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Saturday August 17, 2019

ApacheCon Q&A with Community Track Leader Sharan Foga


Sharan Foga, Apache Software Foundation (ASF)’s Vice President of Apache Community Development, will lead the Community Track at ApacheCon North America, 9-12 September, in Las Vegas. In our Q&A below, Sharan highlights what to expect from the Community Track and her role at Apache. You can listen to Sharan’s Apache Feathercast podcasts here: Part 1:  ApacheCon North America: and Part 2: ApacheCon Europe.

Q: Introduce yourself. What are you working on at ApacheCon this year?

A: I've been involved with Apache for over a decade. I’m the Chair of the Community Development community. I help organize ApacheCon tracks and content. Apache is built on communities, and the ApacheCon Community Track enables us to make sure that we encourage the health, diversity, and longevity of all our communities. This year we'll have 24 talks in just over three days at ApacheCon North America.


Q: Tell us about the Community Track. What does it offer new attendees?

A: Each year, we design the ApacheCon Community Track to cater to a diverse set of audiences. For new attendees, the track provides a great introduction to the “Apache Way”, highlighting everything about our culture, including how we work, interact and communicate. The track also provides an overview of how projects become part of the ASF’s Apache Incubator program, from submitting a proposal to how to graduate to a top-level project.


We also have a great lineup featuring some of the ASF founders at the Founders Panel. For example, Jim Jagielski is going to be speaking about the “Apache Way”. Lars Eilebrecht will present Behind the Scenes of the Apache Software Foundation. Another talk stood out to me: it's Ruth Holloway on empathy and compassion, trying to get people to imagine themselves in somebody else's shoes effectively. Her talk is titled A Mile in My Shoes: How Empathy & Compassion Can Transform Your Work & Your Life. We also have some speakers from the Chinese community in our track at ApacheCon North America.


I'm also looking forward to some of the behind-the-scenes talks -- to get perspective from some of the founders on how Apache and the ASF have changed in the 20 years that the ASF has been going; where they started all those years ago and where we are now. 


Q: What value does the track have for people who are not new to ApacheCon?

A: One area that is quite interesting within open-source is that to have a more balanced community, people make a lot of contributions that are not related to coding. We have contributors who create art, manage the writing, or even handle interviews. These non-coding activities contribute to the health and activity of the community. So one of the things we talk about in our community track deals with understanding the people that are not coders - not developers - but do add some real value to your community. 


Q: What benefits do employers get from sending their employees to this track?

A: A lot of employers use open-source software. If a corporation is relying on something that is open-source, it makes sense to be involved in the communities that create that open-source material. Doing this provides assurance that you have input on how the project goes forward, besides being actually involved in contributing. Participating helps safeguard your reliance on the open-source software you're using, and coming to ApacheCon gives your employees an understanding of how Apache works because not all open source foundations work in the same way. 


Q: One more question: I know you are involved with ApacheCon Europe Track. How does it differ from ApacheCon North America Community Track?

A: ApacheCon Europe is going to be in Berlin from the 22nd to the 24th of October. We have two days of the community track and some of the topics are similar -- we have the same theme around Apache, the Apache way, Incubator. We also have the Podling's Shark Tank. One thing that's a bit different for the EU is that there will be talks around Apache governance and the board members.


For example, a new board director will share their story about their first six months on the ASF board. We often hear about being an Apache contributor, developer, or a committer but it is not often you get to hear about what's it like to be a board member. This talk should be quite interesting for attendees because anyone can eventually become an Apache board member thanks to Apache flat organizational model. 


Another ApacheCon Europe Community Track related to the board is about quarterly reports. All the Apache projects need to report to the board every quarter, which can make for hundreds of board reports. This talk covers how board members handle reading all those project reports that are submitted.

And one of the highlights that we've got in the ApacheCon Europe Community Track is about the concept of a community but taken to a different level, looking at something akin to shared neurons. We at Apache often talk about communities as one giant brain, and out of that collaboration, we get a lot of great ideas and a ton of creativity. There are some quite interesting things that we're running in the ApacheCon Europe Community Track that are not on the schedule for North America. If you get the chance to attend both, that would be great. 


