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Wednesday June 09, 2021

The Apache® Software Foundation Welcomes its Global Community Online at ApacheCon(TM) Asia 2021

Asia edition of the official Apache global conference series to be held virtually, with 140+ sessions, and keynote and plenary sessions by luminaries from AliCloud, API7, DiDi Chuxing, Huawei, Kyligence, PingCAP, Tencent Cloud, Tsinghua University, and more. 

Wilmington, DE —9 June 2021— The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced keynotes, sponsors, and program for ApacheConTM Asia, taking place online 6-8 August 2021. Registration is open and free for all attendees.

"We’re excited to hold ApacheCon Asia online following last year’s highly successful ApacheCon@Home," said Sheng Wu, ApacheCon Asia co-Chair and member of the ASF Board of Directors. "The pandemic mobilized the global Apache community to collectively produce a first-rate online event, supported by an outstanding group of sponsors. We are proud to build on ApacheCon’s new virtual format and bring the ApacheCon Asia program to participants joining us from any location."

ApacheCon is the ASF's official global conference series, first held in 1998. ApacheCon draws attendees from more than 130 countries to experience "Tomorrow's Technology Today" independent of business interests, corporate biases, or sales pitches.

ApacheCon showcases the latest breakthroughs from dozens of Apache projects, with content selected entirely by Apache projects and their communities. ApacheCon Asia joins ApacheCon@Home, taking place online 21-23 September, to meet the educational demands of the growing Apache community of developers, users, and enthusiasts worldwide.

"Tune in to ApacheCon Asia's 140+ sessions to learn the latest developments, best practices, and lessons learned with Apache projects, incubating podlings, and community-led development 'The Apache Way',” said Willem Jiang, ApacheCon Asia co-Chair and initiator of Apache Local Community Beijing. "Participants can also connect and network virtually with attendees, speakers, and sponsors in real-time, as well as revisit presentations and explore additional tracks after the event."

Participants at all levels will learn about Apache project innovations in categories that include: APIs and Microservices; Big Data; Community; Culture; Data Visualization; Incubator; Integration; IoT and IIoT; Messaging; Middleware; Observability; Streaming; Servers; Workflow and Data Governance. 

Featured Apache projects include Airflow, APISIX, Arrow, Atlas, Bigtop, BookKeeper, brpc (incubating), Camel, CarbonData, Cassandra, Commons, DolphinScheduler, Doris (incubating), Druid, Dubbo, ECharts, Flink, Hadoop, HBase, Hive, HUDI, Ignite, Impala, InLong (incubating), IoTDB, Kafka, Kudu, Kylin, Liminal (incubating), MXNet (incubating), Nemo (incubating), Ozone, Pegasus (incubating), Pinot (incubating), PLC4X, Pulsar, RocketMQ, ServiceComb, ShardingSphere, SkyWalking, Sling, Spark, StreamPipes (incubating), Superset, Teaclave (incubating), Tomcat, YuniKorn (Incubating), and more.

Keynote presentations will be delivered by Dongxu Huang, CTO of PingCAP; Jianmin Wang, Dean, School of Software at Tsinghua University; Sharan Foga, ASF Board Member; and Sheng Wu, ASF Board Member. Plenary sessions will be presented by AliCloud, API7, DiDi Chuxing, Huawei, Kyligence, and Tencent Cloud.

The full program is available at https://apachecon.com/acasia2021/tracks.html

ApacheCon Asia sponsors include Strategic Sponsor Huawei; Platinum Sponsors AliCloud, API7, DiDi Chuxing, Kyligence, and Tencent Cloud; and Gold Sponsor Baidu. Huawei, Tencent, DiDi and Baidu are also Sponsors of ApacheCon@Home at the above levels.

To sponsor ApacheCon Asia and/or ApacheCon@Home, visit https://www.apachecon.com/acah2021/2021_ApacheCon_prospectus.pdf

Register today at https://apachecon.com/acasia2021/register.html .

About ApacheCon
ApacheCon is the official global conference series of The Apache Software Foundation. Since 1998 ApacheCon has been drawing participants at all levels to explore "Tomorrow's Technology Today" across 350+ Apache projects and their diverse communities. In 2020 and 2021 ApacheCon events showcase ubiquitous Apache projects and emerging innovations virtually through sessions, keynotes, real-world case studies, community events, and more, all online and free of charge. For more information, visit http://apachecon.com/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheCon .

