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From Hadrian Zbarcea <hzbar...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Apache Con in Africa?
Date Sat, 17 Oct 2015 13:05:48 GMT
Actually the discussions were around what are the safe countries 
preferred for international gatherings and obviously football (or soccer 
as Americans call it) was used as an example. Safety and health are the 
biggest concerns.

I suspect Egypt could have been an option, I am not sure about today. 
Personally I am not informed enough to have an opinion.

Cheers,
Hadrian

On 10/16/2015 09:57 PM, Wyngaard, Jane R (398M-Affiliate) wrote:
> Hey
>
> Thanks!  Good to know - I hadn¹t heard about that discussion!
>
> Hmm, ja it¹s actually probably actually cheaper for SA people to get to
> Europe than Morocco but still definitely good for the continent and ASF
> community at large.  I presume this was coming out of there being Moroccan
> people in ASF? - If you¹re on this list lets talk! :)
>
> I¹d support either, or even maybe Nigeria or Kenya.  I suppose Morocco has
> the advantage of easy access for EU people but I suspect the Linux
> Foundation would make more money hosting in SA - just a gut instinct,
> could be wrong about that, but I think it would attract more local
> attendees than elsewhere!
>
> Others thoughts?
>
> Jane
>
> On 16/10/2015 15:11, "Hadrian Zbarcea" <hzbarcea@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I heard in the past year more interest in an African ApacheCon. However
>> the suggested venue was somewhere closer to Europe, like Morocco. I
>> suspect this is still too far away from the South African crowd, right?
>>
>> Best,
>> Hadrian
>>
>> On 10/16/2015 06:03 PM, Wyngaard, Jane R (398M-Affiliate) wrote:
>>> Hi All,
>>>
>>> I attended Apache Con Europe (big data and core) two weeks ago and a
>>> couple of us were floating the idea of getting an ApacheCon Africa to
>>> happen.  We were talking South Africa specifically given our origins but
>>> in general the continent¹s awake to tech and open source and S. Africa¹s
>>> just one part.
>>>
>>> The essence of our discussions distilled down to  - make a monetary
>>> business case for it and it could happen - so I just wanted to stick
>>> this out there so the idea could maybe start to evolveŠ
>>>
>>> Reasons for it to happen:
>>>    - There are a bunch of apache committers in S. Africa but honestly
>>> it¹s super expensive for us to get to any ApacheCon elsewhere (flip side
>>> - it¹s cheap to come to us)
>>>    - It¹s a stunning venue!
>>>    - S. Africa¹s the gateway to Africa in so much as importing tech is
>>> concerned (Nigeria and others aren¹t waiting for the world but are just
>>> inventing their own<http://fossfa.net/> (Free software and open source
>>> foundation for Africa) :)
>>>    - There are big tech projects happening and more coming: i.e things
>>> to get involved in / things to expose to ASF
>>> Eg: The Square Kilometer Array telescope
>>> <http://www.ska.ac.za/meerkat/>  or HPC
>>> community<http://www.chpcconf.co.za/> , or Space
>>> science<http://www.sansa.org.za/earthobservation/services> and
>>> engineering community or energy community or business
>>>
>>>
>>>    - And just for kicks ­ apparently we know how to use water powered
>>> rockets best (yesterday¹s
>>> slashdot<http://tech.slashdot.org/story/15/10/08/1639243/university-of-ca
>>> pe-town-team-breaks-world-water-rocketry-record>)
>>>
>>> Honestly, I¹m sure others know more and better reasons than me too.
>>> Obviously we're biased ­ it would benefit the S. Africa software
>>> community more than anything else  - but also think it¹d be a win for
>>> ASF community!
>>>
>>>
>>> Jane
>>>
>>> Other links:
>>> OpenSource software and small businesses conference
>>> 2016<http://www.waset.org/conference/2016/01/johannesburg/ICOSSSB>
>>>
>>> Banking<http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/financial/2015/07/16/nedbank-rol
>>> ls-out-sas-first-big-data-service>
>>> openOffice supporting African
>>> Languages<http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/en/issue-no-282/computi
>>> ng/open-office-now-avai/en>
>>>
>>>
>>> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>>
>>>
>>> Jane Wyngaard, Ph.D
>>> Postdoctoral scholar
>>> Instrument software and science data systems Section (398)
>>>
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