Apache Conferences, BarCamps, and MeetUps

Saturday September 08, 2018

Guest Post: be inspired by what Apache has to offer at ApacheCon

by Ken Fogel, Co-Chairperson and Co-Program Coordinator, Computer Science Technology at Dawson College 

I am an instructor in the Computer Science Technology Program at Dawson College https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/computer-science-technology/ in Montreal, the host city this year for ApacheCon. Our program, unlike those found in universities, takes, primarily, students right from high school and over three years trains them to be software developers. Our program focuses on the practical aspects of being a developer and focus on preparing our students for the workplace on their first day on the job.

Our primary teaching language is Java. The open source community around Java is one of the most vibrant in the industry. In our program we use primarily open source tools and libraries. We encourage our students to participate in open source projects where we can.

When I started in the industry the concept of open source was unheard of. There was Trial Ware and Nag Ware. You bought software from Microsoft and IBM. Things are very different now. It is not the software that is the revenue stream but the value the software brings to a solution. From this approach, in my opinion, comes the concept of open source. For example, its not the server that is the product but the web site that runs on the server.

As an instructor for over 30 years it is easy for me to loose touch with the industry outside the walls of Dawson College. Attending industry conferences rather than academic conferences is what has allowed me to keep in contact with the industry. I have learned a great deal about the real world of software development that I have brought into my classroom. I have also had the opportunity to contribute to these conferences.

This year a new project has joined the Apache fold, NetBeans http://netbeans.apache.org/ . I have been a proponent of NetBeans in the classroom for many years. It has allowed me to focus on teaching software development skills rather than being the technical support for the IDE. It does not get in the way of my students as they learn about programming and put there skills into practice. At this year's ApacheCon I am looking forward to learning more about the wide array of projects in the Apache fold. Not only that but I will also be presenting NetBeans at this year's conference https://apachecon.dukecon.org/acna/2018/#/scheduledEvent/7e6b57d36ccd834f2 . Come and join us to be inspired by what Apache has to offer and to discover why NetBeans may be, not only the best IDE for education, but possibly the best IDE for commercial development.

ApacheCon, the official global conference of The Apache Software Foundation, showcases "Tomorrow's Technology Today" across 350+ Apache projects and their communities. We are celebrating ApacheCon's 20th Anniversary 23-27 September 2018 in Montreal. 100+ sessions, keynotes, BarCamp, Hackathon, BoFs, Lighting Talks, evening events, excellent networking opportunities, and much more. Join us! http://apachecon.com/ Follow us! https://twitter.com/ApacheCon

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Thursday August 02, 2018

ApacheCon North America 2018: Announcements and updates

With ApacheCon North America 2018 now less than 2 months out, we want to draw your attention to a few highlights:

The full schedule is available on the website, and features talks from dozens of our projects, and from all across the technology universe. From IoT to containers to cloud to desktop to personal finance, Apache remains in the forefront of technology innovation.

We're beginning to put together our BOF (Birds of a Feather) schedule. If your project or community wants to plan an after-hours gathering, we provide the space and you provide the content. We have 4 rooms on 3 evenings. Get in touch with the ApacheCon Planners with your BoF title, description, and preferred date/time to get on the schedule.

As usual, we're planning a BarCamp (all day Monday), a keysigning, and the ever-popular lighting talks. We'll be posting new details every day, so keep watching.

Registration is still open, and the hotel block is open until August 24th, so don't delay. Register today at ApacheCon.com.

Finally, if you want to get involved, or have any more questions, there's a number of ways to get in touch with us.

Join one of our mailing lists. Email the lead planners directly. Follow us on Twitter

See you in Montreal! 

Tuesday May 01, 2018

ApacheCon North America 2018, schedule announced

We are pleased to announce our schedule for ApacheCon North America 2018. ApacheCon will be held September 23-27 at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Canada.


Registration is open! The early bird rate of $575 lasts until July 21, at which time it goes up to $800. And the room block at the Marriott ($225 CAD per night, including wifi) closes on August 24th.


We will be featuring more than 100 sessions on Apache projects. The schedule is now online at https://apachecon.com/acna18/


The schedule includes full tracks of content from Cloudstack, Tomcat, and our GeoSpatial community.