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, The Apache Software Foundation is the world’s largest Open Source foundation, stewarding 227M+ lines of code and providing more than $20B+ worth of software to the public at 100% no cost. The ASF’s all-volunteer community grew from 21 original founders overseeing the Apache HTTP Server to 850+ individual Members and 200 Project Management Committees who successfully lead 350+ Apache projects and initiatives in collaboration with 8,200+ Committers through the ASF’s meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way". Apache software is integral to nearly every end user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile devices across enterprises and mission-critical applications. Apache projects power most of the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, and store billions of objects in virtually every industry. The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License v2 is an Open Source industry standard, helping launch billion dollar corporations and benefiting countless users worldwide. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services, Anonymous, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Didi Chuxing, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, Namebase, Pineapple Fund, Red Hat, Reprise Software, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Verizon Media, and Workday. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF .

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Tuesday September 24, 2019

The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Program Highlights for ApacheCon™ Europe

Momentum Builds for Official Global Conference Series of the World's largest Open Source Foundation

Wakefield, MA and Berlin, Germany —24 September 2019— The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today highlights for the upcoming European edition of ApacheCon™, the ASF’s official global conference series. 

Taking place 22-24 October 2019 at the Kulturbrauerei in Berlin, Germany, ApacheCon is the primary gathering of the collective Apache community worldwide, drawing hundreds of attendees from more than 60 countries to learn about Open Source development "The Apache Way" in a deliberately intimate, collaborative, vendor-neutral environment. Highlights include:

  • "Tomorrow's Technology Today" — first-hand insight on Open Source technologies in Big Data, Community, IoT, Machine Learning, Servers, and more, independent of business interests, corporate biases, or sales pitches;

  • Unparallelled educational opportunities — ApacheCon content is selected entirely by Apache projects and their communities, enabling participants at all levels to learn about the latest developments from Apache Airflow, Beam, Calcite, Cassandra, Commons, cTAKES, Flink, Hadoop, Hive, HTTP Server, Ignite, James, Kafka, Mynewt, NiFi, PLC4X, Spark, Tika, Tomcat, and numerous innovations in the Apache Incubator, such as Hivemall, IoTDB, Training, and more;

  • Keynotes and plenary sessions —
Thomas Gageik, Director Digital Business Solutions at the European Commission: "Open Source Software at European Commission's Informatics Directorate"
Miguel Gamiño, Executive Vice President, Global Cities at MasterCard: "City Possible: Addressing Shared Urban Challenges By Harnessing the Super-Power of Collaboration"
Nanjala Nyabola, writer, independent researcher and political analyst: "Where Do Broken Rights Go? A View from the Global South on the Limits of Techno-solutionism"
Ken Coar, Mark Cox, Lars Eilebrecht, and Dirk-Willem van Gulik, ASF co-Founders: "Founders' Panel"
David Nalley, ASF Executive Vice President: "State of the Feather"
  • Community sessions and Evening events — Hackathon, BarCamp, Movie Night screening of "FUD", Lightning Talks, ASF 20th Anniversary welcome reception, and more, including filming of "Trillions and Trillions Served", the documentary on the ASF;

  • Community Partnerships — connect with communities from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Informatics (DG DIGIT), EU Free and Open Source Software Auditing Community, Flink Forward, the Open Source Business Alliance, Open Source Design, and more. The Open Source Design community will be holding a dedicated track during the event, as well as a free post-conference usability workshop on 25 October;

  • Event Sponsorship — ApacheCon sponsors who showcase their products, people, and community support benefit by extending their brands to the greater Apache community, engaging with industry influencers, and connecting with potential future collaborators. Many sponsors consider ApacheCon to be an invaluable resource for recruiting top Open Source talent. ApacheCon attendees include individual developers and users, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, educators, consultants, community managers, Open Source enthusiasts, influencers, and industry analysts.

