Apache Community Development

Friday February 22, 2019

An approach to community building from Apache Beam

Apache Beam has been a top-level project since January 2017. I, current Beam PMC Chair, would like to share some of Beam's recent efforts to tackle the challenges of growing our community.

[Updated Feb 27, 2019 to clarify that the article is authored by the Beam PMC Chair and describes the Beam project's work to build their own community. Previously it could have mistakenly been read as an ASF Foundation statement about the Beam project, or as describing an ASF action taken upon the Beam project. Neither is the the case.]

We identified two things we want to improve in our contributor/committer-base, common to many open source projects:

  1. We could use more committers to review all the code being contributed, in part due to recent departure of a few committers

  2. We want our contributor-base (hence committer-base) to be more spread across companies and backgrounds. This is a core value of the Apache Software Foundation. In particular, the project's direction should not be dominated by any company, and the project should be able to survive the departure of a major contributor or all contributors from a particular employer. Eventually, we hope that our user base is active and diverse enough that this happens naturally. But we are not there yet, so instead we have to work hard to build our community around the software we already have.

What we did

Committer guidelines

We published committer guidelines for transparency and as an invitation. We start by emphasizing that there are many kinds of contributions, not just code. We have committers from community development, tech writing, training, etc. Then we have three aspects:

  1. ASF code of conduct

  2. ASF committer responsibilities

  3. Beam-specific committer responsibilities

The best way to understand is to read the guidelines. The important influence on the community is this: you shouldn't be proposing a committer for other reasons, such as a new member of your team at work, or forging political alliances. And you shouldn't be blocking a committer for other reasons, such as any reason that isn't about their actions as an individual.

Instead of just discussing potential committers and PMC members, we discuss many layers of the community

Previously, when a PMC member noticed a contributor that they thought might make a good committer, they would start a thread with a subject like "[DISCUSS] Potential committer: Jane Doe". The PMC would discuss and it could lead to a vote or not. More rarely, a similar process was followed for new PMC members.

We were fortunate to have Gris Cuevas (gris@apache.org) working with us, and she outlined these phases that people go through in their relationship with our project:

  1. aware of it

  2. interested in it / checking it out

  3. using it for real

  4. first-time contributor

  5. repeat contributor

  6. committer

  7. PMC

As soon as we notice someone, like a user asking really deep questions, we invite discussion on private@ on how we can move them to the next level of engagement.

Monthly cadence

About every month, we call for new discussions and revisit prior discussions. This way we do not forget to keep up this effort.

Individual discussions

For each person we have a separate thread on private@. This ensures we have quality focused discussions that lead to feedback. In collective discussions that we used to do, we often didn't really come up with actionable feedback and ended up not even contacting major contributors to encourage them. And consensus was much less clear.


If someone is brought up for a discussion, that means they got enough attention that we hope to engage them more. But unsolicited feedback is never a good idea.

For an early contributor, we have sent a simpler encouragement email thanking them, being sure to be specific about the contribution(s) discussed, so they know we really did pay attention and it is not just a form letter. And if we missed something, they can let us know :-)

For a contributor who was discussed as a potential committer, we did this:

  1. Send an email saying something like "you were discussed as a potential committer - do you want to become one? do you want feedback?"

  2. If they say yes (so far everyone) we send a few bullet points from the discussion and *most important* tie each bullet to the committer guidelines. Formulating this feedback is important for helping contributors to learn, but it also serves as a check against bias and politics. If we found ourselves unable to specify such feedback, that is a sign that we are deciding for a reason other than those we have declared and agreed upon.

We have seen a very significant increase in engagement from those we sent feedback to. Almost all of them become more active but also they act on the feedback and really engage The Apache Way (as interpreted by Beam). Most become committers. But not only that, they become mentors for other new contributors.


  • Q1 we had no process and we invited no new committers or PMC members.

  • Q2 when we tried these new things we invited 7 committers and 1 PMC member, with a few obvious committer candidates for next time around, plus positive feedback from other contributors, spread across five companies.

  • Q3 we invited 3 committers

  • Q4 we have invited 5 committers (so far!)

We've had a pretty major uptick in building Beam as a result.


I want to conclude with another formal change we made around the same time. Beam uses review-then-commit, a pretty typical GitHub workflow. Previously, the reviewer was required to be a committer, even if the author was a committer. So non-committers had no opportunity to review code. We changed our policy to require that either the reviewer or the author be a committer. Rationale: if we trust someone as a committer, we should trust their choice of reviewer.

But most important for this post: reviews are not just a way to make code better or spread knowledge, they are a place where community is built. Letting non-committers review code by committers gives them another opening to the Beam community. I like to reference this quote by Richard Stallman that really drew me in to open source development: "The fundamental act of friendship among programmers is the sharing of programs" and reviews are one place where we do that.

Monday August 06, 2018

Community Development News - July 2018

Welcome to our monthly blog update about what is happening in Apache Community Development (ComDev)!

This month we have news about ApacheCon NA in Montreal, we prepare to participate at Solutions Hamburg, we talk about our great experience at OSCON, and we look at making sure people can find out about Apache related meetups and events.

ApacheCon NA 2018

ApacheCon North America, in Montreal, is less than 60 days away and there is still a lot of work happening to ensure that the conference is a success. The schedule includes over 100 talks and we’ll be featuring talks from many of our our ASF projects., We have inspiring keynotes from some of the brilliant members of our community and the wider tech space, including:

  • Myrle Krantz, PMC chair for Apache Fineract, and leader in the open source financing space
  • Cliff Schmidt, founder of Literacy Bridge (now Amplio) and creator of the Talking Book project
  • Bridget Kromhout, principal cloud developer advocate at Microsoft
  • Euan McLeod, Comcast engineer, and pioneer in streaming video

We’ll also be featuring tracks for Geospatial science, Tomcat, Cloudstack, and Big Data, as well as numerous other fields where Apache software is leading the way. See the full schedule at ApacheCon NA Schedule.

We’ll also be running our Apache BarCamp, the traditional ApacheCon Hackathon, and the Wednesday evening Lighting Talks. If you'd like to attend ApacheCon NA then you can register here.

If you also need to book a hotel room for the event then we have negotiated a special room rate that is available until 24th August 2018. Details about this can be found on the ApacheCon NA website.

Solutions Hamburg

For the second year in a row we have been invited to participate at Solutions Hamburg. This time as well as presentations we will also have an Apache booth. Solutions Hamburg will run from 12th to 14th September 2018 in Hamburg. We have an Apache related mini track on Wednesday 12th September featuring the following talks:

  • Community Over Code - Andrea Frittoli
  • Transparency at Apache - Myrle Krantz
  • Kommerzieller Erfolg durch Open-Source Engagement... wie geht das? - Christofer Dutz

We are still looking for volunteers to staff our Apache booth throughout the conference so if you are interested in helping out then please respond to the thread on our mailing list.


In July we also had some Apache presentations and an Apache booth at OSCON. It has been a while since we participated but we had a great group of volunteers to help out with our presence there. Daniel Ruggeri was the main person co-ordinating the effort and he wrote a brief summary of the event below.

Booth setup was straightforward and we had a couple of roller banners (one with the Apache feather, and another listing the logos of all our existing projects). We also ordered an extra large table cloth with the ASF logo for the booth so no one could have any difficulty finding us. When the table cloth arrived we realised that it was a little too big so had to do some on site adjustments using tape and eventually origami (OK folding and tucking!) to get it to fit. Thanks very much to Filip for his perfect folding techniques.

We had a constant stream of visitors. Lots and lots of people came over to see us and chat. The range of visitors was varied, from people telling us "Thanks for what you do!" to those asking "What is an Apache?" and "How can I help?"

One visitor that was particularly interesting was a man seeking advice for creating his own software foundation in support of his project. We talked to him about trying going through the incubator instead. Also our booth was located directly across from the NSA's booth so we were able to watch them while they watched us. Joking aside, We went over to talk to them and were able to pitch the idea to one of their engineers of taking his personal project through the incubator.

One thing we underestimated was the amount of stickers and giveaways. The supplies we had were gone too quickly so one of the lessons learned is to get make sure we have more next time!

We couldn't have done anything without our volunteers so huge thanks to Daniel ,Filip, Pono and Myrle for all their help and support in making our Apache presence at OSCON a great success. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

Being at OSCON really showed why having a booth there can really help with community development as we can reach out and meet new people that might be interested in joining our communities. This was another successful event for us to be involved in so let's hope we get invited to participate again in the future.

