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From Andrus Adamchik <>
Subject Re: Apache retreat in Ireland
Date Tue, 26 Jan 2010 07:30:42 GMT
Yes, I was at ApacheCon once in 2006 coincidentally also held in  
Dublin. Apache conference format was the same as any big technology  
conference, held in a big hotel, with some open source "celebrity"  
keynote speaker, corporate sponsors (Google, Sun, etc.) having stands  
in the common area. And then a few days of sessions, with each session  
held by the Apache committers talking about their projects (e.g. a  
sample schedule 
2009/11/04 ). I am not sure what percentage of attendees are  
committers vs. non-Apache developers, but I think it is more than 50%.  
So it is a good albeit fairly expensive way to meet people from  
various projects (I didn't use this opportunity to the full extent in  
2006 as I was still very new to Apache).

This year there will be still a traditional conference in US in  
November (which I am tentatively going to attend and maybe give a  
Cayenne presentation), but Apache is experimenting with "non- 
conference" formats (e.g. BarCamp 
BarCamp ) - smaller cheaper informal gatherings that focus on more  
face-to-face meeting and doesn't cost a fortune for attendees.

A retreat in Ireland is one such attempt. I think another announcement  
with more details is coming out soon, as currently the event  
organizers are using the registration on the eventbrite site as a  
questionnaire on people's preferences about the event details (e.g.  
catering vs. cooking, etc.).


On Jan 26, 2010, at 12:37 AM, Andrey Razumovsky wrote:
> Hi,
> When I first got a notification couple months ago, that seemed  
> interesting.
> I sent some questions to those responsible for the organization, but  
> never
> got an answer. Have you ever been on Apache Cons? So can you share  
> some
> experience of what's going on there?
> 2010/1/22 Andrus Adamchik <>
>> I am seriously considering going there. I like the fact that ASF is  
>> trying
>> to move from official expensive conference to a number of smaller  
>> informal
>> events. If others want to join we can share a car (although the  
>> place is
>> pretty close to Dublin, so public transportation seems like a  
>> reasonable
>> option).
>> Andrus
> -- 
> Andrey

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