KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, Austin

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, North America took place in Austin, Texas from 6th to 8th December. I stumbled upon this great opportunity by Linux Foundation which would make it possible for me to learn about cloud computing, containers and all things cloud native!

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Firstly, I would like to thank the diversity committee members – @michellenoorali ,  @Kris__Nova, @jessfraz , @evonbuelow and everyone (+Wendy West!!) behind this for making it possible for me and others by going extra miles to achieve the greatest initiative for diversity inclusion. It gave me an opportunity to learn from experts and experience the power of Kubernetes.

After travelling 23+ hours in flight, I was able to attend the pre-conference sessions held on 5th December. The day concluded with amazing Empower Her Evening Event where I met some amazing bunch of people! We had some great discussions and food, Thanks to the sponsor

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With diversity scholarship recipients at EmpowerHer event 

On the 6th of December, I was very excited to attend Day 1 of the conference; when I arrived at the venue, Austin Convention Center, there was a massive hall with 4100 people discussing all things cloud native! The sheer number of people and their zealousness astounded me. It’s a memory I’ll never forget.

It started with informational KeyNote by Dan Kohn, the Executive Director of Cloud Native Computing Foundation. He pointed out how CNCF has grown over the year, from having 4 projects in 2016 to 14 projects in 2017. From having 1400 Attendees in March 2017 to 4100 Attendees in December 2017. It was really thrilling to know about the growth and power of Kubernetes, which really inspired me to know more about this project.

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Dan Kohn Keynote talk at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon

It was difficult to decide which session to attend because there were so many interesting sessions running concurrently!! I primarily attended beginner-level sessions. I missed out on the ones that required technical expertise that I don’t yet have! Curiosity piqued, I made a point of visiting all sponsor booths and learning about the technology they are developing.

On December 7th, there was a diversity luncheon, and I had some really interesting conversations with people about their technology challenges and stories. I made some great friends at the table, and I’d like to thank them for voting my story as the best story of getting into open source, as well as Samsung for sponsoring this event.

Thanks Cloud Native Computing Foundation for hosting this. It was fascinating to learn how cloud native technologies have grown alongside the community! Thank you Linux Foundation for providing me with an opportunity to be a part of KubeCon + CloudNative Con! 🙂

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Keeping Cloud Native Weird!
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Open bar all attendee party! (Where I experienced my first snow fall)
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Goodbye Austin!

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