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Tuesday, November 19

10:55am PST

Sharing is Caring: How to Begin Speaking at Conferences - Jenny Burcio & Ashlynn Polini, Docker
For many, the idea of speaking in front of a bunch of strangers can be enough to prevent you from ever responding to a CFP. But don't let it! Speaking at conferences, meetups, or even at your own company is a fantastic way to share you knowledge, meet others, advance your career, and give back. Whether you are on the fence, have decided to take the plunge and submit a CFP, or have already even a few talks, this session is for you. Jenny Burcio and Ashlynn Polini will outline tips and strategies for turning your idea into a winning proposal and ultimately a compelling talk. Drawing on their experience reviewing DockerCon CFPs and prepping speakers (including themselves) for a variety of conferences, they will share how to submit and prepare for your first - or next - conference talk.


Jenny Burcio

Sr. Manager, Marketing, Docker
Jenny Burcio manages the Docker Community, including managing content for DockerCon and the Captains program, where she helps awesome Docker community members inspire and educate others. Prior to Docker, Jenny worked at Apigee helping to build their community programs and partner... Read More →
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Ashlynn Polini

Sr Manager, Events, Docker
Ashlynn Polini runs the user conference known as DockerCon, where she helps awesome Docker community members inspire, connect and learn from each other. Prior to Docker, Ashlynn worked at startups helping to build marketing and operations programs. Ashlynn is a recovering soccer athlete... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 10:55am - 11:30am PST
Room 31ABC - San Diego Convention Center Upper Level

11:50am PST

Panel: What’s Essential in an OSS Project Launch Playbook? - Betty Junod, Solo.io; Jian He, Alibaba; Karen Chu, Matt Butcher, & Ronan Flynn-Curran, Microsoft
Creating/developing a new OSS project is hard as is, but how can you go about successfully sharing your project with the community once you’re ready?

Collectively, this panel has launched/worked on multiple open source projects such as Helm, OpenKruise, CNAB, Docker, Gloo & Service Mesh Interface. From their experience, they've identified elements essential to any open source project launch, no matter how small/big your project is.

In this panel, they'll discuss what should be in an OSS project launch playbook:
• Infrastructure: tools needed to create a public space for your project
• Communications: techniques for setting a tone, creating a brand & spreading the word
• Governance: what you need to create a protected but open space for your community
• Goal: purpose of open sourcing your project, rules of engagement
• Community: what you need to plan to grow, cultivate & engage members

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Matt Butcher

Principal Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Azure
Matt does cloud native open source development at Microsoft, where he has worked on Brigade, Helm, Krustlet and others. Matt is the author of a bunch of books and articles, most recently O'Reilly's book "Learn Helm" (with Matt Farina and Josh Dolitsky). When not coding, Matt enjoys... Read More →
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Karen Chu

Community PM, Microsoft
Karen Chu is a Community PM on the Microsoft Azure Container Compute Upstream team with a focus on open source tools such as Helm, CNAB, Brigade, CNAB, and more. She is a CNCF Ambassador, meet-up organizer, and conference organizer. She has also worked The Illustrated Children’s... Read More →

Jian He

Staff Engineer, Alibaba
Jian He is a Staff Engineer at Alibaba where he works on container infrastructure to support Alibaba ecosystem. Prior to that, he worked at Hortonworks where he mainly works on Hadoop and is a Hadoop committer and PMC member. Jian He graduated from Brown University in Computer Sc... Read More →
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Betty Junod

VP of Marketing, Solo.io
Betty Junod is the VP of Marketing at Solo.io focused on open source and commercial software tools in the Service Mesh and Kubernetes ecosystem including Gloo, SuperGloo, GlooShot, Squash and Service Mesh Hub. Previously Betty led product and partner marketing at Docker, the container... Read More →
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Ronan Flynn-Curran

Designer/Software Engineer, Microsoft
Ronan is a designer and developer who brands, builds and works to boost open source projects at Microsoft Azure. He works within the Deis Labs team, whose goal is to make container-based developer tools accessible and friendly to all. Day-to-day he works on making sites, identity... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 11:50am - 12:25pm PST
Room 7AB - San Diego Convention Center Upper Level

2:25pm PST

Mental Health in Tech - Dr. Jennifer Akullian, Growth Coaching Institute
According to research by Open Sourcing Mental Illness, 51% of individuals working in the tech community have been identified with a mental illness. This is disproportionate to the 20% prevalence in the general population. To compound the concern, many working in the tech community are at risk for burnout, a condition that often resembles mental illness. While lots of people in tech struggle with mental health, industry-specific research and advocacy in the community is disproportionately inadequate.

