What to expect from KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2023

It’s time to avoid the ‘coffee shops’ and one or two of Amsterdam’s other famed attractions (there’s no time for canal barge cruises and a visit to the Anne Frank museum) and get over to the glittering welcome always offered the city’s Rai conference and exhibition centre.

It can only be KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2023 – and indeed it is.

The Computer Weekly Developer Network (CWDN) and Open Source Insider (OSI) team are headed off to the low countries for the low-down on all things cloud-native with The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), so what can we expect?

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Significantly this year, the CNCF has announced that it is joining forces with Linux Foundation (LF) Training and Project Veteranius to provide free access to three training courses in Ukrainian as part of its mission to provide access to technology education for Ukrainian veterans, their families and Ukrainians in need.

The training course translations have been completed and we have spoken to Ihor Dvoretskyi, senior developer advocate, CNCF (who signed up to join the Ukraine Territorial Defense Forces when the war broke out). 

KubeCon also will see the premiere of the Envoy documentary film, which will take place during the evening of the event. The film, similar to the documentary on Prometheus that debuted in Detroit, will shine a bright light on the origins and rapid rise of one of the most important open source projects in the cloud native community today. 

Sharma: Go #TeamCloudNative

The event runs in Amsterdam, Netherlands… and virtually from April 18-21. 

“We are thrilled to bring together the cloud native community in Amsterdam this April for an inspiring and collaborative conference,” said Priyanka Sharma, executive director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “CNCF has grown considerably, now with 153 Graduated, Incubating and Sandbox projects that respond to the pressing needs of organisations across industries and geographies. We hope you join #TeamCloudNative as we meet this year to continue shaping cloud native innovation together.” 

CloudNativeCon co-chairs – Aparna Subramanian, of Shopify, Emily Fox of Apple and Frederick Kautz have helped the event programme committee of 85 community members and 36 track chairs review 1768 submissions to develop the European schedule this year. 

Attendees can choose from more than 303 sessions, keynotes, lightning talks and breakout sessions. Some 91 sessions are hosted by CNCF project maintainers with content ranging from introductions and open source culture content to deep dives and technical demos. 

“I have had the chance to attend numerous KubeCon + CloudNativeCon conferences over the last several years and it has been an honor to be on the inside, helping select the talks for this event,” said Aparna Subramanian, director of production engineering, Shopify. 

Tough to widdle

Subramanian says that of the 1000+ submissions the committee received this year, it was ‘tough to widdle’ (as she puts it) the list down to the agenda being shared ahead of the event.

Some example sessions include Malicious Compliance: Reflections on Trusting Container Scanners – Ian Coldwater, Twilio; Duffie Cooley, Isovalent; Brad Geesaman, Ghost Security; Rory McCune, Datadog.

Other sessions include the following:

Going for Graduation: Crossing the Chasm – Bill Mulligan, Isovalent & Katie Gamanji, Apple; Practical Challenges with Pod Security Admission – Ellen Körbes, VMware; Scale Down Your Environmental Impact – Mary Karroqe & Zinnia Gibson, D2iQ; Building a Globally Accessible Community – Kaitlyn Barnard, Kong & Hannah Ouellette, Nginx; Learn the Helm Code Base and PR Review Process – Scott Rigby, independent & Andrew Block, Red Hat – and The Day We Delete(d) Production – Ricardo Rocha & Spyridon Trigazis, CERN.

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