BarCamp unconferences, Apache style

  • The next BarCampApache is at ApacheCon NA 2013 in Portland, Oregon on Sunday 24th February!*

This events is associated with ApacheCon NA 2013 - but everyone in Portland is welcome!

Note - there is a second, smaller BarCamp taking place on the Wednesday evening, as part of the Comunity Evening Events section. If you can't make the Sunday but will be at the conference, do come along to that! You need to sign up for the Wednesday night event if you'd like to come (space is limited as refreshments are provided), sign up at

So, what is a BarCamp?

BarCamps are "unconferences", where the schedules are not set in advance of the day, and everyone is welcomed (and encouraged!) to participate. The themes that draw everyone together are known and announced (more on that below), but the schedule is decided based on who turns up, what interesting ideas and topics they bring, and what exciting new things spring up during the course of the day!

Everyone is welcome to attend (but we do ask you register below, so we know how many to expect!). Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to participate, in whatever way they feel best able to. That might be proposing a session, it might be leading one, it might asking smart questions, it might be by blogging / tweeting / posting photos, it might be by helping out, or it might just be by telling others about it. However you can get involved, do!

And what is a BarCampApache? How is it different to a normal BarCamp? Do I have to bring a feather?

You don't have to bring a feather, and you don't have to sleep in a teepee! (We tried that once - fun, but very cold at night in November...)

A BarCampApache is a BarCamp being facilitated by a group of people involved in the Apache Software Foundation. All topics are still welcome however! Because of who are helping organise it, there will be a lot of people around who know a lot about Apache projects / communities / technologies, so there are normally quite a few sessions proposed on those areas. It's not exclusively Apache though, so everyone should come, and especially talk about other things too! We like to hear all about fun new ideas and projects and technologies (smile)

This BarCamp is being hosted alongside ApacheCon NA 2013, running the day before the traditional Apache Hackathon and the conference, BarCampApache will be a dynamic get together open to the public. Like other unconferences, the schedule will be determined by the participants, both Apache and non! We strongly encourage lots of people from Portland to come along and share their knowledge and ideas, we want it to be a great day of sharing for everyone, not just those at the event. Everyone coming in for the conference is encouraged to come early, it'll be a great day for all!

As usual, the event is free. We do ask that you sign up in advance though, details below, so we know how many to expect. On the day, come along for 10am and grab a name badge at the registration desk.

This is an ideal opportunity to seek out people of like mind. At a BarCamp, you can talk about anything you think people will be interested in, and it need not be Apache-specific. How about telling us about your favorite project, how to enjoy yourself in Portland, survival tips for one's first month on an ASF list, why you love your job, why you hate your job, etc. There will be plenty of space to break off and continue discussion with people of like mind.

Since BarCampApache both precedes the main conference, you might want to register for the conference as well. You may also want to consider attending the special events and the free MeetUps that will be held in the evenings after the main conference tracks.

Outline plan of the day

In commons with all BarCamps, we'll be deciding on the exact schedule on the day. So, it's all up to you! Here's the suggested framework. We will fill in the details at the start of play.

  • 09:00 set-up/get-in
  • 09:30 registration opens (say hello, make name badge, get swag/loot etc)
  • 10:00: After a brief introductory talk, the schedule will be decided by us all at the start of the event. How it works is that we scribble down topics we're interested in and hold them up. If others are interested we then pick a slot on the programme (single or double). It's all very flexible and as topics emerge there is often splitting and lumping and reorganizing. If a session is really going strong at the end of its slot then folks simply decamp and carry on elsewhere, having free'd the room for the next slot. The schedule is expected to morph during the day
  • 11:00 First slots
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 - Portland walkabout, for those wanting to stretch their legs / get some air
  • 14:00 - Sessions resume
  • 18:00 - Closing session
  • 18:15 - Help pack up
  • 18:30 - Retire to a pub to continue the discussions!
  • Monday morning - Hackathon commences!


The BarCamp is taking place at the ApacheCon NA 2013 Conference Venue, which is the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers. Directions, public transport options and parking advice can be found on the conference website.

The exact room and the topics are almost decided, feel free to put your session in the empty time slots.

