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From Jacques Le Roux <>
Subject Re: Paris Open Source Summit 2017 Update
Date Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:24:04 GMT
Thanks Sharan,

Indeed, very detailed :)

Thanks also to all the guys who supported this effort


Le 17/12/2017 à 19:14, Kevin A. McGrail a écrit :
> Awesome recap.  Thanks to everyone who helped.
> Regards,
> On December 17, 2017 12:29:49 PM EST, Sharan Foga <> wrote:
>> Hi All
>> Sorry for the delay in getting this update out to you all, but this
>> year's mega flu got me.
>> Anyway a brief update on the Summit.
>> I arrived on the Tuesday afternoon and went over to check out the
>> location and start our booth setup. It was easy to find and people
>> seemed to smile at the fact that we were located right next to the
>> Libre Office stand.
>> Early Wednesday morning, I arrived and started setting up our table,
>> and not long after 9am people started coming in and dropping by our
>> table.
>> There was a main hall was divided into various areas focussing on ther
>> different themes. For example our booth was in the Associations Village
>> (for Open Source Foundations and non profits), as well as company
>> booths, they also had a Legal Tech Village about the legal side or open
>> source,  Mobility, OW2, Innovations Village. A key focus this year was
>> Africa and how open source is opening up new technology opportunities.
>> Our Apache track ran on the Wednesday afternoon and the room we were
>> given held a maximum 35 people. Our talks were a mix of French and
>> English and attendance numbers varied from around 10 to 30. The most
>> popular talk being Apache Spark!
>> Most of the discussions were in French and even though I haven't really
>> spoken French for a while – it sort of came back (well I think it did
>> :-).  One of the most common questions we were asked is 'Does Apache
>> have a local company in France?'  And each time we have to explain that
>> the Apache community is everywhere.
>> Thanks very much to our speakers (Bertrand, Luciano, Martin, Ismael,
>> and Olivier). Thanks also to everyone who helped out on the booth. Big
>> thanks to Bertrand seemingly effortlessly did 3 talks at this event, (a
>> keynote, an ASF track one and a community track talk!)
>> There was also a talk on Apache Dremio on one of the other tracks that
>> we didn't know about until the day.
>> A super special mention and kudos to Herve Boutemy and Olivier Heintz
>> who spent most of both days working on the ASF booth with me!
>> Thanks very much to Emmanuel (our Paris insider who found us a nice
>> restaurant in the centre and organised a dinner for us all).
>> We did have a scanning application to try and capture the number of
>> people we were interacting with and in total myself and Herve scanned
>> 120 people but this really didnt reflect the total number of people
>> that really came along. The event attracts around 6000 attendees and we
>> definitely saw a lot more than 120 people over the two days.
>> I heard that this is the first time they have tried out this new
>> conference format and I think that it works very well. I hope we get
>> invited to participate again next year!
>> We also made some new contacts and the ASF has been invited to
>> participate in another Paris based open source conference which will be
>> English content only.
>> I took a few photos so will try and get those posted on our Facebook
>> page soon.
>> Thanks
>> Sharan
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