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Speaker Information Pack

Most questions for Speakers are answered in the Speaker Information Pack.

The key things you need to know are;

  • Your presentation should be in 16:9 ratio.
  • Your device should output 720p (1280x720).
  • All rooms will only have HDMI connectors. If you need an adapter to output HDMI, please bring it with you.
    • If you forget your HDMI adapter, the A/V team might have one you can use - but there are no guarantees!
    • Please contact the speaker liaison if you must use VGA output. We may have a limited number of VGA to HDMI converters, but they frequently cause issues.
  • If you have audio in your presentation then please let us know in advance.

Presentation template

A slide template is available here: . You're not required at all to use this Presentation Template, but it's here if you need one.

What are the guidelines for giving a presentation at

Your presentation format is entirely up to you.

We expect that you'll be presenting from your own laptop, but if this is an issue please get in touch with your speaker liaison and we can make alternate arrangements. We usually ask for presentation material after the conference so that it can be made available to attendees.

Each presentation slot is 45 minutes, except tutorials which have a double slot of one hour and 40 minutes (including the 10min break/changeover window). It is usual that talks will go for approximately 35-40 minutes leaving 5-10 minutes for questions, unless you prefer to take questions during your presentation. For tutorials, it is assumed that questions will be asked during the tutorial rather than at the end. Room monitors will be stationed in each conference room and will help guide you with timing and identifying questions from the audience.

You will need to have practised beforehand however to ensure that you don't go significantly over or under time.

NOTE: When answering questions, we request that you repeat the question for the benefit of the recording and for the audience.

What facilities are there in the presentation venues?

These are outlined in the Speaker Information Pack.

If you have special requirements for your presentation, please make contact with your speaker liaison.


Here is a summary of the main rooms that will be used for presentations and tutorials:

Room Number Seats Location
Great Hall CB01.05.009 800
Guthrie Theatre CB06.03.028 330
Green Theatre CB07.02.025 185
Small Theatre CB11.00.100 97
Medium Lecture Theatre CB11.00.401 194
Collaborative Lecture Theatre CB11.00.405 226
Collaborative Classroom CB11.04.400 90

There are additional maps and images of some venues here:

What is the Schwag Bag and what's in it?

Schwag Bag

What events are on at

A ".ics" file is available at [[1]] with the conference schedule. For those using Android phones, the "Giggity" app will allow you to import this to help keep track of what you want to attend.











What are the visa requirements for Australia?

Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. For Speakers,your speaker liaison has further information on visa options and can provide fact sheets and guidance. Should you require a Letter of Invitation for your visa application, your Speaker Liaison will also be able to assist. Please note that Letters of Invitation will not be provided for Delegates.

Further information on Australian visa and immigration requirements can be found at Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Will the conference be recorded and streamed?

Yes. All sessions in the conference are recorded and streamed, unless you declined permission for recording during Registration. If you have any concerns about streaming and recording, please contact your speaker liaison.

Will I be picked up at the airport?

The organisers are planning on having some volunteers at the airport terminals to help guide you through the acquisition of an Opal Card and point you in the right direction for public transport.

We need to know who's arriving when so please make sure your details are entered on the Airport arrivals and departures page.

Also see Transport.

What's to eat?

See Food.

What to bring to

  • Laptop, phone, camera, chargers etc - most people bring a laptop, tablet and other such devices. Free WiFi is available during the conference. Many Delegates enjoy hacking, coding and developing together at
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and a water bottle - Sydney can have high summer temperatures staying sun-smart and well hydrated is important!
  • Clothes and toiletries - adequate clothing and sanitary items to see you through the week should be brought. The conference venue near many shopping centres so you'll be OK if you forget anything. Remember to bring any medication you may need.
  • Identification and if international, your passport - for registration purposes, we may need to see identification, and if you're a student, we'll need to see your student card. In accordance with liquor laws, you may be asked for ID to be served alcohol.
  • Cash or card - you will likely have some incidental expenses during the conference. There are ATMs available at the conference venue, and most nearby venues take card.


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Emergency contacts

All emergency Services: 000

In Australia, 000 is the main point of call for all emergency services - Police / Fire brigade / Ambulance. 911 will not redirect to 000.


In case of emergency

Dial 6 from a campus phone or Freecall 1800 249 559

General UTS security enquiries

Dial 9514 1192

St Johns

We have St Johns to provide medical assistance if needed. Where are St Johns going to be located?

At the back left (north west) of CB01 level 4 (ground level, one below registration)

On Call Linux Conference Australia Organiser

1300 564 998 or +61 2 9056 0889

Crisis and Mental Health

Lifeline Australia - Crisis support and suicide prevention
13 11 14
Beyond Blue - Support Service and referrals
1300 22 4636