This is part of our series of stories from past ApacheCon and Apache Big Data attendees, who were helped by the Apache Travel Assistance committee in being at the event. To learn more about TAC, please visit the main TAC page. For more stories, please see the TAC stories index page.
What's your name?
What Apache project are you involved in?
Were you a student/academic at the time of ApacheCon?
I was a student at that time
Where in the world are you from?
Matara, Sri Lanka.
What would you say to someone thinking of applying to TAC for the first time?
If you are a first timer you should never hesitate, because you have the highest chance of getting accepted. And let me tell you if you are worried because you have never traveled alone before, please don't, because when I applied for tac I was a terrified kid who has never traveled out of the country. Trust me our dearest travel assistance committee guided me through each and every single step to get me over there. So please don't think twice this might be the biggest opportunity that you'll get in your life.
How did TAC and ApacheCon change your involvement in Apache?
Only after the ApacheCon I understood the real power of Apache. For me, before ApacheCon it was just a group of geeks who tries to write awesome code to make the world a better place, but now I feel like I'm a member of a huge family who cares very much for each other. It was like, what it seems to be a code base become home for me and now I'm not just trying to improve the code base but rather to make the family bigger in every aspect.