ApacheCon Q&As and Feathercasts 

* ApacheCon Q&A and Feathercast with Rich Bowen

* Big Data Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Streaming Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Machine Learning Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Geospatial Software Track Q&A and Feathercast with Geoge Percivall

* Keynote and Hackathon Q&A and Feathercast with Samaira Mehta

Important Dates and Deadlines

* Register at https://apachecon.com/acna19/.

* Discounted Hotel Rooms: Book your room before prices go up 29 August! We are offering special room rates at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Secure your spot by registering at https://www.apachecon.com/acna19/location.html.

Ways to Get Involved, or Get Questions Answered

* Join our mailing lists: http://events.apache.org/involved/mailing-lists.html

* Email the ApacheCon planners directly: planners-acna19@apachecon.com

* Follow us on Twitter: @apachecon

* Join us on Slack

* Visit the ApacheCon website


Friday August 16, 2019

Q&A with ApacheCon North America Keynote Speaker Samaira Mehta


CEO and Founder of CoderBunnyz, CoderMindz

At ApacheCon North America keynote speaker Samaira Mehta, CEO and founder of CoderBunnyz and CoderMindz her keynote, “Yes, You Could Help Build the Next Disruptor!!, as well as the Hackathon, “Yes, 1 Billion Kids Can Code”. You can listen to Samaira’s full interview on our Apache Feathercast podcast here: https://feathercast.apache.org/2019/08/15/apachecon-qa-with-keynote-speaker-samaira-mehta-ceo-and-founder-of-coderbunnyz-codermindz/. To learn more about Samaira’s keynote and hackathon and ApacheCon North America, see the links below.

Q: Tell us about yourself and what you do.

A: I'm 11 years old and I am the CEO and founder of CoderBunnyz and CoderMindz, both board games intended to teach kids the concepts of computer programming and artificial intelligence in a fun, exciting way.

I've started an initiative called “Yes, One Billion Kids Can Code” with the goal of making coding and stem tools accessible in every corner of the world. To achieve this goal, I have been doing workshops such as the hackathon that I will be doing at ApacheCon as well as connecting with companies and organizations in every corner of the world. 

Q: What can attendees look forward to at your keynote and the hackathon?

A: I'll be giving my keynote on September 11 at 9 a.m. where I'm focusing on how everyone can nurture the next disruptor. I will be using interactive ways to prove that we have all grown very accustomed to technologies, but I like to try to remind people that technology is not the future - we people are. 

That same day, at 11 a.m., I will be doing a CoderBunnyz workshop and hackathon. It is a “Yes, One Billion Kids Can Code” workshop and hackathon. It's one of the workshops targeted towards getting my one billion kids initiative, making it all possible.

Q: What key takeaways can attendees learn from your presentation?

A: My main goal for my talk is to prove that everyone can create and build the next disruptor. I will talk about the superpowers that we have and how kids need the guidance and support of the ApacheCon audience. My goal is to encourage them to help create the next disrupter, help create the next child who creates something big, and be their mentor to help them follow their passions and dreams.

I’m excited for both the keynote and the hackathon. I'm looking forward to meeting so many amazing bright minds and learning from them as well as seeing how they can help me with my Billion Kids mission.


ApacheCon Q&As and Feathercasts 

* ApacheCon Q&A and Feathercast with Rich Bowen

* Big Data Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Streaming Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Machine Learning Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Geospatial Software Track Q&A and Feathercast with Geoge Percivall

Important Dates and Deadlines

* Register at https://apachecon.com/acna19/.

* Discounted Hotel Rooms: Book your room before prices go up 29 August! We are offering special room rates at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Secure your spot by registering at https://www.apachecon.com/acna19/location.html.

Ways to Get Involved, or Get Questions Answered

* Join our mailing lists: http://events.apache.org/involved/mailing-lists.html

* Email the ApacheCon planners directly: planners-acna19@apachecon.com

* Follow us on Twitter: @apachecon

* Join us on Slack

* Visit the ApacheCon website



Thursday August 15, 2019

ApacheCon Q&A with Machine Learning Track Leader Felix Cheung (Part Three of Three)

At ApacheCon North America, Felix Cheung, member of the Project Management Committee (PMC) for Apache Spark, Zeppelin, and Incubator, will be leading the Big Data, Machine Learning and Streaming tracks. Below is what to expect from the Machine Learning Track. Also, be sure to check out Felix’s full podcast interview on our Machine Learning Track Feathercast. Plus, find the full series of ApacheCon Q&As and Feathercasts interviews with Felix and other track leaders below along with helpful links..


