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Monday, November 17
 

10:30am

The Apache Way - Nick Burch, Quanticate
The ""Apache Way"" is the process by which Apache Software Foundation projects are managed. It has evolved over many years and has produced over 100 highly successful open source projects. But what is it and how does it work?

In this session we'll discover at how an Apache project is (and isn't!) managed. We will see how the foundation provides an technical and legal infrastructure for each project, and how the Apache Way provides the governance scaffolding for individual projects. This provides the framework for Apache projects which are then free to apply the Apache Way to ensure their project succeeds.

Having attended this session you will have a better understanding of the inner workings of both the foundation and its projects. With this understanding you will be better equipped to engage with and benefit from Apache projects.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Burch

Nick Burch

CTO, Quanticate
Nick began contributing to Apache projects in 2003, and hasn't looked back since! Most of the projects Nick has worked in belong in the "Content" space, such as Apache POI (ex-PMC Chair), Apache Tika and Apache Chemistry. As well as coding projects, Nick is also involved in a number... Read More →


Monday November 17, 2014 10:30am - 11:20am
Dery/Mikszath

11:30am

Bending The Rules: Community Over Code Over Policy - Andrea Pescetti, Apache OpenOffice PMC
A popular misconception in some circles is that Apache values policy so much that it effectively damages a project's opportunity to grow. Reality is, whenever the Apache policy gets in the way of a project something is wrong. But the current policy and practices were conceived as tools to help projects rather than damaging them. The incubation (and, later, the presence) of OpenOffice at Apache brought the need to rethink several policy issues and set precedents for new ones. In most cases, we found the solution by going back to the rationale for a policy and implementing it in the right way for our case. We'll see several examples of cases where policy was reinterpreted in order to help the project and not to obstacle it.

Speakers
AP

Andrea Pescetti

Member, Apache OpenOffice PMC
Andrea Pescetti has been active in free and open source software communities since 2001. He is currently serving as member of the Apache OpenOffice PMC, and helping the project as a volunteer, mainly in the Release Management and Localization fields. In his ordinary work activity... Read More →


Monday November 17, 2014 11:30am - 12:20pm
Dery/Mikszath

1:40pm

Sharing Apache's Goodness: How We Should Be Telling Apache's Story - Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier, Red Hat
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) excels at many things - fostering strong open source communities, creating excellent software, providing infrastructure to do the work, and providing a framework to verify the software before it's released.

But many projects want more from a foundation. In particular, they want to ensure that the world knows about the good work that they're doing, and the contributors want a foundation to provide resources to help take on tasks that developers typically do not enjoy or do well.

In this talk, Brockmeier will make the case for marketing FOSS projects in general, and specifically why Apache needs to evolve to help not only create software for the public good, but promote its projects as well.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Brockmeier

Joe Brockmeier

Red Hat, Red Hat
Joe Brockmeier is a long-time participant in open source projects and former technology journalist. Brockmeier has worked as the openSUSE Community Manager, is an Apache Software Foundation (ASF) member, and participates heavily in the Fedora Cloud Working Group. Brockmeier works... Read More →


Monday November 17, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Dery/Mikszath

2:40pm

Patches Welcome - Contributing To Apache Projects In A Nutshell - Isabel Drost-Fromm, Elasticsearch
For an outsider the way open source projects in general and Apache projects in particular work seems complex and hard to understand. Cultural differences not only between corporate work and open source collaboration but also across projects make things even harder.

This talk tries to outline some of the basics of what makes a successful committer at Apache: Why should you understand the culture and get involved if you are using one of the Apache projects? What are valuable contributions? How do you stay committed without over committing yourself in case someone invites you to become official committer?

Speakers
avatar for Isabel Drost-Fromm

Isabel Drost-Fromm

Open Source Strategist, Europace AG
Isabel Drost-Fromm is Open Source Strategist at Europace AG Germany. She's a member of the Apache Software Foundation, co-founder of Apache Mahout and mentored several incubating projects. Isabel is interested in all things FOSS, search and text mining with a decent machine learning... Read More →


Monday November 17, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Dery/Mikszath

3:50pm

Open Sourcing Mental Illness / Dealing with (Open Source) Burnout - Igor Galić

This talk runs under Ed Fink's Banner of Open Sourcing Mental Illness, who has been running these types of talks for over a year now. Ed talks are very broadly on the subject, while still backing it up with his personal stories.

