I was lucky to attend KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Austin in December, 2017. What a conference! The size of the event was overwhelming. Over 4000 attendees came to Austin to learn about the latest development in the Kubernetes and Cloud Native world.
I arrived the day before the conference and had the opportunity to attend an Istio Workshop. 2018 is supposed to be the year of the service mesh. Exciting times! In the evening I saw the lightning talks which were truly inspirational. Especially, Nikhita Raghunat’s talk on How to Contribute to Kubernetes.
Then the conference began. One of my highlights was the Opening Keynote by Kelsey Hightower where he did an amazing live demo. Probably, the best demo I have seen to date. I attended a lot of interesting presentations during the conference. One of the best I saw was 101 Ways to Crash Your Cluster by Marius Grigoriu and Emmanuel Gomez.
I also enjoyed the sponsor booth crawl where I got the chance to learn so much about the Kubernetes ecosystem and the amazing products which are being developed.
Words fail to express how inspired I was after the conference. On my flight back home I read my signed copy of Cloud Native Infrastructure by Justin Garrison, and Kris Nova. I was so hungry for aditional knowledge that I spent my Christmas vacation reading Kubernetes: Up and Running, a great book by Brendan Burns, Kelsey Hightower, and Joe Beda.
My main takeaway from the conference was how important it is to give back to the community. Since I left Austin I have been thinking about what I could do to give back to the community. Recently I gave a talk about Kubernetes and Service Mesh. Next month I will give a Kubernetes 101 talk at Women Techmakers Berlin. I am really happy to be able to give back and inspire more people to learn about Kubernetes.