Q: Tell us about the Machine Learning Track?

A: We have two tracks on machine learning focused on platform innovations and deep learning. We have several new projects and some of these are incubating projects like TVM, MXNet, and Project Submarine, which is part of Hadoop.

Another exciting feature that’s part of the Machine Learning Track is Apache MXNet. This project is incubating right now under the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) but has grown and evolved over the last couple of years. I am excited to have a homegrown project from Seattle, where I’m located, grow to become a worldwide project. One thing MXNet is doing is providing another approach to observing deep learning and our track will offer several related presentations about this topic.

Apache TVM provides a way to bring the machine learning model and have it optimized for a different hardware type. For example, GPU and FPGA, are some of the accelerated hardware that can be run on Apache TVM using deep learning. We have world-renowned speaker, Tianqi Chen, who is the brain behind TVM, MXNet, and XGBoost. He created all these projects and we are excited to have him present at our ApacheCon Machine Learning Track.

 Q: What makes this a must-attend track?

A: The Machine Learning Track will focus on all aspects of machine learning and deep learning frameworks. We will explore how it runs on top of the big data ecosystem using Hadoop and how it seamlessly integrates with these frameworks. For example, we will look at how to integrate it with the data source and have it run on Hadoop Submarine and also other projects, like Apache Zeppelin, while remaining interactive and effective. I encourage everyone to check out the Machine Learning Track at ApacheCon for more information about these concepts.

I'm looking forward to there machine learning presentations. This is an area that is growing and evolving quickly and I'm happy to see there's more attention given to this area. I definitely suggest checking out ApacheCon and coming out to learn about these innovations.

 ApacheCon Q&As and Feathercasts 

* ApacheCon Q&A and Feathercast with Rich Bowen

* Big Data Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Streaming Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Machine Learning Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Geospatial Software Track Q&A and Feathercast with Geoge Percivall

* Geospatial Software Track Q&A and Feathercast with Geoge Percivall

Important Dates and Deadlines

* Register at https://apachecon.com/acna19/.

* Discounted Hotel Rooms: Book your room before prices go up 29 August! We are offering special room rates at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Secure your spot by registering at https://www.apachecon.com/acna19/location.html.

Ways to Get Involved, or Get Questions Answered

* Join our mailing lists: http://events.apache.org/involved/mailing-lists.html

* Email the ApacheCon planners directly: planners-acna19@apachecon.com

* Follow us on Twitter: @apachecon

* Join us on Slack

* Visit the ApacheCon website


ApacheCon Q&A with Streaming Track Leader Felix Cheung (Part Two of Three)

At ApacheCon North America, Felix Cheung, a member of the Project Management Committee (PMC) for Apache Spark, Zeppelin, and Incubator, will be leading the Big Data, Machine Learning and Streaming tracks. Below is what to expect from the Streaming Track. Also, be sure to check out Felix’s full podcast interview on our Streaming Track Feathercast.  Plus, find the full series of ApacheCon Q&As and Feathercasts interviews with Felix and other track leaders below along with helpful links..


Q: Tell us about the Streaming Track.

A: The Streaming Track is going to involve a mix of powered by Apache projects, use cases and innovations around event sourcing, interactive query, and streaming SQL. What’s interesting about this track is that we received an overwhelming response from the community in terms of submitting streaming-related speaking proposals.

We decided to have this as a dedicated track so that we can focus on the many interesting learning uses cases. There will be a lot of interesting presentations on different projects like Kafka as well as newer projects

 Q: What can attendees look forward to at this track?

A: The Streaming Track provides great ways to learn about trends, newer developments and innovations. Companies will be interested in learning more about Interactive Query and Streaming SQL developments.

The Streaming SQL presentation will address the entire topic and examine how to resolve relationships between streaming data and syntax extension in regards to carrying data that comes along within stream processing. We will have Kenneth Knowles and very knowledgeable people from different companies presenting this information about this space, including Julian Hyde.

