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From Steve Holden <st...@holdenweb.com>
Subject Re: Things we need to do for ApacheCon EU
Date Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:36:55 GMT
I'm wondering, given the involvement of a corporation that likely has the technical chops to
pull it off, whether we might propose some sort of video link-up if we can find synchronized
slots in the schedules.

Unless there's a definite benefit to ApacheCon EU attendees then it's just another fine idea,
but if we might offer delegates a genuine service (like making WJAX livestream video available)
then it might be worth looking into.

How valuable would any kind of parallel access to WJAX be?


On Jun 7, 2012, at 1:00 AM, Bernd Fondermann wrote:

> On 31.05.12 10:06, Bertrand Delacretaz wrote:
>> On Wed, May 30, 2012 at 11:40 PM, Ross Gardler
>> <rgardler@opendirective.com>  wrote:
>>> ...I think there is a need to define what this
>>> conference is. Is it a developer conference, a user conference, a hacker
>>> etc.
>> ...
>> And it would be good to clearly differentiate with
>> http://jax.de/wjax2012/speaker/
>> Their tagline is "a conference for Java, Architecture, Agile and
>> Cloud" - maybe those of us who are familiar with that conference can
>> help steer ours so that it's clearly different instead of competing on
>> the same topics (or maybe at least competing on the same topics on the
>> same days, see http://jax.de/wjax2012/specialdays/ ).
> WJAX is the sister conference to its big brother JAX (taking place each Spring) and some
other JAX events around the world. I've never been to WJAX, but attended JAX for some years
now as a speaker. (WJAX organizers also edit JavaMagazin, where I'm writing a monthly Apache-project-focused
> JAX is huge, with as much as 12 parallel sessions at a time for 3 days, plus workshops
on Mon + Fri. This can be overwhelming. WJAX has a similar setup with 8 parallel session.
So it should be about 2/3 the size of JAX.
> The foremost difference to ApacheCon is that WJAX is a German-speaking conference all
over the place. Only keynotes and few sessions are in english. In this regard, it is not a
European conference. You'll find not many french, spanish or even swiss people there. Let
alone british.
> Attendees are mostly folks having to deal with "enterprise software", in the sense that
they often work for banks, telcos, car manifacturers, so the conference pretty much covers
what these people are interested in. You won't find that many university students or people
from very small companies there, also because of the price tag.
> New hot topics will eventually come to WJAX, like BigData this year. Niche technologies
like Lucene are only a niche at (W)JAX.
> This also means that open source is seen very pragmatic at (W)JAX. If some software is
Open Source, that's ok as long as it solves their problems.
> Speakers are competent and familiar with the topic, but not neccessarily mega-deep into
it. I've done two Hadoop talks at JAX, not being a committer for any of the Hadoop projects.
At BerlinBuzzwords this week there were Hadoop committers all over the place - so I didn't
need to do a talk and could just listen, learn and meet. (bbuzz was great, by the way!)
> So, when needing to contrast with WJAX, I would probably tag ApacheCon EU like this:
> + pan-european
> + "meet the committers"
> + all the latest and greatest hot stuff from our projects
> + open source excellence
> In the sense of Leslie Hawthorns great BBuzz keynote (see also https://twitter.com/bdelacretaz/status/209612024244748288
), we could try to forster community in that projects are given the opportunity to present
their top five JIRA issues they need to tackle and the top five issues suited for new contributors.
>  Bernd

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