Getting to ApacheCon + Resources

Discount codes are still available for registering for ApacheCon, and we have plenty of free events. Tips on actually getting here:

  • Pack layers; the weather is a beautiful sunny 70degF days/50degF nights.
  • From SFO and OAK, take the BART light rail trains to the 12th Street Oakland City Center stop. From OAK, you’ll first take the AirBART bus to the BART station, which requires $3 exact change on the bus.
  • The Bay Bridge is open once again, so you can drive, although the BART is highly recommended unless you need assistance.
  • The Marriott hotel tower is kittycorner/diagonally across the street from the 12th street BART station – it’s closer than you think.
  • All conference events are in the Convention Center, which is in the same building as the Marriott: walk through the reception area around and past the escalators to the second floor conference rooms.
  • Sessions and Meetups are held on the first floor main conference halls, and in the 200-series rooms on the second floor of the convention center.

Roundup of information about ApacheCon:

ApacheCon Blog Roundup

Folks have just started blogging in earnest about what they’ll be doing at ApacheCon this year in Oakland – besides our awesome birthday party. Here are a few of the best posts.

Check out OStatic as well for some cool upcoming Apache related postings.

Register TODAY for discounts at ApacheCon US 2009

Be sure to register TODAY to save up to $500 in registration fees for most attendees! Early registration discounts are scheduled to expire at the end of 14-August for attendees and committers.

To see the schedule and register, visit Be sure to consider booking your hotel now too for the special discount.

Note: Community members wishing to attend ApacheCon, but who are unable to do so due to financial reasons are encouraged to apply for Travel Assistance before 17-August by completing the form at Financial support for flights, accommodation, subsistence, and conference fees are available. Anyone involved in Open Source is welcome to apply for financial support for flights, accommodation, subsistence and Conference fees. Hurry, applications close on 17 August.

Happy Birthday, ASF!

ApacheCon has featured a number of events commemorating the 10th anniversary of the founding of The Apache Software Foundation. We’ll be featuring “asf10years” events throughout the year, culminating with some very special stuff at ApacheCon US 2009 in Oakland, 2-6 November.

Some of the 10th anniversary items we’ve posted this week include:

Note: there’s a delay of several days, but our video streaming partner Linux Magazine will be putting all the video content (free and paid) into their archive. Stay tuned for a note when it’s available in the archive, but several of these talks are definitely worth watching again.

Tip: there will also be a video or two of us – all the ApacheCon attendees – signing Happy Birthday to Apache.

Welcome to ApacheCon Europe 2009!

Quick note: if you can’t attend ApacheCon, you can still watch the free live video streaming of our Keynotes and lunch talks! Other technical tracks are available for a fee. Remember: all times are from Amsterdam (CET), so Wednesday’s keynote “Data Management in the Cloud” with Raghu Ramakrishnan of Yahoo! starts at 09:30.

If you don’t have your badge yet, registration will open at 08:00 in the main conference area of the hotel, upstairs from the lobby, and sessions start at 09:00 on Wednesday.

If you’re already at ApacheCon, I’m jealous – I hope you’ve been enjoying the trainings, Hackathon, and BarCampApache this year, along with the stellarly attended Meetups this year!

Along with the many data feeds about the ASF and ApacheCon, please be sure to check out the new official blog of the ASF at, hosted on our own Apache Roller blogging platform, of course! Many thanks to our infrastructure volunteers for setting up our blogging system.

0x04 days until ApacheCon: Read this! All the feeds about Apache & ApacheCon

There are a wide variety of content sources for the ASF and ApacheCon, including a number of official ones (i.e. from moderated sources or from specific PMCs or ASF officers) as well as a stunning array of unofficial ones (from members, committers, and others associated with the ASF).

Note that the many projects, Incubator Podlings, and Labs hosted at the ASF have their own feeds and lists as well; this list only includes ASF-wide resources or ApacheCon-specific resources that have an obvious feed.

Official Feeds related to ApacheCon

Official Feeds related to the ASF

Tags related to the ASF

#apachecon, #meetup, #barcamp
hashtags for Twitter, etc.
ApacheCon, ApacheConEU09
Blog and photo tags (Also see our flickr groups)(per-show tags generally follow the format of [US|EU][08|09])
A tag most often associated with technical issues about the HTTP Server project, although sometimes about the ASF overall
An overall tag sometimes associated with the ASF and sometimes… not.

[Ann] ApacheCon Europe 2009 – Watch live video, download the Program Guide, and Save the Dates

If you were on the announce-at you’d already be reading this.

