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From "Wyngaard, Jane R (398M-Affiliate)" <Jane.R.Wynga...@jpl.nasa.gov>
Subject Apache Con in Africa?
Date Fri, 16 Oct 2015 22:03:40 GMT
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)

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive MS: 158-256D
Pasadena, CA 91109

Phone:  818/354-6237
Email: Jane.R.Wyngaard@jpl.nasa.gov<mailto:Jane.R.Wyngaard@jpl.nasa.gov>



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