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From Christopher Schultz <ch...@christopherschultz.net>
Subject [ANN] ApacheCon NA 2020 is virtual/online, completely free to attend, and call-for-presentations is OPEN!
Date Wed, 08 Jul 2020 22:37:01 GMT
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All,

[Cross-posting to dev@, please reply to users@]

ApacheCon NA 2020 is now "ApacheCon @Home" due to the COVID-19
pandemic, and will be held online 29 September - 1 October 2020. This
is a great opportunity for anyone who has never attended an ApacheCon
event to make this year their first ApacheCon. Registration is FREE
(zero-cost).

For those who have never given a presentation at ApacheCon, this is
also an opportunity for you to submit a presentation for our
consideration: the call-for-papers is open and the Tomcat track is
hoping to fill something like 12 - 36 hours worth of presentations,
panels, and meet-ups at this conference.

To register to attend or respond to the call-for-presentations, please
visit https://www.apachecon.com/acna2020/

Because the conference is being held online, obviously things will be
a little different than previous events. First, all presentations will
be streamed live and recorded for later replay if you can't make a
live-streaming event. "Attendance" for a live presentation would mean
streaming audio/video and at least a text channel by which questions
can be asked. I don't believe video is supported for attendees (to see
e.g. attendees faces) but it may be possible to ask questions via
audio instead text. I will follow-up with the organizers regarding
audience participation.

To accommodate attendees (and presenters!) in various time-zones
around the world, we will be attempting to schedule live presentations
in 4-hour blocks at 3 different daily intervals throughout the 72-hour
event.

My goal is to encourage each speaker to present their material live
/twice/ during the event, once in each of two separate
timezone-centric blocks (e.g. North/South America, Europe/Africa,
Asia/Oceana) if at all possible, and for several committers to be
available to "staff" each presentation to introduce speakers, provide
moderation of questions from the live-audience for the speakers, etc.

Schedules will be announced after the presentations have been selected
and everything is negotiated with the speakers about when they are
available.

If you are already considering submitting a presentation for including
in ApacheCon 2020, please head-over to the CFP at
https://www.apachecon.com/acna2020/

If you aren't sure if you are interested in presenting, or aren't sure
if you have the experience, knowledge, etc. to warrant a position as a
speaker, please consider the following:

1. This is a welcoming community
2. This community exists to serve YOU
3. You are a part of this community
4. Helping others within the community encourages others to do the same
5. If you'd prefer to pre-record your presentation, we can handle that
6. Topics can be very wide-ranging. Here are some examples of
presentations from previous ApacheCon events:

  [From Committers / directly about Tomcat]
  - Running Apache Tomcat on GraalVM
  - Tomcat in clusters and clouds
  - Using Let's Encrypt with Tomcat
  - Securing Tomcat
  - Reverse-proxying Tomcat
  - Load balancing with Tomcat
  - Clustering with Tomcat

  [From Non-Committers or not directly about Tomcat]
  - Packaging Tomcat for Linux Distributions
  - I Love Lucee -- a Java implementation of Cold Fusion
  - Routing CDN traffic at scale using Tomcat
  - Secure Web Applications using Apache Fortress
  - Monitoring Tomcat; various tools
  - Building Reactive Applications on Tomcat
  - Troubleshooting performance using thread dumps
  - High Throughput Production Systems on Tomcat
  - Why I Love Open Source
  - Introduction to Spring Boot
  - Tomcat, TomEE, and Meecrowave

  If you are using Tomcat at $work and doing something interesting,
we'd love to hear about it.

7. You don't need to be the foremost expert in $feature to talk about it
8. We are actively looking for speakers to talk about these and other
topics:

  - How to get started hacking on Tomcat ("How can I help?")
  - Running a "split" Tomcat installation (BASE vs HOME) for easy
    upgrades
  - Deploying Tomcat in an auto-scaling environment (e.g. AWS EBS)
  - Tomcat should really have [Feature X]
  - Whatever you think might be interesting!

Please consider speaking if you haven't done so before. If you are
worried about whether your idea is good enough: don't. Just submit
your idea to the CFP -- you don't have to write-up the presentation in
order to submit an idea, just write a paragraph or two about what you
want to do -- and the track chairpersons (chairpeople?[1]) will decide
whether or not to include your presentation in the event. (And chances
are good that if you submit an idea it will be accepted.)

Please reply to the users list with any questions you may have about
ApacheCon, the Tomcat track, or submitting a talk proposal.

Thanks,
- -chris

On behalf of all ApacheCon 2020 Tomcat Track chairpersons


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