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From OS Summit Asia 2007 Team <l...@apache.org>
Subject OS Summit Asia 2007 - New Event by Apache and Eclipse
Date Thu, 12 Jul 2007 18:03:50 GMT


Hong Kong to host Asia's largest Open Source community conference in
November this year. The event is expected to be hugely popular due to
rapidly growing support for Open Source software in Asia over recent

Hong Kong -  June 29, 2007  - Two of the leading organizations in the
Open Source community, The Apache Software Foundation and the Eclipse
Foundation, have announced plans for Asia's largest Open Source community
conference - the first of its kind in Hong Kong and China. 

The inaugural OS Summit Asia will be held at the Le Meridian hotel in
Hong Kong's leading edge Cyberport IT development zone on November
26th - 30th 2007. 

With Open Source software rapidly growing in popularity in the region,
this community summit, the first joint conference between Apache and
Eclipse and the first in Hong Kong and China, is expected to be a vibrant
event, encouraging a lively exchange of ideas between all those involved
in OSS, including developers, vendors and users. 

Winston Damarillo, Co-Executive Producer of the OS Summit said, "As Asia
moves to become the largest consumer of Open Source technologies, it is
increasingly important that the region is able to experience the Open
Source community process in action.  We are excited to be able to
demonstrate this in the context of the collaboration between Eclipse and
Apache. Local communities and associations have been a tremendous help
in supporting us and providing the best possible venue to launch this

According to recent research from Evans Data Corporation
(www.evansdata.com), the number of developers using Open Source software
in Asia has jumped by 40% over the past three years. The popularity of the
Linux operating system has also boomed in recent years, providing the
region's developing countries with a free and robust alternative to
leading commercial operating systems. 

Justin Erenkrantz, President of The Apache Software Foundation, said,
"The Apache Software Foundation is delighted to be supporting Open Source
communities in emerging countries with the OS Summit Asia 2007
conference.  We hope that by showcasing the combined communities behind
Eclipse and Apache that we will be able to cultivate a stronger presence
for Open Source in the region."

OS Summit Asia will offer unique educational opportunities, with hands-on
training, competitively selected general sessions, and a small number of
invited speakers that address new technologies, development methods,
business and marketing, and licensing issues in Open Source software.
Topics featured at the summit include: 

ASF-wide projects such as Apache HTTP Server, Jakarta, Tomcat, Axis,
Harmony, Maven, Web Services, and SpamAssassin Eclipse-wide projects such
as BI and Reporting Tools (BIRT), Web Tools Platform (WTP), Eclipse
Modeling Framework (EMF), Data Tools Platform (DTP), Equinox and the Rich
Client Platform (RCP)  Programming languages such as Java, Perl, Python,
Ruby and PHP  Web development technologies and techniques including
security, performance tuning, e-commerce and Java EE New technologies and
trends such as Web Services and Web 2.0  Open Source projects and
activities in Asia, local efforts and case studies

Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation said,
"This event is not just about technology: it's about the community and
culture and inevitability of Open Source - a movement that creates and
maintains a wealth of innovation and ideas.  Across Asia interest in Open
Source is building. The timing of this event is perfect to harness and
build on that interest."


Members of the Apache and Eclipse Open Source communities are invited to
submit session proposals no later than 13th July 2007. All speakers and
trainers will be provided with up to 7 nights in the Le Meridian Hotel
at Cyberport. To create an experience of an open source community in
action we are providing speakers and trainers with the  opportunity of
staying for the entire week of conference. And the flight allowance for
those coming in from a distance is 1300 USD.

Delegate registrations for the conference will open by the end of July. 

For more information about the conference please visit the conference web
site at http://www.ossummit.com. 


If you would like more information about this press release, please

Hazel Butters or James Gerber at Prompt Communications 
Email: ossummit@prompt-communications.com
Tel:   +1 617 576 5763 / +1 617 291 9899

Chinese and Japanese translations of this press release are available
online at http://www.ossummit.com.


Asia OS Summit Asia is produced by OS Summit LLC and supported by
The Apache Software Foundation (http://www.apache.org) and the
Eclipse Foundation (http://www.eclipse.org).

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