What is Flink Forward?

The future of data infrastructure is in real-time stream data processing. Flink Forward is the premier conference on Apache Flink®, one of the most popular systems for stream data processing and one of the most active big data projects in Apache Software Foundation.

The first edition of Flink Forward took place in 2015 at Kulturbrauerei in Berlin. The two-day conference had over 250 attendees from 16 countries. Sessions were organized in two tracks with over 30 technical presentations from Flink developers and one additional track with hands-on Flink training. In 2016, the conference grew and continued to innovate. Over two days of the conference, 350 participants joined presentations on the design and implementation of Alibaba’s Flink-based system and other production use cases, Apache Beam and its relationship with Flink, and the future development of Flink. Over 40 speakers offered 25 hours of technical talks in 3 parallel tracks. Flink enthusiasts were also invited to participate in hands-on training sessions on the third day of event.

What is Flink Forward San Francisco?

In this first edition of Flink Forward San Francisco, we seek to connect with the already thriving Flink community in the Bay Area and beyond. Our mission is to foster innovation and discussion with developers around the world in order to push Apache Flink to the next level.
Flink Forward San Francisco will take place on April 10-11, 2017. Participants are invited to join one day of hands-on Flink training sessions on April 10 followed by one day of speaker sessions. April 11 is dedicated to technical talks on how Flink is used in the enterprise, Flink system internals, ecosystem integrations with Flink, and the future of the platform.

What is included in a Flink Forward San Francisco registration?

One Day Conference Ticket grants access to the conference on April 11 including Wifi, food and drinks.

One Day Training + One Day Conference Ticket grants access to the training and conference on April 10-11 including Wifi, food and drinks.

I registered as a student but will be finishing my studies in April 2017. Can I still use the student registration?

Yes. Your student ID has to be valid until April 2017.

I am a contributor/committer at Apache Flink. Do I get a discount on tickets?

Contributors and committers will receive a discount on Early Bird and Standard Tickets.
Please contact hello@flink-forward.org for more information.

Can I return a Flink Forward ticket?

You can cancel your registration, but the cancellation fees have to be paid by the attendees themselves.

Which meals are included in food and drinks?

Food and drinks include breakfast, lunch, two coffee breaks and non-alcoholic beverages.

I am vegetarian/vegan/have a food allergy/on a special diet, where can I find the menu to check if the food served suits my diet?

There will be vegetarian food available. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions when you register for the event online and fill out the order form correctly.

I’ll be taking part in the Call for Submissions. Do I have to register?

As an accepted speaker you get a free admission for the training on April 10 and the conference on April 11.

Will I receive remuneration for my accepted talk?

No, unfortunately not.

Will you cover my travel and accommodation costs?

No, unfortunately not.

Flink Forward secured discounted guest room rates at Hotel Kabuki. You can book you room here: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=59681&Chain=15564&Dest=SFO&template=MIY&arrive=4/9/2017&depart=4/11/2017&adult=1&child=0&group=0417DATA&shell=JV_GCF

When is the deadline for applications?

The Call for Submissions ends on January 8, 2017. Proposals submitted after this date or which reach us through other channels cannot be accepted.

How long is my session going to be?

We have 20 and 40 minute slots. You can let us know your preference in your proposal.

When does the content of my session need to be ready?

It is sufficient if your session is finalized on the day of your talk. We do not need your finished presentation beforehand. However, your submitted abstract will be published online in order to give visitors an idea of the expected content of your session and promote your talk.

Can I, as a representative of a company, take part in the Call for Submissions?

Of course you can. We do not, however, accept product presentations or marketing pitches. If your company is interested in a sponsoring package, please contact us by the following mail address: partners@flink-forward.org

Do you have further questions that haven’t already been answered in the FAQs?

Don’t hesitate and get in touch: hello [at] flink-forward [dot] org