Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My EclipseCon NA 2014

I arrived early in San Francisco and had the weekend off, hanging around the Hyatt hotel and getting some exercise in - notably going to the driving range close by with Jonas. Aside from that, all the early arrivers got some exposure to the republican convention that was taking place over the weekend.

The actual conference was a really nice experience. The Hyatt provides nice space, the space for the exhibitors was well put together. The quality of the keynotes was by far better than in  2013 (this is my personal opinion). In particular, I enjoyed Hans-J├╝rgen Kugler's keynote demanding a creative society to drive the 4th industrial revolution. For all those who missed the keynote: You'll find the recordings of all keynotes soon on the Eclipse Foundation's Youtube channel.

Most of the time I was busy with promoting our Long-Term Support working group. Just in time for the conference, we were able to overhaul the content for the LTS website and get the Long-Term Support marketplace started with now 7 companies offering LTS for various projects. At the conference we were conducting an outreach session with 20+ people attending, and we had good conversations at the poster session on Thursday.

No EclipseCon NA would be complete without a European night. And that's what we did on Thursday night: You rarely see so many Canadians that try to convince you that all their ancestors have just come over from the good old world :-)

Now it's over, and it's time to get excited about EclipseCon France 2014.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Call for participation!

The Eclipse Foundation has been accepted as a mentoring organization for this year´s Google Summer of Code!

We are very happy to have been chosen for the ninth time in a row. This year is the 10th anniversary of GSoC and the Google Team is marking the occasion by accepting10% more mentoring organizations and 10% more students.

The role of the Eclipse Foundation is to act as an umbrella organization for the Eclipse projects. We have again a very interesting mix of project ideas. For the first time there are project ideas from our Working Groups, Locationtech and IoT (Internet of Things).

The Google Summer of Code is a program designed to encourage university students to participate in open source software development.

Students have a opportunity over the summer to get hands on experience at open source coding, without compromising their time with a summer job that is unrelated to their field of studies. Also, students will gain insight into the real world of software development.  At the end of the summer Google grants a total of 5500 USD to every student who passes all exams.

For more information check out:
https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/homepage/google/gsoc2014

Check out the project ideas:
https://wiki.eclipse.org/Google_Summer_of_Code_2014
https://wiki.eclipse.org/Google_Summer_of_Code_2014_Ideas

And if you have questions meet us on the mailing list: soc-dev@eclipse.org.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Two More Weeks To EclipseCon Europe 2013

Yes, we've only a few days left before meeting again in Ludwigsburg.

All preparation work has been done, and for the Eclipse Foundation team we can just wait how it goes after working for 8 long months on preparing the conference. But believe me, we have prepared well.

The registration numbers look good. I'm pretty confident that we will reach the numbers, which would then be another growth compared to last year's ECE. Some of the Tuesday tutorials are getting the recognition that they deserve, some are even fully booked. If you have not chosen your tutorial yet, you better hurry!

The mix of talks that the program committee together with the folks from the OSGi PC have chosen is again very high quality, the keynotes sound exceptional and the side events are pretty outstanding! It was very educational to watch Christian Campo and his program committee interact with the keynote speakers and the people submitting talks. While they still had to reject many of them, they made sure that everybody got a good explanation why it happened and what can be improved in the future.

In the fun department we are able to bring back the Circus and the Band to EclipseCon Europe. A big thank you to the sponsors SAP and BSI AG for making this possible. Apropos sponsors: While we received a couple of downgrades and late cancelations from sponsors/exhibitors, we were able to reach our goals and thus guarantee good food, coffee and some free alcoholic beverages for the evening events.

And some random notes from me:

I'm really proud about the improvements that we have made to EclipseCon Europe website. I think it's a lot more informative than it used to be, we have added a whole bunch of information and we will do so next year as well. Special thanks go to our designer Markus from Munich: I would even reference his website here if he had one :)

As an experiment for 2013, we have offered special slots during the days to certain 'interest groups'.  It will be like the good old poster sessions, mixed in for a couple of hours during the day. As I write, we'll have reps from Long Term Support (LTS) working group, folks that want to speak about scientific components and people presenting projects that have been created just recently or are in proposal state!

If you are interested what is going on in our Working Groups make sure that you attend the face-to-face meetings that are taking place on Monday, October 28 in the Forum as well. Meetings include the Automotive Working Group, Polarsys and the M2M Working Group.

With that, I finish. I have to go and check with our real-time registration system what the news of the last 15 minutes are.

Ralph

Monday, August 26, 2013

While we are waiting

Just a few days ago the we were closing the submission system for EclipseCon Europe 2013. We got well over 240 submissions, and now the program committee under its fearless leader Christian Campo is at work, sorting out which talks will make the program. I don't envy the team for this job. They are the ones that will have to send rejection letters to a large number of people that have taken time and energy to submit their talk.