Upcoming Events

The Community Development team is consolidating Apache related event information into the events.apache.org website. In the past we have had information about conferences and meetups displayed in various places. The aim is to provide a single place where people can find out about events.

Resources include

We are looking for volunteers to help ensure that our website event listings and calendar remain up to date so if you are interested in helping us with this then please respond to the mailing list thread.

Contacting Community Development

Remember that we are always happy to get your feedback and comments so please feel free to contact us, follow our events and participate in our discussions on our mailing list. If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest news about what is happening in Community Development then please subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email to dev-subscribe AT community DOT apache DOT org.

Tuesday July 03, 2018

Community Development News - June 2018

Welcome to our monthly blog update about what is happening in Apache Community Development (ComDev)!

This month we have news about the Apache EU Roadshow and FOSS Backstage conferences in Berlin, we talk about our participation at the OpenExpo Europe, we interview speakers, attendees and Board members for FeatherCast and we prepare for participation in even more conferences.

Apache EU Roadshow

This month our Apache EU Roadshow was held in Berlin. Our Apache Lounge was very popular as an informal meetup space to sit, relax, hack or generally catch up. As well as stickers our special giveaway item was ice cream which went down very well with attendees. For those who attended, we hope that you enjoyed the event. A huge thank you to all the speakers who participated at the EU Roadshow and also all the volunteers who gave up their time to make it happen.

Photos from the Roadshow and FOSS Backstage can be found at the following links:

Two of the roadshow tracks were recorded (Cloud, Http/Microservices) and are available on the Apache EU Roadshow Playlist on the ASF Youtube Channel.

You can find all the videos from the Apache EU Roadshow at the link below:

If you have any feedback that you think could help us make our next event even better then please feel free to contact us.

FOSS Backstage

We also had a lot of Apache participation at FOSS Backstage. Their focus on governance, community and the legal aspects of open source is very relevant to the ASF. There were a wide range of interesting talks, discussions and workshops and you can find the videos at the link below:

We look forward to future events where we hopefully can continue to participate.

FeatherCast Interviews

FeatherCast is the ASF podcast channel and we usually try to do interviews with speakers or attendees at events. The Apache EU Roadshow and FOSS Backstage were great places for finding interviewees. Instead of an audio recording, this time thanks to Rich Bowen, we also have video interviews. The first two interviews have already been published and you can find them at the links below:

These short interviews give a brief overview about the project and its community. So if you want to know a little more about either of these project then watch the interviews!

As well as interviews with conference attendees and speakers, we have started a short series of interviews called 'Board Conversations' where members of the Board of Directors for the Apache Software Foundation talk about their role.

We are always looking for new people to talk to and interview so if you are interested in doing a FeatherCast interview about your project or your involvement with Apache then please contact us.

OpenExpo Europe Madrid

This year we participated again at the Open Expo Europe. It is an event in Spain focused on open technologies, and we were pleased to see that there were several talks about Apache projects. We had some members of the community attending the event to staff the Apache booth and present talks about open source, community development and the Apache way:

You can read more details about the event, venue, and the different talks that took place in this great blog post by Piergiorgio Lucidi.

Thanks very much to everyone who helped support our participation and involvement in this event!

Apache Booth at OSCON 2018

We have been given a free booth at OSCON 2018 so we will have volunteers there giving away stickers, swag and ready to talk to attendees about the ASF. We also have a few presentations being given by Apache contributors such as the following:

If you are attending the please feel free to drop by our to booth to chat with any of our volunteers.

Codemotion Events - Europe

We have been invited to participate in three Codemotion events later this year in Berlin, Milan and Madrid. We are looking for speakers and volunteers to help out by talking to people about being involved in Apache. The Call for Papers (CFP) for each event closes in July so please don't delay if you would like to submit a speaking proposal.

If you are interested in helping out at the Apache booth then please respond at the following mailing list thread.

Thanks very much to Piergiorgio Lucidi for suggesting and helping follow up on Apache participation at Codemotion.

Contacting Community Development

Remember that we are always happy to get your feedback and comments so please feel free to contact us, follow our events and participate in our discussions on our mailing list. If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest news about what is happening in Community Development then please subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email to dev-subscribe AT community DOT apache DOT org.

Wednesday May 09, 2018

Community Development News - April 2018

Welcome to our monthly blog update about what is happening in Apache Community Development (ComDev)!

This month we have news about our Apache EU Roadshow, the schedule for Apachecon North America is announced, we talk about our participation at GOTO Chicago, we plan for having an Apache presence at more open source conferences and we welcome another PMC member.

OpenExpo Europe

As part of our involvement with the OpenExpo Europe Conference there was a request for volunteers to write short articles on open source trends for the conference e-book. Several volunteers came forward and the ebook was published in both English and Spanish versions. Thanks very much to everyone who contributed and also to Sally Khudairi for co-ordination.

Ignasi Barrera has taken over the event co-ordination and a wiki page has been setup to track the details. We will have a keynote and several other presentations at the event, as well as being part of informal question and answer sessions.

We will also have our Apache booth available at the event. If you will be attending the event or would like to help out as part of our presence at the event then please contact us via the community developmen mailing list.

Apache EU Roadshow

Our Apache EU Roadshow will be co-located with FOSS Backstage on 13th and 14th June 2018 in Berlin. The CFP for the Roadshow ended with 72 talks being submitted. A request for reviewers was made via our mailing list and we found several volunteers who were happy to help us select the presentations for our roadshow tracks.

The schedule has been announced and we have a full program of 28 talks. We have 2 days filled with new and exciting presentations. Join us to learn the latest about Apache Tomcat, IoT, Cloud technologies, Micro-services and Apache Httpd Server. The main dates and details are as follows:

Monday 11th - Thursday 14th June 2018 : Apache Lounge and Booth, available for networking, hacking and community meetups
Wednesday 13th June 2018; Track 1: Cloud ; Track 2: Apache Tomcat
Thursday 14th June 2018; Track 1: Apache Httpd and Microservices ; Track 2; Internet of Things (IoT)

Registering to attend FOSS Backstage will also give you access to the Apache EU Roadshow. Please note that this will be the main Apache event in Europe for 2018 so we are hoping that as many people from our project communities are able to attend.

Please note that many Community related, governance or Apache Way presentations have been included as part of the FOSS Backstage program.

You can find out more information about the EU Roadshow and also and register to attend at http://apachecon-DOT-com/euroadshow18 and more about FOSS Backstage at https://foss-backstage.de

ApacheCon NA Schedule Announced

We are pleased to announce our schedule for ApacheCon North America 2018 will be held September 23-27 at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Canada. Our CFP ended with nearly 250 submissions and we have selected more than 100 of them for the conference. The schedule is now live and includes full tracks from Apache Cloudstack, Apache Tomcat and our GeoSpatial community.

This year, we have keynotes from:

  • Bridget Kromhout, Principal Cloud Developer Advocate from Microsoft
  • Euan McLeod, ‎VP VIPER at ‎Comcast
  • Cliff Schmidt from Literacy Bridge
  • Myrle Krantz with the Apache Fineract

Registration is open and there is currently an early bird rate lasts until 21st July.

Follow us on Twitter and join the discuss-AT-apachecon.com mailing list (send email to discuss-subscribe-AT-apachecon.com) to stay up to date with developments. And if your company wants to sponsor this event, get in touch at help-AT-apachecon.com for opportunities that are still available.

GOTO Chicago

We were allocated a free booth at
GOTO Chicago which was staffed by several community members. Kanchana Welagedara, Bob Paulin, and Trevor Grant worked the booth for two days and were able to engage with several developers who are interested in getting involved with projects. Most of the participants knew about the ASF (which is great!), although a few thought that we were trying to sell something (which is great because we made them aware of who the ASF is / what it's goals are).

The most important conversations revolved around

  1. There are ALOT of Apache Projects and;
  2. projects are made up of ordinary people and to not be intimidated about getting involved and contributing.

The GOTO event organisers were excited to have us at the event, and would like to have the ASF do booths at other conferences in the future. Finally, another great outcome of the event was a proposal to have an Apache Roadshow Chicago in Spring of 2019. This has been taken back to our mailing list and planning has already begun!

Huge thanks very much to Trevor Grant for taking the lead on managing our participation at this event, and to all the other volunteers who participated and helped promote Apache. Remember, if you are interested in being involved or helping out then please join the discussion on our mailing list.

