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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.



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