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From "Kevin A. McGrail" <>
Subject Re: Road Show vs ApacheCon
Date Thu, 05 Jul 2018 20:40:13 GMT
Yeah, I think we just use roadshow for "smaller than AC" because no one
liked miniApacheCon.  :-)  Your definition is a good one.  This is why you
get the special pointy hat.

Kevin A. McGrail
VP Fundraising, Apache Software Foundation
Chair Emeritus Apache SpamAssassin Project - 703.798.0171

On Thu, Jul 5, 2018 at 4:35 PM, Rich Bowen <> wrote:

> The terms Road Show and ApacheCon are being used almost interchangeably in
> our conversations, and I want to be clear as to the definitions of these
> terms.
> A Road Show, as the name implies, is something with multiple stops. An
> Asia Road Show, for example, might have stop in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and
> Hong Kong.
> An EU Road Show might have a stop in Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, and London.
> A North America Road Show may have stops in DC, Chicago, San Francisco and
> Orlando.
> The point being that a Road Show is something that draws a local audience,
> not an international one, and focuses on the local community of
> contributors/developers, rather than trying to draw people from far away.
> Road shows are typically 2 days, but can be only one day.
> The individual event will be small in scope (not necessarily attendance,
> that's a different axis), having 1 or two tracks of content. It SHOULD have
> an Apache Way talk at some point, given by an ASF member, but otherwise the
> content can be anything Apache-related. It MAY be colocated with another
> event, as we did in Berlin.
> ApacheCon, on the other hand, is a complete conference. It will contain 4+
> tracks. It MUST have a hackathon space. It MUST have a State Of The Feather
> presentation, given by the President or his/her delegate. It SHOULD have a
> key signing and a BarCamp.
> Content MUST be selected by the ASF. This is a fluffy way of saying that
> the VP Conferences must approve of whoever the selection committee is
> comprised of. This distinguishes it from an event such as some we could
> mention, where the content is selected by another org (such as the Apache
> track at the upcoming Open Source Summit, by LF, in Edinburgh, for
> example), or by a vendor (we'll avoid naming names). This is not to say
> that those events suck, but that they are not Apache events. I hope that
> distinction is clear.
> It is typically 3 or more days.
> And importantly, it is the one annual event for the continent. As such, it
> draws an international audience, both in speakers and attendees.
> I bring this up because of objections I've received privately over a
> Barcelona Road Show being impossible because we're already talking about an
> event in Berlin. To me, this is irrelevant. Having an Apache Road Show
> every month in Europe (Except, of course, the month that contained an
> ApacheCon) would be an ideal outcome if it was financially sustainable. A
> Road Show is not ApacheCon. Which is why we don't call it ApacheCon.
> Now, it's the financially sustainable bit that we need to work on, one
> event at a time.
> --
> Rich Bowen -
> @rbowen
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