Convincing your boss to send you to linux.conf.au

Introduction

So, you've heard about how awesome linux.conf.au is and want to register? Great! But, there's a downside: you don't think you can afford to send yourself, and would like to get your work/organisation/company to fund you instead.

NOTE: If all else fails, you might want to check out our hobbyist and student registrations. All the same amazing talks at a great low price, they might be what you're looking for.

Perhaps you have an amazing boss who understands the learning, connections and motivating experience you'll have spending a week with other like-minded technical enthusiasts. But if your boss needs a little more encouragement, here are our ideas for creating a business justification for your HR and management people.

Example Arguments

linux.conf.au hosts over 90 presentations from well-regarded speakers in the free and open source software (FOSS) community. Topics range from deeply technical investigations of different architectures, programming languages, software packages or hardware components, to broad strategic issues such as copyright and patents and partnering with media and government to foster innovation.

Special interest sessions (known as miniconferences) are also held on the first two days of the conference. These allow delegates with a deep interest in a particular field to share knowledge, build connections, and network with others.

The full session details are available online.

The learning and hence competitive advantages delivered to the funding organisation by delegates who attend linux.conf.au include the following:

  • Access to the wealth of knowledge and experience represented in the Linux and FOSS community through networking, exchange of contact details and relationship building.
  • Understanding both mature and emerging technologies, allowing delegates to identify which technologies may be worthy of further exploration or adoption by their parent organisation.
  • Awareness of issues affecting the Linux and FOSS community, such as patent and copyright legislation.
  • Improved technical competence and capability through attending sessions which are run as tutorials
Of course, sending someone to linux.conf.au is also a great way to recognise and reward achievement against organisational objectives!

Tax deduction

Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you choose to view the situation, we're not qualified accountants. This means we can't give you tax advice. If you would like a professional opinion on whether you're able to claim linux.conf.au and related expenses as a tax deduction, you will need to consult with your accountant. We can advise you however to ensure you hang on to all your receipts for tax purposes!