You're receiving this email as we've identified you as a key stakeholder
in our bid to host linux.conf.au in Geelong in 2015, or you have
previously indicated to us that you'd like to be kept informed of
**A very polished bid*
This weekend saw us host a delegation from Linux Australia who were
assessing the strength of our bid - 'linux.conf.au Geelong 2015 - LCA by
the Bay', and asking the tough questions about how we would handle a
conference of over 500 attendees, provide a memorable experience, and
ensure a balanced budget.
With huge thanks due to Terry Hickey and the team at Business Events
Geelong, we were readily able to showcase the many wonderful venues,
experiences and facilities Geelong boasts as part of its tourist
offering. From the stunning acoustics of Costa Hall as a keynote venue,
to the state-of-the-art audiovisual in Deakin University's lecture
theatres, the ambiance of the National Wool Museum and the stunning
eateries and restaurants along the vibrant Waterfront, our delegation
was suitably impressed - as Josh Stewart, Director of the 2012
"A huge thanks to the Geelong #*lca2015*
<https://twitter.com/search?q=%23lca2015&src=hash> bid team! A very
polished and well thought out plan that's going to make for a tough
We're very grateful not only to Terry and his team, but to the many
providers in Geelong who went above and beyond in highlighting what the
region has to offer, including Truffleduck at Balmoral, The Hill Winery,
Chifley Apartments, Mercure Hotel, Four Points Sheraton, The Vue
Apartments, The Pier, CQ and Baveras Brasserie, Royal Geelong Yacht
Club, Oakdene Vineyards, Bellarine Adventure Park and the Geelong
Boathouse. Not only were the facilities world class, but the personal
service at each venue was outstanding.
***<https://twitter.com/noisymime/status/374097252404314112>**Where to now?*
We've already come a long way by being shortlisted against only one
other contender - Auckland. The Linux Australia delegation will travel
there in the coming weeks and undertake a similar site inspection.
Relative merits of each bid will then be deliberated, and we will find
out in mid-late October whether our conference bid has been successful.
**How can you help?*
You already have. Your support and encouragement has got us this far.
Should our bid be successful, we will be seeking assistance from
volunteers willing to be a part of the core conference team, and also
those willing to assist in a more limited capacity. A number of roles
will be available ranging from networking and systems administration to
people facing roles in registration and support. We'd love to hear from
you if you're passionate to be involved.
As always your comments, feedback and questions are warmly welcomed,
With kind regards
David Bell and Kathy Reid