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KubeCon + CloudNativeCon: A Diverse and Growing Community

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Summary
Learn why communities surrounding containerization, dynamic orchestration, and microservices - all key tenets of cloud native - have grown dramatically over the last few years.

The motto for this year’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, “Keep Cloud Native Weird,” proved to be as much a prediction as a slogan when temperatures plummeted last week and snow began to fall in Austin, Texas. Despite Austin uncharacteristically turning into a winter wonderland, the attendance for this third annual event was truly impressive, boasting over 4,100 attendees. Contrast this with just a few hundred attendees in its first rendition back in 2015, and you can see how quickly communities focused around containerization, dynamic orchestration, and microservices has grown. And with good reason.

These practices, all key tenets of cloud native, have seen a huge upshift in adoption over the past few years. Couple this with the growing utilization and support for open source software by even the largest companies, and it’s easy to see why the community around the projects hosted by the CNCF has exploded over the past 3 years. And while the Cloud Native Community Foundation (CNCF) has grown, so to has the number of projects created and maintained by that community.

As Dan Kohn, executive director of the CNCF said during his opening keynote, the number of projects expanded from just 4  in 2016 (Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing, and fluentd) to 14 projects in 2017.

In addition to nurturing technical innovation, the CNCF has been going the extra mile to keep its community open to all. This commitment was exemplified by the $250,000 raised to support 103 diversity scholarships for this year’s event. These scholarships were awarded to people from underrepresented and/or marginalized groups in the technology and/or open source communities. Working for a company which prides itself on diversity, I’m glad to see more groups making the effort to ensure that their communities are open and accepting of everyone.

Overall KubeCon + CloudNativeCon was an incredible event, and one not to be missed. But if you did miss this year’s event, fear not, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon will be coming to Copenhagen, Shanghai, and Seattle in 2018!