People s the deadline is fast approaching. Don t worry though, the best ideas come under deadlines and your proposal need not be lengthy. So get those typing hands out and submit a proposal (a few sentences suffices) for a presentation!
The annual Debian conference is being held in NYC this year. First time
setting foot in the imperial empire. Are you doing something related to
free software that might be interesting to share, show off or talk about
at Debconf? I bet you are! We are looking for art installations,
performances, movie screenings, maybe you are wanting to host a
roundtable/panel discussion, coordinate a workshop (you dont have to
know the subject deeply to do this!).
I know the deadline is soon, but don t let that scare you. The
submission requirement bar is very low, and we are flexible!
here is the submission information: 
Calling all potential contributors to DebConf10! One more week until
the final submission deadline!
The DebConf team is excited to announce that we are now accepting
proposals for contributions to this year s Debian conference! We
invite you to submit proposals for how you would contribute until the
There are many ways you can contribute, you could present a technical
paper, host a panel discussion, put on a tutorial, do a performance,
an art installation, a debate, host a meeting (BoFS, or Birds of a
Feather Session), or other possibilities that you devise. This year we
are also accepting proposals for tracks=E2=80=94a thematic grouping around a
particular subject, and people to coordinate those tracks. If you are
looking for ideas of things that you could contribute, or have ideas
for things that you would like to see happen at DebConf, have a look
at the Contribution Brainstorm page.
DebConf talks will be broadcast live on the Internet where possible,
unless otherwise requested. Videos of the talks will be published on
the web along with the presentation slides and papers.
=3D=3D Step 1. Submit Proposal =3D=3D
Proposals should provide an overview of your proposed contribution,
similar to an abstract, and be no more than 600 words. Since
contributions can cover a range of issues, please describe what your
proposal covers, be it political (Free Software, law, advocacy,
access, etc.), technical (d-i, OpenPGP, etc.), social (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 present, or coordinate this topic. For example, you can include
links to posts you have made to Debian mailing lists or other material
that indicates your qualifications. Proposals and their abstracts will
be accepted until May 1st, 2010, 23h59 UTC.
To submit your proposal, go to Penta and register as an
attendee. Once you are registered, there is a Submit a proposal
link. You will see your proposal on the site. You can choose between
different presentation types. If you are unsure what type you should
use, please read our glossary of definitions. If it s not there for
some reason, or you have questions, please contact us immediately at
=3D=3D Step 2. Committee Review =3D=3D
The review committee for this year will make its decision by May 1st,
2010. All correspondence will be done by email.
=3D=3D Step 3. Paper Submission =3D=3D
Like last year, we are asking for papers to be submitted along with
the presentations. A full paper is optional, however we strongly
encourage you to submit one if possible as we intend 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 July 1st,
2010, and should cover the topic in reasonable depth (3 pages A4 text,
plus pictures and diagrams). We will use LaTeX to typeset the
proceedings. Please submit your paper formatted in LaTeX. Should you
be unfamiliar with LaTeX earlier submission in plain text is also
=3D=3D Step 4. Live Presentation =3D=3D
Longer presentations may have a break in the middle and should include
workshop items that directly involve the participants. If using slides
or any other presentation, please consider that your audience will
consist of people who use free software, and your choice of
application to prepare and display the slides should reflect this if
at all possible.
=3D=3D Fine Print Publication Rights =3D=3D
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 have the
freedom to pick a DFSG-free license for the papers themselves and
retain all copyrights. The presentations will be recorded, and may be
broadcast over the Internet. Any copies of the presentation will be
=3D=3D Failure to Submit =3D=3D
In the event that a deadline is missed we reserve the right to revoke
any offer to present.
=3D=3D About DebConf =3D=3D
The annual DebConf conference is a technical and social forum for
Debian developers, sponsors, affiliates, and friends. It allows
various groups within Debian a chance to come together, network, and
share their work.
Until we see you in the big city,
DebConf Talks Team
 introduction written by Micah Anderson