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Participate in the OpenStack User Survey by April 11!

We’re kicking off the third round of the OpenStack User Survey this month! You may remember before last November’s Summit in Hong Kong, we helped the User Committee run a survey to aggregate OpenStack deployments and share the results.

Hong Kong Survey Results

The survey received nearly twice as many answers as the previous round (822 compared to 414) and 387 deployments compared to 187.

The first User Survey in Spring 2013 provided great insight to the types of deployments and technology decisions made by the OpenStack community. We were able to catalogue 230 unique deployments – you can see the results presented by the User Committee at the last Spring Summit. Another huge benefit was the ability to uncover new users willing to talk about their OpenStack deployments, which can be found here: http://www.openstack.org/user-stories.

If you are an OpenStack user or have customers with OpenStack deployments, please take a few minutes to respond to our User Survey and pass it along to your network. The goals of the survey are to better define the OpenStack user community and requirements, facilitate engagement and communication among the user community, and uncover new use cases or OpenStack users who might be willing to tell their stories publicly.

Below you’ll find a link and instructions to complete the User Survey by April 11, 2014 at 23:00 UTC. If you already completed the survey last year, there’s no need to start from scratch. You simply need to log back in to update your Deployment Profile, as well as take the opportunity to provide any additional input.

http://www.openstack.org/user-survey

All the information provided is confidential and will only be presented in aggregate unless the user consents to making it public. Aggregate responses will be shared with the OpenStack Board, Technical Committee and community at large to help shape the roadmap and share useful information regarding operational decisions.

You can also help us by promoting the survey so we can secure as much participation as possible, for example by retweeting the OpenStack handle: @OpenStack

Remember, you can hear directly from users and see the aggregate survey findings by attending the next OpenStack Summit, May 12-16, in Atlanta.

Thank you for your support!

 

OpenStack Summit May 2014 Schedule & Registration Deadlines

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The official Summit agenda is now live: http://openstacksummitmay2014atlanta.sched.org

Adjustments, edits, additions to the schedule may be made between now and the Summit.  Continue to visit the site for updates.

Upcoming deadline reminders:

March 28* is the last day to save 50% off the full price and register for the Summit at the discounted Early Bird rate. Don’t miss out – prices will increase on March 29.

Register here: https://openstacksummitmay2014.eventbrite.co.uk

March 31* is the deadline to sign contracts to sponsor the Summit. We still have a few Event and Startup sponsorship levels available. Contact events@openstack.org if you are interested.

April 14* is the deadline to redeem all sponsor and speaker registration codes. If you are a sponsor or a confirmed speaker – please check your email inbox or junk folder for the code. When registering on Eventbrite you will need to enter your code before you select the ticket.

* The time for each deadline listed above is 11:55pm CST.

Please contact events@openstack.org with any Summit related questions.

OpenStack Upstream Training in Atlanta

The OpenStack Foundation is delivering a training program to accelerate the speed at which new OpenStack developers are successful at integrating their own roadmap into that of the OpenStack project.  If you’re a new OpenStack contributor or plan on becoming one soon, you should sign up for the next OpenStack Upstream Training in Atlanta, May 10-11. Participation is strongly advised also for first time participants to OpenStack Design Summit.

With over 1000 developers from 80 different companies worldwide, OpenStack is one of the largest collaborative software-development projects. Because of its size, it is characterized by a huge diversity in social norms and technical conventions. These can significantly slow down the speed at which changes by newcomers are integrated in the OpenStack project.

OpenStack Foundation partnered with Upstream University to train new OpenStack developers and documentation writers to ensure their bug fix or feature is accepted in the OpenStack project in a minimum amount of time. Students are required to work on real-life bug fixes or new features during two days of real-life classes and online mentoring, until the work is accepted by OpenStack. The live two-day class teaches them to navigate the intricacies of the project’s technical tools and social interactions. In followup sessions, the students benefit from individual online sessions to help them resolve any remaining problems they might have. Get all the details on the wiki.

Enrolment for the training session in Atlanta is now open: register and reserve your free seat for OpenStack Upstream Training in Atlanta, May 10-11.

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Atlanta Summit – Call for Speakers Open + Sponsor & Registration Info

The OpenStack Summit will be held in Atlanta, Georgia May 12-16, 2014. Continue to check http://openstack.org/summit for the latest announcements. If you have any questions regarding the Summit please contact events@openstack.org.

