Australia Event: AussieChix

I’ve put my name down to speak at AussieChix (thank you Google!) – this is a good event for women to practice public speaking, or to speak about something you are passionate about.

AussieChix microconference in Sydney and Melbourne: October 25 2008

AussieChix aims to help women in the Australian Free Software community participate in the wider community, and one of the ways we’d like to do so is to give women more speaking experience and confidence. Therefore, we have organised an informal speaking event for October 2008: an AussieChix microconference.

Date and time

Saturday October 25, 2008, from 10:30am to 5:00pm. Dinner will follow the event in both locations, details will be announced later.


The microconference will be hosted by Google Australia in Sydney and Melbourne, with a video conference link-up between the two.

Sydney location: Tower 1, Darling Park, 201 Sussex St, Sydney

Melbourne location: Rialto South Tower, Level 27, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne

Thank you to Google Australia for both venues, and for catering on the day.


Admission is free. Please register for the event at http://conf.au.linuxchix.org/register-microconference

Attendance at the event is limited by venue capacity. Please note that if we aren’t able to accommodate everyone, we will give preference to female attendees, particularly to those willing to speak or volunteer at the event. Should this be the case, we will notify you at least one week before the event.

Event details

All women attendees are encouraged to consider speaking at this event. Attendees will have the opportunity to put their names down for half-hour talks, fifteen minute talks, and five minute “lightning talks”.

Presenters are free to use PDF, OpenOffice or similar presentation tools (projection facilities will be provided) or to speak extemporaneously.

All attendees are asked to observe the LinuxChix code at this event: be polite, be helpful.

As long as I’m not given a white wine, I should be able to abide by the “be polite, be helpful”. I’ve asked to speak on social currency and monetization. About 15 mins worth. Think they’ll let me?

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

4 thoughts on “Australia Event: AussieChix

  1. Hey there, that sounds fantastic. I’d love to come and see you, might be worth the trip from Canberra. Otherwise I’ll go online. I agree with kerrib though, 15 minutes is too short. Have fun!

  2. Hey Laurel, did you end up going? I don’t think I spotted you (although I was in Melbourne and Sydney looked so far away!).


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