OSCON 2018

We have been allocated a free booth at OSCON. It has been a while since we had a presence there but this year the OSCON schedule includes quite a few talks related to Apache projects. Taking a quick look through the schedule you will find presentations on Spark, OpenWhisk, Kafka, PredictionIO, Ignite, MXNet, Mesos and Fineract. It is great to see our projects being promoted at this type of event.


The ASF was accepted as a GSoC mentor organisation again this year and our mentors mailing list is being used to co-ordinate the work. Both Uli and Maxim have been very active in finalising the list of accepted students.

Welcome New PMC Member - Maxim Solodovnik

The Apache Community Development PMC is pleased to announce another new PMC member this month. Maxim Solodovnik has been involved with community development activities for a while and has also been helping us administer and support GSoC. Maxim has shown himself to be very open, enthusiastic and willing to share his knowledge with others.

We are sure that Maxim will be a great addition to the ComDev PMC.

Contacting Community Development

Remember that we are always happy to get your feedback and comments so please feel free to contact us, follow our events and participate in our discussions on our mailing list. If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest news about what is happening in Community Development then please subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email to dev-subscribe AT community DOT apache DOT org.

Monday March 05, 2018

Community Development News - February 2018

Welcome to our monthly blog update about what is happening in Apache Community Development (ComDev)!

This month we have news about our participation at FOSDEM, we include an update on Apachecon North America and our Apache EU Roadshow events, we continue to actively look for event sponsors, we prepare to take part in GSoC and we welcome another PMC member.


During February, we participated at FOSDEM. FOSDEM is a open source conference held in Brussels every year. It is completely free to attend and attracts around 4000-5000 attendees. We were allocated a booth at the event which has been a great way for projects to promote themselves to new users or potential new contributors, and also to spread the word about Apache.

In preparation, a wiki page was setup with booth volunteers could register and projects could book time on the ASF booth to promote their project. Following on from last year's feedback, this year we had some larger roller banners, one with our feather logo and one with our list of projects. Once again people were surprised to realise just how many projects we have at the ASF or that they were already using. We also had a few project demos running via a monitor at the booth. Visitors often want to find out more details about a project or see it in action so having a visual display really helped us interact with the attendees. It was good to see the Apache Kibble demo was getting a lot of attention not only from conference visitors but also from other Apache projects too.

As usual, people came by to pick up stickers, and giveaway items. This year our items were a little different, we had some Apache balloons, Apache pens, bracelets t,-shirts and some mugs that became a most wanted item. There were also quite a few Apache project related presentations which also help generate a wider awareness of the Foundation.

A big thank you to everyone who turned up to help out on the booth or to chat to people about their projects. Special mentions goes to all the booth volunteers (Daan, Rohit, Trevor, Myrle, Andrus, Kevin, Rich, Daniel, Pono, Bertrand and Isabel).

Apachecon NA 2018

More details about Apachecon North America 2018 in Montreal were announced this month. It will take place on 24 - 28 September 2018 and there will be a range of technical tracks as well as the opportunity to connect with project communities. The Call for Papers (CFP) is now open. You can also register to attend and take advantage of early bird pricing. We have also blocked some rooms at a special room rate for Apachecon attendees.

Please use the following link to submit a talk for Apachecon or Register to attend.

Key dates to remember are as follows:

  • March 30: CFP Closes
  • April 20: CFP Notifications Sent
  • August 24: Hotel Reserved Room Block Closes

Please follow @ApacheCon on Twitter to be the first to hear announcements about keynotes, the schedule, evening events, and everything you can expect to see at the event.

Apache EU Roadshow

Our Apache EU Roadshow will be co-located with FOSS Backstage on 13th and 14th June 2018 in Berlin. Registering to attend FOSS Backstage will also give you access to the Apache EU Roadshow. Our Roadshow will focus on the latest developments in Cloud technologies, IoT, Apache Tomcat and our most popular webserver Apache Httpd!. The CFP is now closed with over 70 submissions.

Please note that any submissions for Community related, governance or Apache Way talks will be included as part of the FOSS Backstage program.

Find out more information about the EU Roadshow and also and register to attend at http://apachecon.com/acna18
Find out more details about FOSS Backstage at https://foss-backstage.de

The Community development team will be providing support for both events and and will also continue to help market and promote them.

Actively Seeking Sponsors

We are actively looking for sponsors to help sponsor our Apachecon North America and Apache EU Roadshow events. Sponsorship can range from actual presence at the event with a booth package to limited sponsorship of smaller items such as video recording, attendee or speakers event, lightning talks, or the coffee breaks.

If you are interested in helping us with any form of sponsorship, or need more information about the levels of sponsorship packages available then please contact Kevin McGrail on kmcgrail AT apache DOT org

New PMC Member

The Apache Community Development PMC is pleased to announce another new PMC member this month. Olivier Heintz has been involved with open source at Apache for several years and has shown himself to be positive and enthusiastic in helping others learn about how the ASF works.

We are sure that Olivier will be a great addition to the PMC so please join us in welcoming Olivier to the team.

Mentoring at Google Summer of Code 2018

We are involved in the next Google Summer of Code (GSoC) as one of the Mentoring Organizations for the 13th consecutive year!

The GSoC program allow students to spend their summer (three months and full time) working on an Open Source project. They can learn how to work in a team on a stable project, they can increase their technical skills but the most important skill is the understanding of how an Open Source community work to deliver a common and spontaneous effort for the public good.

You will find us with our own page in the GSoC program website and here you will find all our project ideas designed by each PMC for giving an opportunity to any student to start their first journey in one of the Apache projects.

For any student that wants to join the program and for ASF people that want to be a mentor, please take a look at our GSoC page for more useful information.

Proposals registrations from students are allowed starting on 12th March but any student is invited to get in touch with us leaving a comment on our JIRA or in the mailing list related to the chosen ASF project.

Contacting Community Development

Remember that we are always happy to get your feedback and comments so please feel free to contact us, follow our events and participate in our discussions on our mailing list. If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest news about what is happening in Community Development then please subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email to dev-subscribe AT community DOT apache DOT org.

Thursday February 08, 2018

Community Development News - January 2018

Welcome to our monthly blog update about what is happening in Apache Community Development (ComDev)!

This month we have news about ApacheCon North America and also our Apache EU Roadshow, we register for GSoC, we report on our experience at the Open Source Summit Paris, we introduce Apache Community Business Cards, and we welcome two new PMC Members.

ApacheCon NA 2018

Good news! ApacheCon North America will be held 24-28 September 2018 in Montreal, Canada. ApacheCon is a key ASF event that showcases dozens of Apache projects, from ideation to deployment. The sessions are aimed at a broad audience, from seasoned professionals to novices who want to learn what's new and how it all fits in to the greater Open Source ecosystem. It is a great way to bring together Apache users with the projects and communities.
The CFP for ApacheCon is open so please make your submissions:
ApacheCon CFP

More details will be announced soon and updates will be posted at http://apachecon.com/acna18 and the ApacheCon mailing list (sign up for updates by sending email to ). You can also follow what is happening on Twitter @ApacheCon

We are also looking for sponsors so if you are interested in Sponsorship opportunities then please contact Kevin A. McGrail at kmcgrail(at)apache(dot)org.

Apache EU Roadshow 2018

We have been working on trying to get a Apache European event organised this year as many of you told us that you missed not having an Apache EU last year. If you haven't already seen the announcement, then we are extremely happy to let you all know that we will be holding an Apache EU Roadshow co-located with FOSS Backstage in Berlin on 13 - 14 June 2018. The Roadshow will be free of charge to FOSS Backstage attendees (this means that you will need to buy a ticket to FOSS Backstage to attend!). You can find out more information and buy your early bird tickets from https://foss-backstage.de/

As well as our Apache Booth, there will be an Apache Lounge space for people to relax, collaborate and hack. (In fact the Lounge will be there during Berlin Buzzwords too and there is also a Barcamp on Sunday 10th June!). During the Roadshow we will have 2 Apache Devrooms available as well as a shared workshop space with FOSS Backstage where we can run sprints, BoFs or small workshops.

We only have capacity to run 2 full tracks per day for this Roadshow, plus some small additional workshops so will need to limit the scope since this is a smaller event than our normal ApacheCon. Our main focus for this Roadshow will be Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud, Httpd and Tomcat.

The CFP for the Roadshow is open so please submit your proposals using the link below:

Apache EU Roadshow CFP

Please note that we won't have any space for Community or Apache Way talks but the good news is that the FOSS Backstage organisers are happy to include an Apache track if there are enough submissions, so please submit any community, governance or legal themed talks directly to FOSS Backstage.