The Summit is a five-day conference for OpenStack contributors, enterprise users, service providers, application developers and ecosystem members.  Attendees can expect visionary keynote speakers, 200+ breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, collaborative design sessions and lots of networking. Keynote sessions will take place Monday and Tuesday, the main conference will run Monday – Thursday. The Design Summit, a special track for active technical contributors to plan the next software release, will run Tuesday – Friday. See below image for reference.

SPEAKERS
The call for speakers is now openhttp://www.openstack.org/summit/openstack-summit-atlanta-2014/call-for-speakers/

Hurry, the deadline for submissions is February 14!  All speaking proposals will be posted for public vote in late February, and speakers will be notified in March. If your session is selected you will be provided with a free code to register for the Summit.  If you plan to co-present a topic or panel, be sure to input all planned speakers into the system. Proposed speaking tracks: Operations, Getting Started, Hands-On Workshops (90 minutes), Related OSS Projects, Apps on OpenStack, Cloud Strategy & Business Value, Public & Hybrid Clouds, Ecosystem, Products & Services, Compute, Storage, Networking, Security, and Community Building.

SPONSORS
Sponsoring the OpenStack Summit is a great way to gain exposure and support the open source community. If you are interested in supporting the Summit and would like to have a presence in our expo hall – the executable Atlanta Summit sponsorship agreement will become available on January 21 at 17:00 UTC at this link - http://www.openstack.org/summit/openstack-summit-atlanta-2014/become-a-sponsor/.  If your company did not previously sponsor either the Portland or Hong Kong OpenStack Summits then you will first need to sign the Master Event Sponsorship Agreement.  Please fully read the Sponsorship Prospectus and process to become a sponsor before signing the sponsorship agreement. All sponsorship levels are limited and sold on a first-come, first-serve basis determined by the timestamp on your signed Echosign agreement. After signing the agreement please check your email to confirm submission via Echosign – the contract is not complete until you confirm by clicking the link emailed to you via Echosign.

*New* Headline sponsorship process - Headline contracts will be confirmed on a first-come, first-serve basis if there are 4 or less contracts submitted within the first hour of the executable agreement becoming available. In order to create a fair and level playing field, if more than four (4) companies submit signed contracts within the first hour (between 17:00 – 18:00 UTC) for a Headline sponrship level, the Foundation staff will conduct a lottery to draw the four (4) Headline sponsors. A link to watch a livestream of the lottery drawing will be posted on http://www.openstack.org/summit/openstack-summit-atlanta-2014/become-a-sponsor/ at approximately 18:00 UTC.  The remaining companies that do not secure the Headline sponsorship lottery will be given the opportunity to re-sign contracts and obtain Premier level sponsorship slots in the order they submitted Headline agreements. The lottery is only applicable to the Headline sponsorship level.  If you have any questions please contact events@openstack.org.  We appreciate your support!

Note – If your company has any past due balances owed to OpenStack Foundation, these invoices will need to be be paid in full in order to be eligible to sponsor the Summit.

REGISTRATION
Early Bird Registration will open on January 28 and run through March 21. Act quickly to register, as prices will increase starting March 22, 2014. The link to registration will be posted at http://openstack.org/summit.

We will again offer TWO types of passes. In addition to the “Full Access” pass, there will be a “Keynote + Expo” level pass to help introduce even more people to OpenStack. Restrictions apply to the lower priced pass, so please review the details before selecting a ticket.

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Atlanta Summit Schedule

 

Wrapping up the OpenStack Travel Support Program – Icehouse

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The OpenStack Foundation brought 18 people to Hong Kong thanks to the grants offered by the first edition of the Travel Support Program, sponsored by Intel. The Travel Support Program is based on the promise of Open Design and its aim is to facilitate participation of key contributors to the OpenStack Design Summit. The program aims at covering costs for travel and accommodation for key contributors to the OpenStack project to join the community at the Summits.

We had 18 people accepted in the program from 11 countries and all continents (except Antarctica)! Four people travelled from India, two from south-east Asia, three from Europe, three from North America, four from Oceania and the rest from Africa and South America. Of the 26 total applicants, four were fully paid by their employers and didn’t need the grants, four couldn’t be accepted due to paperwork problems because of local political turmoil.

