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The Insider’s Guide to KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2021

KubeCon EU organizers Priyanka Sharma and Stephen Augustus preview what to expect at the conference and the latest in cloud native computing.
Apr 20th, 2021 3:00pm by and
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For the cloud native computing community, KubeCon+CloudNativeCon is the place to join their comrades and get the latest on cloud native computing technology developments.

In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, hosted by Joab Jackson, managing editor for The New Stack, we speak with two of the fabled conference’s key organizers about what to expect: Priyanka Sharma, general manager for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and Stephen Augustus, KubeCon conference co-chair, as well as an engineering director and head of open source at Cisco.

All told, for KubeCon, experts from organizations including Adobe, Apple, CERN, Nvidia and OVHcloud will deliver more than 100 sessions, keynotes, lightning talks and breakout sessions. There will also be more than 60 sessions hosted by project maintainers — spanning beginner-level introductions, end-user case studies and technical deep dives.

The Insider’s Guide to KubeCon+CloudNativeCon EU 2021

A program committee of 90 experts and 28 track chairs led by conference co-chairs — Augustus and Constance Caramanolis, a principal engineer for Splunk — reviewed 627 submissions to curate a lively, diverse and educational conference program.

This year’s theme is largely based on the hashtag Sharma coined, which appropriately captures the pre-conference mood and context: #TeamCloudNative. “When we were thinking about the event, we realized that we wanted to pick a theme that was reflective of what everyone is going through, and how we are such a unique and amazing community,” said Sharma. “So, hence, the title hashtag #TeamCloudNative — which means each and every one who cares to show up in any way — are being referenced in that theme…We are still catching our breath in this very changed world, but we are moving forward together.”

Kubernetes, by definition, is a highly distributed architecture. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a huge shift in DevOps teams to working remotely, thus further adding to the distributed nature of cloud native, which, of course, is a major theme of this year’s KubeCon EU. Working with distributed cloud native systems and work environments is also beyond any one person’s ability to manage for a large organization. The KubeCon organizers considered this new dynamic when organizing this year’s event.

“It’s very different online, to build the same level of connection that you can do when you’re in person. My favorite part of any conference is the hallway track. It’s an opportunity for me to hang out with my friends and contributors and maintainers that I haven’t seen in since the last KubeCon+CloudNativeCon,” said Augustus.  “Knowing that the room is the internet now really opens it up and it makes it more inclusive for folks that may not always be able to get to KubeCon.”

Join us at the KubeCon+CloudNativeCon Europe virtual conference on May 4-7, 2021. Register now.


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