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Gremlin’s Failover Conf: A Virtual Conference for Those Grounded by COVID-19

11 Mar 2020 2:29pm, by

IT infrastructure testing company Gremlin is launching a virtual conference in lieu of the many tech conferences — such as KubeCon+CloudNativeCon — that have been canceled in light of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference, called Failover Conf will be a single-day virtual conference will focus on maintaining reliability in an online world. It will favor submissions for technical talks that were scheduled from canceled or postponed events such as AWS Summits, Microsoft Ignite Zurich, SREcon and SXSW, and KubeCon.

The virtual event will be held on April 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., PDT. Talks are now be being solicited, and the full schedule will be available on March 31.

“We knew a lot of the industry was scrambling last week in the wake of all these changes,” said Kimbre Lancaster, head of global events at Gremlin. “Conferences are a critical way that we share knowledge and connect with one another. We wanted to give back to the tech community by providing speakers with a new platform for their talks, as well as offering attendees a safe and valuable experience.”

Although Failover Conf was quickly assembled, it quickly attracted the attention of many in the industry. Already the Gremlin has one as partners for the event companies such as Amazon Web Services, Cockroach Labs, Datadog, LaunchDarkly, Lightstep, NGINX, NS1, PagerDuty, Redis Labs, Scalyr, Splunk, ServiceNow and others.

The New Stack has signed on as a media sponsor.

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