Meeting and talking to project leads and committers in person is another valuable benefit to attending the track. By asking questions and learning, attendees can find themselves working with these projects as well. 

 ApacheCon Q&As and Feathercasts 

* ApacheCon Q&A and Feathercast with Rich Bowen

* Big Data Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Streaming Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Machine Learning Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Geospatial Software Track Q&A and Feathercast with Geoge Percivall

* Geospatial Software Track Q&A and Feathercast with Geoge Percivall

Important Dates and Deadlines

* Register at https://apachecon.com/acna19/.

* Discounted Hotel Rooms: Book your room before prices go up 29 August! We are offering special room rates at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Secure your spot by registering at https://www.apachecon.com/acna19/location.html.

Ways to Get Involved, or Get Questions Answered

* Join our mailing lists: http://events.apache.org/involved/mailing-lists.html

* Email the ApacheCon planners directly: planners-acna19@apachecon.com

* Follow us on Twitter: @apachecon

* Join us on Slack

* Visit the ApacheCon website


ApacheCon Q&A with Big Data Track Leader Felix Cheung (Part One of Three)

At ApacheCon North America, Felix Cheung, member of the Project Management Committee (PMC) for Apache Spark, Zeppelin, and Incubator, will be leading the Big Data, Machine Learning and Streaming tracks. Below is the first of three Q&As with Felix on what to expect from each track, starting with the Big Data Track Q&A below. You can also listen to Felix’s full podcast interview on our Big Data Feathercast.. Plus, find the full series of ApacheCon Q&As and Feathercasts interviews with Felix and other track leaders below along with helpful links..

Q: Tell us about yourself. What are you working on at ApacheCon this year?

A: I’ve been contributing to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) for over four years. I am a member of the PMC for Apache Spark, Zeppelin, and Incubator projects. I’ve been at Uber for almost two years and have been leading the data platform team.

 This year at ApacheCon, we’ve created a set of tracks, including the Big Data Track, the Machine Learning Track, and the Streaming Track. Overall, the three different track sessions include about seven days of content and over 40 sessions in total.

Q: What can attendees look forward to in the Big Data Track?

A: The Big Data Track will showcase new Apache Incubator projects, like Iceberg and Nemo, as well as how Apache projects are staying relevant with new technology. Attendees will learn about the types of companies leveraging the “Apache Way” in their projects and understand how enterprises are using big data technologies.

 Ryan Blue from Netflix will be speaking at our first session. We also have several people from Alibaba and Cloudera talking about technologies like Kubernetes, Cloud, and Ozone. We will be discussing some of the new computing, storage and cloud developments in space. Track presenters will share how they leveraged the Apache Way in big data and real-time optimization projects by LinkedIn, Alibaba, and more. The last session in this track is enterprise themed and we’ll discuss Hadoop updates as well as cloud storage.

Q: What makes this a must-attend track?

A: Big Data has been one of the biggest industry trends for the last decade or so. By observing how a vast amount of data can be used to gain insights, attendees will learn how it brings value to many different companies across the industry.

I'm very excited for attendees to see the latest trends and developments from different companies and different communities. The Big Data Track will feature several upcoming Apache Incubator projects, which is a great way to extend our support in the Apache Software Foundation and the community.

 ApacheCon Q&As and Feathercasts 

* ApacheCon Q&A and Feathercast with Rich Bowen

* Big Data Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Streaming Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Machine Learning Track Q&A and Feathercast with Felix Cheung

* Geospatial Software Track Q&A and Feathercast with Geoge Percivall

* Geospatial Software Track Q&A and Feathercast with Geoge Percivall

Important Dates and Deadlines

* Register at https://apachecon.com/acna19/.

* Discounted Hotel Rooms: Book your room before prices go up 29 August! We are offering special room rates at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Secure your spot by registering at https://www.apachecon.com/acna19/location.html.