I'd like to mirror his work under that banner: I'd like to talk about depression, and I'd like to talk about burn out. Open source is work. Not just a work of passion, but real actual work. And it can be taxing. I'd like to discuss how.


Speakers
avatar for Igor Galić

Igor Galić

CTO, Brainsware OG
Igor is an Apache Member and Apache Traffic Server Developer and Documentarian. He works as a freelancer on the Ops side of the DevOps spectrum, writing little Puppet modules to replace himself, when he's not busy ranting: http://2013.webcampzg.org/speakers/igor-galic/ He has spoken... Read More →


Monday November 17, 2014 3:50pm - 4:40pm
Elod/Ond

3:50pm

RTFM? Write a Better FM! - Rich Bowen, ASF
Ever notice that the projects most likely to tell you to RTFM tend to have the worst FM? That's because the virtues of a docs team - Dilligence, Patience, and Humility - happen to be the virtues of kinder politer people, too.

Come learn some tips of writing better documentation, providing better end-user support, and just possibly growing your project community.

Rich has been doing Open Source documentation for 20 years, and some folks say he's kind of good at it.

Speakers
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Rich Bowen

VP, Conferences, Apache Software Foundation
Rich has been involved in Open Source since before it had that name. He's a director at the Apache Software Foundation, and a community architect at Red Hat.


Monday November 17, 2014 3:50pm - 4:40pm
Dery/Mikszath
 
Tuesday, November 18
 

9:00am

Apache Incubator: The Gateway Into The “Apache Way” And A Continual Mentoring Venue - Suresh Marru, ASF & Roman Shaposhnik, Pivotal
New projects enter the Apache Software Foundation through the Incubator program. Wealth of IPMC members guide the podlings teaching the Apache Way. Mentors and incubator community assist in learning through the releases process, albeit sometimes in a hard way. As the podlings graduate and enter into a self-governance mode, the priority of making stringent releases and the vigor of community engagement is often diluted. This talk will cover the perspective of those incubating project members who later came back to the incubator to help others learn from mistakes they made. Pay it forward or perverse sense of payback -- you’ll be the judge. Either way, Apache Incubator is a unique project under the ASF umbrella that brings together a diverse set of members all bound by the same goal: keep the “Apache Way” spirit alive in the projects joining the foundation and graduated projects.

Speakers
SM

Suresh Marru

Suresh Marru is a Member of the ASF and is the PMC chair of the Apache Airavata project. He directs the Science Gateways program within the flagship US Cyberinfrastructure: Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). Suresh focuses on promoting Apache Way in science... Read More →
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Roman Shaposhnik

Director of Open Source, Linux Foundation
Apache Software Foundation and Data, oh but also unikernels


Tuesday November 18, 2014 9:00am - 9:50am
Dery/Mikszath

10:00am

But We're Already Open Source! Why Would I Want To Bring My Code To Apache? - Nick Burch, Quanticate
So, your business has already opened sourced some of it's code? Great! But now, someone's asking you about giving it to these Apache people? What's up with that, and why isn't just being open source enough?

In this talk, we'll look at several real world examples of where companies have chosen to contribute their existing open source code to the Apache Software Foundation. We'll see the advantages they got from it, the problems they faced along the way, why they did it, and how it helped their business. We'll also look briefly at where it may not be the right fit.

Wondering about how to take your business's open source involvement to the next level, and if contributing to projects at the Apache Software Foundation will deliver RoI, then this is the talk for you!

