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Upcoming Industry Events & CFP Deadlines!

Fall is quickly approaching and there are some great industry events around the world coming up on the calendar, as well as Call for Proposals deadlines!

The Global Events Calendar is the primary resource to know what events are approaching. It is fully editable, so you can update the following criteria:

  • If your organization is attending, sponsoring or exhibiting (COLUMN G)
  • Provide feedback or ideas on events (COLUMN H)
  • Add vendor-independent industry events to the calendar (complete ALL criteria)

Here are the upcoming industry events planned for the second half of 2014:

PyCon AU: August 1-5, Brisbane, Australia

  • The OpenStack Miniconf will be held on August 1st and features speakers, including Jamie Lennox, Robert Collins, Matthew Treinish, Anita Kuno & more!

CloudOpen NA: August 20 – 22, Chicago
Interop Mumbai: September 4-5, Mumbai, India
Cloud Connect China: September 16-18, China

  • Attend the half-day OpenStack workshop the afternoon of September 16 for hands-on experience with OpenStack.

DEVIEW: September 29-30, Seoul, South Korea
Gartner Symposium/IT Expo North America: October 5-9, Orlando, FL
CloudOpen Europe: October 13-15, Dusseldorf, Germany
FUTURECOM: October 13-16, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Gartner Symposium/IT Expo Japan: October 28-30, Tokyo, Japan
Open World Forum: October 31- November 1, Paris, France
USENIX LISA: November 9-14, Seattle, WA

  • Stay tuned for the date and time of the half-day OpenStack workshop at LISA 2014!

OW2 Annual Conference: November 4-6, Paris, France
Supercomputing: November 16-21, New Orleans, LA
Gartner Data Center Conference: December 2-5, Las Vegas, NV

  • Interested in exhibiting to this Infrastructure and Operations IT management audience?  Join us in the OpenStack Pavilion.  Contact events@openstack.org for more information.

Here are the approaching CFP deadlines:
Ubucon.DE - July 31

If you have any questions, or you would like to plan a regional OpenStack Day, please contact events@openstack.org

OpenStack – A Global Perspective: Five Things we Learned at OpenStack Events Across Europe and Israel

We say the words “global community” and “collaboration” so often they can start to lose their meaning. It’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture, and the scale of our community far beyond name-brand users from the US or the number of Summit attendees. A few weeks ago, members of the OpenStack community organized a series of events across Europe and Israel, including Budapest, Paris, Milan, Tel-Aviv and London.I was fortunate enough to attend several events, and my goals were two-fold: to do some learning as we prepare for the November Summit in Paris, including getting a pulse on the issues and topics resonating most in the region and identifying new users we could feature; and second, of course, to start promoting the Paris Summit (shameless plug, happening November 3-7) by getting sponsors, press and potential attendees on board.

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But what I really took away from the trip was a reminder that our greatest strength truly is the diversity and size of our global community. They aren’t just words that we throw around, but the hundreds of people we met and stories we heard in just a few short days. Reflecting on my conversations and a few interviews with the user group leaders, I wanted to pass along my five takeaways from the trip:

Businesses everywhere just want to move faster. Full disclosure, my original plan for this blog post was to interview the user group leader at each event and ask about the unique drivers in their region for OpenStack (or cloud and general). I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised when they gave me essentially the same answers. The themes we discussed at the Atlanta Summit, including the Software-Defined Economy and needing to move faster than emerging competitors, resonated with everyone (unprompted!). Sure, there may be different regulatory environments or more financial services organizations in the UK and startups in Budapest, but at the end of the day they still want the same thing: the speed and agility to compete. The beauty of OpenStack is that there are many different ways to consume it, whether you’re a small business in Italy using Enter’s public cloud services, or building scale-out infrastructure for researchers to store and analyze data at CERN in Switzerland.

One of those user group leaders was Mariano Cunetti of Enter IT, based in Milan. According to Mariano, “the idea of team and company is changing. It has not been a painless process, but moving to the cloud is not only a matter of infrastructure. It’s not just a matter of how you develop your tools, it’s changing your processes. It’s being more agile and quick. In the next few years, the difference between companies adopting cloud compared to the ones who are not adopting cloud will be the difference of surviving and not.  Time to market will be so fast, that you need to keep the pace. You choose the pace you want to run to.”

