LCA: The Business of Open Source, Australia, January 2011

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The "Business of Open Source" mini-conf at LCA 2011 (Brisbane, Australia; January 24-29 2011) is for people interested in business aspects of open source. Topics include licensing your work, building a market, building a community, gathering market data, distribution, communications, working with open source developers, working with governments and countries, working with procurement departments, corporate governance, funding, pricing, lessons from your experience, and whatever related topics people would like to bring up. Whether you are a student working on a one-person open source project, own your own open source consulting company, or create open source strategy for a multi-billion dollar company, this mini-conf hopes to bring different people together to exchange thoughts and facilitate discussion about these topics.

Presentation submitters should feel free to suggest their own topics. Here is a list of potentially interesting subjects (in no particular order):

  • Experiences moving a project from fun to profit
  • Choosing a license
  • Defending your rights
  • Working as a non-profit
  • Building a community
  • Experiences in distributed development
  • Commercial acquisition of open source projects
  • Business strategies behind open source
  • Open Source Software Development Management and Governance
  • Open Source Corporate Governance
  • Open source development inside of corporations and small companies
  • Lessons learned in building up your open source business
  • Marketing
  • Distribution
  • Copyrights
  • Applying your copyright and license choices

We hope to receive proposals for:

  • 50 minute expert panel discussions
  • 50 minute full presentations
  • 25 minute half presentations
  • 5-10 minute lightning talks (e.g. success stories, ...)

To submit a proposal, please contact Martin Michlmayr at and include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Brief bio noting any previous speaking experience
  • Talk title
  • Brief outline of your proposed talk
  • Notes of any special equipment / facilities you may require

The deadline for submission is: Friday, October 22

Finally, please note that Miniconf Presenters need to register as "delegates" and pay to attend LCA2011. See for more information.