I attended KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2018, Europe that took place from 2nd to 4th of May. It was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. I know it’s quite late since I attended it, but still I wanted to share my motivating experiences at the conference, so here it is!
I got scholarship from the Linux Foundation which gave me a wonderful opportunity to attend this conference. This was my first developer conference aboard and I was super-excited to attend it. I got the chance to learn more about containers, straight from the best people out there.
I attended the opening keynote sessions on 2nd May in Bella Centre, Copenhagen. The opening keynote was given by Dan Kohn, Executive Director, CNCF in an enormous hall filled with more than 4100 people. It was like everybody from the container community was present there!
The conference was very well organised considering the large scale of the event. People from all around the world were present, sharing their experience with Kubernetes.
Apart from the keynotes, I mostly attended beginner and intermediate level talks, due to the fact that some of the sessions required high technical knowledge that I didn’t possess yet.
One of the speech that I enjoyed was given by Oliver Beattie, Engineering head, Monzo Bank where he talked about the Kubernetes outrage that they experienced a few months ago and how they handled its consequences.
[LIVE from #KubeCon + #CloudNativeCon EU] @obeattie’s afternoon keynote is kicking off w/ moving mountains behind the scenes, banking insights in real-time + building the @monzo platform on #opensource 💳 pic.twitter.com/7mrlO41HNq— CNCF (@CloudNativeFdn) May 2, 2018
Other talks that interested me were how Adidas is using cloud native technologies and closing remarks given by the inspiring Kelsey Hightower. It was wonderful to see the growth of cloud and container technologies and its communities.
A large number of sponsor booths were present, including RedHat, AWS, IBM and Google cloud, Azure. They shared their workflow and technologies they were using. I visited several booths, interacted with amazing people and got lots of stickers and goodies!
I was fortunate enough to win two raffles conducted by the sponsors! A big thank you to node.js for the Raspberry Pi kit and Mesosphere for the drone.
Our sponsors also organised Diversity Lunch event for the scholarship recipients. The committee had a great discussion on inclusion and diversity along with excellent meals.
[LIVE from #KubeCon + #CloudNativeCon EU] the #Diversity Luncheon is packed + the panel is tackling questions on inclusion, equal opportunity & getting your stories heard 🙋🏽♀️🙋🏽♂️ special thanks to sponsors @googlecloud & @heptio! pic.twitter.com/8HKgrcK1RQ— CNCF (@CloudNativeFdn) May 3, 2018
I had face-to-face interactions with some inspiring developers and employees of tech giants. Being among the youngest to attend the conference, I had a lot to learn from everyone around me and grow my network.
On the day before the last, an all attendee party and dinner was held in Tivoli Gardens, in the heart of the city. The evening was filled with amusement rides, beautiful gardens, and more. What more would you expect?
I would like to express gratitude to CNCF, The Linux Foundation and Wendy West for this opportunity, and for helping the community involve more diversity. I look forward to attend more such events in the future!
Photographs by Cloud Native Foundation