speaking about what she is passionate about. She can often be found reading or talking someone's ear off, but is always ready to be as helpful as she can be.


An annual tradition of, the Newcomers Session is an opportunity for first time attendees (and those who enjoy coming along year after year...) to find out more about the conference and everything it has to offer. An informal session, it's hosted by a number of folk who have attended one or more (for some, many more) LCAs in the past. There will be an informal gathering afterwards at one of two locations, the Kurrawa Surf Club just nearby or the Bavarian Bier Cafe around 500m away