    ApacheCon Sponsors include: Google Cloud, eBay Tech Berlin, Amazon, RedHat,  Instaclustr, and Berlin Partner, among others. To become an ApacheCon Sponsor, visit https://s.apache.org/2019-BERApacheConProspectus

About ApacheCon
ApacheCon is the official global conference series of The Apache Software Foundation. Since 1998 ApacheCon has been drawing participants at all levels to explore ”Tomorrow’s Technology Today” across 300+ Apache projects and their diverse communities. ApacheCon showcases the latest developments in ubiquitous Apache projects and emerging innovations through hands-on sessions, keynotes, real-world case studies, trainings, hackathons, community events, and more. For more information, visit http://apachecon.com/ , https://twitter.com/ApacheCon , and https://s.apache.org/ApacheCon 

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 760 individual Members and 7,300 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Workday, and Verizon Media. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF 

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Airflow", "Apache Airflow", "Beam", "Apache Beam", "Calcite", "Apache Calcite", "Cassandra", "Apache Cassandra", "Commons", "Apache Commons", "cTAKES", "Apache cTAKES", "Flink", "Apache Flink", "Hadoop", "Apache Hadoop", "Hive", "Apache Hive", "Apache HTTP Server", "Ignite", "Apache Ignite", "James", "Apache James", "Kafka", "Apache Kafka", "Mynewt", "Apache Mynewt", "NiFi", "Apache NiFi", "PLC4x”, "Apache PLC4x", "Spark", "Apache Spark", "Tika", "Apache Tika", "Tomcat", "Apache Tomcat", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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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

Wednesday March 06, 2019

4 Apache Events in 2019: DC Roadshow soon; next up Chicago, Las Vegas, and Berlin!


Registration is open for two Apache Roadshows; these are smaller events with a more focused program and regional community engagement:

Our Roadshow event in Washington DC takes place in under three weeks, on March 25th. We’ll be hosting a day-long event at the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. The roadshow is a full day of technical talks (two tracks) and an open source job fair featuring AWS, Bloomberg, dito, GridGain, Linode, and Security University. More details about the program, the job fair, and to register, visit https://apachecon.com/usroadshowdc19/

Apache Roadshow Chicago will be held May 13-14th at a number of venues in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. This event will feature sessions in AdTech, FinTech and Insurance, startups, “Made in Chicago”, Project Shark Tank (innovations from the Apache Incubator), community diversity, and more. It’s a great way to learn about various Apache projects “at work” while playing at a brewery, a beercade, and a neighborhood bar. Sign up today at https://www.apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/

We’re delighted to announce that the Call for Presentations (CFP) is now open for ApacheCon North America in Las Vegas, September 9-13th! As the official conference series of the ASF, ApacheCon North America will feature over a dozen Apache project summits, including Cassandra, Cloudstack, Tomcat, Traffic Control, and more. We’re looking for talks in a wide variety of categories -- anything related to ASF projects and the Apache development process. The CFP closes at midnight on May 12th. In addition, the ASF will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary during the event. For more details and to submit a proposal for the CFP, visit https://apachecon.com/acna19/ . Registration will be opening soon.  

Be sure to mark your calendars for ApacheCon Europe, which will be held in Berlin, October 22-24th at the KulturBrauerei, a landmark of Berlin's industrial history. In addition to innovative content from our projects, we are collaborating with the Open Source Design community (https://opensourcedesign.net/) to offer a track on design this year. The CFP and registration will open soon at https://apachecon.com/aceu19/ .

Sponsorship opportunities are available for all events, with details listed on each event’s site at http://apachecon.com/.

We look forward to seeing you!

Rich, for the ApacheCon Planners


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! 

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."

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.

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.

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.

Friday September 21, 2012

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Program for ApacheCon Europe

Developer-focused Community Edition explores key Open Source applications and issues, from Big Data and Smart Search to Cloud and Infrastructure.

Forest Hill, MD –21 September 2012– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced the program for ApacheCon, its official conference.

Apache products power half the Internet, petabytes of data, teraflops of operations, billions of objects, and enhance the lives of countless users and developers. ApacheCon brings developers and users together to explore key issues in building Open Source solutions "The Apache Way".

ApacheCon returns to Europe 5-8 November 2012 at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim, Germany, attracting Open Source users, developers, gurus, students, novices, and enthusiasts to the newly-introduced "Community Edition" of ApacheCon --a smaller, less formal event aimed at a more technically-oriented audience, and featuring an array of sessions focused on Apache projects and initiatives, plus MeetUps, FastFeather and Community Tracks, Hackathon, and BarCamp. This is an ideal opportunity for technologists currently 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 practices.

