Introducing Keynote Speaker Xiaowei Jiang

We proudly present our first keynote speaker for Flink Forward Berlin 2017: Xiaowei Jiang, Senior Director at Alibaba. He leads the StreamCompute Platform for AliCloud. The platform provides the real time data processing both internally and externally. Previously, he worked as Tech Lead at Facebook and Principal Engineer at Microsoft SQL Server.

Xiaowei will present the keynote “Bring Flink to Large Scale Production”.  Alibaba operates the world’s largest e-commerce platform. The massive scale and strict latency requirements present unique challenges for real time data infrastructure. Xiaowei will share their scenarios and how they use Flink at Alibaba. In addition, he will talk about various improvements they made to bring Flink into large scale production.

Call for Volunteers

The Flink Forward team is calling for volunteers! Join us, and you will help create an enjoyable Flink Forward experience for attendees, speakers, sponsors and fellow volunteers.

This is a great opportunity to gain insights into the organization of a tech conference and to also get in touch with the open source stream processing community. About 20 volunteers will be responsible for various conference duties such as accreditation and stage management.

Become a team member for one day!
As a volunteer, you will get involved in the organization of the event. In exchange for 8 hours of volunteering you will get a free ticket for the whole conference including food and drinks and an Apache Flink T-shirt – and of course our deep gratitude! Do you want to get involved in the organization of this year’s Flink Forward? Send an email to:

Volunteers in the following fields needed:

Construction/Dismantling – help us with the setup before Flink Forward starts and/or the cleaning up at the end of the conference
Registration – welcome our attendees and speakers and check their tickets.
Stage Manager – support our speakers and keep the schedule in time.

Thank you for your commitment, and we are all looking forward to welcoming you as a team member!

Become a partner

Flink Forward is the premier conference for the community around Apache Flink, stream processing, and streaming data applications powered by data Artisans.

Featuring talks and keynotes from the largest brands using streaming technology to transform industries, Flink Forward is the perfect opportunity to increase brand awareness, showcase your products, and establish your commitment to the Flink ecosystem among a highly skilled technical audience holding decision-making positions in their organizations.

Apache Flink contributors, users, and enthusiasts are highly skilled software developers, architects, executives, and graduate students at the forefront of the data streaming revolution. With over 300 attendees at the previous Berlin edition in 2016, and more than 2,300 views of the online videos, Flink Forward is the best opportunity to be visible for sponsors within the streaming data and Apache Flink. The conference is also accompanied by one day of Flink hands-on training, and the Flink Fest to connect with the thriving community in order to push Apache Flink to the next level.

For any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact our project manager Daniela Bentrup.
email: partners [at] flink-forward [dot] org

Apache Flink Training

Flink Forward kicks off with one day of training sessions on September 11. Our one day trainings are each led by members of the data Artisans team. A higher quality training session is hard to find! You’ll take part in a hands-on learning session led by true experts.

Choosing a track – If you are new to Flink, come to the standard training. If you have a Flink app in production, come to the advanced training. In between those extremes, see the descriptions below.

Standard training – An in-depth introduction to stream processing with Apache Flink. Highlights: event time processing and watermarks, windowing, state management, and fault tolerance.

Advanced training – This session assumes you already know the basics. The emphasis is on more advanced (and lower-level) parts of the API, such as using ProcessFunction for sorting and joins, working with Triggers and Evictors, and operational topics, including metrics, monitoring, and tuning.

Both training tracks are very much hands-on; you’ll need a laptop and a knowledge of Java and/or Scala. The Flink trainings require preparations which involve downloading software binaries, Maven dependencies, and test data. Because we all know how reliable and well-performing conference WiFi tends to be, we kindly ask you to do the setup for the training in advance. We will send you detailed instructions before the event.

Apply for a Diversity Scholarship

We believe that the most engaging, intellectually stimulating conversations are founded in diversity. Different backgrounds and varied life experiences foster unique perspectives. We want our conferences, the Apache Flink community and companies who participate in them, to include, encourage, and recognize people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions and sexual orientations.Flink Forward is offering scholarships to members of underrepresented groups in the technical community to help break down the barriers that prevent underrepresented groups from participating in Flink Forward. 

What’s Included?

  • Flink Forward Ticket that includes one day of training and two days of conference on September 11-13, 2017. Tickets include WiFi, food, snacks and drinks throughout the training day and the two days of conference on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Up to 250 € reimbursement for travel expenses


  • Be a member of a group not well-represented within the tech community or at technical conferences, including but not limited to: women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ
  • Must be able to attend the conference for which you are applying
  • If employed, your employer will not cover the cost of your conference attendance
  • Must be 18 years old or over to apply
  • Must agree to follow our Code of Conduct

Application deadlines

  • Scholarship application deadline is on August 1.

Apply for a Scholarship here