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From "Kevin A. McGrail" <>
Subject Re: Final Proposal for FOSDEM Devroom
Date Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:45:36 GMT

On September 21, 2017 5:44:35 AM EDT, Sharan Foga <> wrote:
>Hi All
>I'm including a final copy of the FOSDEM devroom proposal that was
>submitted below as I'm going to remove the temporary page I created on
>the wiki to draft it. Posting it here means that the details will be in
>our mailing list archives for future reference.
>Title: Apache Software Foundation Collaboration and Community Lab (or
>ASF CoLab)
>The Apache Software Foundation Collaboration and Community Lab devroom
>is intended to provide a common space to:
>- engage with users, contributors and committers from any of the ASF
>project communities
>- encourage cross collaboration and knowledge sharing across Apache
>- promote a healthy open source development culture
>- disseminate information around common themes that are of interest to 
>Apache and open source projects in general
>- attract new open source contributors by providing introduction to
>projects and technologies
>- collaborate with other open source foundations and institutions
>Open source foundations such as Apache,have a unique perspective on
>open source and their communities. Each have their own range of
>projects, culture and view of their role in the open source world. By
>sharing knowledge, stories and experience, this devroom aims encourage
>greater collaboration both internally and externally and to bridge the
>gap between projects. The ASF generally holds one or two conferences a
>year but this does not attract people from the complete range of Apache
>projects so by being more active in regional conferences such as
>FOSDEM, the ASF is looking to reach out to more of the existing project
>communities as well as attracting new users and contributors.
>Another area that this devroom could help is in cross foundation
>project collaboration. Many people in open source are involved with
>multiple foundations and this devroom could be used to help to break
>down any perceived barriers between foundations.
>This is not a technical devroom and instead will be a community
>oriented common space with a focus on collaboration related topics,
>introductions to Apache projects, and common themes such as software
>licensing, community culture, trademarks, project maturity models,
>governance and legal. Apache (and open source foundations in general)
>help provide not only a legal structure and governance but also an
>special environment where open source projects can be established and
>For example a key part of the ASF is its collaborative culture, the
>Apache Way”, a set of open, transparent and community empowering
>behaviours that encourage community growth and longevity. These
>behaviours and way of working can be successfully utilised across many
>open source projects as well as commercial organisations. Other
>projects or foundations may have similar cultural advice, tools,
>guidance or best practice that could be useful to share.
>Content will be a mix of presentations, and dynamic discussions with a
>key focus on audience interaction and responding to questions.
>Why does it fit FOSDEM
>With over 300 open source initiatives, the Apache Software Foundation
>has its own unique perspective on open source and project communities.
>Open source foundations are an important source of projects as they
>help to promote open development and create and establish healthy
>communities around open source projects. Sharing knowledge, stories and
>experience will encourage greater collaboration and interaction within
>Apache Software Foundation projects and also help build and strengthen
>relationships with other open source foundations to encourage cross
>foundation collaboration.
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