ApacheCon Europe Community Edition is organized and run by the Apache community with assistance from The Open Bastion, producers of ApacheCon North America 2013. In keeping with the community-driven culture of the ASF, all content for ApacheCon has been selected by Apache Project Management Committees. Sessions and speakers across 13 tracks include:

Apache Daily –-the tools, frameworks, and components used on a daily basis, such as Apache Logging, Apache Maven, Apache Ant, Apache Buildr, Apache Commons, and more.
•    World of Logging - Christian Grobmeier
•    Unit- and Integration Testing with Maven - Karl-Heinz Marbaise
•    Faster builds with Apache Buildr - Tammo van Lessen

ApacheEE –-all about Java Enterprise projects at the ASF, including Apache OpenWebBeans, Apache OpenEJB, Apache TomEE, Apache Tomcat, Apache MyFaces, Apache DeltaSpike, Apache BVal, and Apache OpenJPA.
•    Apache TomEE, Java EE 6 Web Profile on Tomcat - David Blevins
•    Tomcat 8 preview - Mark Thomas
•    Modern Web Application Development With Apache Struts 2 - Rene Gielen

Big Data [sponsored by Hortonworks] –-the ASF projects at the forefront of high-volume performance, innovation, and analytics, such as Apache Cassandra, Apache Hadoop, Apache HBase, Apache Hive, Apache Kafka, Apache Mahout, Apache Pig, Apache Whirr, Apache ZooKeeper and friends.
•    Choosing the right tool for your data analysis task - Apache Mahout in context - Isabel Drost-Fromm
•    From Incubation to Continuous Ingestion - The Story of Apache Gora - Lewis John McGibbney
•    Taking the guesswork out of your Hadoop Infrastructure - Steve Watt

Camel in Action –-common problems, solutions, and best practices with Apache Camel.
•    Apollo and future of ActiveMQ - Dejan Bosanac
•    Apache Camel - Advanced Techniques - Hadrian Zbarcea
•    Next Generation Systems Integration in the Cloud Era with Apache Camel - Kai Wähner

Cloud [sponsored by Citrix and HP] –-many Apache initiatives play a key role in powering today's Cloud, from Apache Libcloud and Deltacloud, to Apache Whirr, Accumulo, and Cloudstack, to Apache Hadoop + friends.
•    Integrating Social Apps with Content Driven Sites using Apache Rave and Spring HMVC - Ate Douma
•    Apache CloudStack Scalability - Kevin Kluge
•    Building a scalable multi-tenant Application Server on the Cloud using Tomcat, Axis2 & Synapse - Senaka Fernando

Community –-if you've ever wanted to know how to become involved with the ASF --from becoming a Committer to bringing a project to the Apache Incubator to learning how the ASF works-- or are seeking information on how Open Source can benefit your organization or ways to improve your Open Source community experience, this is the place to roll up sleeves and get started.
•    Open Source Masterclass - Life in the Apache Incubator - Jukka Zitting
•    Bringing Open Source to Space: Challenges and Success - Luc Maisonobe
•    Can I depend on Software built By Volunteers? - Ross Gardler

Linked Data –-adopting, linking, and interoperating the Web of Data using the latest in annotating, processing, extracting, reasoning, and semantics with Apache Jena, Apache Any23 (Incubating), Apache Clerezza (Incubating), and Apache Stanbol (Incubating).
•    Solr-based search & tagging services at ZEIT Online GmbH - where metadata come from - Christoph Goller
•    Publishing Linked Data - Lessons Learned in Government - Nandana Mihindukulasooriya
•    Writing a Semantic Web with Scala on Clerezza - Reto Bachmann-Gmür

Lucene/Solr and Friends [co-located with Lucene Eurocon; sponsored by LucidWorks] –-the latest in search and analytics with Apache Lucene/Solr, Apache Tika, Apache ManifoldCF and more.
•    Personalized Search on the Largest Flash Sale Site in America - Adrian Trenaman
•    ElasticSearch in Production: lessons learned - Anne Veling
•    Stump The Chump: On The Spot Solutions To Your Real Life Solr/Lucene Challenges - Chris Hostetter

Modular Java –-developing and deploying applications in public and private Cloud environments using Apache Felix, Apache ACE, Apache Karaf, Apache Aries, Apache Sling.
•    OSGi for mere mortals - Bertrand Delacretaz
•    OSGi best practices shown on Apache Karaf - Christian Schneider
•    OSGi in the Cloud, a case study - Marcel Offermans