We will have 4 keynote speakers, two of whom are Apache members, and two from the wider community.


On Tuesday, Apache member and former board member Cliff Schmidt will be speaking about how Amplio uses technology to educate and improve the quality of life of people living in very difficult parts of the world. And Apache Fineract VP Myrle Krantz will speak about how Open Source banking is helping the global fight against poverty.


Then, on Wednesday, we’ll hear from Bridget Kromhout, Principal Cloud Developer Advocate from Microsoft, about the really hard problem in software - the people. And Euan McLeod, ‎VP VIPER at ‎Comcast will show us the many ways that Apache software delivers your favorite shows to your living room.


ApacheCon will also feature old favorites like the Lightning Talks, the Hackathon (running the duration of the event), PGP key signing, and lots of hallway-track time to get to know your project community better.


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


See you in Montreal!


Rich Bowen

VP Conferences, The Apache Software Foundation

help@apachecon.com

@ApacheCon



Monday April 09, 2018

Apache EU Roadshow 2018, Schedule Announced!

The Apache Software Foundation is happy to announce the schedule for the Apache EU Roadshow 2018 in Berlin.

http://apachecon.com/euroadshow18/schedule.html

This EU Roadshow will be the main Apache event in Europe for 2018. 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

Thursday 14th June 2018

Our EU Roadshow begins as a 2 day Apache Lounge during Berlin Buzzwords on 11th and 12th June 2018, and then expands into 2 full days of talks, presentations and community meetups on 13th and 14th June 2018. Please note that our EU Roadshow is co-located with FOSS Backstage so registration for FOSS Backstage gives full access to both events.

Since 1999, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has been recognized as a leading source for Open Source software and tools that meet the demand for interoperable, adaptable, and sustainable solutions.

The all-volunteer ASF develops, stewards, and incubates dozens of enterprise-grade Open Source projects that power mission-critical applications in financial services, aerospace, publishing, government, healthcare, research, infrastructure, and more. From Abdera to ZooKeeper, the ASF's reliable, community-driven software continues to grow dramatically across many categories, including Cloud, IoT and Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, Mobile, and Big Data, where the Apache Hadoop ecosystem dominates the marketplace.

For the latest information about this event, follow us on Twitter @apachecon.

Tuesday April 03, 2018

CFP closed, schedule coming soon, for ApacheCon North America

The Call for Papers has now closed for ApacheCon North America 2018, and the schedule will be coming soon. We will also have another keynote announcement in the coming days.

 Thank you all for your session submissions. We have about 3.75 sessions per available slot, so it's going to be challenging to select the schedule. Stay tunes - check back here, on the ApacheCon website, and follow us on Twitter, for the lasted news.

Thursday January 25, 2018

Save The Date: Apache EU Roadshow, 13-14 June in Berlin

Save the date!

2018 Apache EU Roadshow will be held during FOSS Backstage on 13-14 June in Berlin.

We'll have an Apache Lounge, 2 Apache Devrooms with two full tracks as well shared Apache / FOSS Backstage Devroom with presentations & workshops as well as places to relax and program.

The Apache EU Roadshow will be a free add-on to FOSS Backstage All you need is tickets to FOSS Backstage.

 P.S.: Attending Berlin Buzzwords? June 10-12. Plan to stop by our Apache Lounge on Days 2 and 3 (11-12 June).

Follow @ApacheCon, and check back at apachecon.com for more details as they become available. 

Thursday March 09, 2017

ApacheCon: Tomorrow's Software, Today. Schedule announced!

The Apache Software Foundation, in conjunction with our friends at the Linux Foundation events team, are proud to announce the schedule for ApacheCon North America - http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/schedule - and Apache Big Data North America - http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america/program/schedule

Since 1999, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has been recognized as a leading source for Open Source software and tools that meet the demand for interoperable, adaptable, and sustainable solutions.

The all-volunteer ASF develops, stewards, and incubates dozens of enterprise-grade Open Source projects that power mission-critical applications in financial services, aerospace, publishing, government, healthcare, research, infrastructure, and more. From Abdera to ZooKeeper, the ASF's reliable, community-driven software continues to grow dramatically across many categories, including Cloud, IoT and Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, Mobile, and Big Data, where the Apache Hadoop ecosystem dominates the marketplace.