But we should know in a couple of days!

But what to do until then? I thought I'd point out some other things about ECE that we already know :-)

First of all, we have worked on the website quite a lot. I personally like the new look, it reminds me of some time back that I have fond memories of ... And we have added a few new pages as well. For the people that land on our page by accident (for example after a google search for 'cool conference europe eclipse' we are now giving them some background, explaining that we have noting to do with some teenie movies. We also provide you some information for you boss: You can actually copy and paste the "Why should you go" paragraph from this section.

You might not really want to show him the Fun page. Because it shows that we have the circus coming again, and we have the band playing again as well. He might want to go instead of you.

So the motto for 2013 shall be: Come to ECE. If you bring your boss, you get 10% discount on both tickets :-)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Sad Song

It's happening again. The acceptance emails for EclipseCon France went out. That is good news, and I can see that we'll have a lot of fun in Toulouse. The boys in the program committee have made good choices and put together a fine list of talks that we will listen to in June.

The really sad part is to see the link just next to it, the talks that were not accepted. I just went through this list and noticed that there are so many where I actually encouraged the folks to write it up and submit it.

For example, I remember that I visited the good people at Fortiss in Munich. I visited their labs earlier this year and was (and still am) excited about all the things that they develop with Eclipse. And they were excited when we talked about Toulouse. One of the talks made it into the program.

The other one (actually about one of my favorite subjects) got rejected. Alois, I look forward to meeting you in Toulouse. Dagmar, I hope that you come to Toulouse nevertheless. It would be great.

But here is an idea. All you organizers of demo camps should carefully study the list of rejected talks. They are about great topics (just look at this talk here you demo campers in northern Germany), and I believe the rejected list is a gold mine for you! And rejected people, don't feel bad. I want you to submit to the demo camps and yes, well, EclipseCon Europe is not to far away.

The happy song goes like this: We will do great in Toulouse. And we will have more space in 2014. And we will have a bigger program. And we will have more submissions ...

Darn, I see another sad song coming my way.

One last thing: Can I ask all you speakers for a little favor. Please change your Facebook and Twitter picture and your Gravatar logo for a couple of days to the speaker logo and help us to promote the conference.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Devoxx Antwerp

Arrived yesterday evening in Antwerp, check in, take a walk. The area in the neighborhood (south-side) wasn't too lively, hope that the downtown area provides more fun. What I've seen from downtown on other visits was actually quite amazing. Just coming in by train is an experience, waling up the stairs in that wonderfully architected train station.

Devoxx is great. Sold out with 3´500 attendees and a good line-up of partners it shows me that Java is not dead. I feel that I'm pretty much the oldest person here, close to double the age as the average attendee age. Having the conference hosted in a large movie theater is great for good audio and video all over the place.

The organizers have made a great effort in 'electrifying' the conference. Custom made electronic voting machines that go with your NFC arm band, stand-up terminals for the program (sponsored by Oracle as it looks like), TV-screens everywhere with the latest announcements, , movie evening with the new James Bond movie Skyfall. Looks like they have vast resources to put into lovely things.

Some things are too colorful and to fast for me. But I guess it's ok for the kids. Oh - and not to forget: The program is packed, and so are the rooms. Folks I talk to seem to think that the program is pretty good! They don't even mind the bad sandwiches.

So the concept works. It actually seems to work well enough that it got exported to France. And we'll also see a Devoxx UK next year, as I understand. Congratulations to Stephan Jansen and his team. What started as a JUG event has become a great series of conferences!

I also feel sad around the conference though. There's only one talk on the program about Eclipse. Working for the Eclipse Foundation I wonder what happened. Have we lost the contact to the Java community?


Monday, November 12, 2012

Eclipse Demo Camps Fall 2012

Just looked at the Eclipse Demo Camp site on our wiki to make my travel arrangements for the fall. Because the demo camp season is coming up!

So here is what I'm going to do, applying some optimization algorithm of my own. I will start with demo camp  Dresden on the 20th. This will give me enough time on the train to do all my email that is still lingering from EclipsCon in my inbox. Going back from Dresden, I will stop in Braunschweig and attend the Bredex party, a demo camp in disguise. Now I would have loved to go to Poznan afterwards, but due to a personal appointment that I cannot move I have to skip. But I'll try next year!

The week after, I'm definitely going to the Yatta demo camp Kassel in the wonderful Circus Rambazotti, and I'm toying with the idea to go to Fraunhofer Berlin as well. But I'm not sure yet if this works out!

The week of December 2nd you'll meet me in Munich at the EclipseSource demo camp, where Max and Jonas will put on a great party I hope. Including some fun that involves a Kinect.

Now what about you? Have you made all your plans? Go find you demo camp, it's fun. Look up the list on our wiki and register.