NoSQL Database –-use cases and latest developments in dovetailing Big Data with Apache Cassandra, Apache HBase, Apache CouchDB, Apache Accumulo, and more.
•    The CouchDB Ecosystem - Jan Lehnardt
•    Mongo, its all the Rave - Matt Franklin
•    Cassandra 2012: What's New and Upcoming - Sam Tunnicliffe

OFBiz –-the ins and outs of Apache OFBiz (Open For Business), the Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning suite of applications that integrate and automate many business processes, including catalogue management, eCommerce, CRM, warehousing, manufacturing, project management, HR functionality, FiCo, and more.
•    Training Center Management with OFBiz - Olivier Heintz
•    OFBiz CRM, presentation, functionalities - Olivier Heintz
•    OFBiz - an eCommerce Solution for mid- to large-sized companies - Paul Piper

OpenOffice [sponsored by Oracle] –-the Apache OpenOffice ecosystem, with dedicated hackathons, MeetUps, and evening sessions, as well as use cases, and technical sessions on Writer, Calc, Impress, Math, Base, and Draw.
•    Beyond Apache OpenOffice - Don Harbison
•    Cloud Apache OpenOffice.org Based on HTML 5 - Jian Hong Cheng
•    Globalization of OpenOffice - reach out to the world - Juergen Schmidt

Web Infrastructure –-the backbone of the Web, including Apache HTTP Server, Apache Tomcat, Apache Traffic Server, and more.
•    Performance: Scaling the Web with Apache - Igor Galić
•    Building WebSockets Applications using Tomcat, Wicket and the Atmosphere Framework - Jean-Francois Arcand
•    What's new in Apache HTTP Server 2.4 - Rich Bowen

The full presentation list is available at http://www.apachecon.eu/schedule/list/

Registration and Special Savings
Register by 1 October 2012 to take advantage of Early Bird rates with savings up to €150. Students benefit with a super-discounted registration rate of €75, made possible by a special subsidy from Google. Sign up today at http://www.apachecon.eu/tickets/

ApacheCon Europe is underwritten through a generous donation by Platinum Sponsor SAP. Joining them are Citrix, Google, Hortonworks, and LucidWorks at the Gold level; HP and Oracle at the Silver level; and evening events sponsor The Open Bastion. For sponsorship information, contact Melissa Warnkin at ea@apache.org or on +1 908 343 3214.

For media/analyst registration and briefings, contact Sally Khudairi on +1 617 921 8656 or sk@apache.org.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way", more than 400 individual Members and 3,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)© not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, Go Daddy, Google, HP, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource/VMware, WANdisco, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

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Tuesday June 28, 2011

ApacheCon 2011 Announces "Open Source Enterprise Solutions, Cloud Computing, and Community Leadership"

Core program features presentations from dozens of industry leaders, including Adobe Systems, Akamai, IBM, LinkedIn, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Nokia, Red Hat, SpringSource/VMWare, and Yahoo

28 June 2011—FOREST HILL, MD—The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 170 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced "Open Source Enterprise Solutions, Cloud Computing, and Community Leadership" as the theme for ApacheCon North America.

ApacheCon is the ASF's official conference, trainings, and expo, created to explore key issues in using and developing Open Source solutions "The Apache Way". This year's event takes place 7-11 November 2011 at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver, Canada, with early registration incentives available through 2 September 2011.

Apache products power more than 225 million Websites (over half the Internet) and countless mission-critical applications worldwide (from financial services to publishing to radioastronomy to social networking to biomedicine research datastores to mobile medial applications). More than a dozen Apache projects form the foundation of today's Cloud computing. Five of the top 10 Open Source downloads are Apache projects: understanding their breadth and capabilities has never been more important in today's marketplace.

ApacheCon brings the global Apache community together to collaborate, promote innovation, reinforce and create new connections, launch breakout technologies, and leverage opportunities in using and developing Open Source solutions. ApacheCon's professionally-directed presentations detail specific industry challenges and real-world solutions, giving attendees the must-know tips, techniques, and trends needed to stay ahead in a rapidly changing landscape.

Presenters include noted members of the Apache community, as well as representatives from Adobe Systems, Akamai, Cloudera, CS Communication & Systemes, DLR (German Aerospace Center), FuseSource, Hippo, IBM, LinkedIn, Lucid Imagination, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Nokia, Nuxeo, Red Hat, Sakai Project, SpringSource/VMWare, Talend, Talis, WSO2, Yahoo, and more.

