XenSummit Update

XenSummit North America is approaching: the Call For Participation has closed and we had our first Program Management Committee. We have many good submissions and we started accepting talks: unfortunately some talks will have to be rejected. I am also very excited about the keynote, but it will be more exciting if I let you in the dark for a little longer. I aim to publish the XenSummit program in about two weeks.

Location

I am also pleased to announce that XenSummit will be held at the Citrix Executive Briefing Centre and that XenSummit is the first event to be held there. The address is 4980 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, 95054 CA, USA. The closest hotels are the Santa Clara Marriott and Hilton Santa Clara. As usual, we will charge a small nominal fee to cover for some of the costs. I will know the exact amount next week and will open registration around then as well.

Calling Xen Developers

We are also considering to hold a Xen.org developer meeting on Aug 4 to allow the community to work on project ideas, code, demos and designs. Let us by next week if you are interested in attending by filling out this poll. If more than 25 people sign up, we will hold the meeting.

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About Lars Kurth

Lars Kurth is a highly effective, passionate community manager with strong experience of working with open source communities (Symbian, Symbian DevCo, Eclipse, GNU) and currently is community manager for xen.org. Lars has 9 years of experience building and leading engineering teams and a track record of executing several change programs impacting 1000 users. Lars has 16 years of industry experience in the tools and mobile sector working at ARM, Symbian Ltd, Symbian Foundation and Nokia. Lars has strong analytical, communication, influencing and presentation skills, good knowledge of marketing and product management and extensive background in C/C , Java and software development practices which he learned working as community manager, product manager, chief architect, engineering manager and software developer. If you want to know more, check out uk.linkedin.com/in/larskurth. Personally, Lars has a wide range of interests such as literature, theatre, cinema, cooking and gardening. He is particularly fascinated by orchids and carnivorous plants and has built a rather large collection of plants from all over the world. His love for plants extends into a passion for travel, in particular to see plants grow in their native habitats.