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Call for Presentations

Call for Presentations 2021 Systems Administration Miniconf

Virtualisation has won! As of 2021, they have even virtualised our Systems Administration Miniconf!

TL;DR: If you know our Miniconf, and know online presenting, you can propose your 15-20 minute Linux-related operations talk via the LCA2021 Dashboard before 2020-12-18:

We'd particularly love your 2020 War Stories!

Read on to find out more :-)


The Systems Administration Miniconf returns for the 15th time as part of the very online 2021, to be held without a venue (Venueless!), online on Saturday 2021-01-23, based in UTC+11 (AEDT -- Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

The Systems Administration Miniconf focuses on tips, tricks, tools, and best practices used to manage real-world Linux environments both large and small. From single small servers through to 2,000 node Kubernetes Clusters.

The organisers of the Systems Administration Miniconf would like to invite proposals for presentations to be delivered at the Miniconf. Please forward this CFP to your colleagues, peers, social networks, and other relevant mailing lists. Please help by encouraging submissions from people you would like to hear present at this Miniconf.

We are open to presentations from speakers anywhere in the world, but please be mindful of the need to present during daytime in UTC+11 which may not be daytime in your local timezone (presenting late at night or very early in your morning is tricky!).

More information and details of previous presentations at the Miniconf can be found at the website:

Presentation Topics

2020 has been a surprising year, and not the least for systems administration -- remote *everything* came with a rush, leaving many officeless, and dependent on the Internet and video conferencing.

We would be particularly interested in talks about how 2020 has gone for your systems, how you dealt with the rapid changes in operating environment, and what your plans look like for a world where touching physical hardware frequently seems increasingly unlikely.

Tell us your war stories :-) We would be very interested in retrospectives and "lessons learned" from the past year.

We of course also welcome the usual range of talks on systems technology, automation, monitoring, troubleshooting, best current practices and so on.

Presentations should be of a technical nature and speakers should assume that members of the audience have at least a couple of years experience in professional Linux administration (many in the audience will have decades of experience).

Format of Presentations

Due to the online only format, and its increased demands on the AV team, we have to fit into a more fixed structure within the LCA2021 Miniconf day. So we have less flexibility in our choice of presentations, that usual.

We have openings for 15 and 20 minute short presentations (ie, each approximately half of a 45-minute "session", with a 10 minute gap in between).

LCA2021 have indicated they have a strong preference for presentations to be given live, which will be easier if your local time zone is close to UTC+11 and you have an Internet connection with good upload speeds.

For accepted Miniconf speakers the LCA2021 AV Team will want to check in with you *early* January 2021 to help ensure your presentation audio and visuals come across as well as possible. You may wish to watch the AV Team advice from PyConline AU 2020 to get some advanced hints on small changes you could make to help your presentation look and sound great:

Submitting talks

Please note that in order to give a presentation or attend the Miniconf you must be registered (and paid up by the time the conference happens) for the main conference. Either for the full conference (Sat/Sun/Mon), or at least for the Miniconf day (Saturday 2021-01-23).

As a one off "online only, LCA2021 only" special we have access to a small pool of "Miniconf Speaker" tickets, so if your employer will not pay for your ticket and the conference cost makes it difficult for you to attend/present please get in touch and we will see if we can help.

To submit a talk to the LCA2021 Sysadmin Miniconf, create an account on the LCA2021 website:

create a speaker profile, and then select "Systems Administration Miniconf Talk" (in the "New Proposal" section of the Dashboard), or while logged into the LCA2021 site, go directly to:

Questions should be sent to:

lca2021 at

Dates and Deadlines

To encourage early submissions, priority (both of inclusion and scheduling) will be given to presentations submitted by 23:59 (AoE -- ie any time zone) on Sunday 6 December 2020. If you have a good presentation idea, please let us know early, even if you need time to finalise the presentation abstract.

Contact and Questions

Please see our website at for more information on the miniconf, past presentations and presenting at it.

If you have any questions please feel free to email the organisers at:

lca2021 at

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