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Released: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.15 Conference logo Conference (OOoCon 2008)

5th-7th November 2008
Beijing, China

Call for Papers

Please note the Call for Papers closed on 18th July

The Community invites potential speakers to submit proposals for papers for OOoCon 2008. Whether you are a seasoned presenter, or have never stood up in public before, if you have something interesting to share about - we want to hear from you. Please note the Conference language is English.

A unique occasion

OOoCon 2008 will see the biggest concentration of OOo developers ever assembled in one location on this planet. For this reason, we particularly welcome proposals from developers with information to share with fellow developers, from how to get started with simple extensions, through to the deep, dirty, and downright technical aspects of hacking the codebase.

Papers are also welcomed on any topic of interest to the Community: to the thousands of people who have joined one of our Projects and design, develop, maintain, translate, test, document, support, promote, or in any other way help us bring's products and services to the world. As this is the first OOoCon to be held in Asia, we encourage local communities to submit papers for a special feature on local success stories.

How to submit a Proposal

Your proposal (abstract) must be submitted in line with the Key Dates.

Key Dates

Conference Topics

We welcome contributions on any of the following topics ... but feel free to add your own:


OpenDocument Format


Native Languages

Case Studies

Types of Session

A presentation is a general discussion of some topic, including (but not limited to) the software, the community, relationships with other software or communities, and political or philosophical issues. Presentations should be limited to 50 minutes (including questions and answers).

A workshop is a "hands-on labs." session, in which the presenter takes the audience step-by-step through a task, or provides hands-on tuition for audience in a classroom format. Presenters may request extended workshop sessions up to half a day in duration for complex tasks (e.g. how to set up a build environment).

A BoF (Birds of a Feather meeting) is an informal gathering of people in a particular group, or interested in a specific topic. Examples include the members of a native-language group, the marketing project, documentation writers, or Apple Mac porters.

A panel discussion involves a group of people (usually 3 or 4) led by a moderator. The participants make opening and closing statements on the topic, may discuss the topic among themselves, and may answer questions from the audience (usually submitted in advance).

Travel Bursaries

As this is the first time OOoCon has been held outside Europe, we are will be offering bursaries to speakers to help defray the costs of attending. A bursary will consist of free room-only accomodation in a conference hotel, plus a lump sum contribution of Euro 500 towards travel expenses.

Each request will be considered on the basis of both merit and need, so if you need a busary to enable you to present your paper, please give as much information as possible to help us evaluate your request.

To minimise bank charges, our preferred method of giving bursaries will be in person in Beijing (in any combination of Euro, US Dollars, or Yuan). However, in cases of financial hardship the organisers may at their discretion pay bursaries in advance. If you are awarded a bursary and would like it paid in advance, please apply with your reasons to the conference organisers.

We would like to encourage everybody to explore other sources of funding, even if they are awarded a bursary. If you are awarded a bursary and no longer need it, please notify the organizers ASAP so they can use the funds to allow another contributor to attend OOoCon.

Presentation Materials

An Impress template recommended for use for the conference presentations can be downloaded here. All speakers are required to file a copy of their presentations with the Conference organisers by October 31st. These presentations will be filed on the Conference website.

To file your presentation, please email it in both .odp and .pdf formats to with the title of your presentation as the subject of your email. .

Please note that your session may be streamed as a live broadcast and may be recorded and made available for download from the Conference website.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

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