Speakers
avatar for Nick Burch

Nick Burch

CTO, Quanticate
Nick began contributing to Apache projects in 2003, and hasn't looked back since! Most of the projects Nick has worked in belong in the "Content" space, such as Apache POI (ex-PMC Chair), Apache Tika and Apache Chemistry. As well as coding projects, Nick is also involved in a number... Read More →


Tuesday November 18, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Dery/Mikszath

11:20am

Podling Post-Mortem: Looking Back On Incubation And Lessons Learned - Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier, Red Hat
As part of the Apache CloudStack project, I had a chance to see first-hand some of the good and bad choices made during Apache CloudStack's incubation. We'll take a look at a successful graduate more than a year after its exit from the Incubator, and where things went well and where they didn't go so well. Also will have plenty of advice for companies/projects looking to join the ASF.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Brockmeier

Joe Brockmeier

Red Hat, Red Hat
Joe Brockmeier is a long-time participant in open source projects and former technology journalist. Brockmeier has worked as the openSUSE Community Manager, is an Apache Software Foundation (ASF) member, and participates heavily in the Fedora Cloud Working Group. Brockmeier works... Read More →


Tuesday November 18, 2014 11:20am - 12:10pm
Dery/Mikszath

1:30pm

Supporting Apache Brands While Making A Profit - Shane Curcuru, ASF
Does your company want to capitalize on the Apache brand? Are you interested in seeing how closely you can tie your marketing into the latest Apache projects? Do you recognize the importance of supporting the Apache ecosystem, not just with code contributions but other actions?

As VP of Brand Management for all Apache projects, I can help show business and technical leaders some of the ways they can respectfully and successfully market and position their own services in relation to Apache project brands.

The key message is: Apache project governance is independent; but we are happy to have businesses build their software and services on any Apache software products. You may incorporate Apache brands within your brands, but in specific ways that still give our communities credit.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Curcuru

Shane Curcuru

Founder, Punderthings Consulting
Shane serves as V.P. of Brand Management for the ASF, setting trademark and brand policy for all 250+ Apache projects, and has served as five-time Director, and member and mentor for Conferences and the Incubator. Shane's Punderthings consultancy is here to help both companies and... Read More →


Tuesday November 18, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Dery/Mikszath

2:30pm

Policing Apache Project Brand Use By Third Parties - Shane Curcuru, ASF
Wondering what to do about the new BestHadoopNews.com website? Don't know how to approach your employer's plans to launch BigCo's SuperLucene product? Need help advising your clients on branding Apache project related services or training or documentation or...? Brand policing and dealing with third parties improperly using your Apache project's brands is a difficult topic to raise. Find out about the existing PMC Branding Reporting Guidelines, and have a chance to ask the expert questions on how to approach third parties. Learn about the kinds of uses of Apache project brands that are not an issue, or are nominative use, and learn how important it is to defend our project logos. The strong reputation of your project and Apache overall relies on every PMC policing their own brand effectively and fairly. Get help here!

Speakers
avatar for Shane Curcuru

Shane Curcuru

Founder, Punderthings Consulting
Shane serves as V.P. of Brand Management for the ASF, setting trademark and brand policy for all 250+ Apache projects, and has served as five-time Director, and member and mentor for Conferences and the Incubator. Shane's Punderthings consultancy is here to help both companies and... Read More →


Tuesday November 18, 2014 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Dery/Mikszath

3:50pm

Contributing To CouchDB - Jan Lehnardt, ASF
Become a Hero!

Open Source projects are only as good as the people that work on them. A project's first objective should be to increase its developer base. Consequently, this talk invites you to learn what little it takes to make a meaningful contribution to CouchDB.

This talk is a tour through the CouchDB Apache project and wider community. It explains the way the peoject works and where it can be improved, and how.

One of the bigger stumbling blocks for contributors is CouchDB's implementation language Erlang. However, there is plenty to do without ever touching Erlang and we'll show you what you can do.

Finally, if you are not afraid to dive in, we'll give you a gentle introduction to CouchDB's Erlang implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Jan Lehnardt

Jan Lehnardt

CEO, Neighbourhoodie Software
Jan Lehnardt is the PMC Chair and VP of Apache CouchDB, co-creator of the Hoodie web app framework based on CouchDB as well as the founder and CEO of Neighbourhoodie Software. He’s the longest standing contributor to Apache CouchDB.


Tuesday November 18, 2014 3:50pm - 4:40pm
Dery/Mikszath