ApacheCon is just a few weeks away, and I, for one, am really looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be the best yet. I think that every time, and so far, I’ve been right.
We’ve been doing ApacheCon for more than 15 years now, and it just keeps getting better. This year it will take place May 9-13 in Vancouver, Canada.
ApacheCon is the main community event of the Apache Software Foundation. Its primary goal is building community, both in size, and in strength. We build community strength by introducing projects to one another, and encouraging them to work together.
Of course, that can be done online, and, indeed, most of what we do at the ASF is done online – on mailing lists, IRC, and in the code repositories themselves. But there’s something about getting communities together, physically, that can’t be replicated online.
Leading up to ApacheCon, I’ve been doing a number of FeatherCast interviews with people who will be speaking at the upcoming event. They’ve talked about their own talks, as well as the other related talks that you might want to also see. Some of these are published already, and others will be coming soon.
Here’s an overview of what you can already find on FeatherCast.org, as well as what’ll be showing up in the next few days.
- We started with a brief overview of why you should come to ApacheCon. To summarize: Because it’s going to be awesome.
- Next, Shawn McKinney did two interviews. First, he talked about his presentation on OpenLDAP, and then he talked about his presentation on Apache Fortress.
- Andrus Adamchik will be presenting on Bootique, which, while it’s not an Apache project, works with a number of ASF communities.
- Anatole Tresch will be speaking about Apache Tamaya, an incubating project, which is a configuration solution for Java SE.
I have a number of interviews that I’m still editing, but which may already be published by the time you read this:
- Sunil Shah will be speaking about Mesos.
- Aldrin Piri will be presenting a half-day training class on Apache NiFi.
- Roman Shaposhnik will be giving several talks. He’ll be speaking at the Big Data portion of the event about how ODPi leveraged Apache Big Top and will lead a panel discussion on ODPi and he’ll be presenting about the Incubator. At the end of Thursday, he’ll be running the Shark Tank, where Incubator podlings come to improve their chances of success.
- George Percivall will be speaking about Open Geospatial Standards but spent most of his interview talking about the two-day Geospatial track, which is definitely one of the highlights of this event. See all the talks in the Geospatial track.
But there’s more to come. I have interviews scheduled with 11 more speakers – so I should just be able to fit them all in before ApacheCon. Check back at FeatherCast.org every day between now and ApacheCon for a new episode. Or, subscribe to the podcast at http://feathercast.org/ so you won’t miss an episode.
Rich Bowen has been doing Open Source for more than 20 years, working primarily on Perl, PHP, and the Apache web server. He’s the executive vice president of the Apache Software Foundation, and is very involved in ApacheCon, the primary conference of the ASF. Rich works at Red Hat in the Open Source and Standards Group, where he’s the community liaison for the OpenStack Project. Rich lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife, three kids, a dog, and a lizard.