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From jan i <>
Subject Re: On geeks growing up - wrt. ApacheCon
Date Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:32:10 GMT
On 3 March 2014 10:54, 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.
Apachecon will be in europe later this year, so the european perspective is
equally important.

I think the idea is good. The entrance fee to AC is pretty high, but maybe
we could combine your idea with the idea of having a day (or half) where we
in general open up, and give spouses, our kids etc a chance to see why we
like spending soo much time with some real people.

jan I.

> Cheers,
> Isabel

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