Do you want to attend Devoxx US but need some help getting here? Apply for a Devoxx US Community Bursary


Last month, I announced an initiative focused on growing and supporting Eclipse open source projects and developers in communities all over the world. A large part of our effort to attract new community members this spring will be geared towards ensuring our conferences and meetups feature top technical content, from diverse perspectives, in a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are kicking this off by offering a Community Bursary for the inaugural Devoxx US Conference on March 21-23 in San Jose, California.


Devoxx US features three  days of top developers talking about the hottest new technologies. It’s going to be an incredible event that will cover popular topics such as Angulare, Docker, Java 9, IoT and much more! However, we recognize that the costs associated with attending an event of this nature  are often too high for many people to justify, especially those who are self-funding their ticket.

So, on behalf of the entire Eclipse Foundation, I would like to welcome you to apply for the Devoxx US Community Bursary. Just send an email to and in your email please include the following:

  • A short bio of yourself
  • A short explanation of why you should receive the bursary
  • An explanation of your current activities
  • A brief explanation of what you hope to achieve by attending the event, including an overview of any specific aspects of the program from which you hope to learn


Once approved, you’ll receive a free pass to the conference and to Eclipse Converge or Eclipse IOT Day. The bursary is open to anyone, but preference will be given to those who are either currently enrolled in full time studies, or are  members of an organization whose primary role is to help enhance the careers of developers from underrepresented communities. Be sure to get your application in today! You can find out more information about the Community Bursary here.

Eclipse staff and community members will be on hand all week to answer your questions, and to discuss ideas about how we can continue to build the premier open source professional community.

Please visit to view the full program with over 190 speakers, 200 sessions and  10 track topics.  Register for one of the best developer events this year. See you there!


This year, LocationTech will not be hosting our annual FOSS4G-NA conference due to the return of the international FOSS4G conference to the United States. We are proud to announce that we are silver sponsors of the event in Boston on August 14-19, 2017. We will be back in 2018 – watch for news on that in the coming months.  

With no FOSS4G-NA this year we had the opportunity to focus our attention on developing a new conference concept that blurs the line between an open source and a traditional GIS event. So, LocationTech is thrilled to announce CalGIS LocationCon in Oakland, CA on May 22-25, 2017.

CalGIS LocationCon 2017 is a co-hosted conference that combines the annual California GIS conference (CalGIS) with LocationCon, which is a new LocationTech event that targets Eclipse Foundation members and others who are focused on the commercial use of open source technology. The event is 4 days, including a full day of workshops at no additional cost, meals, larger audiences and incredible speakers from all over the geospatial industry.

We are still accepting presentations and workshop proposals. Get yours in before the deadline! Submit yours today.  Tracks include:

  • The Business of Geo
  • Data: Big, Little and Everything In-between
  • Geospatial Education
  • Tools and Technology Innovations
  • and much, much more

You can learn more about the conference by visiting our website.Thanks and we look forward to seeing you in Oakland in May!



Diversity at Eclipse

Over the last 13 years the Eclipse Foundation has worked diligently to become the community of choice for commercially friendly open source software development. Today that community numbers in the millions and spans more than 200 unique projects and working groups with committers all over the world working together to build amazing things. While we are a well established organization, we are also one undergoing significant redesign of some of our core offerings. The goal of all the changes underway at the Foundation is to nurture and grow our community, and to make sure that as industries evolve, we continue to provide unique value to our member companies, committers and the open source community as a whole.

It is in that spirit that I am incredibly honored to introduce myself as the coordinator of diversity and inclusion efforts at the Eclipse Foundation. Over the next few months myself, my colleagues and our community will be working together to develop and deploy impact driven initiatives aimed at ensuring the Eclipse Foundation ecosystem is as place where people from all walks of life and all aspects of software development feel respected, valued and included in our community.

Throughout my career I have gotten to know so many passionate, smart and hard working people who have dedicated their careers to making the technology industry more diverse and inclusive. At Eclipse we are thrilled to begin partnering with and participating in these initiatives. Additionally, we will be rolling out a number of exciting initiatives aimed at growing diversity within the Eclipse developer community and open source as a whole.

So, with that said, I would like to invite our entire community to participate in the development and implementation of these new programs. Things we are working on now are:

  • Identifying ways in which all Eclipse events are inclusive events and welcoming,
  • Rolling out an ambassador program to involve the community in welcoming newcomers into the ecosystem,
  • Reaching out to established projects to see how we can support their efforts,
  • Making all Eclipse Foundation websites and resources easier to navigate for native non-English speakers,
  • Providing the community with a direct path to Foundation staff for ideas, complaints, feedback and other issues that our community or members may encounter.

If you would like to get involved with these efforts, think we missed something or need help, please contact me directly at or join us on the Eclipse Foundation Mattermost Diversity Channel.