FOSS Backstage CFP

Please feel free to spread the word that we will be having an Apache event in Europe this year and if possible makes plans to come along and participate.For more information and updates please check http://apachecon.com/euroadshow18/

We are also looking for sponsors so if you are interested in Sponsorship opportunities then please contact Kevin A. McGrail at kmcgrail(at)apache(dot)org.

Apache Business Cards

A couple of months ago we had a discussion about introducing Apache business cards. Apache Business Cards are cards that people involved with Apache projects can use when they are promoting their Apache project at an event or representing their Apache project. Individuals (not the ASF) would be responsible for printing their own cards. We have two standard formats:The main difference between the two cards is that the Apache Official Role Business card needs to contain your official role at Apache. For example if you are a Board Member, Officer of the Foundation, Member, PMC Member, VP of a project or an Apache Committer, then these are all valid Apache roles that can be used. You must also include your apache.org email as the contact email address.

The Apache Community Business Card can contain all the official roles as well as other role descriptions. For example Developer, Contributor. It can also include other details related to your involvement in Apache such as PGP key and does not need to include your apache.org email address.

For convenience we have created an ASF account with moo.com where you can order business cardsbased on both formats.

NOTE: You do not have to buy your business cards from moo.com. You can order your business cards from another supplier. We have setup the ASF Moo account to make it easier for lots of people to order their cards.You can find more details about business cards on the Comdev wiki.

New PMC Members

The Apache Community Development PMC is pleased to announce that two new PMCs members. Piergiorgio Lucidi (PJ) and Ignasi Barerra have been involved in a range of community development activities both on and off the mailing lists. Both have also supported the ASF at events and conferences.

More recently PJ helped promote the introduction of Apache Business Cards and Ignasi helped design and create our ASF Brochure. Please join us in welcoming PJ and Ignasi to the team.

Open Source Summit Paris

In December, we were invited to participate at the Open Source Summit in Paris. The event attracts around 6000 attendees and we were given a booth and a half day track at the event. Our booth was in the Associations Village (for Open Source Foundations and non profits) and they also had a Legal Tech Village about the legal side or open source. A key focus this year was Africa and how open source is opening up new technology opportunities.

Our Apache track was run during the afternoon in a room that held a maximum 35 people. Our talks were a mix of French and English and attendance numbers varied from around 10 to 30. The most popular talk being Apache Spark! Many of the discussions were in French and one of the most common questions we were asked is 'Does Apache have a local company in France?' And each time we explained that the Apache community is everywhere.

Thanks very much to our speakers (Bertrand, Luciano, Martin, Ismael, and Olivier) and to everyone who helped out on the booth. It was a great event to be involved in and we hope that we get invited to participate again next year!

Google Summer of Code (GSoC)

The ASF is registering again to be a mentoring orgnanisation for Google Summer of Code. Projects that want to participate have been asked to start creating a list of task ideas that students could work on. Participating in GSoC is a good way of encouraging new people to become involved with a project and also gain mentoring skills.

If your project is interested in participating then please add your task ideas to the Comdev JIRA. ComDev Jira using the component "GSoC/Mentoring Ideas"

Contacting Community Development

Remember that we are always happy to get your feedback and comments so please feel free to contact us, follow our events and participate in our discussions on our mailing list. If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest news about what is happening in Community Development then please subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email to dev-subscribe AT community DOT apache DOT org.

Sunday January 14, 2018

Apache Software Foundation Community Sponsor for DeveloperWeek 2018

We are happy to announce that the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) will be participating as a Community Sponsor for DeveloperWeek 2018 which takes place on February 3-7, San Francisco Bay Area.

The conference says it is the world's largest developer festival with 8,000+ participants. DeveloperWeek includes 200+ DevTech sessions across Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, JavaScript, Microservices, Serverless Dev, and more. It also features 90+ innovators exhibiting at the DeveloperWeek Expo. One of the PRO workshops will be run by Denis Magda on "Apache Ignite Service Grid: Foundation of Your Microservices-Based Solution"

In recognition of our community sponsorship of this event, the ASF has been offered 100 free OPEN Passes and discounted PRO Passes to DeveloperWeek 2018 to be made available to anyone from our Apache project communities who want to attend. To receive a free or discounted pass:

  • You must register by 11:59 pm on January 17 to get your free OPEN Pass or SAVE $300 on your PRO Pass.
  • Click here to start your registration. Promotional code SFOMP4025, with a $300 discount, will automatically be applied to your order making your OPEN Pass completely free -- or use the discount towards an all-access PRO Pass.
  • The OPEN Pass will give you access to all OPEN sessions, keynotes, the Expo floor, and Mentor Mixers. If you use your $300 discount towards a PRO Pass, you will get unlimited access to all of DeveloperWeek 2018, including: all 10 conferences (JavaScript Conference, Serverless Dev Conference, Blockchain Dev Conference, API & Microservices Conference + 6 more); the Technical Workshop day; and the VIP Party.

NOTE: To get your free OPEN Pass or discounted PRO Pass you must register by 11:59 pm on January 17 (or before they run out).

Monday November 27, 2017

The Spirit of Thanksgiving - 2017 China Open Source Conference (COSCon'17)

Article written by KAIYUANSHE. (NOTE: A copy of the original article including all photos can be found here. }

Special thanks to Ted Liu, Emily Chen, Biaowei Zhuang, Mabel Li, Rui Li, Jiansheng Li, Sting Chen, Cynthia Xin (KAIYUANSHE COSCon'17 Steering Committee)

2017 China Open Source Conference-COSCon'17 successfully concluded

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2017 China Open Source Annual Conference-COSCon'17 which was held in November 18-19th in Shanghai Jiaotong University Campus concluded successfully. Following the successful holding of the 2015 Apache China Roadshow, and the 2016 China Open Source Conference-COSCon'16, the COSCon'17 was jointly organised and meticulously crafted by KAIYUANSHE, the first ground-up open source alliance in China, the Shanghai Branch of the China Computer Federation (CCF), and the Open Source Cloud Alliance for Industry (OSCAR) for the people who truly love open source technologies, believe in community, enjoy the lively sharing of the community atmosphere of the open source.

1. Event Summary

The conference was attended by a total of 1,108 people on-site, 2,284 participants in the online video broadcast, 5 keynote speeches, 60 gurus delivered 45 speeches, 6 hands-on camps, 5 panel discussions. Notably, there was 50 enthusiastic volunteers from all over China to warmly serve the lecturer and the audience.

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2. Highlights

Gurus gathered and shared

As the host, Dr. Dawu GU, the chairman of the Shanghai branch of the China Computer Federation (CCF) and the professor of the computer department of Shanghai Jiaotong University, made a welcome speech, and Dr. Hongbao HE, the executive vice chairman of the Open Source Cloud Alliance for Industry (OSCAR). Breathtakingly, three executives from the world leading open source software foundations, including Nuritzi Sanchez, the chairman of GNOME Foundation, Kylie LIANG, the first Chinese director of the board at FreeBSD Foundation and Niclas Hedhman, the member of Apache Software Foundation were invited to give keynote speech. And Mr. Taiwen HUO, the founder and CEO of Geekbang Technology was also invited to do keynote speech and to the keynoter panel discussion at the end of the morning session.

ASF Challenges

In addition to the above-mentioned gurus, we have also invited 5 native ASF projects (incubation or top-level projects, including CarbonData, Kylin, RocketMQ, Weex, Griffin) to uncover how to be incubated and graduated from the world's top open source community. We also invited Jenkins founder Kohsuke Kawaguchi (K.K.), the founder of Jenkins, to share "The hackers got to eat".

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The Rise of Grassroots

[The rise of grassroots in the Github]: The founders of five well-known open source projects or communities (Beego, Element, Swoole, TiDB, Nuggets) shared their secret of success.

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The Art of Community

[How to run a technical community] breakout session shared the tips of their community operations.

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Open Source Governance - Inconvenient truth revealed

KAIYUANSHE's unique positioning, open source governance, and the OSS Goverance session is also a climax with many open source governance and community experts share their experience in a very direct and candid fashion.

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A Leading Container Project Announced Open-Sourced

There are many famous open source projects shared their technology inside in the conference. Notably, Alibaba's container technology Pouch project also officially announced open-sourced in this conference.

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More great topics shown in the list below. The audience can find interested topic in our video broadcast platform on demand.