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Data sovereignty and national services create a different landscape in Europe, especially in industries like telco. I am familiar with the concept of data sovereignty and implications for our users, but one interesting thing we learned on the trip is that likely this year an update is coming to the EU-wide Data Protection Act Directive established in 1995. The new regulation, called the General Data Protection Regulation, is expected to take into account globalization and technological developments like cloud computing. As I mentioned, we’ve been talking about data sovereignty for some time — and it’s been a pretty significant driver of adoption among mid-size service providers across Europe and Australia — but debate and discussion around the new EU regulations, as well as court cases like Microsoft’s Dublin datacenter will be very timely for the OpenStack Summit in Paris, where we expect to discuss such issues with leading telcos, enterprises and technology vendors.

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We’ve moved from “what” to “how.” Attending many of these same events a year ago, what really struck me is how the conversation has changed in tone. We’ve moved beyond the question of “what is OpenStack?” or “why OpenStack” to how it’s being used and more advanced topics. Attendees seemed eager for more technical deep dives and workshops. At the Paris event, Andrew Mitry from Comcast presented their user story, and had the most engagement and questions from audience members who were planning or operating their own deployments. In a short video interview, Nati Shalom, CTO of GigaSpaces and organizer of the OpenStack Israel Day, said: “When they were getting started, there was a lot of questions about whether OpenStack was the right thing. Is it going to happen? Is it going to be successful? Is it something that I should bet on? Even until last year that was the main discussion, but this year it’s more about how do I get started, how do I actually implement things, and how do I move fast with OpenStack.”

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Márton Kiss, who co-organized OpenStack CEE Day in Budapest, told me, “the major driving force behind this interest is that people started to trust the open source technology. The startups are definitive end-users of cloud technology, they know and use agile development, continuous integration / deployment, the entire devops culture, and OpenStack fits here as an alternative platform to Amazon. Larger enterprises here still have a conservative attitude, but telecom and financial sector are doing pilot projects. The structure of enterprises is a bit different in this Eastern European region, because most companies don’t have HQs here, but there are a lot of software development / technology center located here.”

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Contribution pays off. One of the most exciting things to see is the companies who have been contributing — both code and community activities like organizing these events — have been making a name for themselves, and building their brand as OpenStack experts in the global community. They’ve gained knowledge and relationships that are translating into real business opportunities. We met some very large users who are choosing to work with smaller, focused companies in the OpenStack ecosystem because they know contributions equate to knowledge and influence. Companies who are consistently contributing are also openly attracting talent, because many of the OpenStack experts want to work in an environment where they know their efforts are going to have a broader impact. As one example, I was going to report on how impressive it has been to see eNovance grow and expand globally, because we had the chance to tour their new — OpenStack themed! — offices in Paris, but they’ve since been acquired!

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Need more focus on operations and end users. This isn’t so much a lesson learned on this trip, as it was reinforced by these events. The makeup of attendees has evolved from primarily vendors looking to productize OpenStack and contributing developers to infrastructure teams within larger enterprises and research organizations who are using the software. The content has also evolved, but there’s more we can do to focus on cloud operators and app developers. One thought is for the Foundation to help recruit and sponsor more users like Andrew Mitry to travel and speak at these events, because hearing case studies and having the chance to ask/answer questions first hand is incredibly valuable.Please feel free to weigh in, whether or not you attended the events, I’d love to get your perspective.

Thank you to all of the organizers who put significant time into these events: Márton Kiss and Gergely Szalay in Budapest; Annie Potvin and the eNovance (now Red Hat) team in Paris; Martina Casani, Mariano Cunietti and the Enter team in Milan; Avner Algom, Nati Shalom, Sharone Zitzman and the GigaSpaces team in Tel-Aviv; and Mark Baker, Cezzaine Zaher and the Canonical team in London.

I’m energized as we head to Paris in November, and hope to see you there.

Call for Speakers now OPEN – November Summit in Paris

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The Call for Speakers is OPEN for the November OpenStack Summit in Paris! 

Submit your talks here: https://www.openstack.org/summit/openstack-paris-summit-2014/call-for-speakers/.

There are a few new speaking tracks in the Summit lineup this year so please review the below list before you submit a talk.

Don’t wait! The Call for Speakers will close on July 28 at 11:59pm CDT.

The Summit will take place in Paris at Le Palais des Congrès, November 3-7. The main conference and expo will run Monday – Wednesday and the design summit will run Tuesday – Friday.