The Foundation spent a total of US$16,742 for accommodations and US$11,795.61 for flights, with a total cost for the Foundation of over US$30,000 including the costs of the 11 access passes granted to the non-ATCs (Active Technical Contributors). Luckily most people were able to share the rooms, which cost US$1,522 each allowing more people to be able to participate in the program.

This was the first time the OpenStack Foundation ran the program and we would like to continue running and expanding it in 2014. As one of the recipients of the travel grant, Terri Yu told us:

As great as it is to work with people on IRC, you’re not getting the full OpenStack experience by sitting in front of your computer.  You have to meet people.  If there is an important contributor who can’t get to the Summit, I’d like to see them funded by the Travel Support Program.

We’ll soon start working on the “J” edition of the Travel Support Program, to help people get to Atlanta (Georgia) in the USA in May 2014. Watch this space for announcements.

Women of OpenStack, Why?

Why do we get together in person each Summit? Let me tell you. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some pics from our Women of OpenStack boat outing Monday night on the harbor. The grey fog was everywhere and we couldn’t go on deck because it was just too wet. The buildings lighting up are an amazing sight, you can hardly capture the lights in photos. And I can hardly capture the value of getting together with other women in OpenStack at the Summit, but here goes.

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We had a great time on the boat, and at happy hour afterwards I had an awesome chat with a woman from IBM who is pretty much my neighbor! It’s a small world with tight connections in Austin for high-tech women. It seems impossible with the numbers game we’d know each other’s schools, streets, neighborhoods, and so on, but in reality we’re rare enough birds of a feather that it is natural for us to get together and know each other well.

Why do we get together apart from the rest of the conference? We have a couple of themes for our meetups, we talk about outreach to more women, especially in education as early as elementary school and definitely through college. Also, I got to meet our GNOME Outreach Program for Women intern, Terri Yu, in person! That’s a huge part of these in-person gatherings, getting to know each other personally. But we also want to find concrete ways to make our meetings meaningful. We talk about a few tracks for our goals – outreach, education, career planning and mentoring. We came up with some ideas for our goals, and we keep discussing each Summit. It’s like a design summit session for women of OpenStack. In between Summits we stay in touch on LinkedIn though I also serve as an API, ha ha.

We look for speaking opportunities for women in the cloud. We have held workshops geared towards outreach to women, introducing lots of technical women to OpenStack. For example, this past year Iccha Sethi, Jessica Lucci and I ran a workshop at the Grace Hopper Open Source Day, and Anita Kuno, Lyz Krumbach Joseph and Ryan Lane ran a CodeChix workshop. We generally forge the bonds that hold together a common minority by talking about schools, parenting, gin as a vegetable, shoes, traveling, and how does this OpenStack Neutron plug-in work, anyway?

There are so few of us that we need to be diligent about our outreach and staying connected. I blogged about a question related to under representation of minorities in the Technical Committee on my Reflecting on the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong. We need to be hyper-vigilant about imposter syndrome, uncovered by researchers who found that many high-achieving females tended to believe they were not intelligent, and that they were over-evaluated by others. Believe me, I have to fake it to make it daily.

Our culture as a community may reward the most confidence, but in reality as we grow as a community it’s important to understand that some cultures don’t view confidence in the same way, and some people will not naturally exude confidence. We’re also looking at English-as-a-second-language increasing in prevalence in our community, and a former OPW (Outreach Program for Women) intern Anita Kuno recently edited our Technical Committee charter to be gender-neutral. All of this matters, all of these actions answer the valid question, “Why?” I hope you’ll join us in outreach efforts, together we make OpenStack better for all contributors.

The Hong Kong Summit: Why I’m Excited

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We asked our community why they’re looking forward to the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong next week. We received a number of colorful responses and we’re sharing some of the best here. Have something to add?  Let us know why you’re excited for the Summit in the comments below!

 

Terri Yu, @terrimyu

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1) Why are you excited for the Hong Kong Summit?

How can I not be excited, it’s my first software developer conference!! I just finished my Outreach Program for Women internship. I’ve never been to Hong Kong and my mom is from that area, so I get to visit lots of family & friends that I normally don’t get to see. Plus, I need an OpenStack t-shirt for my collection.  My utmost gratitude goes to the OpenStack Travel Fund for making all of this possible!

