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Thursday Mar 24, 2011

Apache Hadoop Wins MediaGuardian "Innovator Of The Year" Award

Congratulations to the Apache Hadoop Project for winning the top prize at the 2011 MediaGuardian Innovation Awards in London!

Beating out nominess such as the iPad and WikiLeaks, judges of the fourth annual Media Guardian Innovation Awards (Megas) considered Apache Hadoop a "Swiss Army knife of the 21st Century" and a greater catalyst for innovation by "having the potential to completely change the face of media innovations across the globe."

ASF Chairman and original Hadoop creator Doug Cutting said, "it's great to see the continued recogntition for the technology and I am happy to accept the MediaGuardian Innovator of the Year award on behalf of this flourishing Apache community."

Kudos to all involved with the Apache Hadoop Project!

For more information on Apache Hadoop, visit http://hadoop.apache.org/
For more infomration on the Megas, please see http://www.guardian.co.uk/megas

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Tuesday Dec 14, 2010

The Apache Software Foundation Launches "Apache Extras" to Accelerate Innovation

Google-hosted site provides a “home-away-from-home” for code associated with Apache projects

Forest Hill, MD – 14 December 2010 – The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) today announced apache-extras.org, the Google-hosted site for code associated with Apache projects that are not part of the Foundation's more than eighty Top-level Projects and dozens of initiatives in the Apache Incubator and Labs.

"The Apache Software Foundation has a long history of software innovation through collaboration; the larger the pool of potential contributors the more innovation we see," said Ross Gardler, ASF Vice President of Community Development. "Apache Extras provides a home for Apache related software which is not formally a part of the ASF itself. Having these projects on a single hosting platform will help to further accelerate innovation involving Apache software."

Among the ASF's strengths are its well-established requirements relating to intellectual property management, license use, and community management. Apache-extras.org provides a home for projects that are unable to, or do not wish to, conform to those rules yet still want to signal their relationship to official Apache projects.

As projects on the new Google-hosted service will not be managed by The Apache Software Foundation, participants are allowed to use whatever license and project management process they desire. Apache-extras.org will provide a level of visibility for these projects that is unavailable on other code-hosting forges.

Existing Google Code projects related to Apache products can be easily migrated to the new apache-extras.org site, whilst those involved with new Apache-related projects can start quickly by filling out a simple form. The ASF Community Development team will work directly with Apache Extras to ensure innovation around Apache projects is accelerated.

Technical queries regarding the ASF's relationship with apache-extras.org can be directed to the ASF Community Development team at dev@community.apache.org. For information on migrating or setting up new projects, visit http://www.apache-extras.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 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 funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Facebook, Google, IBM, HP, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, SpringSource/VMware, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.

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Contact:

Sally Khudairi
The Apache Software Foundation
press@apache.org
+1 617 921 8656 

Wednesday Apr 28, 2010

Call for Participation: Technical Talks -- ApacheCon North America 2010

KINDLY NOTE: THE CORRECT ADDRESS TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL IS cfp AT apachecon DOT com

ApacheCon North America 2010
1-5 November 2010 -- Westin Peachtree in Atlanta

Technical Tracks: Call For Participation
All submissions must be received by Friday, 28 May 2010 at midnight Pacific Time.

The official conference, trainings, and expo of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) returns to Atlanta this November, with dozens of technical, business, and community-focused sessions at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Over the past decade, the ASF has gone from strength to strength, developing and shepherding nearly 150 Top-Level Projects and new initiatives in the Apache Incubator and Labs. This year's ApacheCon celebrates how Apache technologies have sparked creativity, challenged processes, streamlined development, improved collaboration, launched businesses, bolstered economies, and improved lives.

We are proud of our achievements and recognize that the global Apache community --both developers and users-- are responsible for the success and popularity of our products.

The ApacheCon Planning Team are soliciting 50-minute technical presentations for the next conference, which will focus on the theme “Servers, the Cloud, and Innovation”.

We are particularly interested in highly-relevant, professionally-directed presentations that demonstrate specific probrlems and real-world solutions. Part of the technical program has already been planned; we welcome proposals based on the following Apache Projects and related technical areas:

- Cassandra/NoSQL
- Content Technologies
- (Java) Enterprise Development
- Felix/OSGi
- Geronimo
- Hadoop + friends/Cloud Computing
- Lucene, Mahout + friends/Search
- Tomcat
- Tuscany

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 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, or those longer than 50 minutes in duration 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.

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 presentation proposal, please send an email to cfp 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 technical category of the intended presentation (Cassandra/NoSQL; Content Technologies; (Java) Enterprise Development; Felix/OSGi; Geronimo; Hadoop + friends/Cloud Computing; Lucene, Mahout + friends/Search; Tomcat; or Tuscany)

5. The classification for each presentation (Servers, Cloud, or Innovation) – some presentations may have more than one theme (e.g., a next-generation server can be classified both as "Servers" and "Innovation"

6. The intended audience level (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

7. A 75-200 word overview of your presentation

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

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

To be considered, proposals must be received by Friday, 28 May 2010 at midnight Pacific Time. Please email any questions regarding proposal submissions to cfp AT apachecon DOT com.

Technical Tracks Key Dates

23 April 2010: Call For Participation Open
28 May 2010: Call For Participation Closes
11 June 2010: Speaker Acceptance/Rejection Notification
1-5 November 2010: ApacheCon NA 2010

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

For the ApacheCon Planning team,
Sally Khudairi, Program Lead

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