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From Jim Jagielski <...@jaguNET.com>
Subject Re: Apache Con in Africa?
Date Tue, 20 Oct 2015 22:08:15 GMT
If LF would be willing, I would really like for us to take this
further under consideration!

> On Oct 19, 2015, at 11:30 AM, Rich Bowen <rbowen@rcbowen.com> wrote:
> 
> As the liaison to The Linux Foundation, who does ot ApacheCon events in Eu
> and NA, I'd ask do you want to do this under that arrangement or do you
> want to do this differently?  Angela is willing, but our contract doesn't
> require it, since Africa is not explicitly covered.
> 
> By the way, yes, I'm absolutely behind doing this, either in SA or Kenya.
> On Oct 16, 2015 18:04, "Wyngaard, Jane R (398M-Affiliate)" <
> Jane.R.Wyngaard@jpl.nasa.gov> 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 continent’s awake to tech and open source and S. Africa’s 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 evolve…
>> 
>> Reasons for it to happen:
>> - There are a bunch of apache committers in S. Africa but honestly it’s
>> super expensive for us to get to any ApacheCon elsewhere (flip side - it’s
>> cheap to come to us)
>> - It’s a stunning venue!
>> - S. Africa’s the gateway to Africa in so much as importing tech is
>> concerned (Nigeria and others aren’t 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 (yesterday’s slashdot<
>> http://tech.slashdot.org/story/15/10/08/1639243/university-of-cape-town-team-breaks-world-water-rocketry-record
>>> )
>> 
>> Honestly, I’m 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 it’d 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-rolls-out-sas-first-big-data-service
>>> 
>> openOffice supporting African Languages<
>> http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/en/issue-no-282/computing/open-office-now-avai/en
>>> 
>> 
>> 
>> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>> 
>> 
>> Jane Wyngaard, Ph.D
>> Postdoctoral scholar
>> Instrument software and science data systems Section (398)
>> 
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>> 
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>> 
>> 
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