Time Slot

Big Room

Small Room

10 am - 10:30 am

Opening Speech - Nick Burch


10:30 am - 10:45 am



10:45 am - 11:15 am

U.S. "Fundamental Research" Export Rules

Documentation Comments System

11:15 am - 11:45am

The Apache Way

Data Mining - Mahout

11:45am - 12:15pm

Smallest Federated Wiki on High Freq Radio


12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch Break 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Walkabout (Overlaps with the next session)

Time Slot

Big Room

Small Room

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Open Source Hardware


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Incubator


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

BSP (Bulk Synchronous Parallel) computing on Hadoop


3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break

Time Slot

Big Room

Small Room

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm



3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Axemblr Provisioning Magagement service for pools of virtual machines


4:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Stream base high performance JSON -> XML (SOAPP) transformation


4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Break

Time Slot

Big Room

Small Room

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Portland !


5:30 pm - 6:00 pm



What to bring

  • Yourself!
  • Some ideas on what to talk on
  • Either a laptop or a tablet
  • Power supply for your internet device
  • A 4-way power strip is always popular with others, there are never enough sockets to go around...
  • If you intend to show anything, any mac/dvi/hdmi/etc adapters to VGA
  • A smile (smile)

What we need

If you're able to provide any of these, please strike it out and list your name

  • Projector for room 1
  • Projector for room 2
  • Projector for a twitter wall in the welcome space
  • Coloured giant post-it notes, for populating the schedule grid lewismc
  • Flip-chart paper and rulers, for making up the schedule grid
  • Pens / paper / etc lewismc
  • Sticky labels for name badges lewismc
  • Camera, for taking photos of schedule grid / goings on


TBC. If you might be able to help out with the cost of the BarCamp (especially refreshments), please ApacheCon Sponsorship Information page for more details

Attendees - Register Yourself!

We ask that everyone planning to come signs them self up in the registration table below, so that we know how many people are coming, and can make sure we have suitable sized rooms available. This page is editable by anyone, so just hit the "Edit" link near the top of the page, scroll down to here and add yourself in!


Twitter / Apache ID

Any notes (including comments on topics you want to see discussed)


Nick Burch

@Gagravarr / nick

Content Technologies, getting more small events to happen worldwide


Steve Holden


Portland native, can help advise on local things! Python and Django fan


Justin Mclean

@justinmclean / jmclean

Flex, conferences, open source hardware, Android, all things Australian!


Steven Hathaway


Almost Portland native, XML and trusted applications, FIPS-140 security


Andrei Savu

@andreisavu / asavu

Apache Whirr, Axemblr Provisionr, Automation, DevOps, Puppet


Suraj Menon

@surajtweets / surajsmenon

Apache Hama, Giraph, Mesos, Zookeeper, Hadoop 2.0


Marvin Humphrey


Arriving 14:00 or a little later.


Ioan Eugen Stan

@ieugen222 / ieugen

Meet people, maybe talk about software


Lewis McGibbney

@hectorMcSpector / lewismc

Recover from hang over in good company... oh and organise and do some talking :0)


Ward Cunningham


Smallest Federated Wiki


Mike Rumph

New to the Apache community, interested in contributing to the httpd project.


Alina Angelescu


Talk about software and new technologies


Gabriela Turliu

new here - meet people& talk about software


Shameera Rathnayaka


Up coming technology in Open source industry, incubator projects, solution to JSON<-->XML convention problems


Ate Douma

@atedouma / ate

Anything ASF or projects I'm involved in: Apache Airavata, Incubator, Portals, Rave, Streams, Wicket, Wookie


Rainer Jung

Meet people, learn new stuff, discuss about projects I'm involved in: HTTPD, Tomcat, JMeter


William Speirs


HA Java, meet people, learn new stuff


Carlos Sanchez

@csanchez / carlos



Daniel Johnson




















































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If we have more than 75 sign-ups, please list yourself in the waiting list below. If we do hit 75, we'll need to check with the venue about a bigger room, but hopefully we can then promote the rest later!


Twitter / Apache ID

Any notes (including comments on topics you want to see discussed)


















  • Nick Burch
  • Justin Mclean

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