I think this is fantastic, and well done Pascal!!! It’s great to hear about what young people are achieving in technology and open source!
Media release: Canberra student to take on the world
January 5, 2006
Linux Australia is pleased to announce Pascal Klein as the inaugural winner of the organisation’s People’s Choice Community Member of the Year award.
Klein, a sixteen year old student from Canberra, was selected from a field of over fifteen candidates nominated by the Linux Australia community. His prize consists of a complimentary ticket to the world’s premier technical open source software (OSS) conference, linux.conf.au (LCA), and money to help cover travel and accommodation expenses. This year’s linux.conf.au is being held at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Competition organiser and Linux user group (LUG) Roundup podcast presenter Karin Purser said the decision to award the prize to Klein was unanimous.
“We felt his dedication to the community and work with a number of different projects, combined with his youth and obvious enthusiasm, meant he would get the most out of the opportunities presented by attending LCA”, Purser said.
Klein said he was “blown away” with the prize and going to the conference will “allow me to speak to some of the best names in the business, like [Ubuntu Linux founder] Mark Shuttleworth”.
Linux Australia vice president Pia Waugh said the organisation is proud to be able to help “up and coming” community members to fulfill their interest in open source.
“Getting Pascal to Linux.conf.au will no doubt help him in the future, and also benefit the community” Waugh said.
Waugh said this year’s conference is “going to be great” with several overseas speakers including Linux International’s Jon ‘Maddog’ Hall, PHP creator Rasmus Lerdorf, and Mark Shuttleworth.
“Being able to attend will give Pascal access to some of the best and brightest both from the local community and the world”, Waugh said.
Linux.conf.au is Australia’s annual technical conference focusing on Linux
and open source software. Now in its eigth year, linux.conf.au is regarded
as one of the premier global Linux and open souce software technical events
and attracts many international open source software developers and users.
This year’s linux.conf.au will be held for the first time at the University
of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand from January 23 to 28. For more information
About Linux Australia
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Source community. The organisation aims to do this best by taking
enthusiasms within the community, such as FOSS issues, projects, education,
advocacy just to name a few, and help them flourish, to succeed. The
lifeblood of this organisation is the people in the community, and Linux
Australia strives to be both relevant and useful to the community. For more
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