If you've been pointed at this page, then there's a good chance that someone in your organisation is involved in an Apache Software Foundation (ASF) project, and they'd like to attend the Knockree retreat on the 13th - 16th May. With this page, we'll try to briefly explain what the event is, and why you might want to fund the cost of getting them to the event!
The event is taking place in Knockree in Ireland, just south of Dublin. It runs from the evening of Friday 13th May, until the morning of Monday 16th May (though some people will leave on the Sunday). We've booked out a whole youth hostel, which provides us with plenty of space for un-conference sessions, hacking and more. There's even a lovely courtyard for hosting talks outside, if the Irish weather is nice to us!
One of the main things at the event is a BarCamp "un-conference". This is a slightly different kind of conference, where the schedule is largely decided on the day based on the people present and their interests. This allows for a more focused session better fitting the interests of everyone there, and works well for the smaller audiences we have.
Because the sessions aren't scheduled until the day, it's hard to say exactly what talks will be given, and what will be discussed. We do know of a few talks though:
Three projects are co-locating planning sessions and code hackathons with the retreat. These three projects are:
In addition, several other projects are expecting to do mini hackathons at the event, but these will be slightly smaller events and so not as planned in advance.
In addition to the hackathons and barcamps, there's plenty else that'll be going on at the event. From putting names to faces, learning more about how the ASF works, learning from other projects, key signings to ad-hoc technology discussions over a beer, there's always lots going on!