For organizations, awareness and advocacy around employee mental health is crucial, after all, happy employees are more productive and less likely to leave their job. For employees who are struggling, it is important they know that they are not alone and there is help. This talk is focused on reducing the stigma around mental illness and expanding education and awareness into how to help yourself and others in your community. Jennifer will provide mental health background as she reviews the research pertaining to the tech community. Industry-specific burnout will be discussed and strategies for improving one’s experience or helping a friend or colleague will be examined.

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Dr. Jennifer Akullian

Founder | Psychologist, Growth Coaching Institute
Jen is a former psychologist, focusing her work in technology since 2015. Founder and Executive Coach at Growth Coaching Institute, much of her work focuses on cognitive health and managing industry-specific challenges and burnout, to allow motivated top performers to excel and find... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 2:25pm - 3:00pm PST
Room 6E - San Diego Convention Center Upper Level
  • Experience Level Any
  • Session Slides Included Yes
Wednesday, November 20

10:55am PST

A Week in the Life of the Kubernetes Community - Dawn Foster, Pivotal & Jorge Castro, VMware
You’re new to Kubernetes and interested in contributing, but when you start poking through the community pages, you find a bunch of SIGs and so many meetings. What’s a SIG? Where should you start? Which meetings should you attend? How can you participate?

In this talk, Jorge and Dawn from SIG Contributor Experience will live out a week within the Kubernetes community by walking the audience through what happens in this busy community. As part of the day by day tour of the community, we will cover:
* Getting started and locating meeting calendars
* Finding and participating in SIGs
* Attending meetings and what to expect
* How to get involved
* Where to get help

New contributors, users interested in contributing, engineering managers whose teams are contributing, and anyone interested in learning about new ways to get involved in the Kubernetes community will benefit from attending.

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Dawn Foster

Director of Open Source Community Strategy, VMware
Dawn is the Director of Open Source Community Strategy at VMware within the Open Source Program Office. She has 20+ years of experience at companies like Intel and Puppet with expertise in community building, strategy, open source software, metrics, and more. She is passionate about... Read More →
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Jorge Castro

Community Manager, VMware
Jorge is a Community Manager at VMware where he helps to support and advance the open Kubernetes ecosystem. He works in SIG Contributor Experience on the Kubernetes Office Hours, running the YouTube channel, forums admin, and a bunch of miscellaneous programs. He resides in Ann Arbor... Read More →

Wednesday November 20, 2019 10:55am - 11:30am PST
Room 15AB - San Diego Convention Center Mezzanine Level

11:50am PST

Panel: Beyond Codes of Conduct: Igniting Diversity in Your Community - Jemma Bolland, The Scale Factory; Lara Owen, Github; Shanis Windland, VMware; & Kevin Stewart, Independent
There’s diversity – and then there’s inclusion. The difference between being invited and being a valued participant is vast. The Kubernetes and KubeCon community have made significant strides on both the diversity and inclusion front – but should not be satisfied with progress to date. Join this panel of thought leaders to learn how to turn a diverse community into an inclusive one, hear the challenges of building versus changing a culture, and how to ignite the power of diversity where you contribute.
How does the KubeCon/K8s community continue to lead the way in both diversity AND inclusion? Time to fill the dance floor. It's still too empty.

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Shanis Windland

VP, Diversity & Inclusion, VMware
Shanis Windland is the new VP of Diversity & Inclusion at VMware. Shanis joined VMware in December, coming from the Heptio acquisition. Shanis is a vigorous advocate of diversity AND inclusion - and will be a strong leader for VMware on this journey. Shanis lead a panel discussion... Read More →
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Jemma Bolland

COO, The Scale Factory
Jemma is in charge of operations, marketing, people and finance at The Scale Factory. Her 15+ years’ experience in operational, strategic and marketing roles with start-ups and SMEs in the UK and Australia brings a wealth of insight to her role. Jemma's experience in the start-up... Read More →
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Kevin Stewart

Kevin Stewart is an engineering leader on sabbatical. Previously, he held VP Engineering positions at Fastly, Heptio (now VMware) and NodeSource and was a Director of Engineering at Adobe.