If you have any Summit related questions please contact events@openstack.org.

Continue to visit openstack.org/summit for information including:
• Event format
• Registration
• Hotel room blocks
• Visa invitation letters
• Venue maps
Speaking Tracks for the OpenStack Summit in Paris:

• Enterprise IT Strategies
Enterprise IT leaders building their cloud business case are facing unique requirements to manage legacy applications, new software development and shadow IT within industry regulations and business constraints. In this track, we’ll discuss how OpenStack is meeting enterprise IT technical requirements and cover topics relevant to planning your cloud strategy, including culture change, cost management, vendor strategy and recruiting.

• Telco Strategies
Telecommunications companies are one of the largest areas of growth for OpenStack around the world. In this track, we’ll feature content relevant to these users, addressing the evolution of the network and emerging NFV architecture, the global IaaS market and role of telcos, industry regulation and data sovereignty, and industry cooperation around interoperability and federation.

• How to Contribute
The How to Contribute track is for new community members and companies interested in contributing to the open source code, with a focus on OpenStack community processes, tools, culture and best practices.

• Planning Your OpenStack Project
If you are new to OpenStack or just getting started planning your cloud strategy, this track will cover the basics for you to evaluate the technology, understand the different ways to consume OpenStack, review popular use cases and determine your path forward.

• Products, Tools & Services
OpenStack’s vibrant ecosystem and the different ways to consume it are among it’s greatest strengths. In this track, you’ll hear about the latest products, tools and services from the OpenStack ecosystem.

• User Stories
Sharing knowledge is a core value for the OpenStack community. In the user stories track, you’ll hear directly from enterprises, service providers and application developers who are using OpenStack to address their business problems. Learn best practices, challenges and recommendations directly from your industry peers.

• Community Building
OpenStack is a large, diverse community with more than 75 user groups around the world. In the community building track, user group leaders will share their experiences growing and maturing their local groups, community leaders will discuss new tools and metrics, and we’ll shine a spotlight on end user and contributing organizations who have experienced a significant internal culture change as participants of the OpenStack community.

• Related OSS Projects
There is a rich ecosystem of open source projects that sit on top of, plug into or support the OpenStack cloud software. In this track, we’ll demonstrate the capabilities and preview the roadmaps for open source projects relevant to OpenStack. This presentation track is separate from the open source project working sessions, which allow the contributors to those projects to gather and discuss features and requirements relevant to their integration with OpenStack. A separate application for those working sessions will be announced.

• Operations
The Operations track is 100% focused on what it takes to run a production OpenStack cloud. Every presenter has put endless coffee-fueled hours into making services scale robustly, never go down, and automating, automating, automating. The track will cover efficient use of existing tools, managing upgrades and staying up-to-date with one of the world’s fastest-moving code bases and “Architecture show and tell,” where established clouds will lead a discussion around their architecture. If you’re already running a cloud, you should also join us in the Ops Summit for some serious working sessions (no basic intros here) on making the OpenStack software and ops tools for it better.

• Cloud Security
The Security track will feature technical presentations, design and implementation disussions relevant to cloud security and OpenStack.

• Compute
Computing is a broad topic, but this track will offer technical presentations, use cases, and design and implementation specific to the OpenStack Compute project. Topics will include new features, integration with tools and technologies and configuration as well as hypervisors, HA, schedulers, bare metal computing and databases.

• Cloud Storage
The Storage track will feature technical presentations, use cases, design and implementation discussions relevant to cloud storage and OpenStack.

• Cloud Networking
The Networking track will feature technical presentations, use cases, design and implementation discussions relevant to cloud networking, specifically topics like SDN, scale, IPv6, policies, HA and performance.

• Public & hybrid clouds
The public and hybrid clouds track will cover issues and considerations unique to organizations who are making use of public or hybrid cloud infrastrucutre, or are considering this approach.

• Hands-On Labs (90 minutes)
Hands-on Labs offers a window into OpenStack training for operators and application developers. Sessions are typically 90 minutes and set classroom style for interaction. Bring your laptop and walk away with OpenStack skills.

• Targeting Apps for OpenStack Clouds
A large community of application developers and ecosystem of development tools is growing around OpenStack. This track will be for users who are building and deploying applications on OpenStack clouds, and cover topics like automating and managing application deployment, application software configuration, SDKs, tools, PaaS and big data.

