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From Rich Bowen <>
Subject Re: On geeks growing up - wrt. ApacheCon
Date Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:11:28 GMT

On 03/03/2014 02:52 PM, Roman Shaposhnik wrote:
> This sounds like a really good idea! In fact, if there's any chance for us
> to give it a try at ApacheCON EU -- it'll be pretty nice.
> Not sure how feasible it is for ApacheCON US, but on a related note:
> I've always wondered about combining my two favorite passtimes:
> ASF and euro boardgames ;-)
> Has anybody ever tried open gaming/hacking area at these types of
> conferences? Do these two mix well?

I'm reluctant to add anything else to apachecon na, just because we're 
changing so many things already, and our big focus right now is getting 
the audience to show up. While I know that good options for kids will 
probably result in a bigger audience, we're running this event on a very 
compressed timeline and budget, so we should probably wait for EU to add 
extra features.

But I definitely want to pursue these ideas and see what we can add in 
the future.


> Thanks,
> Roman.
> On Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 1:54 AM, Isabel Drost-Fromm <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Maybe for this year's ApacheCon this idea is a bit too late - but I thought it makes
sense to get the discussion started anyway (maybe it even benefits myself at a later event
;) ):
>> I don't know about the US tech conferences, the trend I've observed in past years
here in Europe is that more and more events are making an effort to be family friendly - in
particular the community focused ones. There's events which provide complimentary child day
care, conferences with special kids tracks, play and relaxation areas etc. For a more detailed
overview see also:
>> As a side effect, the play areas often are occupied also by "older children" - three
years ago I've seen geeks sort the balls in a ballpit at Chaos Communication Congress by colour
- working out the most efficient algorithm to do that ;)
>> For Berlin Buzzwords this year is the first year we are offering day care for children
- financially this worked out really well as a local online babysitter service offered professionals
in turn for visibility at the event. I'm happy to share experiences after BBuzz is over. I'm
also happy to get you in touch with the people behind Chaos Communication Congress, FrOSCon
(they even shipped their kids track to another interested conference this year), EuRubyCamp.
On the Java side of things Devoxx (biggest EU Java community event) seems to have a similar
offering. I have been told that in the US OSCON features a kids track.
>> Lacking really deep knowledge about the US tech community I can only provide insight
from a European perspective - would be great to see ApacheCon drive this trend.
>> Cheers,
>> Isabel

Rich Bowen - - @rbowen - @apachecon

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