Tag: Conference

Results Of Survey After OpenStack Design Summit And Conference

December 14th, 2011 — 7:35am

In preparation for the next OpenStack Design Summit and Conference, I gave a look at the survey results of past edition. The events are a considerable investment for our team that is widely paid off by the good reviews we received from all participants. Looking into the answers it’s quite clear that the format and length were good and we should try to stick to it. We agreed that the attendance on Friday afternoon was not optimal and we’re thinking of ways to improve this aspect.  I’m very happy to see that participants to the Design Summit felt welcomed, included and encouraged to speak all the time (see table below).

Speaking of areas of improvement,  a key criteria for selecting the next venue will be high quality access to Internet or we’ll bring our own equipment (like Canonical does for the Ubuntu Design Summit). We’re also looking for more choice regarding hotel rates.

Both the unconference and lightning talks should be advertised better in order to improve attendance. Probably it’s because both were hard to find, being on a different floor. We should probably discuss how to improve them once we have fixed the venue.

On the Conference side we see a request to increase the presentation of case studies and have more sessions and choices (see table below). We’ll see how to balance this while keeping the format of the event.

Overall the responses were extremely positive and we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved so far. For the next Summit and Conference, we’re targeting the week of April 16 in New Orleans. We will post more information as soon as it is confirmed: keep watching this space for announcements.

14. Please rate how you felt the Design Summit sessions were managed:
Not at all Rarely Sometimes All the time N/A Rating
Did you feel welcomed, included, and encouraged to speak for yourself? 0.0% (0) 2.3% (1) 22.7% (10) 72.7% (32) 2.3% (1) 3.72 44
Were the sessions well-moderated, focused and productive? 4.5% (2) 4.5% (2) 56.8% (25) 34.1% (15) 0.0% (0) 3.20 44
Did session leaders go out of their way to solicit your personal feedback? 4.5% (2) 9.1% (4) 65.9% (29) 18.2% (8) 2.3% (1) 3.00 44


15. How would you rate the sessions during the Conference (1-4):
poor (1) fair (2) good (3) great (4) N/A Rating
Morning keynotes 0.0% (0) 8.9% (5) 50.0% (28) 32.1% (18) 8.9% (5) 3.25 56
Technical sessions 1.8% (1) 7.1% (4) 44.6% (25) 41.1% (23) 5.4% (3) 3.32 56
Panel sessions 1.8% (1) 21.4% (12) 46.4% (26) 21.4% (12) 8.9% (5) 2.96 56
User stories 0.0% (0) 8.9% (5) 44.6% (25) 35.7% (20) 10.7% (6) 3.30 56

Read the full results of the survey.

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OpenStack Conference Registration – Are you Coming?

September 9th, 2011 — 10:57am

The OpenStack community is once again meeting in less than a month in Boston, MA to educate, discuss, and plan for the future of cloud computing. The community is asking for cloud computing enthusiasts, open source gurus, IT leaders, and technologists to take part in our open discussion. The event is held at the Boston Intercontinental Hotel from October 5 – 7, 2011 with industry leaders from Dell, HP, Nebula, NetApp, Canonical, NTT, Rackspace, DreamHost, CloudScaling, RightScale, MPStor, SolidFire, and Piston to name just a few. Registration is now open with discounted hotel rooms available until September 16.

The OpenStack Design Summit, held three days prior to the OpenStack Conference is the community gathering of developers putting together the features and architecture for the next community release, Essex. This event is now sold out and the waiting list on Launchpad is being closed on Tuesday, September 13 at Noon GMT.

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OpenStack Events Sponsorship Webinar

July 6th, 2011 — 2:18pm

I have scheduled a webinar for Thursday July 14th at 1:30 PM CST to present the OpenStack Sponsorship Packages for the October OpenStack events in Boston, MA. You can register for this webinar at https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=qadq2im7hfsg. A recording of this webinar will be made available shortly after the webinar is complete.

Please attend this webinar if your company or organization is interested in sponsoring the OpenStack Design Summit or OpenStack Conference in Boston, MA this October.

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OpenStack Conference and Design Summit Spring 2011 Overview Video

May 23rd, 2011 — 10:47am

The final overview video from the recent OpenStack event is now available for your viewing pleasure. This is an excellent video with TONS of OpenStack community members from around the world talking about the project and community.

OS Event Recap Spring 2011 from OpenStack on Vimeo.