Today, many of the ASF’s 300+ projects serve as the backbone for some of the world’s most visible and widely used applications in Big Data (Cassandra, Hadoop, Spark); Cloud (CouchDB, CloudStack, Mesos); Search and CMS (Derby, Jackrabbit, Lucene/Solr); DevOps and Build Management (Ant, Buildr, Maven); Web Frameworks (Flex, OFBiz, Struts); Servers (HTTP Web Server, Tomcat, Traffic Server); among others.

Come to ApacheCon to learn about tomorrow's software, today. Find out what's coming next out of the Apache Incubator that will change the world again. Meet the people that make it happen, and get in on the ground floor of the next wave of innovation.

ApacheCon North America and ApacheCon Big Data will be held at the Miami Intercontinental, May 16th through 18th, 2017.

Come early for the Apache Traffic Server and Apache Traffic Control Summit. ATS and ATC are the workhorses behind some of the largest websites in the world. The summit will be happening on Sunday, May 14, and May 15, before the main conference. Find out details about this event at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/extend-the-experience/ats-summit

And on Monday, May 15, we'll be holding the BarCampApache event, a full-day, unconference style event, where many of the ideas behind Apache projects have been hatched in the past. Details are at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/extend-the-experience/barcamp

Early bird pricing for ApacheCon ends on Sunday, so register today to save $200. Register for ApacheCon North America at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/register- or for Apache Big Data at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america/attend/register-  But note that a ticket for the one also gives you full access to the other event. (The Traffic Server Summit is a separate ticket.)

For the latest information about the event, follow us on Twitter, @apachecon. For interviews and past conference talks, see http://feathercast.apache.org/ and follow @feathercast. For news and announcements, subscribe to the apachecon-discussion mailing list by sending a blank message to apachecon-discuss-subscribe@apache.org or, subscribe to the lower-volume ApacheCon Announce list by sending mail to announce-subscribe@apachecon.com

See you in Miami!


Wednesday February 08, 2017

Final notice: CFP for ApacheCon Miami closes February 11th

This is your FINAL reminder that the Call for Papers (CFP) for ApacheCon Miami is closing this weekend - February 11th. This is your final opportunity to submit a talk for consideration at this event.

This year, we are running several mini conferences in conjunction with the main event, so if you're submitting for one of those events, please pay attention to the instructions below.

Apache: Big Data 
* Event information: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america
* CFP: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america/program/cfp

Apache: IoT (Internet of Things)
* Event Information: http://us.apacheiot.org/
* CFP - http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp (Indicate 'IoT' in the Target Audience field)

CloudStack Collaboration Conference
* Event information: http://us.cloudstackcollab.org/
* CFP - http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp (Indicate 'CloudStack' in the Target Audience field)

FlexJS Summit
* Event information - http://us.apacheflexjs.org/
* CFP - http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp (Indicate 'Flex' in the Target Audience field)

TomcatCon
* Event information - https://tomcat.apache.org/conference.html
* CFP - http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp (Indicate 'Tomcat' in the Target Audience field)

All other topics and projects
* Event information - http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/about
* CFP - http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp

Admission to any of these events also grants you access to all of the others.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in Miami!

Monday January 30, 2017

TomcatCon at ApacheCon North America 2017

We are excited to welcome TomcatCon to our growing family of Apache community conferences at ApacheCon.

TomcatCon will be held concurrently with ApacheCon, at the Intercontinental in Miami, May 14-18, 2017. It will feature topics on all aspects of Tomcat. The schedule will be finalized in early March. The planning is based around the following outline schedule:

  • Day 1
    • Opening session
    • State of the Cat
    • ~4 sessions on security topics
  • Day 2
    • ~3 sessions on networking (reverse proxying, load-balancing, clustering)
    • ~2 sessions on performance / monitoring
    • ~1 session on reactive
  • Day 3
    • ~1 session on migration / upgrade
    • ~1 session on packaging
    • ~1 session on microservices
    • ~1 session on cloud
    • Wrap-up

If you would like to speak at TomcatCon, submit your talk via the ApacheCon Call for Papers, indicating 'Tomcat' in the 'Target Audience' field. The deadline is February 11th.