2) Which sessions are you not going to miss?

“Ceilometer+Heat=Alarming” and “Deploying and Training on OpenStack at MIT: Helping to Accelerate World-Class Research.” My internship mentor, Julien Danjou, is one of the speakers for the former, but I’m an MIT alum and have done a lot of scientific research in the past. So let’s call it a tie.

3) How will people recognize you at the Summit?

I’ll be carrying a thermos filled with yerba mate tea and wearing a black Patagonia fleece jacket over a nerdy or hockey t-shirt. I don’t have any OpenStack t-shirts yet, but some t-shirts I plan to bring: dog ate my homework, Museum of Mathematics, San Jose Sharks Hockey, “Eat More Kale”. I may wear my Québec Remparts hockey jersey at parties.

 

Raghavan ‘Rags’ Srinivas, @ragss

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1) Why are you excited for the Summit?

I think the summit has turned the corner. It seems more oriented towards using the stack not just developing it.

2) Which sessions are you most looking forward to?

The keynotes. And I’m naturally biased towards my talks: http://sched.co/1fzTrfq and http://sched.co/14Fd94P.

3) How will someone recognize you at the Summit?

My Indiana Jones hat.

 

Sven Michels, @geektoor

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1) What’s getting you excited about the Summit?

OpenStack is an amazing piece of software. Being part of a summit like this is also a guarantee to meet amazing people. It’s also my first trip that far away, so it’s a double excitement :-)

2) Are you looking forward to any particular sessions?

No special session, I want to get inspired by the summit itself to pick the right ones. Main interest is security and availability.

3) How will people recognize you at the Summit?

Easy to notice me by my wheelchair and of course a tablet (and some USB power. In case someone runs out of power, just ask).

 

Brent Doncaster, @Brent_BWD

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1) Tell us why you’re excited about the Summit in Hong Kong.

It’s Hong Kong! Haven’t been back since ’89!. And it’s my first OpenStack Summit!

2) Which sessions are you looking forward to? Why?

Dell and InkTank Ceph – cuz its cool! 

2) What 3 things will you not be seen without?

Video camera, Dell log shirt, and a smile!

 

Flavio Percoco, @flaper87

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1) Tell us why you’re excited for the OpenStack Summit?

Basically everything. I’m definitely most exited by the fact that it’ll be Marconi’s first summit!!!!!

2) Which sessions are you most looking forward to?

All Marconi, Oslo and Glance sessions, because those are the projects I’ve been working on in the last year. I’m also looking forward to some of the Release Management sessions, I see a lot of value in those for the whole project.

3) How will someone recognize you at the Summit? What 3 things will you not be seen without?

Huge smile, lot of excitement, rainbow sandals, shorts and I’ll be moving my hands Italian style. :D

Voting is Open – Help Choose Who Will Speak at the Next Summit!

Which speakers would you like to see at the next Summit?  It’s time to vote!

We’ve received a record breaking 600+ speaking submissions for the Summit in Hong Kong – more than double the quantity of submissions received for the Portland Summit!

Now it’s time to vote!  We’d like your help shaping the agenda for the next OpenStack Summit, November 5-8 in Hong Kong, by rating the submissions you’d like to see.  We’ve made all 600+ submissions public for your input.  You have until Sunday, August 25 at 22:00 UTC to vote up your favorites.

VOTE HERE 

Our voting interface is designed for easy use via mobile devices so you can continue selecting your favorites when you’re on the go.  Please note that you need to create login credentials in order to access the voting system.

While the Design Summit and more technical content will run Tuesday – Friday, the General Session track and keynote presentations will be Tuesday and Wednesday. We’re hoping to have the agenda locked and published by the end of September, but in the meantime you can see a preview of the agenda here.

A big thank you to our Summit sponsors for their continued support of the OpenStack community. See our current list of sponsors here.  If you are interested in sponsoring the summit as well, it’s not too late. Please email events@openstack.org no later than September 20.

Early Bird Registration closes October 4, so register now for discounted rates.   We also encourage you to book your travel now – hotel rooms are going fast.  Our block at the SkyCity Marriot has already sold out, but we still have room block availablility at Novotel and Regal, near Asia World-Expo where the Summit will take place.