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OpenStack Conference and Design Summit – Day 4 Recap

April 29th, 2011 — 9:26pm

I am on my way home from San Jose writing this final event recap blog in the clouds…

Thanks again to approximately 480 enthusiastic OpenStack community members for an amazing 4 days of interactive and productive sessions, meetings, and demonstrations. The community continues to accelerate forward at a rapid pace in a highly collaborative environment with so many great ideas on such a variety of topics that it truly is becoming difficult to keep track of all the innovation. I look forward to once again working with the global community on our next event the first week of October 2011 and plan to announce its location in a few weeks. It is going to be tough to outdo this great event but I am confident that our community will rally together again to show the world how open source should be done.

If you took any pictures at the event please be sure to upload to the OpenStack Flickr account at http://www.flickr.com/groups/1574695@N22/. I am sending out a post-event survey to all attendees on Monday so please take a few moments to complete the survey. The questions will be easy to answer and your feedback is valuable as the event team and I are able to tweak future events to better serve the community.

Final highlights from today:

Open Source at the Pool

Even the hotel supports OpenStack

Finally, I am not posting a Community Weekly Blog or Developer Activity Blog post this week as the last 4 blog recaps have already hit the weeks highlights. I did update the weekly statistics available at http://wiki.openstack.org/WeeklyNewsletter?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=2011+Data+Tracking+%28Excel%29.

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OpenStack Conference and Design Summit Registration Update

April 5th, 2011 — 3:54pm

As you are all aware, the OpenStack Conference and Design Summit Sponsored by Citrix is April 26- 29, 2011 in Santa Clara, CA. You may also be aware that we have reached the registration limit which has created a large waiting list. I wanted to provide more information on the decisions that have led to this current situation as well as provide details on how I am handling the situation for the people currently on the waiting list.

When planning for this event, we decided to host in Santa Clara, CA as the majority of attendees at the San Antonio Fall 2010 OpenStack Design Summit were from the Silicon Valley area. I also anticipated growth in the number of attendees from 150 in San Antonio to a much larger number in California and originally planned for 500 attendees; however, the facilities, costs, and planning required to support a 500 person event was beyond the current capabilities of the community so I reduced the number to 350 which better aligned with the facilities available and was within the cost structure that the community could support. I also felt that a 133% increase in attendance would meet the needs of the community at its current growth rate; especially with the focus on active developers in the community attending the 3 day Design Summit. It is a testament to not only the active community members but also the overall project recognition within the industry that we are seeing substantial demand for this community event and I anticipate and will plan for larger events in the future to meet the demand.

UPDATE - I have spoken with the hotel and we are able to accommodate 40 more attendees than planned so the new registration maximum will be 390 instead of 350.

The registration system was designed to openly register anyone interested in attending the event up to 325 attendees at which time the system started a waiting list. I posted the maximum attendance information on all registration posts such as http://www.openstack.org/blog/2011/02/openstack-conference-design-summit-update/ to ensure that community members were aware that a limit existed. The final 25 65 slots are being filled based on the following process that I believe meets the needs of the community; especially with the emphasis on active developers:

  1. Active developers on project with priority to developers who have submitted code
  2. Ensure that all participating organizations have at least 1 attendee representing the company
  3. International attendees with previously booked airfare

I plan to shut off the registration system from accepting any more wait listed participants tomorrow at Noon CST to obtain a final list for selection based on the 3 criteria elements listed above. I will be contacting all accepted names on the waiting list tomorrow afternoon as well as people not accepted to notify them of their status. With people putting travel plans on hold, it is critical to finalize this process quickly so people can make any necessary arrangements.

Finally, all OpenStack Conference presentations will be videotaped by a professional video firm with videos and associated slides being posted at least 1 week after the event. Design Summit meetings will have active EtherPads for each session that people can monitor should they want to know more about a given blueprint or feature for the Diablo release. I am also going to post a daily blog from the event and will encourage community members to do likewise; twitter will also be active during the event and you can follow the #openstack hash tag.

To all the wait-listed unable to attend this event, I offer my apology that I was unable to offer you a slot and will plan accordingly for our 2012 community events to have flexible sizing to accommodate your attendance. Please also take advantage of the many global events that OpenStack participates in (see Events Page) as well as the regional community events I am working on for 2011 in Europe and Asia; more information on those coming soon.