Attendees of TomcatCon will also have access to Apache: Big Data, CloudStack Collaboration Conference, and the main ApacheContracks. Register today to take advantage of early bird rates.

Wednesday January 18, 2017

ApacheCon CFP closing soon (11 February)

Hello, fellow Apache enthusiast. Thanks for your participation, and interest in, the projects of the Apache Software Foundation.

I wanted to remind you that the Call For Papers (CFP) for ApacheCon North America, and Apache: Big Data North America, closes in less than a month. If you've been putting it off because there was lots of time left, it's time to dig for that inspiration and get those talk proposals in.

It's also time to discuss with your developer and user community whether there's a track of talks that you might want to propose, so that you have more complete coverage of your project than a talk or two.

We're looking for talks directly, and indirectly, related to projects at the Apache Software Foundation. These can be anything from in-depth technical discussions of the projects you work with, to talks about community, documentation, legal issues, marketing, and so on. We're also very interested in talks about projects and services built on top of Apache projects, and case studies of how you use Apache projects to solve real-world problems.

We are particularly interested in presentations from Apache projects either in the Incubator, or recently graduated. ApacheCon is where people come to find out what technology they'll be using this time next year.

Important URLs are:
To submit a talk for Apache: Big Data - http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america/program/cfp
To submit a talk for ApacheCon - http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp

To register for Apache: Big Data - http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america/attend/register-
To register for ApacheCon - http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/register-

Early Bird registration rates end March 12th, but if you're a committer on an Apache project, you get the low committer rate, which is less than half of the early bird rate!

For further updated about ApacheCon, follow us on Twitter, @ApacheCon, or drop by our IRC channel, #apachecon on the Freenode IRC network. Or contact me - rbowen@apache.org - with any questions or concerns.

Thanks!

Thursday October 27, 2016

What are you working on at ApacheCon?

The biggest benefit of ApacheCon is getting together with the members of your community. While much of this is social, it's also an opportunity to collaborate in person on the code.

We will have a open collaboration space, with network and power, and tables for your project to gather around to work. Signs will be available to indicate what project you're working on, so that people will know which table to join. 

Having a clear set of objectives is key to getting everyone focused around the same thing, and is also a great way to attract new members to your community. When they can see what you'll be working on, and give it some thought ahead of time, new community members feel more welcome to participate once they get there. 

To this end, we encourage you to talk about this in your community, and then add your thoughts to the public etherpad  so that we can help you promote your project's objectives. This further encourages cross pollination between projects, as we start to see what one another is working on. 

Tuesday August 30, 2016

ApacheCon Seville CFP Closes September 9th

It's traditional. We wait for the last minute to get our talk proposals in for conferences.

Well, the last minute has arrived. The CFP for ApacheCon Seville closes on September 9th, which is less than 2 weeks away. It's time to get your talks in, so that we can make this the best ApacheCon yet.

It's also time to discuss with your developer and user community whether there's a track of talks that you might want to propose, so that you have more complete coverage of your project than a talk or two.

For Apache Big Data, the relevant URLs are:
Event details: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-europe
CFP: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-europe/program/cfp

For ApacheCon Europe, the relevant URLs are:
Event details: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-europe
CFP: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-europe/program/cfp

This year, we'll be reviewing papers "blind" - that is, looking at the abstracts without knowing who the speaker is. This has been shown to eliminate the "me and my buddies" nature of many tech conferences, producing more diversity, and more new speakers. So make sure your abstracts clearly explain what you'll be talking about.

For further updated about ApacheCon, follow us on Twitter, @ApacheCon, or drop by our IRC channel, #apachecon on the Freenode IRC network.

Thursday May 12, 2016

ApacheCon North America 2016, happening now in Vancouver

This week we're holding the Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon North America events in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Although the event is still on-going, I wanted to mention a few highlights of the event for those of you who missed it.

Attendance has grown 51% over our event in Austin last year, with 675 Apache enthusiasts in attendance.

Keynotes from the events may be found on the event YouTube channel, and audio from the conference sessions may be found on FeatherCast.

