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February 5, 2005

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Call for Papers

August Penguin 2005

August 4, 2005 Israel

Conference web page:

About the Conference:

August Penguin is a conference for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) developers, contributers, users and activists. It is an event created by the FOSS community for the FOSS community, which includes lectures dealing with technical, theoretical, and social aspects of FOSS, as well as community events such as prizes, competitions, public key signing and book crossing.

August Penguin is being held for the fourth time. The call for papers for the technical-academic track is sent for the first time. August Penguin is sponsored by Ha’makor – An Israeli Society for Free Software and Open-Source Code (Registered Society)-

This year, the conference will be composed of two tracks: a community track and a technical-academic track. The community track includes talks intended for an interdisciplinary audience as well as social events. The technical-academic track includes talks on peer-reviewed papers. Lectures from both tracks will be given interchangeably through out the day.

The purpose of the technical-academic track is:

* to increase the exposure of FOSS in the academic, business, and
governmental areas, as well as
* to encourage the release of quality software under a FOSS license,
* to encourage participation and hands-on involvement by the

The technical-academic track is modeled after the well established international Linux conferences the Ottawa Linux Symposium (OLS, and Linux.Conf.Au (

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* operating systems
* programming languages
* tool-chains (compilers, linkers, assemblers, etc)
* virtual machines
* clustering
* aspects of FOSS in government and law
* social aspects of FOSS
* Israeli FOSS
* educational initiatives regarding FOSS

Any software presented has to be licensed under an open source license, as defined by

Strong preference will be given to technical papers. Papers are expected to present an interesting problem, a non-trivial and novel solution and comparisons with related work. Bonus points will be given for cool hacks.

We invite you to submit a proposal to present a technical paper or a tutorial.

We also invite you to submit a proposal for one of the following:

* hosting a Birds of Feathers session (a guided discussion/meeting of
people working in the same area, regarding this topic).

* giving a talk on a subject of your choosing in the community track.

Step 1. Submit Proposal

As this is the first time such a conference is being held in Israel, this step is mostly for guiding the authors to the right tracks of the conference.

Proposals are your chance to sell the topic to the review committee. The review committee assesses the relevance of your topic to the broader FOSS community, your qualifications for presenting the topic, and your rationale for presenting the topic at August Penguin.

The proposal will be organized as follows:

Names of authors Contact information (email) for all co-authors, specifying the preferred contact way for the main author. Type of activity – technical paper/tutorial/Birds of Feather session Title Short summary of the proposal Short summary of why this proposal fits AP Short description of the required accessories (applicable to tutorials and BoF). Your proposal must not exceed 2000 characters in length.

Proposals will only be accepted from February 4th, 2005 until March 4th, 2005.

Along with the proposal, you will need to submit an abstract and a biography, which will be published on our website and in the program, should the proposal be accepted.

The abstract needs to be of up to two paragraphs, with a maximum of 2500 characters. The abstract must convey the essence of your paper.

The biography needs to be of up to 1000 characters.

Please note: all lengths are in CHARACTERS.

Step 2. Committee Review

The program committee will review your proposal per the guidelines above, contacting you via email for any questions or comments. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by April 4th, 2005.

Step 3 Paper Submission – for the technical-academic track only

Papers may be submitted either in English or in Hebrew. Papers can be submitted in latex or LyX or open-office using the template from the website.

Papers must be submitted using free fonts.

If you require assistance please allow for a minimum of 2 weeks lead time prior to any published deadline. You may email questions to papers at for assistance.

Final papers must be submitted using the website interface in tar format containing all the templates, images, and scripts required to build. Correctly formatted papers must be submitted prior to June 4th, 2005.

Step 4 Live Presentation

One of the authors of the paper will be expected to present the paper at the conference.

Presentations will be 45 minutes in length including time for questions. Presentations are expected to be accessible to an interdisciplinary technical audience.

An XGA (1024×768) LCD projector will be available to display output from a laptop computer. A typist will be available to type your lecture as you give it for the hearing impaired. If you will require additional AV equipment please specify this in your proposal.

Fine Print

Publication Rights

The conference requires non-exclusive publication rights to submitted papers including the publication of audio and video proceedings. Copyright is retained by the author. We do ask that we be the first organization to publish any given paper. In case of doubt, please contact us.

We intend to publish pre-proceedings with the accepted papers. They will be freely available from our on-line library. In addition, a hard copy will be dealt to participants who will have pre-ordered them.

Failure to Submit

In the event that a deadline is missed we reserve the right to revoke any offer to present.

Parallel Submission:

The conference committee is aware to the fact that authors might wish to submit their contribution to other conferences as well. The conference policy is to allow parallel submissions to conferences, as long as the paper submitted to August Penguin is not recycled.

Key Dates – Summary:

Submission of Proposals: March 4, 2005 Notification of Authors: April 4, 2005 Camera ready copy of accepted papers: June 4, 2005 August Penguin Conference: August 4, 2005

Invited Speakers in Previous August Penguin Conferences Include: Gilad Ben-Yossef, Aviram Jenik, Lior Amar, Moshe Zadka, Dan Aloni and Joel Isaacson.

Program Committee:

Orr Dunkelman (Technion, Haifux), Muli Ben-Yehuda (IBM HRL, Haifux, Hamakor), Alon Altman (Hamakor board, Technion)

Program Chair: Orna Agmon (Haifux, Hamakor)

Conference Chair Limor Ben-Yossef (Codefidence, Hamakor) Gilad Ben-Yossef (Codefidence, Hamakor)


  1. If you have a disability such as being wheelchair bound
    If you have a disability, such as being wheelchair bound, hearing impairment of blindness, please let the organizers of August Penguin 2005 know about your accessibility needs.
    Hamakor is planning to make an attempt to make the event accessible to people with disabilities. This will be easier if we know early on how many people having each disability to expect.

    Comment by tddpirate — February 5, 2005 @ 4:49 PM | Reply

  2. You Forgot
    There is no mention of where one should submit a proposal to.

    Comment by moshez — February 5, 2005 @ 4:56 PM | Reply

  3. wow, it’s august penguin again!

    Comment by ideawerkz — February 5, 2005 @ 5:29 PM | Reply

  4. Great to hear this is being modeled after OLS and LCA!

    Comment by james_morris — February 6, 2005 @ 5:55 AM | Reply

    • We like to learn from the best 🙂
      Any chance you’ll be submitting a proposal? 🙂

      Comment by mulix — February 6, 2005 @ 6:55 PM | Reply

      • I’d really like to, but this year I’m trying to avoid traveling too much, as it takes so much time & focus away from getting real work done. I might submit a paper next year.

        Comment by james_morris — February 21, 2005 @ 8:06 PM

  5. Knuth’s Art of Computer Programming Vol. 4

    Comment by Anonymous — February 8, 2005 @ 5:39 PM | Reply

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