August 22, 2000

N.Y. LinuxWorld calls for papers

Author: JT Smith

By Grant Gross
Managing Editor

The West Coast version of the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo is barely over, and the deadline to submit papers for the next LinuxWorld is fast approaching.

LinuxWorld is looking for several presenters for the Linux-for-business focused New York gathering Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, with the call-for-papers deadline Friday, Aug. 25.

Organizers are looking for people to give half-day tutorials geared toward the new user, the business community, Linux developers, system administrators, or general Open Source topics. They're also looking for people to present informal "birds of a feather" sessions, and to present hour-long general sessions in several tracks:

Kernel/Cluster
User Interfaces
Perl/PHP/Python (Scripting)
System Administration
ASP/Web Serving
Business/Legal Issues

Proposals are coming in at a good clip, said Cheryl Smith, LinuxWorld's marketing manager, but organizers can also use more. She reminds interested presenters to check out the LinuxWorld Call for Papers page.

Smith and the other organizers are feeling the pressure to bring new features to the winter LinuxWorld. Smith is still gathering feedback from this month's LinuxWorld in San Jose, but one change she's already targeting is the Show Favorite Awards. The awards, a friendly competition in which a panel of experts pick favorites in several exhibitor categories, need to be promoted better, she said.

"I think the exhibitors like that and need that," she added. "We've kept it too quiet. I think it needs to be more of a pre-event thing."

Smith has also received a lot of positive feedback about the Linux Geek Bowl, which was new to LinuxWorld at the August show. Look for the Linux Geek Bowl to be resurrected at the New York event.

Surveys about the August LinuxWorld are going out to exhibitors and attendees next week, Smith said, and organizers will look at those surveys, as well as ones done at the event, before planning the winter show. "Everybody feels comfortable giving us advice, and we use that advice to our advantage," she said. "I'm still throwing ideas up against the wall and seeing what sticks."

The next LinuxWorld Conference and Expo is at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. To register, go to: http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/.

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