Only three short months before we kick off the next OpenStack Summit, and we look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong!

The All New OpenStack Travel Support Program

The OpenStack Foundation announces the availability of travel grants under the OpenStack Travel Support Program. The program’s aim is to facilitate participation of key contributors to the OpenStack Design Summit covering costs for travel and accommodation. The Travel Support Program is based on the promise of Open Design, one of the founding principles upon which the OpenStack project is built.

Key contributors are contributors whose presence is specifically relevant for the topics to be discussed at the Summit they’re applying to. Relevance of somebody’s presence is never evaluated in general ways: it’s always relative to the content being discussed at the specific Summit. The OpenStack Foundation will set aside a fund to support this program. The total amount of the fund is to be divided among the key contributors.

How to apply

All contributors to OpenStack (developers, documentation writers, organisers of user groups around the world, Ask moderators, translators, etc) are invited to submit a request. PTLs and code reviewers also are requested to propose candidates.

  • Candidates apply on the online form starting today with the deadline of July 31
  • Travel Selection Committee evaluates entries based on criterias stated on the wiki page Travel Support Program
  • Travel Agent coordinates with key contributors.

The OpenStack Foundation will coordinate directly with the approved key contributors to arrange for their travel, according to the level of funds granted. More details on the wiki page Travel Support Program.

Hong Kong Summit – Registration, Call for Speakers & Sponsors Now Open!

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The OpenStack Summit is coming to Hong Kong, November 5-8, 2013. Visit http://openstack.org/summit for all the details.

The Summit is a four-day conference for OpenStack contributors, enterprise users, service providers, application developers and ecosystem members.  Attendees can expect visionary keynote speakers, 150+ breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, collaborative design sessions and lots of networking over the four days. Keynote sessions will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Design Summit, a special track for active technical contributors to plan the next software release, will span all four days.

REGISTRATION
Early Bird Registration is now open. We are expecting 4000-5000 people to attend the Summit in November, so for the first time we’re offering TWO types of passes.  In addition to the usual “Full Access” pass, we’re adding a “General Session & Expo” pass that’s only $150 (early bird price) to help introduce even more people to OpenStack. Restrictions apply to the lower priced pass, so please review the details before selecting a ticket.  Act quickly to save $400 USD on the Full Access Passes, as prices will increase starting October 5, 2013.

SPEAKERS
The call for speakers is now open! Hurry, the deadline for submissions is July 31. All speaking proposals will be posted for public vote in August, and speakers will be notified mid-September. If your session is selected you will be provided with a free code to register for the Summit. Based on speaker feedback from the previous Summit, we’ve improved the system so that a session proposal can now contain multiple speakers. If you plan to co-present a topic or panel, be sure to list all planned speakers.

SPONSORS
Sponsoring the OpenStack Summit is a great way to gain exposure and support the open source community. If you are interested in supporting the Summit and would like to have a presence in our expo hall – the sponsorship agreement is now ready to sign HERE. Please fully read the Sponsorship Prospectus before signing the sponsorship agreement.  Sponsorships are limited, and sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. We appreciate your support!

SUMMIT DETAILS
Location:
The Summit will take place at Asia World-Expo, a large convention center near the airport with connecting SkyCity Marriott hotel. The Airport Express train stops within Asia World-Expo, making it convenient to access from most parts of Hong Kong.

Travel & Accommodations:
Official hotel room blocks are currently available at three hotels. We also offer a list of recommended budget-friendly hotels. Regardless of where you book, we recommend staying near the train line. Please check the VISA information page and FAQ for more information about your travel plans. We encourage you to book early!

Translation:
Translation from English to Mandarin will be offered in the General Session, which runs Tuesday and Wednesday.

Active Technical Contributors:
All Active Technical Contributors (ATCs) who contributed to the Grizzly release or Havana release prior to September 6, 2013 will receive a free registration code for a Full Access Pass to the Summit. Please check your inbox before you register. If you would like to be designated as ”ATC” on your name badge, please use *the same email address that is tied to your Gerrit ID* when registering for the Summit on EventBrite.

Refunds & Transfers:
Registration refunds and transfers will be granted through October 25, 2013 – after this time no refunds or transfers can be made. To request a refund or transfer email events@openstack.org.

Follow @openstack on Twitter for more updates.

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