Through highly relevant sessions, attendees --Open Source developers, users, enthusiasts, software architects, administrators, executives, educators, evangelists, students, and community managers-- gain first-hand insight on successfully developing, deploying, and leveraging existing and emerging Apache solutions critical to their businesses. 

The ApacheCon program spans "Apache 101" basics to rocket science ("Apache in Space!"), and features countless Apache projects, from Abdera to Zookeeper. Highlights include:

Open Source Enterprise Solutions: Backbone of the Web; Foundation of the Cloud; Big Data, Bigger Deployments
Extending enterprise solutions to the Cloud is among the biggest strategic trends in Open Source today. The race to adoption poses its challenges across open/public, closed/private, and emerging community Clouds. The demand for reliable, highly-performant, standards-based solutions continues to grow, and Apache products are continual "go-to" options in Cloud sourcing, particularly with large scale deployments that handle terrabytes of data. Customization, security, load balancing, performance, and privacy all feature prominently in Cloud adoption, and ApacheCon's sessions address a bevy of Cloud systems, supporting data solutions, and best practices, from how to best prepare for the Cloud to ways to maximize your investment in its rapidly growing and complex ecosystem. Tracks and featured Apache projects include:

Content Technologies and Data Handling (Big Data and Analytics) tracks delve into Apache projects such as Archiva, Cassandra, Chemistry, Hadoop, HBase, Jackrabbit, Jena, Lucene, Mahout, Solr, Stambol, and Tika to demonstrate:

- content management at LinkedIn
- managing and warehousing data repositories at the US Federal Government
- developing tele-medicine solutions for smartphones
- improving smart search performance up to 20,000%
- relational database search solutions used by Netflix, Yelp, and StubHub
- using metadata, data analysis, and semantic Web applications for machine learning
- data analysis solutions as done at Yahoo, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay

As Java is synonymous with the enterprise, the Enterprise and Modular Java tracks feature Apache ACE, ActiveMQ, Axis2, Camel, Celix, Karaf, ServiceMix, Zookeeper, developer-friendly Open Source Service-Oriented Applications and the pursuit of a universal OSGi.

The Servers track introduces the latest improvements to the ASF’s flagship HTTP Server project and its role in Cloud environments, scaling Apache’s award-winning Tomcat and Geronimo application servers, and developing feature-rich platform as a service (PaaS) solutions.

Incubating Innovation and Emerging Technologies
Launched 12 years ago with the flagship Apache HTTP Server project, the ASF today develops and shepherds nearly 100 Top-Level Projects (TLPs) and 70 new initiatives in the Apache Incubator and Labs. More projects than ever have been submitted to become a part of the ASF to improve the quality of their code and participate in a larger, influential community. The ASF has successfully incubated emerging innovations such as Apache Cassandra, Apache OODT, and Apache Libcloud, as well as highly-established projects such as Apache SpamAssassin and Apache Subversion.

Projects featured in the Innovation & Emerging Technologies track include Rave, Wookie, Whirr, as well as many others to be showcased in the Fast Feather Track, the popular ApacheCon attraction where attendees get a 20-minute snapshot of an array of technologies currently undergoing incubation at Apache.

Opening Business, Community Leadership, and Keeping the Machine Running
"Community Over Code" is an oft-repeated saying at Apache, and is reflected in ApacheCon’s Business, Community, and Infrastructure & DevOps sessions, where attendees learn best practices on enabling innovation, meritocratic leadership, managing distributed/virtual teams, driving consensus, releasing Open Source software, and community management "The Apache Way".

These tracks expose the underbelly of day-to-day life in Open Source companies and communities. Technically-oriented presentations address tough questions on security and network optimization, agile vs. open development, systems integration, running data centers, and streamlining operations, and feature session topics such as Apache Maven, IPv6, performance, troubleshooting, load balancing, and more.

Special Events, Public Participation
ApacheCon is widely recognized as an engaging, hands-on, and interactive event, with live demos, active audience participation, ample networking opportunities, and the chance to work alongside leading members and talent in the Open Source community. 

Special activities during the week include BarCampApache (7-8 November), the hands-on, unstructured, ad-hoc, participant-driven unconference; Apache Hackathon (7-8 November), where project management committee members and committers collaborate on fixing bugs, addressing issues, and adding new features to Apache code; and ASF Project MeetUps, which brings together users and developers of a particular Apache project (or area of activity) after conference hours. Both BarCampApache and ASF Project MeetUps are open to the public free of charge.

