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From Louis Suárez-Potts <>
Subject Re: [ApacheCon EU] China: Visas to Germany
Date Tue, 23 Oct 2012 03:00:03 GMT

On 22 October 2012 22:50, Peter Junge <> wrote:
> On 10/23/2012 10:40 AM, Louis Suárez-Potts wrote:
>> Sorry for top post but:
>> Are there not other Apache EU projects suffering the same effects?
> Indeed, I also considered to sending this information to the ApacheCon list
> but the only Chinese names I can discover on the schedule
> ( are affiliated with AOO. As well, I'm
> also following the ApacheCon list and didn't notice the issue there, except
> Chinese AOO committers asking for invitation letters.
> Peter

Okay; thanks. I then really want to press the idea of tele-video/conferencing.

This technology works. I've experienced it first-hand at least twice,
tho. not from China directly (Brazil, Denmark).

My thinking is that what we really want is to glean what is being presented.

Alternatively, there are what seem to be free televideo/group
conferencing services, like Uberconference. But as at least soem of
the presenters are coming from a big company with Internet power (in
this case, IBM), that can possibly offer some obvious options.

Like the right technology.


>> Louis
>> On 22 October 2012 22:34, Peter Junge <> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I have heard several Chinese speakers who want to present at the
>>> ApacheCon
>>> EU 2012 are having problems with getting their visa in time.
>>> Indeed, the recent situation was very bad because the German embassy
>>> doesn't
>>> have the resources to handle the strong demand for German visas in China,
>>> e.g. they have only two telephone lines to make appointments for
>>> submitting
>>> visa applications.
>>> Just last week the German embassy started to outsource the visa
>>> application
>>> process to a private agency which will certainly make everything easier,
>>> e.g. they are checking each application for completeness and correctness
>>> while previously visa applications were declined deliberately without
>>> giving
>>> any information about what went wrong.
>>> The website of the visa agency can be found here:
>>> The service is available in English, Chinese and German.
>>> Additional information from the German embassy (in Chinese) can be found
>>> here:
>>> Hope it's not to late.
>>> Peter

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