Summer Speaking Sessions and Call for Papers

Summer is in full swing and there are some great industry events coming up on the calendar, as well as Call for Proposals deadlines!

The Global Events Calendar is the primary resource to know what events are approaching. It is fully editable, so you can update the following criteria:

  • If your organization is attending, sponsoring or exhibiting (COLUMN G)
  • Provide feedback or ideas on events (COLUMN H)
  • Add vendor-independent industry events to the calendar (complete ALL criteria)

Here are the upcoming industry events planned for July:

OSCON: July 20 – 24, Portland OR

  • No charge Expo Plus registration using OPENSTACKEHO.  Or 25% discount on any other conference pass using OPENSTACK25.  Pass these on!
  • Open Cloud Day: July 21, featuring Chris Launey from The Walt Disney Company, OpenStack user, Thierry Carrez from the OpenStack Foundation, and Rob Hirschfeld, OpenStack Board Director.  Open to all registrants, including Expo Plus.
  • If you’re attending, be sure to attend the OpenStack birthday party Tuesday, July 22nd at Union/Pine. Details coming soon!

EuroPython: July 21 – 27, Berlin, Germany
PyCon AU: August 1 – 5, Brisbane Australia – There will be an OpenStack miniconf on Friday, August 1, a full day event with several community speakers
CloudOpen NA: August 20 – 22, Chicago  - Looking for a well-known speaker and community volunteers

Here are the approaching CFP deadlines:

DEVIEW 2014: June 30
LinuxCon/CloudOpen Europe: July 11
Software Defined Enterprise World Forum: No deadline listed
FSOSS: No deadline listed

If you have any questions, or you would like to plan a regional OpenStack Day, please contact events@openstack.org

Upcoming OpenStack Day Events in May & June!

Did you miss the Atlanta Summit? Did you attend the Summit and now have new stories to tell?

There are several OpenStack events taking place near you over the next few weeks. Come join us to share outcomes of the Juno Design Summit, hear about new use cases and have direct conversations with industry and technical leaders. Space is limited, so register soon!

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OpenStack CEE Day in Budapest
Franz Meyer will kick off OpenStack CEE Day with Monday’s keynote, followed by several breakout sessions and workshop tracks offering hands on labs from OpenStack experts.
When: Monday, May 26, 8:30am – 5pm
Where: Urania National Movie Theatre
Tickets: €50.00
Featured Speakers:
  • Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation
  • Franz Meyer, Red Hat
  • Alan Kavanagh, Ericsson
  • Monty Taylor, HP
  • AND more!

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Attendees will be provided with an overview of the OpenStack technology, project updates, challenges, best practices and see how the roadmap is tailored for its different audiences. Admission is free!
When: Wednesday, May 28, 8:30am – 7pm
Where: CAP 15
Featured Speakers:
  • Raphaël Ferreira, eNovance
  • Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation
  • Bryan Che, Red Hat
  • Mark McClain, Yahoo
  • Patrick Hamon, Dell
  • AND more!

OpenStack_Italy

A one-day event to share the latest trends, news, services, use cases regarding the main open cloud software community.The morning session is focused on the OpenStack latest news and case histories; the afternoon is dedicated to technical workshops and use cases.
When: Friday, May 30, 9am – 6pm
Where: Via Privata Stefanardo de Vimercate
Featured Speakers:
  • Mariano Cunietti, Enter
  • Chris Jackson, Rackspace
  • Giuseppe Capaldo, HP Italia
  • Michael Kienle, IT-Novum
  • Vincenzo di Somma, Canonical
  • Salvatore Orlando, VMware
  • AND more!

OpenStack Israel

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Hear about OpenStack’s Icehouse Release from industry thought leaders and local OpenStack users. Following the conference, you can attend a 3-day training course on the current OpenStack Icehouse Release.
When: Monday, June 2, 8:30am – 5pm
Where: Arts Hall HaBama Herzliya
Featured Speakers:
  • Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu
  • Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation
  • Monty Taylor, HP
  • Thierry Carrez, OpenStack Foundation
  • Mark McLoughlin, Red Hat

OS Day - London

OpenStack UK Day in London
After keynotes from Canonical, SolidFire and vArmour, afternoon sessions will explore user case studies, industry best practices, and technical talks from OpenStack tech leads.
When: Wednesday, June 4, starting at 8:30am
Where: 155 Bishopsgate
Tickets: £50.00 + VAT when you use this discount code: OS14EB
Featured Speakers:

  • Mark Collier, OpenStack Foundation
  • Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu
  • Monty Taylor, HP
  • Mark McClain, Yahoo
  • Chris Jackson, Rackspace
  • Boris Devouge, HP
  • AND more!

