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The 2019 edition of Berlin Buzzwords will be the 10th edition! To celebrate this milestone we will be bringing you exciting new content in the buildup to the big event. Berlin Buzzwords Project Manager, Nina Müller, has been speaking to some of the important and interesting people who have been involved with Berlin Buzzwords over the years. Over the coming weeks we will be publishing these conversations to give you some insight into the world of Berlin Buzzwords. Below you can find all of our published conversations and we'll update this page with any new conversations. Enjoy!


The Conversations with Berlin Buzzwords returns for 2019 with a conversation recorded at the end of last year with Anshum Gupta.

Anshum is an Apache Lucene/Solr committer and PMC member with over 10 years of experience with search and related technologies. Nina and Anshum discussed the organic feel of Berlin Buzzwords, the importance and benefits of collaboration in the open source community, and Anshum gave some advice for first time speakers.

For episode five of our Conversations with Berlin Buzzwords series we are happy to share with you a conversation with Ellen Friedman. Ellen is Principal Technologist with MapR, a speaker and an author, and is currently writing mainly about big data topics. She is a committer for the Apache Drill and Apache Mahout projects. We are also very happy to have Ellen as one of the newest members of our program committee.

In the fourth conversation of our Conversations with Berlin Buzzwords series Nina talks to Uwe Schindler. Uwe is a committer and PMC member of Apache Lucene and Solr. His main focus is on the development of Lucene Java and he has talked about Lucene at various international conferences including the previous Berlin Buzzwords, ApacheCon EU/US, Lucene Revolution, Lucene Eurocon, and various local meetups.

Nina and Uwe discussed all things Lucene and the reasons why Uwe keeps coming back to Berlin Buzzwords. Also listen out for Uwe’s advice for German open source enthusiasts.

In the third conversation in our Conversations with Berlin Buzzwords series Nina chatted with Ted Dunning. Among many other things Ted is the VP of Incubator at Apache Software foundation as well as member of the Board of Directors at Apache and mentor on many recent projects.

Nina and Ted discussed the mood and atmosphere of Berlin Buzzwords and the importance of serendipity. Listen to our third conversation to hear about Ted’s views on the evolving scope of Berlin Buzzwords and much more.

For the second conversation in our Conversations with Berlin Buzzwords series Nina caught up with Grant Ingersoll.
Grant is the CTO and co-founder of Lucidworks, an active member of the Lucene community, and Berlin Buzzwords' first Keynote speaker.

Nina and Grant discussed what Grant has learnt from his involvement with Berlin Buzzwords, what he hopes to see at next years Berlin Buzzwords, and what advice he would give to people starting out in open source.

Our first conversation was with Isabel Drost-Fromm, one of the co-founders of Berlin Buzzwords. Isabel is also a member of the Apache Software Foundation and co-founded Apache Mahout. Nina and Isabel met in Berlin earlier this year to discuss the origins of the conference, its future, and the importunate of open source.