ApacheCon Sponsors Cloudera (Platinum), HotWax Media and Red Hat (Gold), SpringSource (Silver), and Facebook (Bronze), are joined by community partners and exhibitors that include The Apache Software Foundation, Crowdvine, Jahia, Ning, and WSO2. Official Event Media Partners are ADMIN magazine, The Bitsource, Conferencevault, DZone, FeatherCast, Linux Pro Magazine, OSCON, OSCON Data, OSCON Java, OStatic, and ReadWriteWeb. For sponsor, exhibitor, and community partnership opportunities, contact Delia Frees at delia@apachecon.com.

Registration Information
ApacheCon is for everyone! Anyone interested in Apache products is welcome: ASF affiliation is not required to present at, attend, or otherwise participate in ApacheCon.

Early-bird incentives include savings of up to 25% when registering by 2 September 2011. To register, visit http://apachecon.com/ and keep up with program updates by following the @ApacheCon feed on Twitter.

Note to Editors
Key conference message summaries and media partnerships are available. Conference registration is complimentary for members of the press with valid credentials. Contact Sally Khudairi at sk@apache.org for more information.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world's most popular Web server software, powering more than 225 Million Websites worldwide. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 300 individual Members and 2,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, IBM, HP, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.

"Apache", "ApacheCon", and Apache Projects "ActiveMQ""Archiva""Axis2""Camel""Chemistry""Cassandra""Geronimo""Hadoop""HBase""HTTP Server""Jena""Jackrabbit""Lucene""Mahout""Maven""OODT""ServiceMix""Stanbol""Tika""Tomcat", and "Zookeeper" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Sally Khudairi
The Apache Software Foundation
+1 617 921 8656

Thursday March 03, 2011

Call for Participation for ApacheCon Now Open!

Call for Participation
ApacheCon North America 2011
7-11 November 2011
Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, Canada

All submissions must be received by Friday, 29 April 2011 at midnight Pacific Time.

ApacheCon, the official conference, trainings, and expo of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), heads to Vancouver, Canada, this November, with dozens of technical, business, and community-focused sessions for beginner, intermediate, and expert audiences.

Now in its 11th year, the ASF develops and shepherds nearly 150 Top-Level Projects and new initiatives in the Apache Incubator and Labs. With hundreds of thousands of applications deploying ASF products and code contributions by more than 2,500 Committers from around the world, the Apache community is recognized as among the most robust, successful, and respected in Open Source.

This year's ApacheCon focuses on highly-relevant, professionally-directed presentations that demonstrate specific problems and real-world solutions. We welcome proposals --from developers and users alike-- in the areas of "Apache and ...":

... Enterprise Solutions (from ActiveMQ to Axis2 to ServiceMix, OFBiz to Chemistry, the gang's all here!)
... Cloud Computing (Hadoop, Cassandra, HBase, CouchDB, and friends)
... Emerging Technologies + Innovation (Incubating projects such as Libcloud, Stonehenge, and Wookie)
... Community Leadership (mentoring and meritocracy, GSoC and related initiatives)
... Data Handling, Search + Analytics (Lucene, Solr, Mahout, OODT, Hive and friends)
... Pervasive Computing (Felix/OSGi, Tomcat, MyFaces Trinidad, and friends)
... Servers, Infrastructure + Tools (HTTP Server, SpamAssassin, Geronimo, Sling, Wicket and friends)

Submissions are open to anyone with relevant expertise: ASF affiliation is not required to present at, attend, or otherwise participate in ApacheCon.

Whilst we encourage submissions that the highlight the use of specific Apache solutions, we are unable to accept marketing/commercially-oriented presentations.

Other proposals, such as panels, have been considered in the past; you are welcome to submit an alternate presentation, however, such sessions are accepted under exceptional circumstances. Please be as descriptive as possible, including names/bios of proposed panelists and any related details.

Accepted speakers (not co-presenters) qualify for general conference admission and a minimum of two nights lodging at the conference hotel. Additional hotel nights and travel assistance are possible, depending on the number of presentations given and type of assistance needed.

To submit a presentation proposal, please complete our ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM at http://na11.apachecon.com/proposals/new

To be considered, proposals must be received by Friday, 29 April 2011 at midnight Pacific Time. Please email any questions regarding proposal submissions to cfp AT apachecon DOT com.