ApacheCon Europe 2009 publishes our downloadable Program Guide; provides live Video Streams; has free signups available for MeetUps and the BarCamp; and announces Save-the-Date for upcoming conferences and events. Everything you need to know:

Download the ApacheCon Program Guide

The listing of everything at the conference downloadable as PDF:

Can’t Attend? Live Video Streams Of Keynotes Free

Watch our keynotes and lunchtime sessions for free with live streaming video from Linux New Media. Full session tracks are available for a fee. Free and paid tracks are available in an archive later.

Special Events: MeetUps, BarCampApache – Free

  • It’s free to attend BarCampApache on Monday, 23 March during the day. – Add your name to participate
  • MeetUps on Monday and Tuesday evening are also free.
    Monday at 19:00: join the Maven and Portals communities.
    Tuesday at 19:00: join Wicket, Lucene, and JCR/Jackrabbit/Sling. MeetUp schedule and sign up to participate

Save The Dates! ApacheCon and More

4-5 April 2009 – Oxford, England
ApacheCon US 2009 – Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The ASF!
2-6 November 2009 – Oakland, CA
ApacheCon Europe 2010
Spring 2010
ApacheCon US 2010
1-5 November 2010 – Atlanta, GA
ApacheCon North America 2011
7–11 November 2011 – Vancouver BC, Canada

Interested in sponsoring ApacheCon?

Contact Delia Frees at for further information. Our current sponsor list

ApacheCon Europe 2009 Team
planners-2009-eu -at

0x07 days until ApacheCon: Download the program guide!

Yes, ApacheCon has improved itself this year, and is now offering the compete program guide to ApacheCon EU 2009 as a downloadable PDF file. Get your copy now – they’re free! – and see what you’ll be missing if you can’t visit us in Amsterdam.

Remember that if you can’t make it, you’ll still be able to watch some of our content, which is being offered as a live (or recorded) video stream of ApacheCon by Linux Pro Magazine.

Astute readers will realize that I’ve finally admitted I missed a few days of updates earlier on. This was because your host – Shane – has both been working overtime at $dayjob, as well as arranging a small family birthday this past week.

That is a prime example of why some people believe in Community Over Code. One-person projects will falter when the person either moves on, gets too busy, or simply has finished the features that they needed from the projects. Projects with a handful of developers from a single company will always fall by the wayside if their company moves in a different direction, or has a major crunch period of internal work. The best way to ensure the longevity and greater success of a project is to build a community of equals around it.

0x0F days until ApacheCon: [ANN] Keynotes & MeetUps; Room Discounts expire 13-March

If you were on one of our announce@ lists, you would have gotten this email tonight!

ApacheCon Europe 2009 announces our Keynote Speakers; welcomes you to our Special Events; reminds you our Special Package Discount expires at the end of today; and issues last call for ApacheCon US 2009 CFPs!

ApacheCon Europe 2009 Keynote Speakers

  • Wednesday: Raghu Ramakrishnan, “Data Management in the Cloud”
  • Thursday: James Governor of Red Monk
  • Friday: Apache Pioneer’s Panel – 10 years of The Apache Software Foundation – featuring luminaries from early days of the ASF

Special Events: MeetUps, BarCampApache, and more

  • Join the Wicket, Jackrabbit, Portals, Lucene, and Maven communities in
    their free MeetUps on Monday and Tuesday night. MeetUps are for hacking
    with the committers, and bringing your user question to the community. See the MeetUp schedule and sign up to participate
  • Sign up to attend BarCampApache (also free) on Monday, where everyone
    can be a speaker. Be sure to sign up your name on the wiki soon! Add your name to the BarCamp wiki to participate.

Special Discount Package of EUR 150 off *ends* after 13 March!

The Special Discount Package provides a saving of EUR 150 off of the Full Conference price, only for guests staying at the Mövenpick Hotel for 2 or more nights. To qualify for this discount you will need to register at the Mövenpick using our link for your reservation, and then register for the conference as an attendee, and select the “Special Discount Package” registration checkbox.

Book your hotel room, and Register for the conference.

CFP for ApacheCon US 2009 closes!

You may still submit a CFP for ApacheCon US 2009, held 2-6 November in
Oakland CA until the submissions closing deadline of 14 March 2009 at
12:00 GMT.

Interested in sponsoring ApacheCon or related events?

Contact Delia
Frees at for further information. Or, see the current sponsors of ApacheCon Europe 2009.

ApacheCon Europe 2009 Team

0x10 days until ApacheCon: Check the time!

Just a quick reminder: double-check what time it is! Remember that the US has already “sprung forward” and changed to daylight savings time; however Europe and much of the rest of the world will not be changing daylight savings for another few weeks, on Sunday, 29-March following ApacheCon.

This is a key thing to remember for anyone scheduling international conference calls, or when planning to catch your flight.

An excellent resource about times, timezones, and dates around the world is Time And Date.