What to expect from Kubecon CloudNativeCon Europe 2024

The Computer Weekly Developer Network is off to KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe taking place 19-22 March, in Paris, France.

With developers joined by IT team leaders and a proportion of C-suite managers to make up the nearly 10,000 attendees all gathering to learn about the future of cloud-native computing, the event itself will also cover emerging trends in microservices architectures and container orchestration with technologies like Kubernetes, Prometheus (the open source monitoring system with a dimensional data model) etc.

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe offers 100+ sessions including technical sessions, deep-dives, case studies and working groups. 

The ‘hallway track’ at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe is intended to help attendees meet technology and business leaders to collaborate on technological challenges and implementations, it is also hoped to help form strategic partnerships for those that seek more connections across the industry.

The event will deliver in-person and online content over four days, including keynotes, conference sessions across 10+ tracks, tutorials and networking options. 

Priyanka Sharma, executive director, Cloud Native Computing Foundation will no doubt have plenty to say after taking some limited time off to bring a new (no doubt) future coder into the world and start a family.

“The value of cloud-native companies continues to explode and we’re seeing serious enthusiasm around mergers and acquisitions as key drivers for innovation in this rapidly evolving market. KubeCon + CloudNativeCon offers a unique opportunity to explore the best the cloud native ecosystem has to offer today and to decode where it’s going in the future,” said Sharma.

 She further states that cloud-native is the bedrock of AI innovation. 

“Kubernetes’ developer-friendliness paired with our comprehensive ecosystem of projects to support observability and security – in addition to resource orchestration – have enabled the AI community and made today’s Kubernetes’ Linux moment,” said Shama. “We’re already seeing results: generative AI and LLM leaders like Open AI, HuggingFace and Nvidia are all built on Kubernetes, Kubeflow is delivering machine learning pipelines and MLOps… and the CNCF event-driven project KEDA is providing much-needed scalable (and stable) workloads. We expect the innovations to continue thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of the cloud native community.”

KEDA is a Kubernetes-based Event Driven Autoscaling component that provides event-driven scale for any container running in Kubernetes.

United Nations hackathon

Set to run alongside KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2024, CNCF is also offers its first-ever hackathon, CloudNativeHacks, with a set of developer challenges provided by the United Nations. This inaugural hackathon will focus exclusively on advancing the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants will create AI or web applications to help support the 17 SDGs as these challenges can only be solved by a global partnership.

Although KubeCon + CloudNativeCon is a professional conference, if attendees would like to bring their child to a session or two for a special reason (e.g. family/friend is speaking, interest in the subject) the team will allow an exception but still asks for respect of the other attendees and their onsite experience. 

NOTE: The ‘academic’ registration type is for current full-time students and faculty members. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation also offers diversity and need-based scholarships.

If there’s one question that the Computer Weekly Developer Network team will be seeking to answer from this conference, it’s a simple but massive one (and spoiler alert, it’s also the title of the press and analyst roundtable sessions) i.e. what’s next from cloud-native? Or, as they say in French, c’est-à-dire quelle est la prochaine étape du cloud natif?


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