During the event, we announced ApacheCon EU 2016, to be held November 14-18 in Seville (Sevilla) Spain. We will have a website, with registration and CFP, up within the next few days. Mark the date in your calendar, and plan to attend. It's going to be even better than lst year. If your company wishes to sponsor ApacheCon, we'd be glad to send you a prospectus for the event. If you're wondering why you should sponsor, listen to some of this year's sponsors for their reasons.

We're considering several locations for ApacheCon North America 2017. Watch apachecon.com for updates! 

ApacheCon is the place to come to learn what Apache projects are doing, as well as a place for projects to come to build stronger project communities, as well as forge the bonds between projects.

ApacheCon is 18 years old, and we've held 32 events in North America, Europe, and Asia. We bring together 350+ projects across many technology spaces, and developers from more than 100 countries who collaborate on these projects

Companies who sponsor ApacheCon gain visibility with the developers who make these projects happen, as well as having a chance to showcase their technologies to our user community. Sponsors of past events include Apple, Google, Microsoft, Red Hat, Canonical. HP, IBM, and many, many others.

Topics covered include big data, community governance, geospatial computation, web services, and many, many more, as well as an extensive "hallway track", where communities and relationships are forged and strengthened.

Wednesday July 29, 2015

New "Apache: Big Data" and "ApacheCon: Core" Europe Events to Feature Top Speakers in Big Data and Open Source Development

Apache project committers and users will gather in Budapest to discuss Big Data and other key Apache technologies

SAN FRANCISCO - July 29, 2015 - The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced the lineup of speakers and sessions for Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core Europe, The Apache Software Foundation’s (ASF) official conference series which will showcase dozens of key Apache projects across topics and tracks such as cloud computing, deployment, Internet of Things (IoT), libraries, microservices, web development, community, and more. The events will take place 1-2 October 2015 at the Corinthia Hotel in Budapest, Hungary.

Apache: Big Data will be held in Budapest, September 28 - 30, with content designed to gather together the Apache projects, people and technologies working on big data, ubiquitous computing and data engineering and science to educate, collaborate and connect in a vendor-neutral environment.

Apache: Big Data keynote speakers include:

  • Josh Baer, Hadoop lead at Spotify, will share how Apache drives Spotify’s music recommendations.
  • Dirk Duellmann, deputy leader of the data and storage services group in the IT department at CERN, will discuss the large scale (100 PB) data management and analysis infrastructure for physics data at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
  • Ross Gardler, ASF President, will present his annual ‘State of the Feather’, providing an overview of the Foundation as it relates to Big Data, and how collaboration and The Apache Way will continue to support future advances.
  • Arun Murthy, co-founder of Hortonworks, will discuss ‘Apache’s Key Role in the Big Data Industry’.
  • Gary Richardson, head of data engineering at KPMG for the UK, will discuss strategies for keeping the elephant in room; moving from proof of concept to full scale enterprise Hadoop adoption.
  • And a panel discussion on the Open Data Platform Initiative featuring speakers from Altiscale, Hortonworks, IBM, Pivotal, and WANDisco.

These keynote speakers reflect the tremendous importance of Big Data and how Apache projects are leading the way in developing innovative ways to leverage it.

"Having worked on Hadoop since the early days, the Apache community has always been a critical component in the re-platforming of enterprise data architecture," said Arun Murthy, co-founder, Hortonworks. "Everything we do at Hortonworks is under the governance of the ASF and I look forward to connecting with the community at Apache: Big Data."

Apache: Big Data session highlights include:

  • Data Science in the Travel Industry: Real-World Experience with Current Leading Frameworks - Paul Balmm, data scientist at Amadeus
  • Being Ready for Apache Kafka: Today's Ecosystem and Future Roadmap - Michael Noll, developer evangelist at Confluent
  • In Memory Analytics in Apache Ignite -- Why you need more than Spark - Atri Sharma, assistant vice president at Barclays
  • Apache Phoenix: The Evolution of a Relational Database Layer over HBase - James Taylor, architect at Salesforce.com

The full Apache: Big Data agenda can be viewed at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-europe/program/schedule.

