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From Dave Cottlehuber <...@jsonified.com>
Subject Re: On geeks growing up - wrt. ApacheCon
Date Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:51:57 GMT
On 03. März 2014 at 13:32:23, jan i (jani@apache.org) wrote:
> 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:
> >
> > http://blog.isabel-drost.de/posts/on-geeks-growing-up.html
> >
> > 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 apache...meet some real people.
>  
> rgds
> jan I.

Great post Isabel thank-you!

A number of software / ASF people I know, by virtue of working remotely, are also defacto
“child handlers” while their partner works in a normal face-to-face job. It would be nice
to facilitate conference attendees/speakers without requiring major family upheaval to take
place.

--  
Dave Cottlehuber
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