ApacheCon US 2008 Keynote Speakers Announced

I’m very pleased to announce our keynote speakers for the upcoming ApacheCon US 2008, held in just over 3 short weeks in New Orleans! In date order, we’ll have:

  • Sam Ramji, a Senior Director at Microsoft. I’m really looking forward to meeting him, and hearing his ideas on how the big corporate world can work with open source communities.
  • David Recordon, working for Six Apart, and working with the Open Web Foundation. He’ll be talking about: Learning from Apache to create Open Specifications.
  • Shahani Markus Weerawarana, Ph.D., a former CTO in Sri Lanka. She’ll be flying in to talking about: Standing on the shoulders of giants.

I’m thrilled to have such an interesting lineup of speakers. I think they can all talk to something I’ve been thinking about lately: what are the impacts of the ASF on the larger world? There is plenty of data about the obvious ones: Apache project’s code runs in about half the world’s webservers, and various other projects run in countless servers, clients, and runtimes. Look under the hood of nearly any Java, and you’ll find Apache Xerces and Xalan.

The more interesting impacts are broader. How does the impact of how the ASF runs it’s projects affect others? How have our successes, either in the results or the continuing communities, gone on to influence others? We’ll have a microcosm right here in just our keynote speakers, never mind the broader attendees of ApacheCon.

I’m looking forward to it!

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