Ways to Get Involved, or Get Questions Answered

* Join our mailing lists: http://events.apache.org/involved/mailing-lists.html

* Email the ApacheCon planners directly: planners-acna19@apachecon.com

* Follow us on Twitter: @apachecon

* Join us on Slack

* Visit the ApacheCon website


Tuesday August 06, 2019

Q&A with Geospatial Software Track Leader George Percivall

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Chief Engineer and Chief Technology Officer

As ApacheCon North America approaches, we invited George Percivall to discuss the OGC’s exciting highlights for the 2019 event, 9-12 September in Las Vegas. Be sure to check out George’s full interview on our Apache Feathercast podcast here: https://feathercast.apache.org/2019/07/31/apachecon-qa-with-geospatial-software-track-leader-george-percivall-of-open-geospatial-consortium/

Q: What can people expect from the Geospatial Software Track this year?

A. This year, we've got a great program. Our track begins with “Geospatial Data and Processing -- Reusable Building Blocks", on Monday, 9 September at 9 a.m. The session will start by explaining what existing Apache projects are using geospatial data. We’ll examine how we can define building blocks and reusable code across the projects based upon standards. We’ll have six additional presentations from our community, including ASU, CCRI, Elastic, JPL, Uber, and NVIDIA.

Almost every application and any software that gets written and used will use data that includes location data. Accurately handling that information is important for safety, as well as privacy. This is the scope of what we're talking about here, and how to make that simple, reusable and accurate are the key themes.

Q: For people who will be attending ApacheCon, what makes this a must-attend track and why should employers send their teams to the event?

A. Attendees should come out to the Geospatial Software Track because the data that they're working with and projects they are developing almost always will be using location data and geospatial data.

You can see from the list of presentations below that the Geospatial Software Track is to provide reusable tools that make developer and data science jobs easier. It increases productivity by reusing existing geospatial APIs while lowering the interoperability friction between projects that might be implementing different data structures. With the APIs, the interoperability can be achieved based upon open standards.

Several of the existing Apache projects are already using a set of APIs that OGC has developed based upon geospatial best practices and the recent kinds of RESTful-based API practices. By using those APIs, they can quickly get up to speed on esoteric topics like coordinate reference systems, spatial geometries, spatial data arrays and more. This track based upon OGC APIs and a lot of Apache work, which helps to provide those building blocks and increase the productivity and the data quality of the developers who are using Apache projects.

Q: What will attendees learn this year from the Geospatial Software Track?

A. Attendees will see how developing applications based on reusable building blocks really pays off in quality and efficiency when you do that reuse. Our track’s presentations are also about learning geospatial concepts and how to work with them accurately, which is another gain for developers from attending the session.

From a data scientist point of view, which is very timely because we're going to be running a workshop specifically about geospatial data science soon, is that geospatial is in some ways just another piece of data.

While geospatial projects involve statistics, there are other aspects of it that can be handled with software. Some parts are unique, in particular dealing with coordinate reference systems; how to get an accurate location on the Earth and how to transfer that location information to others so that they accurately get it.

Geospatial Software Track Presentations: 9 September, 2019, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

* “Geospatial Data and Processing - Reusable Building Blocks” - George Percivall, OGC
* “Geospatial Data Management in Apache Spark”, Jia Yu, ASU & Mohamed Sarwat, ASU
* “Apache Science Data Analytics Platform Apache (SDAP)”, Thomas Huang, JPL
* “Using GeoMesa on top of Accumulo, HBase, Cassandra, and big data file formats for massive geospatial data - a LocationTech Project”, James Hughes, CCRI & Eddie Pickle, Radiant Solutions
* “Geospatial Indexing and Search at Scale with Apache Lucene”, Nick Knize, Elastic
* “GeoSpatial and Temporal Forecasting in Uber Marketplace”, Chong Sun, Uber
* “Realtime Geospatial Analytics with GPUs, RAPIDS, and Apache Arrow”, Josh Patterson, NVIDIA

Important Dates and Deadlines

Register at https://apachecon.com/acna19/.

Discounted Hotel Rooms: Book your room before prices go up 29 August! We are offering special room rates at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Secure your spot by registering at https://www.apachecon.com/acna19/location.html.

Ways to Get Involved, or Get Questions Answered

* Join our mailing lists: http://events.apache.org/involved/mailing-lists.html
* Email the ApacheCon planners directly: planners-acna19@apachecon.com
* Follow us on Twitter: @apachecon
* Join us on Slack
* Visit the ApacheCon website

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