Key Dates:

3 March 2011 - CFP Opens
29 April 2011 - CFP Closes
20 May-30 June 2011 - Speaker Notifications and Confirmations
7-11 November 2011 - ApacheCon NA 2011

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

– The ApacheCon Planning team

Wednesday March 02, 2011

Announcing the Apache Committers' Retreat + Community BarCamp in Knockree, Ireland

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Apache Retreat at Knockree in Ireland, running 13th-16th May. As part of this event, we're running a BarCamp un-conference, and we'd love for members of the Apache community at-large to join us on Saturday 14th May.

For Apache code committers: we're hoping you'll be able to join us for the whole weekend; please see the website for details on the programme for those attending the full event.

For Apache software users/developers/enthusiasts: we'd love for you to come along in the day on the Saturday. We're running a BarCamp in the day, and it'll be great chance to learn more about new Apache projects, how the Apache Way leads us to develop software, as well as to talk about your current projects.

More details on the event, transport details, and a link to the signup site are available from:

We're looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the BarCamp in May!

-- The Apache Retreat planning team

Saturday March 20, 2010

ApacheCon NA 2010 Business/Community Track Call For Participation

ApacheCon North America 2010
Business/Community Track Call For Participation

All submissions must be received by Friday, 30 April 2010 at midnight Pacific Time.

The official conference, trainings, and expo of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) will return to Atlanta this November, with dozens of sessions on Servers, Cloud Computing, Search, NoSQL, Incubating projects, innovations, emerging technologies, and more. ApacheCon's technical tracks are currently being planned by their respective Project Management Committees and will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Over the past five years, the ApacheCon Business/Community Track brought some of the most compelling non-technical topics in Open Source, bridging user, developer, and deployment issues as they relate to customer and community success.

We are soliciting 50-minute presentations for the Business/Community Track at the next conference, 1-5 November 2010, at the Westin Peachtree in Atlanta.

The ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way", is widely credited for the success of many leading Open Source projects and communities. We are particularly interested in presentations that demonstrate real-world examples that address The Apache Way and its impact on the following topics:

- The Business of Open Source (policies, governance, ecosystem)
- Adoption Success Stories (enterprise/business, military/government, non-profit/academic/research)
- Business Model Strategies (evolving landscape, transforming changes, emerging trends)
- Apache in the Enterprise (motivations, operations, markets, interoperability)
- Open Source In the House (tips/tricks/tools that improve internal processes, productivity, collaboration)
- Open Development and Distributed Computing
- Educating and Evangelizing
- Open Source Licenses and Legal Issues (roadmaps, hybrid environments, compatibility, etc.)
- Meritocracy Model and Community Building
- Mentoring Projects, Users, and Communities
- Fostering Emerging Group Participation (students, women, multi-national, etc.)

Other proposals on topics of interest that showcase “how we did it” are also welcome. Submissions are open to anyone with relevant expertise: ASF affiliation is not required to present at, attend, or otherwise participate in ApacheCon.

Please keep in mind that whilst we are encourage submissions that the highlight the use of specific Apache solutions, we are unable to accept marketing/commercially-oriented presentations.

All accepted speakers (not co-presenters) qualify for general conference admission and a minimum of two nights lodging at the conference hotel. Additional hotel nights and travel assistance are possible, depending on the number of presentations given and type of assistance needed.

To submit a 50-minute presentation proposal, please send an email to bizcom AT apachecon DOT com containing the following information in plaintext (no attachments, please):

1. Your full name, title, and organization

2. Contact information, including your address

3. The name of your proposed session (keep your title simple and relevant to the topic)

4. The category of the intended presentation (Business or Community)

5. A 75-200 word overview of your presentation

6. A 100-200-word speaker bio that includes prior conference speaking or related experience

7. Feedback or references (with contact information) on presentations given within the last three years

To be considered, proposals must be received by Friday, 30 April 2010 at midnight Pacific Time. Please email any questions regarding proposal submissions to bizcom AT apachecon DOT com.

Business/Community Track Key Dates

20 March 2010: Call For Participation Open
30 April 2010: Call For Participation Closes
17 May 2010: Speaker Acceptance/Rejection Notification
1-5 November 2010: ApacheCon NA 2010

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

Business/Community Track Chairs
Sally Khudairi, Vice President, ASF Marketing & Publicity
Luciano Resende, Apache Community Development Committee



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