If you have any questions, please contact events@openstack.org.

Atlanta Summit, Day 4: New Skills, Bigger Goals

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In a room full of users, 4 trainers and and army of volunteers walked through, step by step, how to create, manage and delete an instance, as well as networking, user management, and how to use different storage services available in OpenStack.

“We want to get you playing around with Horizon. We aren’t making any assumptions. We want to start you from 0.”

Twenty minutes after the workshop began, the presenters asked, how many of you have an instance up and running? The entire room raised their hands and presenters applauded them.

Over the course of the ninety minute session, the trainers took the participants through exercises below to learn how to use the command line clients and the Horizon dashboard to set up identity, compute, creating containers, uploading and downloading objects, networking, block storage, image store.

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Getting Started with OpenStack

Two sessions on the fourth day of the summit provided a space for new users install OpenStack on their own, to spin up their own instances. In the session, “OpenStack from Zero to Nova: An Activity-Driven Workshop,” each participant was given their own self-contained all-in-one OpenStack cloud environment.

In another hands-on session, “Getting Started with OpenStack,” participants walked through each of the OpenStack components and were given suggestions and resources for learning OpenStack. In the session, participants set up a multi-node OpenStack cloud, on their laptops.

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One of the most anticipated sessions of each summit is the discussion around the user survey results.

Reactions to the user survey:

@cote Looking through recent OpenStack user survey (http://slidesha.re/1mvlNv6 ). It’d be awesome to see this level of detail for other cloud platforms

@dmavrakis Telecoms accounts for 6% of OpenStack installations slideshare.net/ryan-lane/open… Perhaps sample was IT biased though.

@drzeydy My favorite part of #OpenStackSummit: OpenStack Atlanta User Survey

Don’t Miss

OpenStack Summit Keynote & Session Video Footage: Video content through has been uploaded to the OpenStack YouTube channel. Check out the footage here.

From Around The Web

How OpenStack Is Aiming to Win the Enterprise
VIDEO: Allan Clark, chairman of the board at the OpenStack Foundation, discusses new initiatives from the open-source cloud platform.

How to Use OpenStack in Your Small Business
The OpenStack cloud platform works well for companies that aim to deploy software or infrastructure as a service but remain wary of doing so using using public cloud services.

Embracing the user at OpenStack Summit Atlanta
There’s something different about OpenStack Summit Atlanta. Maybe it’s the attendance, the new arrivals, the latest projects, the announcements, the talks, or the community coming together.

OpenStack Upstream Training in Atlanta A Big Success

The first edition of OpenStack Upstream Training completed today in Atlanta: the class made of software developers from around the world, started learning technical and social convention of one of the largest open source collaboration project. During the first day, twenty people picked a real bug or feature to work on, got their development environment setup, signed the CLAs and made the first attempts at committing and reviewing patches. After getting the ‘hard’ technical skills sharpened, the second day of training was all about learning the ‘soft’, social skills necessary to collaborate with a massive amount of people across the continents.

If you saw pictures of legos on twitter tagged #openstack, you have seen images of the OpenStack City role playing game. The students were split in three groups and starts with a city partially built, with a rough master plan for expansion. One group of students acts as the rulers of the city, another group acts as new contributor and the third group acts as the Product Manager of the new contributors. The role game is a nice way to practice the suggestions of the morning. on how to communicate intentions, execute on ideas, interact with other people working on OpenStack components.

With many years of practise contributing to many free software projects, Loic Dachary kindly donated his time to the OpenStack Foundation to lead the training, adapting the content of Upstream University to the specific needs of OpenStack. The class gives strong emphasis on the soft skills necessary to speed up acceptance of contributions. We noticed that over the years, a lot of new contributors, especially occasional ones, don’t have enough exposure to the big picture of OpenStack and these are more likely to be frustrated by the complex set of tools, processes, people between a bug fixed on a local branch and code accepted upstream. Based on the feedback gathered, this first set of graduates from OpenStack Upstream Training will surely get a pleasant experience. Hopefully they’ll keep growing inside OpenStack community and help future first time contributors.

