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DebConf8: registration and call for papers



DebConf8 Registration
---------------------

Registration is now open for DebConf8, which will take place in
Mar del Plata from Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 August 2008.

To register follow one of the processes outlined below:

- If you registered for last year's conference, DebConf7, go to 
  https://penta.debconf.org/penta/submission/dc8/person to login.

- If you didn't register for last year's conference you need an
  account in the conference management system. To register one, go to
  https://penta.debconf.org/penta/user and create an account. After
  visiting the activation URL sent to you by email, go to
  https://penta.debconf.org/penta/submission/dc8/person and log in.


After you logged in
-------------------
After you successfully logged in, please fill in at least the 'General',
'Contact' and 'Travel' tabs reachable through the 'Registration details'
button on the bar on the left of the page. Please pay special attention
to the 'DebConf' and 'DebCamp' boxes on the 'General' tab. You need to
select at least the "I want to attend this conference" checkbox or your
registration won't be valid.

Note to users who have an account from last year: We did our best in
making sure you do not have to reenter all your personal data again,
just the conference specific changes. But please check if it is all
still valid.

We suggest that attendees begin making travel arrangements as soon as
possible. Some travel information has already been collected at
http://debconf8.debconf.org/getting_mdq.xhtml.en


Travel Sponsorship
------------------
We hope to obtain enough sponsorship to help some people attend who
would not be able to pay for their own travel. We intend to allocate
travel sponsorship money between April and May. If you would like to
apply for travel sponsorship, please fill in as much information as you
can on the registration pages. Even if you have not arranged your travel
when you apply for sponsorship, we need to know which days you intend to
spend at the conference.

The deadline for sponsorship applications is March 31st.


DebCamp Attendance
------------------
DebCamp is a smaller, less formal event than the main conference, giving
an opportunity for group work on Debian projects. It will again be held
in the week before DebConf, from Sunday 3rd til Saturday 9th August. In
an effort to make DebCamp a little more organised we ask everyone who
wants to attend DebCamp this year to fill in an additional textfield
describing their work plans for the Camp.


Cost of attendance
------------------
As multiple attendees of past conferences suggested that we make it easy
for attendees to pay for the costs of their stay, we are now offering
this.

As in the past the conference is free and we try our best to offer food
and accommodation sponsorship to everyone who registers before March
31st. We are now also offering two additional options, namely
"Professional" and "Corporate". The "Professional" category, USD 250.00,
is meant for every individual or company who want to help the conference
by paying the costs for their own/their employees stay. As a little
reward for this payment people also get assigned to a double room,
instead of a 3 or 4 bed one. The "Corporate" category, USD 1000.00, is
for companies who pay their employees' attendance fees. In return for
the Corporate attendance fee we will list the company on a special page
on our conference website, as well as the double-room option from the
"Professional" Category or, if they wish, a single room.

 
We encourage everybody to help making DebConf a success by selecting the
"Professional" or "Corporate" category. 

Attendees that register late (after March 31st) will need to pay the
"Professional" fee (USD 250).


DebConf8 Call for Papers
------------------------
We invite submissions of proposals for papers, presentations,
discussion sessions and tutorials. Submissions will be accepted until
March 31st.

This year submission of a formal written paper for the conference
proceedings is again optional, though encouraged. Providing a written
paper in advance means that interested people can attend your session
ready with ideas for discussion, and especially helps those who find it
hard to follow rapid English speech.

DebConf talks will be broadcast live on the internet where possible,
and videos of the talks will be published on the web along with the
presentation slides and papers.

To submit papers, first register for DebConf as described above. Then
use the 'New event/paper' button on
https://penta.debconf.org/penta/submission/dc8 and fill in information about
your submission on the various tabs. You can use the same interface
to submit papers for DebConf and DebCamp, by choosing the
appropriate 'track'.



Looking forward to welcoming you to Mar del Plara in August,
the DebConf team



About DebConf
-------------
DebConf is the Debian Project's developer conference. In addition
to a full schedule of technical, social and policy talks, DebConf
provides an opportunity for developers, contributors and other
interested people to meet in person and work together more closely.
It has taken place annually since 2000 in locations as varied as
Canada, Finland, Mexico and Scotland.

DebConf will be preceded by DebCamp, from Sunday 3 to Saturday 9 August.
DebCamp is a smaller, less formal event giving an opportunity for
group work on Debian projects.

If you are interested in helping by working as a volunteer during
DebConf, please contact debconf-team@lists.debconf.org

If you or your company are interested in sponsoring DebConf by
donating money or lending equipment, please contact the sponsorship
team at sponsors@debconf.org

Schedule:
Saturday	 2nd Setup
Sunday		 3rd First day of DebCamp
Saturday	 9th Last day of DebCamp (and arrival day for DebConf)
Sunday		10th First day of DebConf talks
Wednesday	13th Day trip
Wednesday	13th Conference dinner
Saturday	16th Last day of DebConf talks
Sunday		17th Cleanup, leave
Monday		18th DebianDay (in Buenos Aires)

More information about DebConf8 can be found on the conference website:
https://debconf8.debconf.org/


About Debian
------------
The Debian Project is an association of Free Software developers who
volunteer their time and effort in order to produce the free operating
system Debian GNU/Linux.


About Mar del Plata
-------------------
Mar del Plata is located about 400km south of Buenos Aires, Argentina. A
very popular beach resort during the Summer, the city has about 700,000
residents. The weather in August is generally cold, and although some sunny
days are to be expected, rainy days can't be ruled out.

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