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From Roman Shaposhnik <ro...@shaposhnik.org>
Subject Re: Why the Apachecon (was Re: ApacheCon NA CFP closed)
Date Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:49:37 GMT
On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 5:58 AM, Rich Bowen <rbowen@rcbowen.com> wrote:
> On 02/04/2015 03:42 AM, Pierre Smits wrote:
>>
>> We are discussing again, as it seems to me, what the purpose of the
>> Apachecon is based on talks submitted. And why is that?
>>
>> It appears, at least to me as I have seen the discussions before, that the
>> ASF misses a clear strategy regarding the event, why we do it and what the
>> intended audience is. This should be fixed prior to opening the process
>> for
>> the next event (Apachecon EU 2015), because then it will be easier to
>> communicate, easier to invite speakers (and yes, we should do that), and
>> get everybody on board regarding helping out.
>>
>> Is the event to be considered as the bi-annual party for ourselves, where
>> we can all (all the presenters) claim how good we (as the individual) are
>> with the products of the various projects? Is it an promotion and
>> networking event? Or is it something that sits somewhere in the middle?
>> And
>> how does it fit with the strategy and other activities of the ASF Offices
>> and Projects?
>
>
> The conference exists to build Apache community, intra- and inter-project.
> Other goals have historically orbited that, as Nick describes - fundraising
> (in the early years), marketing of the ASF, user education (still an
> important goal). But primarily, in my mind, it exists as a way to build
> community.

That's how I've always looked at it. In a way, you can look at it as yet
another service we provide to our communities. Just like we provide
SVN, git or JIRA. IOW, this is a chance for even the smallest communities
to have something like a summit for its members.

Given how many projects we host, there's also a non-trivial residual benefit
for inter-project collaboration to be sparked. I think this is an area where we
can do better. For example, I would love to have some kind of an event
at the ApacheCON that would encourage as many folks as possible to learn
about various ASF projects. I have some ideas around running a kind of
lighting talks/reading group where each participant is randomly given an
ASF project and is required to present on it in 5 minutes or something.

Thanks,
Roman.

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