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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: Proposal for use of funds collected by SPI
Date Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:21:50 GMT
There is a tentative plan for an Apache event in Germany this year. Nothing
is confirmed yet. I'll get a status update.

Sent from my mobile device, please forgive errors and brevity.
On Feb 13, 2012 2:11 AM, "Pedro Giffuni" <> wrote:

> On 02/12/12 10:55, Wolf Halton wrote:
>> I am excited about getting the developers together!
>> Where are the largest number of developers located? How hard would it
>> be to find a place where the largest number with the least money for
>> travel could get there with the least hassle?
>> Wolf
> It depends on who's cost you want to optimize: I suspect the
> two biggest groups of developers are in Germany and China.
> I don't think we should spend donated money in corporate hats
> but it's important that they can go too, so perhaps somewhere
> in Europe.
> I was thinking in ApacheCon because there are some interesting
> codebases that we use (Lucene, Tomcat, Apache commons) and
> it would be good to have some contact with those communites.
> Any hint where the next ApacheCon Europe will be?
> Pedro.
>  On Sun, Feb 12, 2012 at 5:15 AM, Ross Gardler
>> <>  wrote:
>>>  From my point of view I think it would be very valuable to use this
>>> money to get the developers together for a hackathon type event.
>>> This project is currently populated by a large number of individuals
>>> from a single company and a large number of individuals who probably
>>> feel they are insignificant. On top of that there are people from the
>>> old structure who likely feel disenfranchised. It would be great to
>>> have an event that brought all these people together.
>>> The issue is organising such an event. It's not trivial, there needs
>>> to be sufficient momentum in the community to make it happen. I, as a
>>> member of ComDev and ConCom, and as a mentor of this project, will
>>> help. I have extensive experience of putting events on, of all sizes,
>>> here in the UK. I can also assist those wishing to host in their own
>>> back-yards. But we need commitment from a few PPMC members to be sure
>>> it will work (and to get the backing of ConCom).
>>> I would suggest that the proposal to take to the board and committees
>>> should say that the focus of all activities from this money will be to
>>> get developers together. It is hoped that an AOO meetup will be
>>> organised through (ConCom) with travel assistance available for those
>>> who need it (via TAC). It is not necessary, in my opinion, to commit
>>> to doing an event, but I am happy for you to say you have my
>>> commitment to support it - if we can add a few other PPMC members
>>> names that would be great.
>>> If the PPMC has the energy and wants to turn this into a user focussed
>>> event with a developer event co-located then this would also be good
>>> *but*, be aware that user focussed events are *much* more difficult to
>>> organise. I am *not* volunteering to help with this part of things. I
>>> will (with my ConCom hat) support such an event, but count me out of
>>> the organising team.
>>> Ross
>>> --
>>> Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
>>> Programme Leader (Open Development)
>>> OpenDirective

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