ApacheCon: Core is aimed at open source users, developers, programmers, students, novices, community managers, and enthusiasts seeking to leverage the power of popular Apache projects that include the ubiquitous Apache™ HTTP and Tomcat™ web servers, as well as Camel, Cordova, Flex, Mesos, OFBiz, OpenOffice, Sling, Solr, Zest, ZooKeeper, and more.

Those developing Apache-based solutions, as well as those interested in committing code to an Apache project, contributing to the Apache Incubator, or enhancing their open source products and community engagement are provided the opportunity to meet the individuals behind some of the industry's most popular Apache projects. ApacheCon: Core tracks, presentations, and mini-summits are dedicated to specific Apache projects and organized by their respective communities. In addition to outstanding education, collaboration, and networking, attendees will learn about the latest emerging innovations from the Apache Incubator, including Apache Brooklyn, Geode, Groovy, Johnzon, and Tamaya, as well as other open source topics and issues, such as The Apache Way, best practices, licensing, community development, and the Summer of Code.

ApacheCon: Core keynote speakers include:

  • Ross Gardler, ASF President, will present his annual ‘State of the Feather’, providing an overview of the Foundation, how it continues to grow, and how to accelerate IT innovation.
  • Serge Huber, CTO at Jahia, will provide a brief introduction to Apache Unomi, a new Apache project in incubation, which is a prototype reference implementation of the OASIS Context Server specification currently being worked on by the OASIS Context Server Technical Committee.
ApacheCon: Core session highlights include:

  • Engineering, Business & Legal Choices for Bringing Commercial Software to Open Source - Gregory Chase, Pivotal
  • Keeping your Apache Project's Independence and Brand - Shane Curcuru, Apache Software Foundation
  • Open Source at Scale - The Apache Software Foundation - Bertrand Delacretaz, Adobe Research
  • Apache Incubator: Possibly the Most Important Project in the Foundation - Roman Shaposhnik, Pivotal
  • Communities matter: Developing and Enforcing the Apache Code of Conduct - Joan Touzet, Cloudant

The full ApacheCon: Core session agenda can be viewed at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-core-europe/program/schedule.

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and The Linux Foundation have joined forces to produce Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core to bring the power of these projects together under one roof where the developers and maintainers of the projects can work with users and collaborate with each other to accelerate the state of the art.

"Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core will provide a greater breadth and depth of content than any Apache event before," said Amanda McPherson, CMO and VP Developer Programs at The Linux Foundation. "The top content we have lined up, coupled with the huge range of talented and experienced committers from a wide variety of project makes this a can't miss open source event in Europe."

"We are thrilled to offer users and developers an event specifically focused on Apache's Big Data projects, while also highlighting key technologies under the ApacheCon umbrella," said Rich Bowen, Executive Vice President of The Apache Software Foundation. "As The ASF continues to grow, it is essential that those working with Apache projects have the opportunity to meet face-to-face and promote cross-collaboration between various projects."

Registration is now open for both events, at a discounted price of €599 for Apache: Big Data, €499 for ApacheCon: Core, or €898 for both events through August 1. Register for Apache: Big Data at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-europe/attend/register, and ApacheCon: Core at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-core-europe/attend/register.

About The Linux Foundation
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Wednesday November 26, 2014

ApacheCon North America returns to Austin

by Rich Bowen, ASF Executive Vice President  

We just got done with ApacheCon Europe in Budapest last week - http://apachecon.eu/ - and it's time to start thinking about ApacheCon North America.

We'll be holding ApacheCon North America, April 13-17th, 2015, in Austin, Texas. The call for papers is already open, at http://apachecon.com/, and we are hoping that this event will represent the breadth of the Apache Software Foundation projects.

Organize your community
The most important thing at this stage in the process is getting the Apache community involved in this event. ApacheCon exists to unite our community, get various projects to interact with one another, and bring new members into our community. The best way to accomplish these goals is to ensure that your project has representation at ApacheCon. Here are four specific areas where we need the help of Apache project communities:

Track layout
We've found that the very best way to have a project well represented in the content tracks is for someone deeply familiar with the project to craft an ideal track schedule, and then solicit speakers for those sessions. This has two immediate benefits.