The group is the first set of graduates of OpenStack Upstream Training: David BinghamBob Bennett, Daneyon HansenJacki Bauer, Gangadhar Singh, Om KumarTim FreundRichard ColemanJerry Xinyu Zhao, Sam Su, Shuichiro MakigakiJunichi MatayoshiDerek AndersonDave Fogelson, Ryo KurahashiRajeev GroverSrinivasa AcharyaVishal Thapar, Rashmi, Rohit, Jack Mac. When you meet them this week, please thank them for the time they dedicated to the project and consider them a beautiful present. I, Loic and other mentors will keep meeting online with them in the next weeks, until their chosen contribution will be merged.Thanks to all participants, Loic and Sahid Orentino Ferdjaoui, Édouard Thuleau, Chris Ricker for assisting.

We hope to replicate the training in Paris: stay tuned for the details soon.

Countdown to the May 2014 OpenStack Summit

The May 2014 OpenStack Summit in Atlanta Kicks Off in 3 Days!

Continue to check OpenStack.org/Summit for updated information.

Summit Schedule
The main conference will run Monday through Thursday, and the Design Summit (developer working sessions) will run Tuesday through Friday. Arrive early on Monday to make sure you don’t miss any of the keynote action!

Registration Check-In Information

Skip the lines & pick up your badge early – registration begins on Sunday, May 11th at 3pm on Level 4 of the Georgia World Congress Center. Registration check-in will also be available throughout the week during the following times:

  • Sunday, May 11, 3pm – 7pm
  • Monday, May 12, 7am – 8pm
  • Tuesday, May 13, 7am – 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 14,  7:15am – 6pm
Not yet Registered? It’s not too Late!
  • Online Registration is now CLOSED but you can still register to attend the Summit onsite in Atlanta during the above listed registration hours.
New Summit Mobile App!
Plan ahead & streamline your Summit experience by downloading the official mobile app! Within the app, you can:
  • View the main conference & design summit schedules
  • Navigate maps of the GWCC, including breakout sessions and the expo hall
  • Chat with other Summit attendees
  • Participate in our expo hall booth crawl gamification & more!
  • Apple users download here & Android users download here
Local Train Transportation from Airport (MARTA)
MARTA’s airport station is attached to the airport, right off baggage claim. One-way fares are only $2.50 and within 20 minutes, you can be downtown.

  • Arriving passengers should follow the Ground Transportation signs to MARTA. The entrance to MARTA’s Airport Station is located inside the western end of the airport’s main terminal. Faregates are just a few feet from the baggage claim areas, just follow the signs.
  • To travel to the Omni Hotel and the GWCC: Take the train north to the Five Points Station. Take a westbound train 1 stop to CNN/GWCC Station. Take the escalator or elevator up and walk through the CNN building to hotel entrance.
  • To travel to the Westin: Take the train north to the Peachtree Center Station. Follow the signs to the Harris Street exit. Once exiting the fare gate, follow the signs pointing to Peachtree Street West. This exit will put you on the same side of the street as the hotel.
  • To travel to the Hyatt: Take the train north to the Peachtree Center Station. Follow the signs to the Harris Street exit. After exiting the fare gate, follow the signs to the Peachtree Street East. At street level, turn right to walk along Peachtree Street and walk a block to reach the Hyatt.
Summit Venue & Walking Directions
The Summit will take place at the GWCC. You can find a helpful map to navigate the venue here.
  • It is a short walking distance from the Omni, Westin and Hyatt hotels in downtown Atlanta.
  • From the Omni: Head southeast on Marietta St and turn right on Andrew Young International Blvd. The GWCC will be on your right (Estimated walking time: 5 minutes)
  • From the Westin: Head west on Andrew Young International Blvd. Walk half a mile and the GWCC will be on your right (Estimated walking time: 10 minutes)
  • From the Hyatt: Head south on Peachtree St and turn right on Andrew Young International Blvd. Walk half a mile and the GWCC will be on your right (Estimated walking time: 15 minutes)
Play to Win in the New OpenStack Booth Crawl QR Code Challenge!
New this year, we are hosting a challenge during the Booth Crawl Happy Hour on Monday, May 12. The grand prize winner will receive a Full Access Pass to the next OpenStack Summit in Paris (Nov 3-8, 2014) and a complimentary hotel room in Paris for 4 nights during the Summit.

