What are Miniconfs?

The first day of is made up of dedicated day-long streams focussing on single topics. They are organised and run by volunteers and are a great way to kick the conference off.

First introduced at 2002, they are now a traditional element of the conference. They were originally intended as an incubator – both of future conferences and speakers.

Call for Miniconfs

Would you like to run a Miniconf at 2022? The Call for Miniconfs is now open. Get in today so you don’t miss out!

To submit a proposal, create an account or login to view your Dashboard. Following this, you will first need to create your Speaker Profile, then you can submit your Miniconf proposal(s).

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What is expected from a Miniconf organiser?

Miniconf organisers will need to arrange speakers to fill the schedule for their allocated day and room. The conference team will provide a call for proposals system on the conference website for people to submit proposals for each Miniconf. The proposal submission form can be adjusted per Miniconf as required, for example to ask additional questions around presentation format. Miniconf organisers can then review the proposals for their Miniconf and accept sessions they would like to appear. Once all session acceptances have been made, the Miniconf organiser will need to arrange the talks into a schedule for the day and provide this to the conference team for it to be published on the website.

Each accepted Miniconf will be allocated a number of tickets to assign to their speakers as they deem appropriate. These tickets will be applied to the nominated accepted speakers via the conference ticketing software. Note that this may not cover all speakers for a Miniconf, depending on the number of accepted speakers. All participants in your Miniconf must have a valid ticket to the conference or they will not be able to attend. Further details of this will be provided to each Miniconf organiser as part of their acceptance.

What format does a Miniconf take?

Miniconfs at 2022 will follow a similar format to previous years. The well-being of our attendees, volunteers and organising team is essential for us. To be able to provide a comfortable experience for our attendees we require Miniconfs to ensure that the scheduled breaks are followed to allow our attendees to stand-up, rest, walk away from their computers (this also ensures your speakers get a break as well). All Miniconfs will follow a standard schedule, in line with the main conference days, but have the ability to split a talk slot into two if required.

The schedule will follow the template below:

Time Activity
09:00 am Start of day and housekeeping
9:10 am Welcoming remarks and/or keynote
10:10 am Morning tea break
10:45 am Talks
11:30 am Break
11:40 am Talks
12:25 pm Lunch break
1:30 pm Talks
2:15 pm Break
2:25 pm Talks
3:10 pm Afternoon tea break
3:45 pm Talks
4:30 pm Break
4:40 pm Talks
5:25 pm Sessions end
5:30 pm BoF sessions and evening events