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3. In the Know

Press Interview

Niclas Hedhmen from ASF and Kohsuke Kawaguchi (K.K.), founder of Jenkins, were interviewed by InfoQ

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Niclas Hedhman:What open source project does Apache welcome and more?
Kohsuke Kawaguchi:How to make a living from open source project and more. (editing by InfoQ)

Community Manager Roundtable

How does a healthy community operate? What is the ability of the community to contribute back to the people involved? How to help enterprises benefit from open source? How to help individuals get faster growth? What is the difference between the new generation of Github and the traditional foundation model? The leading local community managers, the new generation community model changers and old hackers got together to explore how to develop a better community here in China.

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The Open Source Night

After a long yet bumper harvest day, get relaxed and connected with old and new friends.

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At the end of this lovely evening, we presented our special awards to two individuals, Mabel LI and Chunsheng WANG, who have made significant contributions to KAIYUANSHE and the open source communities, with the [Open Source Star] commemorative trophy.

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4. Special Thanks

Community Partners

KAIYUANSHE has positioned itself as the community of communities, and our missions are to promote open source governance, community collaboration/development, and international bridging. We walk the talks by hosting the first national event on the theme of community management and open source project contribution. 25 domestic and international communities have come together hand-in-hand to make the COSCon'17 possible.

Kind greetings from Jim Jagielski

Jim Jagielski, one of the early founder of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), recorded a greeting videos and tweeted for the conference. and the Apache Software Foundation also tweeted!

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Media Partners

We work with the leading IT media Geekbang Technology/InfoQ China to promote and to report, with ITDKS.com for live video broadcast/replay, with Juejin.im and Linux China on their technical community platform to promote, resulting a total of more than 200,000 participants. Our exclusive registration site Huodongxing has attracted more than 60,000 viewers.

Sponsor Partners

We are also very grateful to our sponsors who supported us to make the conference excel.




The conference is concluded, but our journey has just begun. As the conference organizer, we, KAIYUANSHE's directors of the board, were worried about whether the main themes of the conference , i.e. the journey to the successful community management and project contribution, could attract the domestic technology-oriented audience. However, the feedbacks we gathered from the conference audience have been quite encouraging. Echoing perfectly the "communities over code" motto advocated by the world leading communities, like ASF, our key themes "China community, global contribution" has been highly recognized by many guru lecturers and picky audience of this conference. This is not only the biggest encouragement to our perseverance in our missions of promoting open source governance, community collaboration and international bridging, but also allows us to continue to move forward with many partners' support.

Do you want to get the speech slides, shorthand and video playback first-hand (expected to be released November 27)? Please pay special attention to KAIYUANSHE's Wechat public QR-Code shown below. Do you also want to communicate closely with a large number of guru lecturers? Do you want to participate in the colorful community interaction of KAIYUANSHE? Do you wish to cast your sacred vote for the site selection of the 2018 China Open Source Conference? Simply scan the KAIYUANSHE's Wechat QR-code and reply "I want to join your community chat group", you can join the KAIYUANSHE community chat group to have more fun there!

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Friday November 10, 2017

[ANNOUNCE] Apache Participation at the Open Source Summit Paris

Voir ci-dessous pour la version française de cette annonce.

We are happy to announce our participation at the Open Source Summit in Paris on 6th and 7th December 2017. The event schedule contains a mix of both French and English speaking presentations across many areas of open source technology, innovation and community.

The Summit will feature an Apache Software Foundation keynote by Bertrand Delacretaz, member of our Board of Directors, as well as a half day track of Apache based projects and technologies, with the following program:

  • Asynchronous Decision Making - why and how - Bertrand Delacretaz
  • IoT using Apache Spark and Apache Bahir - Luciano Resende
  • Apache Spatial Information System (SIS) + Geospatial Standards - Martin Desruisseaux
  • Apache Beam: Portable and efficient data-intensive processing - Ismaël Mejía
  • DevOps for Apache OFBiz using Jenkins and Selenium - Olivier Heintz

We'll also be present at the Community Summit on Thursday with a topic on "Project and Community Services the Apache Way" presented by Emmanuel Lécharny and Bertrand.

The Summit is free to attend but you are requested to register on the conference website at www.opensourcesummit.paris, which provides lots more details.

We will also have an Apache Software Foundation booth at the event where we look forward to meeting attendees and talking to them about the Foundation and its projects.


Nous avons le plaisir d'annoncer notre participation au Paris Open Source Summit les 6 et 7 décembre 2017. Le programme comprend des présentations en français et anglais sur des sujets technologiques, d'innovation et de communauté liés à l'Open Source.

Le Summit inclura une keynote présentée par Bertrand Delacrétaz, membre du comité de direction de la Fondation Apache, ainsi qu'une session d'une demi-journée consacrée aux technologies et projets de la Fondation, avec le programme suivant:

  • Asynchronous Decision Making - why and how - Bertrand Delacretaz
  • IoT using Apache Spark and Apache Bahir - Luciano Resende
  • Apache Spatial Information System (SIS) + Geospatial Standards - Martin Desruisseaux
  • Apache Beam: Portable and efficient data-intensive processing - Ismaël Mejía
  • DevOps for Apache OFBiz using Jenkins and Selenium - Olivier Heintz

Nous serons aussi présents au Community Summit le jeudi sur le sujet des services aux projets et à la communauté, avec une présentation de Emmanuel Lécharny et Bertrand ("Project and Community Services the Apache Way").

Le Summit est gratuit mais il est nécessaire de s'y inscrire pour participer, sur le site www.opensourcesummit.paris qui fournit toutes les informations utiles.

Nous serons également présents sur le stand de la Fondation Apache et nous réjouissons de vous y rencontrer pour échanger sur nos activités et projets!

Thursday November 09, 2017

Community Development News - October 2017

Welcome to our monthly blog update about what is happening in Apache Community Development (ComDev)!

This month we have news about attending the FOSS Backstage Micro Summit, we share some interviews from the Prague Open Source Summit, we revitalise our Jira issue tracker, we welcome a new PMC Chair, we translate our ASF brochure into more languages, we prepare for FOSDEM and a for a half day track at the Open Source Summit in Paris, and we look at introducing Apache Community Business Cards.

FOSS Backstage Micro Summit

The schedule for FOSS Backstage Micro Summit, which takes place in Berlin on November 20th, has been announced and focuses on community, governance and the legal aspects around open source. Several speakers from Apache have been selected to present. Full details of the program can be found at the following link:

FOSS Backstage Program

Attendance at the conference is free but organisers have requested that you register so that they know how many people to expect. You can register for the event at

FOSS Backstage Registration

Open Source Summit Europe

It was great to meet people and talk about Apache and other related topics at the Open Source Summit in Prague in October. Although we did not have a booth at this event, there were several Apache related presentations including a keynote from Neha Narkhede about Apache Kafka,

Other talks included Rich Bowen's presentation about why mentoring is so important, Piergiorgio Lucidi's talk on the incubation process for Apache ManifoldCF and Sharan Foga's presentation of the ASF Committer Diversity Survey at the Diversity Empowerment Summit.

We also managed to record some interviews for our podcast channel FeatherCast and you can find details of the interviews below

This was a great event to attend and meet others in the open source world.

MesosCon Europe

The Apache Mesos community were happy to have an Apache presence with a booth and also a keynote presentation from Rich Bowen. Feedback on the keynote was very positive and many people were interested to learn about the Foundation itself and Apache as the work it does to support its projects.

Quite a few people stopped by our booth to collect stickers and talk to us not only about Mesos but other Apache projects that they used or were familiar with. We also received several enquiries about future ApacheCons. Rich took a short video of us all on duty at the Apache booth:

Apache Booth Duty

Thank you to everyone that helped out on booth duty or supported us at the event especially to the Apache Mesos community for inviting us.

Comdev Jira

Community Development has a Jira instance that we use to track tasks and issues. Over the last few months it hasn't been fully utlised so we have decided to revitalise it and start using it again to help us manage things we are working on. Some initial cleanup of old and existing tasks is needed and this is currently in progress.

Those of you subscribed to our dev mailing list may have noticed the that the Jira notifications are now appearing there when an issue or task is updated. This has been done to enable better communication so that everyone can see the progress on any specific task. So far this has been been successful and people who see a task that they can help with are volunteering to make a contribution.

If you would like to see if you can help us with any of our open issues and tasks then please take a look at our Jira list

Comdev Jira Issues / Task List

ASF Brochures

An ASF brochure was put together for the OpenExpo in Spain earlier this year and was available in English and Spanish. A German language version was later created for our participation at the Solutions Hamburg conference. With the help of our contributors the brochure has now been translated into several other languages including Italian, Catalan, French, Russian, Japanese and we have a Chinese translation on the way.