OpenStack Photo Booth
Come capture your OpenStack Summit moment at our new photo booth in the hallway on Level 2. Write a message, snap a photo, take a piece of the Summit, share it with your Twitter and Facebook communities and print a copy to display in the OpenStack Marketplace Expo Hall.

Blogger Lounge
Are You a Blogger?  New this year we’ve created a Blogger Lounge – a quiet space for bloggers and media to write and share posts covering the Summit.  Look for it on Level 2 (Room B208).

Evening Events
Round out your Summit Experience & Have Fun at the Official Evening Events!
Stay Connected
Follow @OpenStack on Twitter for more updates, and join the conversation by using #OpenStack

 

OpenStack Summit Code of Conduct
The OpenStack Foundation is dedicated to providing an inclusive and safe Summit experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of Summit participants in any form.  Summit exhibitors in the expo hall, evening party hosts and organizers of related Summit activities should be aware they are also subject to the code of conduct. Please make sure you review the Code of Conduct, which provides contact information for Foundation staff should you have any questions or need to report an issue.

OpenStack 2014 T-Shirt Design Winner

The 2014 T-shirt design contest is a wrap! Thank you to everyone who shared their creativity and original designs with us this year.
We are excited to reveal our winner, Jaewin Ong of Singapore! This colorful design will debut on T-Shirts at PyCon in Montreal this week, and will be distributed at upcoming events worldwide.
OpenStack T-Shirt Design
We wanted to learn more about the creative mind behind the design, so we asked Jaewin a few questions:
What was your inspiration for this design?
  • The inspiration was actually the OpenStack logo! Since the logo is already of significance, I thought it would be cool to manipulate it with bright colors and superimposing the outline with itself.
 How long have you been designing?
  • My first design was for a T-Shirt, incidentally, during my freshman year in university. The T-Shirts were printed and sold to raise funds for a committee I was involved in. And I started out with MS Paint! I’ve come a long way.
 Where are you currently working?
  • I’m currently a junior in university pursuing a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
 In what way are you involved in OpenStack?
  • I’m afraid to say that my involvement with OpenStack is minimal. Although, I had some experience with Python during my internship. Otherwise, I do find cloud computing to be rather complex and I admire people who do it.
 Do you publish any of your other work online?
  • I don’t publish my work because I’m doing this out of interest. I would be grateful when it comes to a point where I’m publishing my work for other purposes besides interest.
 Is there anything else you might like to share about yourself?
  • I constantly look for opportunities like this to improve myself. It might not be a big deal to some, but it’s a big deal to me!
Congratulations, Jaewin!
Want to see your design on a future OpenStack T-Shirt? Stay tuned on our blog as we announce upcoming design contests!

 

OpenStack Day Events April – May – June 2014

Several upcoming OpenStack Day events are taking place around the world. Please join us in spreading the word and register soon. We hope to see you there!
OpenStack Day Mexico in Mexico City – April 29
  • When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • Where: World Trade Center Mexico
  • Tickets: Tickets are MXN $200.00, covering all meals, workshops and conferences. Register quickly! 
OpenStack CEE Day in Budapest – May 26
OpenStack in Action 5! in Paris – May 28
  • Attendees will be provided with the raw materials to engage with the community, become a consumer of the technology and take part in its evolution
  • When: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
  • Where: CAP 15
  • Admission is free, so register to get an overview of the OpenStack technology, projects updates, challenges, best practices and roadmap for all audiences
#1 OpenStack Day in Milan – May 30
  • When: Friday, May 30, 2014
  • Where: Via Privata Stefanardo de Vimercate
OpenStack Israel in Tel Aviv-Yafo - June 2
Hear about OpenStack’s Icehouse Release from industry thought leaders and local OpenStack users. Following the conference, attend a 3-day training course on the current OpenStack Havana Release
  • When: Monday, June 2, 2014
  • Where: Arts Hall HaBama Herzliya
  • Tickets: We’re expecting +300 OpenStack users, prospective users, ecosystem members and developers to attend, so register quickly!
With an anticipated 500+ attendees from all sectors of London’s wide and diverse tech community, an exciting line-up of speakers and exhibitors, this will be the UK’s largest OpenStack related event this year!
  • When: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
  • Where: 155 Bishopsgate
  • Tickets: The early bird rate expires on May 14th, so register quickly before prices increase!
If you are interested in organizing an OpenStack Day event in your area, please contact events@openstack.org.

 

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