First, it goes a long way to ensuring that the topic is covered with the breadth that it deserves, rather than having a few random talks that cover random esoteric parts of the technology, and ignore segments of the audience that you most want to attract.

Second, it is very encouraging to first-time speakers. It's very difficult, and very intimidating, to try to come up with a topic to speak about the first few times. Seeing a list of proposed topics is the perfect way to say to a new speaker that what they know about is worth them proposing to a conference. "Hey, I could speak about that, and nobody would think it's a stupid idea."

Speakers
Some talks require certain speakers. You know this a lot better than we do, because it's your project. We need your help to go to those specific speakers and encourage them to submit the specific talk(s) that you know they'll shine at.

Reviewing and Scheduling
Once the talks have been submitted, we're going to need your help reviewing them and building the schedule. To help with the review process, you'll need to create an account in the CFP system (if you haven't already done so) at https://identity.linuxfoundation.org/user and then email me - rbowen@apache.org - with your username, so that I can get you added to the review system. From there, you'll see a list of talks to consider, and you can rate them according to how well you think they'll fit the conference.

Of course, if you specifically solicited those talks, then you'll quickly mark them as "Strongly Accept" with a comment of "I solicited this specific talk", and move on. (The CFP review interface is at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/cfp/cfp-list if you already have an account.) You can review talks from other topics/tracks, too, if you feel that you have some domain knowledge.

Once the review process is complete, we'll select the talks that rate the highest, and at that point we'll be back in touch with you to help us order them correctly. Here, again, if you've already approached us with a layout of your ideal content track, there's really nothing else to do. But if there are other talks that made it in through the review process, we'll need help.

Hackathons
A key benefit of ApacheCon is getting your developers together in one place to work on things. We've got a a general hackathon area where you can gather to work on bugs, features, documentation, or discuss thorny community issues. (Don't forget to summarize your conversations back to the mailing list for the people who can't make it!)

If you want to have a sponsored hackathon specifically for your project, we can find room to make that happen. Just get in touch with me, and we'll work out the details.

Talking before the event about what you'll be working on has a number of benefits.

First, it gives people time to think about how they can contribute, and plan accordingly.

Second, it encourages people to come in from the edges of the project to participate more fully in the life of the community, because they can select something that they're particularly interested in, and work on it in company with the rest of the project members.

Using the ApacheCon wiki - http://wiki.apache.org/apachecon/ - as a place to work on your hackathon topics gives conference attendees an easy way to find topics that they might be interested in, and connecting with the community. If you don't have write permissions to the wiki, send me your wiki username, and I'll get you added to the access list.

Sponsor
Your company uses Apache software every day. Perhaps you even contribute to a project as part of your day job. ApacheCon is the best place in the world for your company to show off their involvement in Apache, and to find new talent to work on their products. Sponsorship of ApacheCon gives you a platform from which to talk about what your company does, and gets your company name recognized - and closely associated with Apache - by the people that make the decisions in some of the most important places in IT.

If you'd like to sponsor ApacheCon, get in touch with me, and I'll get you a sponsor prospectus, and help you select the sponsorship opportunity that's right for you - whether that's the conference lanyard, an evening reception, the conference bags or tshirts, or a booth in the exhibit hall. There's something for every budget and level of exposure you're looking for.

Get the word out
You have the ear of your project community - both the developers and the end users. We need your help telling them about this event. Right now, we need you to tell them to save the date. Later on, we'll need you to be telling them about specific talks that will be of interest to them, both directly relating to your project and about other related projects that they should know about.

Join the Community Development mailing list - http://www.apache.org/foundation/mailinglists.html#foundation-community - where we'll be posting suggested tweets, suggested things to share on Facebook and Google Plus, and other suggestions for helping us get the message to the communities where you have a more trusted voice than we do.

This is critical - it does no good putting together a great event, if nobody comes. You know who needs to hear the message, and you know where they hang out. A well-placed message by the trusted members of the community is far more effective than a dozen mass emails from a stranger.

Come join us!
So, if you'd like to help us make ApacheCon a success, get onto the Community Development list - http://www.apache.org/foundation/mailinglists.html#foundation-community - and on the #apachecon IRC channel on Freenode, and speak up. Tell us what you can do, and we'll find a place for you to fit in.

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