These brochures are available for anyone running or attending an event that need to information about the ASF for attendees. People can download and print the details they need.

You can find the brochure in the various translations can be found on the Wiki at the link below:

ASF Information Brochures

We are still looking for volunteers to if you would like to help translate the brochure into yet another language then please contact us.

Open Source Summit Paris

The Open Source Summit in Paris is planned for 6th and 7th December and we have been given a booth. . The event schedule has a mix of French and English speaking presentations and we have recruited some French speaking volunteers to help out on our booth.

We have also been given a half day track and the details are as follows:

  • Asynchronous Decision Making - why and how - Bertrand Delacretaz
  • IoT using Apache Spark and Apache Bahir - Luciano Resende
  • Apache Spatial Information System (SIS) + Geospatial Standards - Martin Desruisseaux
  • Apache Beam: Portable and efficient data-intensive processing - Ismaël Mejía
  • DevOps for Apache OFBiz using Jenkins and Selenium - Olivier Heinz

and we also a keynote slot that will be presented by Bertrand Delacretaz.

This is a new event for us and it is great that we have some talks on the schedule. We are looking forward to being there and talking to attendees about Apache. The conference is completely free to attend but you do need to register on the conference website. More information can be found at: www.opensourcesummit.paris


We have requested an Apache booth for next year's FOSDEM conference in Brussels. The decisions will be announced in late November so we are hoping that we will be allocated a place.

Based on feedback from the community, we put together a FOSDEM devroom proposal but unfortunately it was unsuccessful. However FOSDEM will have a Community Devroom again next year so we are encouraging people to make submissions to this devroom on any community related topic. You can find details of the CFP and how to submit a talk proposal at the following link:

CFP for FOSDEM Community Devroom

Deadlines for submissions is 27th November 2017 so if you are interested in presenting, then please get your proposals in now.

New PMC Chair

We have decided to rotate our PMC Chair. Uli Stark has held the role for a while and it is general practice for projects to rotate the role within the PMC. Sharan Foga has now been appointed the new PMC Chair for Community Development.Many thanks to Uli for all his hard work and effort as VP ComDev over the last few years and also congratulations to Sharan on her new role.

Apache Community Business Cards

This month we started a discussion about the introduction of Apache Community business cards. The idea is that people could have Apache style business cards that could be given out to people. For example, if you are at an event representing your Apache role or project or if you are volunteering at the ASF booth and want to give your contact Apache details to someone you have been speaking to.

Individuals (not the ASF) would be responsible for the cost of printing their own cards. The two suggested card formats are now on the Comdev wiki and we will be promoting their use to committers and projects.

Contacting Community Development

Remember that we are always happy to get your feedback and comments so please feel free to contact us, follow our events and participate in our discussions on our mailing list. If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest news about what is happening in Community Development then please subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email to dev-subscribe AT community DOT apache DOT org.

Thursday October 12, 2017

Community Development News - September 2017

Welcome to our monthly blog update about what is happening in Apache Community Development (ComDev)! You may have noticed that we missed our August issue, this was due to preparations and participation at the Solutions Hamburg conference so once again we have a double update for you this month.

This month we have news about the FOSS Backstage Micro Summit, we share our experience of the Solutions Hamburg conference, and we start preparing for two conferences in October - the Open Source Summit and MesosCon.

FOSS Backstage Micro Summit

FOSS Backstage is "a conference on everything related to governance, collaboration, legal and economics within the scope of Free and Open Source (FOSS)". A micro summit will be talking place in Berlin on 20th November and the conference schedule has been announced. A list of the presentations is as follows:
  • Open Source and Trusting the Water
  • Open Source Licensing for Rocket Scientists
  • Building distributed systems in distributed teams
  • The hateful 20
  • How mentoring projects can help newcomers get started with Open Source
  • Open Source: Access or Contribution?
  • Training our team in the ApacheWay
  • Ant's Community - Looking Back and Current State
  • Beware of geeks bearing gifts
  • Asynchronous Decision Making – why and how?

Full details of the program can be found at the following link: FOSS Backstage Program

Solutions Hamburg

In early September we were invited to present a 3 day track filled with Apache content. We were allocated was at a university campus where most of the technical talks were held and had a mix of talks in both in English and German. Approximately 5000 conference tickets had been sold for the conference yet attendance was mixed. The most popular of our talks were microservices related which attracted approximately 20 people.

The talk around open source licencing was also well attended with many people keen to ask questions. We had prepared a German version of the ASF information brochure and it was very useful for giving people some general background about the focus and role of the ASF within open source.

The organisers were great and provided everyone with lots of food, coffee and evening events. This was the first time we had a complete track at this conference so the next step will be to start a discussion about how we could improve our participation and attract more attendees.

A huge thank you to our 9 speakers (Justin McClean, Mark Struberg, Benedikt Ritter,Jacek Laskowski, Lars Francke, Myrle Krantz, Christofer Dutz, Sharan Foga, Greg Stein) and a very special thank you to Myrle Krantz and Chris Dutz for their work in organising, facilitating and generally liaising with the conference organisers.

We have received some pictures from the official event photographers and will be publishing them on our Facebook page soon.

Open Source Summit Europe

The Open Source Summit Europe will take place in Prague, Czech Republic from 23rd - 26th October 2017. The conference feathers Open Community Summit, Open Community Summit, ContainerCon, a Diversity Empowerment Summit, Cloud Open as well as the usual LinuxCon.

The schedule has been published and is available online here

There are several Apache related presentations and we will feature an update of the conference in our next monthly update.

MesosCon Europe

MesosCon Europe will take place on 25 - 27 October in Prague, Czech Republic. It will be at the same location as the Open Source Summit and is co-located. Rich Bowen will be giving a keynote at the event which includes a Hackathon, MesosCon University and Town Halls. You can find all the details in the MesosCon schedule

We will also have an Apache booth at the event where were will be talking to people about Apache and giving away stickers and promotional items, so please come along and see us.

Contacting Community Development

Remember that we are always happy to get your feedback and comments so please feel free to contact us, follow our events and participate in our discussions on our mailing list. If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest news about what is happening in Community Development then please subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email to dev-subscribe AT community DOT apache DOT org.

Friday August 04, 2017

Community Development News - July 2017

Welcome to our monthly blog update about what is happening in Apache Community Development (ComDev)! You may have noticed that we missed our June issue, this was due to the holiday season so we have a double update for you this month. This month we have lots of news about upcoming conferences that we are interested in participating at, we share a more detailed blog post about the OpenExpo in Madrid, we remind everyone to find us on Twitter, and provide a pointer to how to help fix misuses of Apache project brands.

Call for Apache Project Presentations for Solutions Hamburg

We have been invited to provide a 3 day track filled with Apache content for Solutions Hamburg. The conference runs from 6th-8th September 2017. This is an established conference that is attended by a wide range of people and businesses so could be a great opportunity to inform a new audience about Apache and our projects. Our proposed 3 day Apache track will be broken down into the following areas:
  • Dev-Day with Developer-Centric Apache project talks
  • Ops-Day with Operations-Centric Apache project talks
  • Apache Day with talks on Apache itself
An initial call for participation went out on the ComDev mailing lists in June and so far several people have volunteered to do presentations but we could always do with more!. So if your project fits into any of these categories and you would like to participate then please let us know by:

Please note: that the presentation can be in English or German.

This will be a new event for Apache and once again it is another opportunity to have a presence, spread the Apache message and grow our communities. A very big thank you to Chris Dutz for initiating this and also Myrle Krantz for helping summarise and organise the prospective talks.

Open Source Summit Europe 2017

This month we had some discussions on our mailing list about participating in the Open Source Summit Europe 2017 which runs from 23-26 October 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. This conference is actually a consolidation of several other conferences including LinuxCon, ContainerCon, the Open Community Conference and the Diversity Empowerment Summit.

Although we could not get scheduling for a specific Apache track, many of the topics covered in the Apache Way presentations are very relevant to open source communities and several presentations have been submitted via the CFP. The schedule will be announced 17th August so thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal and we hope that some Apache related content will be included.

ASF Booth at MesosCon Europe 2017

We have been offered an Apache booth at MesosCon Europe 2017 which is happening from 25-27 October in Prague, Czech Republic. MesosCon is an established conference from the Apache Mesos community that runs globally. This year their European conference is co-located alongside the Open Source Summit and it is great that Community Development will be having a presence at this Apache project event.

