New Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core Europe Events to feature top speakers in Big Data and Open Source Development

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The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organisation dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, has announced the line-up of speakers and sessions for Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core Europe, The Apache Software Foundation's (ASF) official conference series which will showcase dozens of key Apache projects across topics and tracks such as cloud computing, deployment, Internet of Things (IoT), libraries, microservices, web development, community, and more. The events will take place 28 September-2 October 2015 at the Corinthia Hotel in Budapest, Hungary.

Apache: Big Data will be held in Budapest, September 28 - 30, with content designed to gather together the Apache projects, people and technologies working on big data, ubiquitous computing and data engineering and science to educate, collaborate and connect in a vendor-neutral environment.

Apache: Big Data keynote speakers include:

  • Josh Baer, Hadoop lead at Spotify, will share how Apache drives Spotify's music recommendations.
  • Dirk Duellmann, deputy leader of the data and storage services group in the IT department at CERN, will discuss the large scale (100 PB) data management and analysis infrastructure for physics data at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
  • Ross Gardler, ASF President, will present his annual 'State of the Feather', providing an overview of the Foundation as it relates to Big Data, and how collaboration and The Apache Way will continue to support future advances.
  • Arun Murthy, co-founder of Hortonworks, will discuss 'Apache's Key Role in the Big Data Industry'.
  • Gary Richardson, head of data engineering at KPMG for the UK, will discuss strategies for keeping the elephant in room; moving from proof of concept to full scale enterprise Hadoop adoption.
  • And a panel discussion on the Open Data Platform Initiative featuring speakers from Altiscale, Hortonworks, IBM, Pivotal, and WANDisco.

These keynote speakers reflect the tremendous importance of Big Data and how Apache projects are helping to develop ways to leverage it.

"Having worked on Hadoop since the early days, the Apache community has always been a critical component in the re-platforming of enterprise data architecture," said Arun Murthy, co-founder, Hortonworks. "Everything we do at Hortonworks is under the governance of the ASF and I look forward to connecting with the community at Apache: Big Data."

Apache: Big Data session highlights include:

  • Data Science in the Travel Industry: Real-World Experience with Current Leading Frameworks - Paul Balmm, data scientist at Amadeus
  • Being Ready for Apache Kafka: Today's Ecosystem and Future Roadmap - Michael Noll, developer evangelist at Confluent
  • In Memory Analytics in Apache Ignite -- Why you need more than Spark - Atri Sharma, assistant vice president at Barclays
  • Apache Phoenix: The Evolution of a Relational Database Layer over HBase - James Taylor, architect at

ApacheCon: Core is aimed at open source users, developers, programmers, students, novices, community managers, and enthusiasts seeking to leverage the power of popular Apache projects that include the ubiquitous Apache HTTP and Tomcat web servers, as well as Camel, Cordova, Flex, Mesos, OFBiz, OpenOffice, Sling, Solr, Zest, ZooKeeper, and more.

Those developing Apache-based solutions, as well as those interested in committing code to an Apache project, contributing to the Apache Incubator, or enhancing their open source products and community engagement are provided the opportunity to meet the individuals behind some of the industry's most popular Apache projects. ApacheCon: Core tracks, presentations, and mini-summits are dedicated to specific Apache projects and organised by their respective communities. In addition to outstanding education, collaboration, and networking, attendees will learn about the latest emerging innovations from the Apache Incubator, including Apache Brooklyn, Geode, Groovy, Johnzon, and Tamaya, as well as other open source topics and issues, such as The Apache Way, best practices, licensing, community development, and the Summer of Code.

ApacheCon: Core keynote speakers include:

  • Ross Gardler, ASF President, will present his annual 'State of the Feather', providing an overview of the Foundation, how it continues to grow, and how to accelerate IT innovation.
  • Serge Huber, CTO at Jahia, will provide a brief introduction to Apache Unomi, a new Apache project in incubation, which is a prototype reference implementation of the OASIS Context Server specification currently being worked on by the OASIS Context Server Technical Committee.

ApacheCon: Core session highlights include:

  • Engineering, Business & Legal Choices for Bringing Commercial Software to Open Source - Gregory Chase, Pivotal
  • Keeping your Apache Project's Independence and Brand - Shane Curcuru, Apache Software Foundation
  • Open Source at Scale - The Apache Software Foundation - Bertrand Delacretaz, Adobe Research
  • Apache Incubator: Possibly the Most Important Project in the Foundation - Roman Shaposhnik, Pivotal
  • Communities matter: Developing and Enforcing the Apache Code of Conduct - Joan Touzet, Cloudant

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and The Linux Foundation have joined forces to produce Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core to bring the power of these projects together under one roof where the developers and maintainers of the projects can work with users and collaborate with each other to accelerate the state of the art.

"Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core will provide a greater breadth and depth of content than any Apache event before," said Amanda McPherson, CMO and VP Developer Programs at The Linux Foundation. "The top content we have lined up, coupled with the huge range of talented and experienced committers from a wide variety of project makes this a can't miss open source event in Europe."

"We are thrilled to offer users and developers an event specifically focused on Apache's Big Data projects, while also highlighting key technologies under the ApacheCon umbrella," said Rich Bowen, Executive Vice President of The Apache Software Foundation. "As The ASF continues to grow, it is essential that those working with Apache projects have the opportunity to meet face-to-face and promote cross-collaboration between various projects."

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