Last year ended kind of depressing (in terms of the LAC
) and this year would start in the same vein. Our last straw the Hauptstadtkulturfonds
turned us down and it became clear, that the conference would not happen. We had failed and didn't feel too great about it.
I communicated our situation to the former organizers (who always lent an ear, if they had the time and tried to give advice).
For the usual process of paper reviews, etc. it was already too late anyways (and we rightfully received some heat from the community for that), but we had the feeling we couldn't just give up and abandon ship yet.
suffered quite a bit under these undertakings and I'm sure that many were just too annoyed about the topic to ever show up again.
Sorry for that...
' Weinen had the great idea of just shrinking it down to a size we can handle ourselves: c-base
Another member from linuxaudio.berlin
, Daniel 'excds
' Swärd, got involved, after others, that had helped along the way either got to busy with their own things or just couldn't be bothered anymore, helping define its form further.
Eventually this meant turning the ship around, cutting down on all the things we couldn't deal with (paper presentations, big concerts) and announcing, that "LAC is dead! Long live miniLAC!"
We populated a Mediawiki
instance with useful information about the location and what we had in mind, using templates (leading to template-ception
), giving the community the possibility to sign up and generate their own content, setting up their workshops, lectures and hacking sessions themselves. Overall a nice process, in my opinion, lifting much of the work from our shoulders (as there was no review process involved to begin with).
I got the VOC
back aboard and Edgar Berdahl
happened to become our keynote lecturer. Suddenly we had an ace up our sleeve (at least at that time it felt like it... well, I guess it still feels like that).
After being rather nicely informed by Nils Gey
about the misinformation taking place on linuxaudio.berlin
on the date and location of miniLAC
, I took it upon me to change the website from a Wordpress
driven mess, that was suffering from the now and again dying MySQL server on that machine, to a Pelican
based website. Just one of the many last-minute things to do.
Two weeks before the start of miniLAC
the wiki was attacked by a wave of spammers and I had to deal with the unpleasant work of deleting the pages of 500 spambots, blocking their accounts and strengthening the (hastily setup) security measures for the wiki. Lesson learnt.
Apart from the spambots the wiki also entailed another issue, that has to do with the way the VOC
operates. Being free-time professionals, they usually have conferences use frab
for dealing with the content, which is an all-in-one conference management system, that generates all things needed for streaming, info-beamer
, interfacing the Engelsystem
and generating a Fahrplan
(especially the latter is super helpful during large events to keep track of what is happening where, as there's also an Android App available for it).
This meant parsing the information from our wiki and generating the needed XML
files ourselves. Pretty painful, but we got it done (well, apart from triggering a bunch of bugs in the VOC
's schedule validator
, which lead to never being able to generate a proper Fahrplan
Last minute fixes for the info-beamer
were needed as well, but thanks to the VOC
, we got them done just in time!