ApacheCon US and OFBiz Symposium bring together the Apache Community in New Orleans, November 3-7

New Orleans, LA – July 30, 2008 – ApacheCon US, the official user conference of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), will host new features at this year’s US conference to bring the Apache community closer together, including a new BarCamp, a Voluntourism Day, and the social networking site CrowdVine. The conference schedule has been published and registration is open. Register by August 15 to receive Early Bird discount prices.

The Apache Open For Business (OFBiz) Symposium is co-locating with ApacheCon US, bringing a new community of users to the event. Attendees will be able to mix-and-match the tracks from both conferences and have the opportunity to network with submitters, experts, and users.

New at ApacheCon is BarCampApache, (November 4). The BarCamp will be the first Apache-focused, participant-driven unconference, gathering people interested in The ASF and its various projects to share and learn in an open environment. BarCampApache will be intense with discussions, demos and interaction from participants packed into an ad-hoc event. The BarCamp is free, but due to limited space, pre-registration is required.

A special added feature of ApacheCon is Camp Hadoop, (November 6-7). Camp sessions will focus on Apache Hadoop, the platform being utilized by organizations to deliver petabyte scale computing and storage on commodity hardware, and by academic and industrial research groups to teach data parallel computing. Hadoop developers and users will review new projects and case studies of Hadoop applications while participating in interactive discussions on the platform’s future.

For the first time ApacheCon will host a Voluntourism Day on November 8, a day focused on lending a hand to the New Orleans area. The ASF has always emphasized “community over code” and now it will put that motto into action by assisting and supporting another community in need. Full details on the Voluntourism Day will be announced in September.

“New Orleans is still in many ways suffering from the aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina. Our goal is to utilize The ASF’s ideals of openness and collaboration to embrace the city’s people and culture and work together to bring change. We have a truly dedicated community writing Open Source code and we hope our participants will stay to support the Voluntourism Day,” said Lars Eilebrecht, Vice President of Conference Planning, ASF.

Prior to this year’s conference, ApacheCon US will create a social networking platform to help attendees, speakers, and sponsors to exchange information and ideas leading up to the event in order to foster a stronger sense of community. Users of the ApacheCon CrowdVine site can create a personal profile outlining their interests, network with other users, and write blog posts.

Also joining the ApacheCon community in New Orleans are dedicated sponsors and exhibitors including CrowdVine, Day Software, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Hippo, HotWax Media, IONA, Linux Journal, Media Temple, SpringSource, WSO2, and Yahoo! These sponsors play an integral role in supporting Open Source technology and contributing to emerging trends in the industry. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For details contact Delia Frees at delia@apachecon.com.

About ApacheCon US 2008

ApacheCon is the official user conference of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), drawing ASF Members, innovators, developers, vendors, and users to experience the future of Open Source development. The 2008 US event will take place in New Orleans from November 3-7.

The most influential platform dialogue amongst the Apache community at large, ApacheCon is the must-attend user and developer forum showcasing key Apache and Open Source technologies. Attendees meet, mingle, and exchange ideas with like-minded participants on groundbreaking technologies and emerging industry trends, through informal networking, peer discussions, Birds-of-a-Feather sessions, and entertaining social events.

Drawing internationally-renowned thought-leaders, contributors, influencers, and organizations in the Open Source community, ApacheCon offers insight into the culture and community that develops industry-leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server-the world’s most popular Web server software for ten years running.

To find more information about ApacheCon US 2008 please visit http://www.us.apachecon.com


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Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Delia Frees at delia@apachecon.com for details.

DATE: Jul 30, 2008
AUTHOR: HotWax Systems
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