Thanks very much to Piergiorgio Lucidi and Sharan Foga for volunteering to help out with MesosCon booth duty.

Introducing FOSS Backstage

Over the last few months there has been some detailed discussions on our mailing list about creating a new conference event that would be more focussed on open source governance and community related topics. The new event has now been created and is called FOSS Backstage.

While the main conference is planned June 2018, a micro FOSS Backstage summit has been organised for 20th November 2017 in Berlin.The CFP for the FOSS Backstage Micro Summit 2017 is now open so please submit your proposals. The deadline for submissions is 10th September 2017 and you can find out more details from the FOSS Backstage website.

A very big thanks to Isabel Drost-Fromm for making this initiative happen.

Blog Post re: OpenExpo in Madrid

In our May blog post we talked about our participation at the OpenExpo conference in Madrid. It was our first time at this event and have written a short blog post about it

Being at the OpenExpo also opened up a new opportunity to talk to people about Apache. A local Spanish podcast channel focussed on open source software asked us to record an interview (in Spanish) about Apache. Ignasi Barrera was interviewed and the podcast can be found at the link below:

Podcast with Ignasi Barrera

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who helped to make this event a success.

Help Fix Misuses Of Apache Project Brands

Have you ever seen a corporate website or press release that claims they run an Apache project, or seen someone using Apache project names or logos improperly? We have a guide for fixing that - but it requires you to raise the issue up so the PMC can address it! We hope all committers and expect that PMC members will speak up if someone is misusing their project's brand.

Read the Apache brand misuse reporting guide!

Follow @ApacheCommunity on Twitter

Apache Community Development has been tweeting since April 2017 and has already built up a following of 80 people. We'd like to keep it growing so please feel free to tweet us @ApacheCommunity or follow us.

Contacting Community Development

Remember that we are always happy to get your feedback and comments so please feel free to contact us, follow our events and participate in our discussions on our mailing list. If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest news about what is happening in Community Development then please subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email to dev-subscribe AT community DOT apache DOT org.

Thursday June 15, 2017

Community Development at Open Expo in Madrid

Throughout May we promoted that we had been invited to have an Apache booth at the Open Expo in Madrid. The event took place on 1st June 2017 and was the first time that we had an Apache presence there. We received an invitation to the event because of a contact made at FOSDEM (so you can see how being at one event can lead to another!)

In preparation we made sure that we had enough stickers and swag (pens, usb hubs, fandanas and lapel pins) for our booth.

Booth Duty

Our booth staff was made up of myself and two amazing Spanish speaking volunteers (Ignasi Barrera and Jan Iversen). Ignasi had also designed a flyer / leaflet with details about the ASF, who we are and what we do on one side and some information about Incubator on the other. This was translated into Spanish as we expected that it would be a predominantly Spanish event. One hundred of the leaflets were printed and when we put the first few out, they disappeared quickly. It was then that we realised that we needed to ensure we kept enough leaflets available on the table but we ran out of them completely by early afternoon. It was a long day and Jan and Ignasi were kept very busy explaining to people about the Foundation, its goals and how it all works.

We understand that the conference attracted over 3000 visitors throughout the day and 300 of them (around 10%) stopped by the Apache booth to talk to us. We found that most people already knew about specific Apache projects and were keen to talk to us about them. Around one in every six spent around 5-10 minutes which is really great as it shows that they are very interested in knowing or finding out more about Apache.

Being part of Apache, we sometimes take it for granted and it was a little surprising to find out that many people didn't really know very much about the Apache Software Foundation and in fact most of them didn't even know that there was a Foundation behind Apache projects!. Being at the event helped us fill this knowledge gap.

We had a wide range of questions - ranging from 'I want to use the Apache Licence for my own open source project, Do I need to join Apache to do that?' to 'What do I need to do if I wanted to sponsor the Foundation?'

We noticed that people were quite selective in which stickers they took (it wasn't a grab everything!) and one attendee especially wanted the first sticker on his new PC to be an Apache one!

It was good to see and meet up with some of our Apache project contributors and committers at the event and they were also very happy to see us.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see that there were a lot of women attending this conference. I'd heard that Madrid is becoming a technology hub and it was great to see women in technology being so well represented at this event.

A main highlight (apart from the great atmosphere and conference buzz) was that we completely ran out of our flyers (information leaflets) about the ASF. To us it showed that people were really interested in finding out more about Apache.

What we learned and achieved?

These are the main things we achieved and learned by being here were:.
  • This event was mainly a Spanish speaking event although the organisers are trying to bring more English speaking presentations.
  • There wasn't any Apache content at the event so if we are do plan to be there in then it would be good to encourage participation in the CFP (NOTE: We need to be prepared to do this in Spanish)
  • Being there brought a bit more awareness about Apache to a new audience
  • Having information leaflets and flyers at events like these, is a great way to provide essential information about Apache. People were happy to take them away which showed that they were really interested in finding out more about us.
  • As well as potential sponsors, we were asked about taking part in some Spanish podcasts about free software, and some people also asked about Apache meetups in Spain so have opened up some potential opportunities
  • Being able to scan our booth visitors meant that we could send out a thank you message to them all (Thanks Ignasi!)
  • Community development is also about going out and being active at conferences and events where people can see and speak to us, so let's keep doing it!

So was it a success?
Yes definitely! And we will be looking out for any future events to see if we can participate. Also some photos from the event have been uploaded to our Facebook page..

We are hope that we will be invited again next year and if so will be looking forward to another successful event so please come along (especially any Spanish speakers) and support us.

Special Thanks!

Once again huge thank you to Ignasi Barrera and Jan Iversen who volunteered their time and energy to come to Madrid and help out.

Wednesday June 14, 2017

Community Development News - May 2017

Welcome to our monthly blog update about what is happening in Apache Community Development (ComDev)! This month we have lots of news about ApacheCon North America; share some links to some of the conference keynotes; deliver a co-ordinated Apache Way track alongside our Community one; get some feedback from a first time ApacheCon attendee; encourage you to listen to ApacheCon via our FeatherCast podcast channel and we run yet another successful BarCampApache.

ApacheCon NA 2017

After all the preparation ApacheCon North America took place this month in Miami. As well as the standard ApacheCon and Big Data tracks, several mini conferences were held around the main event. It also featured a new Apache Way track which is mentioned in separate section below in more detail.

ApacheCon featured some great keynote speakers with some interesting topics from IoT to Digital Pychometrics. If you haven't had a chance to hear or see them then they are all available on Youtube as follows:

The complete Youtube video playlist from ApacheCon NA Miami is also available. For those sessions there were not on video, we have recorded the audio and these are available on FeatherCast.

During ApacheCon Benjamin Young organised a ComDev Tools Hackathon where people interested in improving some of our tools got together and started working on it. Thanks very much to Benjamin for this initiative and to all the hackathon participants who came along to help out.


Our BarCampApache was a great success and attracted well over 35 people. It was facilitated by Jean-Frederic Clere and some of our attendees on the day. It was great to see so much involvement from people from a wide range of Apache projects.

The following were some of the topics raised by our partitcipants and discussed:

  • MQ in Practice
  • Community Engagement & How to Atract More Contributors / Committers
  • Benchmarking
  • Open Source in China
  • Orchestraiton
  • Static Analysis and Project Management
At every BarCampApache a key theme is sharing information and advice as well as making contacts, and I'm sure we succeeded in doing that. How do we know? The discussions kept on well after the time when we were planning to finish!

So thanks again to everyone that attended and we hope that you will pass on your experiences to other colleagues and encourage them to participate at future events.

The audio from the BarCampApache is available on FeatherCast.
(WARNING: This current file is over 5 and a half hours long but we will be splitting this up into more topic based discussions)

The Apache Way Track and Community Track

As well as our usual community based track, for the first time at ApacheCon a co-ordinated track detailing different aspects of the Apache Way was organised by Shane Curcuru and Nick Burch. The five presentations and one panel discussion incorporated common themes and explored some of the challenges encountered.

The Apache Way Track" was recorded and videos are available on Youtube at the following links:

"The Community Track" was also recorded and videos are available at the following links:
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated, both on and off camera. Please watch, learn and share.

FeatherCast Audio from ApacheCon

Our Community Development podcast channel FeatherCast has been extremely busy this month. Before ApacheCon we were recording interviews with some of the speakers and during the conference itself we talked to attendees, sponsors and some of our Apache Directors and Officers. We now have a large amount of content for you to listen to.

