Tomorrow morning kicks off the Lucene Revolution conference in Boston at the Hyatt Harborside. We like to think of it as a significant event in the history of the Solr/Lucene community: 30 speakers from organizations across different shapes and sizes and use cases — all part of the disruptive force of innovation and collaboration changing the face of search.

People here represent some of the most established and innovative companies in their respective industries. Speakers right out of the gate include noted search Wise Man and blogger Stephen E. Arnold; Michael Busch of Twitter, Satish Gannu of Cisco; Eric Gries of Lucid Imagination; Bill Press of Salesforce.com, Joshua Tuberville of eHarmony; John Wang of LinkedIn; Marten Mickos of Eucalyptus Systems, formerly CEO of MySQL; a who’s who of the Apache Lucene PMC; and many, many more.

These folks and more are driving a really interesting public conversation about leveraging open source Lucene/Solr search technology to innovate and drive competitive advantage. There are deeper dives into a range of topics, from turning disparate data into actionable intelligence, to real-time searching, big data with Solr and No-SQL, the use of open source search in government, and more.

We’re looking forward to the SRO crowd of 300+ attendees already registered for the event, through presentations large and small; a bunch of lightning talks; kicking around the Solr roadmap; questions to stump the experts; discussions; debates; education; engagement with key commercial players in the community Lucene/Solr ecosystem; (several of whom are helping to sponsor the conference); and, while we’re at it, a little bit of fun. (It’s the 3d day straight of grey-and-rainy outside, but at the conference, Lucene and Solr shine). And, my personal favorite, a chance to meet people I’ve only seen up till now as email addresses on forums.

On with the Revolution.