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BarCamp unconferences, Apache style

  • The last BarCampApache was at ApacheCon NA 2014 in Denver, CO on Thursday 10th April!*

This events was associated with ApacheCon NA 2014 - but everyone in Denver is welcome!

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 2014, running the day after the main 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 Denver 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 Denver, 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 follows on from 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 - Denver 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!


The BarCamp is taking place at the ApacheCon NA 2014 Conference Venue, which is the Westin Denver Downtown. Directions, public transport options and parking advice can be found on the conference website.

On the day, we'll decide what goes where and when!

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



11:15 am - 11:45 am



11:45 am - 12:15 pm



12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Walkabout (Overlaps with the next session)

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
  • Something to drive a twitter wall (Raspberry Pi perhaps?)
  • Coloured giant post-it notes, for populating the schedule grid
  • Flip-chart paper and rulers, for making up the schedule grid
  • Pens / paper / etc
  • Sticky labels for name badges
  • 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


Dzmitry Pletnikau




Dave Neufeld


Apache SIS


Lewis John McGibbney

@hectorMcSpector / lewismc

Licensing of community/wiki documentation, ASF related royalties


Mark Thomas

@markt_asf / markt

Tomcat, Commons, Infrastructure


Branko Čibej




Ben Reser

@BenReser / breser



Artem Lukanin


Lucene, Solr


Jan Iversen


LABS, AOO, Infrastructure, how to make apache more visible for sponsors


Stefan Fuhrmann




Daniel Ruggeri


Late joiner (running tutorial until 1200). Topic: Illusions of security - dumb things people do that they think are "secure"


Mike Rumph


mod_proxy_fcgi, mod_fcgid, documentation mechanics


Ate Douma

@atedouma / ate



Stephan Klevenz


About Apache Olingo. Graduated recently from incubation.


Derek Beauregard






Apache Fundraising, Apache Solr


Matthias Elmer




Rado Ondas




















































add more rows as needed



























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
  • Your name here!

So what is The Apache Software Foundation?

Established in 1999, The Apache Software Foundation provides organizational, legal, and financial support for a broad range of Open Source software projects, including Apache HTTP Server – the world's most popular Web server software for more than a decade. The Foundation provides an established framework for intellectual property and financial contributions that simultaneously limits contributors' potential legal exposure. Through a collaborative and meritocratic development process, Apache projects deliver enterprise-grade, freely available software products that attract large communities of users. The pragmatic Apache License makes it easy for all users, commercial and individual, to deploy Apache products.

For more information, please see

ASF Release Docs hacking

We'll use Google Docs to collaborate on a draft.

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