Source: The Apache Beam Community in 2019 from Open Source
2019 has already been a busy time for the Apache Beam. The ASF blog featured our way of community building and we’ve had more Beam meetups around the world. Apache Beam also received the Technology of the Year Award from InfoWorld.
Success at Apache: What You Need to Know by Maximilian Michels https://t.co/XjtVYgPAHX #Apache #Open #Innovation #Community #people #processes #JustWorks @stadtlegende pic.twitter.com/xSibnyWAMe
— Apache – The ASF (@TheASF) 26 maart 2019
As these events happened, we were building up to the 20th anniversary of the Apache Software Foundation. The contributions of the Beam community were a part of Maximilian Michels blog post on the success of the ASF’s open source development model:
As the founder of the first Beam meetup in London back in 2017, seeing the community flourish on a larger and worldwide scale is something that makes me happy. And we have come quite a long way since 2017, both in terms of geographical spread:
As well as in numbers:
All of this culminates in two Beam Summits this year—one we already had a few weeks ago in Berlin, and the other which will take place in a few weeks in Las Vegas, where we worked together with Apache and the ApacheCon team.
In that spirit, let’s have a more detailed overview of the things that have happened, what the next few months look like, and how we can foster even more community growth.
We’ve had a flurry of activity, with several meetups in the planning process and more popping up globally over time. As diversity of contributors is a core ASF value, this geographic spread is exciting for the community. Here’s a picture from the latest Apache Beam meetup organized at Lyft in San Francisco:
We have more Bay Area meetups coming soon, and the community is looking into kicking off a meetup in Toronto and New York! In Europe, London had its first meetup of 2019 at the start of April, as did Stockholm at the start of May:
Stockholm had its second @ApacheBeam meetup at the start of this week, with @kanterov from @SpotifyEng and @while from @eqt.
— Matthias Baetens ? (@matthiasbaetens) 12 mei 2019
Meetup groups are becoming active in Berlin and New York also, so stay tuned for events there and more meetups internationally! If you are interested in starting your own meetup, feel free to reach out! Good places to start include our Slack channel, the dev and user mailing lists, or the Apache Beam Twitter. Even if you can’t travel to these meetups, you can stay informed on the happenings of the community. The talks and sessions from previous conferences and meetups are archived on the Apache Beam YouTube channel. If you want your session added to the channel, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
The first summit of the year was held in Berlin this past June. You can read about the inaugural edition of the Beam Summit Europe here. At these summits, you have the opportunity to meet with other Apache Beam creators and users, get expert advice, learn from the speaker sessions, and participate in workshops. We are proud to say that the Summit doubled in size this year with attendees from 24 countries across 4 continents.
You can find resources from this year’s Summit here:
Why we need a strong Apache Beam community:
Why are we organizing these summits:
By Matthias Baetens, Google Developer Expert for Cloud, Apache Beam committer and community organiser