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Monday January 29, 2018

The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement

The Apache Software Foundation describes its Vision Statement, the basis for the 5-year strategic plan in development.

Our mission is to support communities that create and distribute Open Source software at no charge under the Apache License, per our Bylaws. To this end we provide mentoring, virtual collaboration space, and resources for project communities to develop, steward, and incubate Open Source software under our legal umbrella.

We are strongly committed to our projects' independence from any external influences, be they corporate, organizational or otherwise. This allows us to provide a neutral environment for our communities.

As a Foundation we intentionally do not define a technical strategy: that is determined by our projects. The Foundation's goals center on communities, as opposed to technologies.

The Foundation is managed and directed by its Members, who are individual volunteers. Companies or organizations can neither be members of the Foundation, nor take a role in the governance of our projects.

We help our communities understand and adopt the Apache Way, a collection of documented practices for collaboration and project sustainability that we amend on an ongoing basis.

We expect our community members to act as individuals. Their rights and responsibilities are based solely on their merit, defined by what they individually do in project communities, not on any external affiliation, title, or degree they may have, nor on their contributions to external projects or other organizations. We expect all Apache community members to adhere to our established Code of Conduct.

We provide highly reliable and automated core infrastructure services to our projects. We permit projects to use external non-core services based on their specific needs, allowing our own services to remain simple and focused. For durability, all our critical data and services are managed or mirrored on systems that we fully control.

Our marketing and outreach is focused on activities that directly support our mission, educate the public about Apache projects and the Apache Way, and help attract the types of communities for which our Foundation is a suitable home.

Our fundraising-related activities help identify and retain sponsors and financial contributions on which our operations depend. We welcome donations from corporations and individuals who support our mission.

We provide our projects legal and brand management services based on demonstrated needs, and define policies and best practices to help our projects benefit from the strong Apache brand in an appropriate way.

We welcome new projects via our Incubator, where experienced mentors help guide them to operate as Apache community-led projects. As Incubation is where diverse communities are defined, we put a strong emphasis on coaching to promote self-governance and preserve our core values as the Foundation grows.

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The Apache® Software Foundation Announces ApacheCon™ and Supporting Global Events

World's largest Open Source foundation expands conference participation to serve Apache's diverse projects and their growing communities.

Wakefield, MA —29 January 2018— The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced ApacheCon™ and supporting events for 2018.

For two decades, ApacheCon, the ASF's official conference series, has brought forth the latest developments in ubiquitous Apache projects and emerging innovations through hands-on sessions, keynotes, real-world case studies, trainings, hackathons, and more. Apache Roadshows are smaller, focused, regional events that highlight "Apache Way" principles and select Apache projects.

ApacheCon attendees stay informed by:
  • Learning how it's done. From technical development to leading community-driven projects "The Apache Way";

  • Discovering upcoming innovations. Tomorrow’s technology today is undergoing development at the Apache Incubator; and

  • Connecting with the people behind some of the most widely used projects in Open Source.

ApacheCon and Apache Roadshows

"ApacheCon showcases dozens of Apache projects, from ideation to deployment, presented by some of the best technical minds in the world," said Rich Bowen, Vice President of ASF Conferences. "Our sessions are aimed at a broad audience, from seasoned professionals to novices who want to learn what's new and how it all fits in to the greater Open Source ecosystem. We're proud to bring together Apache users with the projects and communities that improve their work and further their careers."

ApacheCon North America will be held 24-28 September 2018 in Montreal, Canada. Event details will be announced in the near future; updates will be posted at , and the ApacheCon mailing list (sign up for updates by sending email to <> ). For Sponsorship opportunities, contact Kevin A. McGrail at kmcgrail(at)apache(dot)org.

The 2018 Apache EU Roadshow will be colocated with FOSS Backstage in Berlin 13-14 June. The Roadshow is free of charge to FOSS Backstage attendees and will feature an Apache Lounge, 2 Apache Devrooms with two full tracks, a shared Apache/FOSS Backstage Devroom with presentations and workshops, plus places to program, network, and relax. For more information, visit

Apache Community Events

The ASF is expanding its involvement in third-party events, particularly those that are built around Apache software. Many of these events are directed by members of the Apache community, and complement the ApacheCon and Apache Roadshow programs.

The ASF's participation in these events is overseen by members of the ASF Community Development program, which provides guidance and mentoring for individuals and projects seeking to become part of the greater Apache community. 

"Events are a great way to connect with the Apache community," said Sharan Foga, Vice President of ASF Community Development. "We look forward to meeting more members of our increasingly diverse community, and helping promote project and community development 'the Apache Way'."

Meet members of the Apache community at presentations and the Apache booth during the following events:

Additional events include:
  • Kafka Summit - 23-25 February 2018 in London
  • DataWorks Summit - 16-19 April 2018 in Berlin, and 17-21 June 2018 in San Jose
  • Spark Summit - 4-7 June 2018 in San Francisco
  • Open Source Summit North America - 29 August - 1 September 2018 in Vancouver
  • Solutions Hamburg - 12-15 September 2018 in Hamburg
  • Kafka Summit - 16-18 October 2018 in San Francisco
  • Open Source Summit Europe - 22-25 October 2018 in Edinburgh
  • Spark Summit Europe - 24-27 October 2018 in Dublin 

Learn more about Apache Community Development at and

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 680 individual Members and 6,500 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, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, iSIGMA, ODPi, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Union Investment, and Yahoo. For more information, visit and

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