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OpenStack Conference / Design Summit Update

February 28th, 2011 — 1:28pm

Here is the latest information on the upcoming OpenStack Conference / Design Summit:

Dates: April 26-29, 2011
Location: Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA (http://santaclara.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?null)
Cost: $100 for all attendees; late registrations will pay $150
Event Size: 350 attendees is the maximum

The OpenStack Conference will be April 26-27, 2011 for business development, technologists and others interested in the OpenStack open source project. The OpenStack Design Summit for community developers will be April 27-29, 2011 and will consist of three days of blueprint reviews and discussions for future OpenStack releases. The agenda for both events is still in process with a list of currently submitted topics at http://etherpad.openstack.org/SubmittedTopics and working agenda at http://etherpad.openstack.org/DesignSummitApril2011. The Program Committee is currently looking at the submitted topics and fitting them into the agenda as well as recruiting more speakers/topics.

The event registration website is currently being completed and is expected to be published by the middle of the week. The registration site will also contain a link to the Hyatt Regency so attendees can take advantage of the discounted room block. If you are staying at the Hyatt, please leverage the room block as the community is required to cover the costs of all rooms not booked which could be a significant budget item.

Finally, several community participating companies have stepped up to sponsor the event and that list will be released soon. If you are interested in sponsoring, please review the current prospectus at http://www.box.net/shared/ng0r7u6n44.

If you have additional questions, want to speak at the event, or are interested in being a sponsor please contact me at [email protected].

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Call for Speakers/Topics for OpenStack Conference

January 31st, 2011 — 12:00pm

The OpenStack Program Committee formally announces the Call for Speakers/Topics for the April 26-29 OpenStack Conference/Design Summit in Santa Clara, CA at the Hyatt Regency. As the Design Summit agenda is drawn directly from the submitted developer blueprints, the call for speakers/topics is only for the OpenStack Conference held on April 26-27.

OpenStack Conference – April 26-27, 2011
OpenStack Design Summit – April 27-29, 2011

All speakers interested in submitting a topic can either send an email to [email protected] or update the Topic Submission Etherpad at http://etherpad.openstack.org/SubmittedTopics. All topics received will be added to the Etherpad for Program Committee review as well as community input. The submission process is open from January 31, 2011 until February 28, 2011. As of March 1, 2011 the Program Committee will begin putting together the complete agenda.

The following information is required when submitting your topic:

  • Title of session
  • Brief abstract
  • Speaker name
  • Length of time needed (e.g. 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes)
  • Track for session


The current high-level agenda of the OpenStack Conference for speaker submissions:

April 26, 2011

GENERAL SESSION (9:00 am-  11:45am)


COMMUNITY TRACK (1:00 pm – 4:30pm)
This track allows the community to focus on critical issues related to development processes and plans, management and oversight as well as business planning. All community members are welcome to participate as the community moves from its infancy to a young and substantial open source project.

TECHNICAL TRACK (1:00pm – 4:30pm)
This track focuses on various technology issues related to OpenStack and cloud computing in general.  These sessions are not meant to focus on upcoming features for the projects; we have blueprint sessions for that.

April 27, 2011

USER TRACK (9:00am – Noon)
This track provides OpenStack users the opportunity to learn first hand how OpenStack meets their business needs and delivers the open standard cloud computing solution for the marketplace.


ECOSYSTEM TRACK (1:00am – 4:30pm)
This track lays out the foundation for the OpenStack partner ecosystem providing partners an exclusive roadmap for future development activities and revenue opportunities.  Existing partners providing information on their ecosystem development offers business development managers a chance to learn and improve their own OpenStack ecosystem engagement.

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OpenStack Conference/Design Summit Program Committee

January 10th, 2011 — 4:47pm

I am pleased to announce the formation of the OpenStack Conference/Design Summit Program Committee who will work as a group to create the event agenda as well as overall conference theme. The following community members have volunteered their time:

  • Glen Campbell, Rackspace
  • Ram Durairaj, Cisco
  • David Holland
  • Jaesuk Ahn, Korea Telecom
  • Andrew Shafer, CloudScaling
  • Thierry Carrez, OpenStack Release Manager
  • Stephen Spector, OpenStack Community Manager

As the event is for the entire community, all community members are encouraged to participate with this group of volunteers in providing feedback and ideas for the agenda and theme. To monitor all event planning please watch this Wiki page (http://wiki.openstack.org/Summit/Spring2011) as well as the following three EtherPads:

I am also announcing that we have signed the contract with the Hyatt Santa Clara hotel for the event from April 26-29, 2011 and have obtained a discounted room rate for attendees with a room block. Please plan on staying at the hotel during the event as we will have a 24 hour lounge available for attendees to meet and work together as well as plenty of time for community members to hang out. If you are budget minded, we can also setup a room sharing program to ensure attendees can take part in this 24/7 event.

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