Also don't worry if you missed missed ApacheCon or couldn't make to all the sessions because they have all been recorded. You can find the audio for all the ApacheCon sessions on FeatherCast. Thanks very much to all the people who worked hard to get this audio up so quickly after ApacheCon.

Please follow FeatherCast on Twitter to be informed about our latest interviews. We are always looking for volunteers so if you are interested in helping out with our FeatherCast podcast channel then please email contact our mailing list feather@apache.org

First Time ApacheCon Experience - Stephen Downie

If you haven't taken a look at the blog post by Stephen Downie then it is highly recommended. Miami was Stephen's his first ever ApacheCon and his blog post describes his experiences all the way through from apprehension to realisation.

Stephen's full blog post can be found here. My First Experience of ApacheCon Blog Post by Stephen Downie

OpenExpo in Madrid

During May we promoted that we had been invited to have an Apache booth at the Open Expo in Madrid on 1st June. This is a new event for us and we wanted to find out whether it could be a good place to have an Apache presence at in the future. We understand that the conference had over 3000 visitors and 300 of them passed by our Apache booth not only to pick up stickers but to also find out more about the Foundation itself. Please take a look at our detailed blog post about the event.

A big thank you to Ignasi Barrera, Jan Iversen and Sharan Foga who spent the day on booth duty during the event.

Contacting Community Development

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Thursday May 25, 2017

My First Experience Of ApacheCon by Stephen Downie

Let me start with a small introduction of myself. My name is Stephen Downie and I have been working in the world of IT for only 2 months. Tom Barber, an ASF member and committer, recently got in touch and offered me the opportunity to retrain. I have previously worked for the last 20 years in retail and if I’m being honest hated 90% of my time at work, so I thought why not. I knew Tom was very knowledgeable and I had always been very envious of his Facebook posts, it seemed like every week he was working on a new project in different countries all over the world from India to Europe to the US. As part of the offer he said he would like to take me to Miami to a conference called ApacheCon….How could I say no? I had never heard of ApacheCon prior to this and in my naivety assumed it was something to do with helicopters (like I said I have zero experience in IT). The weeks passed and Tom was sending more and more documentation through, the thoughts that I was massively out of my depth started growing.

Anyway, 13th May arrived and our flight was leaving the UK at 10:20am so we set off to the airport. Excited, nervous, anxious were just a few of the emotions I was experiencing at this stage. Check in went smoothly and we were off. We landed mid afternoon Miami time and made our way to the apartment. To make the most of our time away Tom had booked tickets for us to see a baseball game (I guess it’s a must when in the States), we went to the beach and explored Miami. My new life/career in IT had started and it was amazing, but work had yet to start….What would it be like?

Tuesday 16th arrived and alarms were set early. We drove to the Intercontinental Hotel, the venue for ApacheCon 2017. The building was huge and I felt very out of place walking through the large automatic doors and stepping on to the escalators. As we approached the first floor I was suddenly at work. Tom was doing a talk on OODT .so had to join a different line for registration so I was, for the first time on my own. I joined the back of the line and slowly edged forwards. I was listening to the conversation, it all sounded very foreign to me but what did strike me was that people of all nationalities all seemed to be old friends. Closer to the front on the line I edged. I registered and received my badge and a free t-shirt (very nice it was too). I wandered around looking for Tom who was already chatting to a group of people so I took it upon myself to have a chat to some people at the sponsor stands and get myself some swag. It all seemed very interesting but mostly went over my head. The thing that was striking me was everyone seemed so friendly and welcoming (very different from the career I had come from where no one seemed to have time for anyone other than themselves).

The previous evening we had gone through the schedule planner and made an itinerary for me of talks that would be interesting/useful to attend. I would start my day in the Versailles Ballroom to watch the opening Keynotes. Again it struck me that so many people knew each other and were catching up on what had been a year since they last met. The speakers were great and had really got me in the mood for what was to come. I have to mention Sandra Matz’s talk on Digital Psychometrics and the Future Effect on Technology. She was both captivating and funny and also the British accent helped me feel at home. The Apply Magic Sauce app was very interesting, it reckons I’m 31….who doesn’t want a few years knocked off their age? It was then a coffee break. I had only been there a few hours and already there was free nibbles and drinks. I grabbed a meat patty and a bottle of Orange and then went to the Alhambra Room to check that Tom was set up for his talk,
OODT 2.0: The Future of Distributed Data Management.The room wasn’t packed but a good 15-20 people turned up and listened to Tom talk about the use of OODT with his work at NASA. I listened and tried to make sense of it but once again it was slightly over my head. After Tom had finished we split up and I was attending a talk on my own (scared!!) I made my way to Biscayne Room to watch Peyman Mohajerian give a talk on Continuous Applications with Apache Spark 2.0. I got my notebook out and tried to make notes of the bits I thought were useful but also so I could quiz Tom about them later. I noticed a lot of people taking photos of the slides so I got involved and did the same (was I getting the hang of it?) The talk was interesting from what I could take from it but once again I’m not sure I really understood what was going on (there seems to be an occurring theme here).

It was lunch, I needed to eat, my brain felt overloaded with so much information so we headed out and found a restaurant to eat at. In case you were wondering I ate calamari for the first time, it was lovely (a week of firsts continuing). When we returned to the venue, next up for me was Leveraging Docker for Hadoop Build Automation and Big Data Stack Provisioning with Evan Ye. in the Balmoral Room. For the first time during this talk I could relate to some of what he was talking about as Tom has introduced me to these bits of software with Spicule, the company I’m now working for. It was quite high level and I soon got lost but it felt good. After the talk I went to find Tom as I wanted to ask him some questions about what I had just heard. I found him in the corridor. He asked how my first day was going, I didn’t really know other than my mind felt like it was melting but I had something I could actually ask him and he had the answers!! I was then supposed to be going back to the Alhambra room for a talk on comparison of Spark SQL with Hive.

Later Tom suggested I went with him to the the Brickell Room which was part of ApacheCon (everything I had attended was the Big Data side of it so far). Bob Paulin was giving a talk on user groups (something I had attended in my short time in IT) The way he spoke and engaged the attendees was amazing and something I could relate too as I enjoy public speaking and engaging an audience. After the talk he came and sat at the table with myself and Tom. I thanked him for delivering a talk that I could relate to. Tom explained that I had zero experience of Apache and IT in general. I told him what talks I had attended so far and he laughed and said “So he’s thrown you into the deep end then”. I don’t know if he realised but that is when my experience changed as I then realised that I was never likely to have understood much of what I had heard (Tom later explained he didn’t expect me to but that the main reason I was here was to get a better understanding of the environment as a whole). The day finished with the Podling Shark Tank which was a fun way to bring the day to an end. I thought then it was home time but before that we had beer to drink and food to eat and people to chat to. The thing I took from my first day was there was a varying level of expertise and knowledge but that the one thing everyone had in common was their love for Apache software. When I got back to the apartment I was shattered, opened a beer and fell asleep on the sofa!

Day 2 went pretty much the same way, a lot of techie talks and then coffee then more techie talks and then food but it was when I attended the talk in Brickell Room with Sharan Foga on Committed to The Apache Way , that things started to make a lot of sense to me. As the week had gone on I was feeling like a bit of an intruder in the midst of all these IT geniuses with their talk about coding and programming but as Sharan started I realised that the ASF was so much more than this and that one of their most important sayings was it's about “Community over Code”. This helped everything make sense and finally I could see that I could have a place within the Apache Foundation. Her talk was so enlightening to me, that evening Tom and I spent hours talking about the ASF and not just technology, about what it takes to be a committer, how to gain the trust and other ways to be involved with the foundation (perhaps I had found my place?).

Day 3 seemed very sedate compared to the first two days as a lot of people had left early for flights. We attended a few interesting talks throughout the day and spent time recapping what my experience had been like. My head was fried and I’m sure i didn’t make a great deal of sense which is why I wanted to write this blog to try and get my thoughts and experiences out there in the hope that it may inspire other people to get involved too. In the last talk we attended with Tim Allison on Evaluating Text Extraction: Apache Tika’s New Tika-Eval Module Tom thought it would be a good idea to volunteer me to write a UI for the software which is something I will certainly be keen to try (maybe I would be a coder after all).

I’d like to say a massive thanks to all that were involved in make ApacheCon 2017 an amazing event and I hope that I will be able to attend the next one. Thanks!



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