Lara Owen

Director, Global Workplace Experience, GitHub
An instructor at Remote-How Academy, a speaker at the first-ever Running Remote Conference, and honored as one of 2018’s Bisnow Bay Area Thought Leaders, Lara Owen is the Director of Global Workplace Experience at GitHub and is responsible for ensuring 1200+ employees, scattered... Read More →

Wednesday November 20, 2019 11:50am - 12:25pm PST
Room 6D - San Diego Convention Center Upper Level

2:25pm PST

Panel: Tech Community Share Out: Maintaining a Healthy Balance with Work - Chris Lentricchia, SUSE; David McAllister, Scalyr; PJ Hagerty, DevRelate.io, OSMIhelp.org; Nanci Lancaster, Linux Foundation; & Amanda Brazzell, Brazzell Business
The digital age has brought us multitudes of advancements - from cost and convenience to connectivity - but those advancements have also left us fundamentally unbalanced, and often, unhealthy. As we advance further into an always-on culture that has developed through over-connectivity, overwork, and constant sensory overload, it has become essential to maintain a healthy balance with both work and technology.

At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Barcelona, the OSMI Handbook did a great job of outlining some tips that attendees can use to maintain their mental health at such large events. We’d like to take that conversation a step further by talking about some techniques that the Cloud Native Community can use in their lives, both personally and professionally. Join us for a diverse panel discussion to share ideas on maintaining a healthy and balanced mental state.

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David McAllister

Head of Community, Scalyr

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Nanci Lancaster

Senior Event Planner, Content, Linux Foundation
Nanci is the Senior Event Planner, Content, for Linux Foundation, managing content communications and development between speakers, co-chairs, and program committees for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon and Kubernetes Forum events. She brings 10 years of experience from a similar role at... Read More →
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PJ Hagerty

Founder, Head of Developer Advocacy, DevRelate.io, OSMI.org
Developer, writer, speaker, musician, and Community Advocate, PJ Hagerty is the founder of DevRelate.io and Head of Developer Advocacy at Humio.com. He is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact. He is also known for wearing hats... Read More →
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Chris Lentricchia

Global Product Marketing - SUSE CaaS Platform, SUSE
Succinctly, Chris Lentricchia is a guy with a dog, a truck, and a motorcycle. By day he works as the Product Marketing Manager for SUSE CaaS Platform. When he’s not at work, Chris has responsibilities as a member of the Board of Directors at The Greater Lowell YMCA and as a volunteer... Read More →
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Amanda Brazzell

Co-Creator, Brazzell Business
Amanda is a wellness loving creative who worked in the tech community at DigitalOcean for ~4 years. There, she immersed herself within remote culture, developing a commitment to caring for people and wellness in the workplace. Through yoga, meditation, and care packages, she developed... Read More →

Wednesday November 20, 2019 2:25pm - 3:00pm PST
Pacific Ballroom, Salon 23-24 - Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel

3:20pm PST

Public Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) Meeting – Liz Rice, Aqua Security; Alexis Richardson, Weaveworks; Joe Beda, VMware; Jeff Brewer, Intuit; Michelle Noorali, Microsoft; Matt Klein, Lyft
The Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) provides technical leadership to the cloud-native community. The CNCF will host a public TOC meeting, inviting the community to discuss various agenda items along with holding an open Q&A for the community with TOC members.

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Chris Aniszczyk

CTO, CNCF, Linux Foundation
Chris Aniszczyk is an open source executive and engineer with a passion for building a better world through open collaboration. He's currently a CTO at the Linux Foundation focused on developer relations and running the Open Container Initiative (OCI) / Cloud Native Computing Foundation... Read More →

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Liz Rice

Chief Open Source Officer, Isovalent
Liz Rice is Chief Open Source Officer with eBPF specialists Isovalent, creators of the Cilium cloud native networking, security and observability project. She was Chair of the CNCF's Technical Oversight Committee in 2019-2022, and Co-Chair of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in 2018. She... Read More →
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Alexis Richardson

CEO, Weaveworks
Alexis is CEO and co-founder of Weaveworks, and was the first chair of the CNCF TOC. He is also known for popularising the terms and practices of GitOps. Previously, at Pivotal, as head of products for Spring, RabbitMQ, Redis and vFabric, he "rebooted" Spring and transitioned the... Read More →
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Brian Grant

Principal Engineer, Google
Brian is the co-Technical Lead of Google Kubernetes Engine, former co-Chair of Kubernetes SIG Architecture, Kubernetes Steering Committee Emeritus, and CNCF Technical Oversight Committee member. His experience while technical lead of Google's internal container platform, Borg, motivated... Read More →
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Michelle Noorali

Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft
Michelle Noorali is a Sr. Software Engineer at Microsoft and was Co-Chair for KubeCon+CloudNativeCon 2017. She is a member of the CNCF Technical Oversight Committee and serves as a developer representative on the CNCF Governing Board. Michelle is also a core maintainer of several... Read More →

Jeff Brewer

Vice President, Chief Architect of the Small Business and Self Employed Group, Intuit
Jeff is Vice President, Chief Architect of the Small Business and Self Employed Group at Intuit. This group is responsible for QuickBooks and its ecosystem. As Vice President, Chief Architect of QuickBooks, Jeff is responsible for the technology strategy of the small business and... Read More →

Matt Klein

Software Engineer, Lyft
Matt Klein is a software engineer at Lyft and the creator of Envoy. He has been working on operating systems, virtualization, distributed systems, networking, and making systems easy to operate for nearly 20 years across a variety of companies. Some highlights include leading the... Read More →
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Joe Beda

Principal Engineer, VMware
Doing cloud native stuff at VMware

Wednesday November 20, 2019 3:20pm - 3:55pm PST
Room 5AB - San Diego Convention Center Upper Level
  • Experience Level Any

5:20pm PST

Are We There Yet? My Experience Leading a Kubernetes Release Team - Claire Laurence, Pivotal
9 months, 3 releases, 3 roles, and countless new faces - here’s a story about how I went from a brand new community member to release lead in less than a year and what I discovered along the way. Over 9 months I dove into the Kubernetes release world and dealt with the challenges of shipping a release, the tough decisions that need to be made, and how to adapt our release plan to stay on target.

The Kubernetes release is at the core of the community. Managing an open source release requires flexibility, transparency, and radical collaboration. As the size of the contributors grows, how does the release process adapt? How are decisions made? How do we react when plans change? How did I quickly move from a shadow to the release lead role? In this talk I plan on addressing these questions and my experience leading the 1.15 release team

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Claire Laurence

Senior Technical Program Manager, Pivotal
Claire is a Senior Technical Program Manager at Pivotal Software. Claire helps manage releases for the Pivotal Container Service (PKS) offering. In the open source community, Claire is a member of SIG-Release and has participated on 3 Kubernetes release teams as an enhancements shadow... Read More →

Wednesday November 20, 2019 5:20pm - 5:55pm PST
Room 16AB - San Diego Convention Center Mezzanine Level
Thursday, November 21

2:25pm PST

Panel: State of the Kubernetes Union - Steering Committee Discussion - Davanum Srinivas, Timothy St. Clair, Jorge Castro, VMware; Paris Pittman, Google; Derek Carr, Christoph Blecker, Red Hat; & Nikhita Raghunath, Loodse
The steering committee[1] is tasked with decision-making and oversight with all things related to Kubernetes. This panel discussion is a chance for some navel gazing on where we are today, what got us here and where we are headed to next. This will also be a chance for the newly elected steering committee (October `19 election) to meet face to face with their constituents in the community and wider ecosystem.

[1] https://github.com/kubernetes/steering

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Jorge Castro

Community Manager, VMware
Jorge is a Community Manager at VMware where he helps to support and advance the open Kubernetes ecosystem. He works in SIG Contributor Experience on the Kubernetes Office Hours, running the YouTube channel, forums admin, and a bunch of miscellaneous programs. He resides in Ann Arbor... Read More →

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Derek Carr

Distinguished Engineer, Red Hat
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Nikhita Raghunath

Software Engineer, Loodse
Nikhita is a software engineer at Loodse and is a core contributor to Kubernetes. She is on the Kubernetes Steering Committee, a CNCF Ambassador, and the technical lead for SIG Contributor Experience.
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Paris Pittman

Kubernetes OSS Strategy, Google
Paris is a Developer Relations Program Manager on Google Cloud's Open Source Strategy team focusing on the Kubernetes Community. She is a co-chair of the special interest group for Contributor Experience and an organizer of Bay Area Kubernetes Meetup with 4,000 members. She has 14... Read More →
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Timothy St. Clair

Principal SW Engineer, VMware
Timothy St. Clair is a Principal Software Engineer at VMware and is a core contributor to the Kubernetes project, a Steering Committee member, and a lead on SIG-Cluster-Lifecycle. Timothy has worked on the development and integration of various open source distributed systems projects... Read More →
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Davanum Srinivas

Principal Engineer, AWS
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Christoph Blecker

Senior Site Reliability Engineer, Red Hat
Christoph is an SRE on Red Hat's OpenShift team and a contributor to the Kubernetes project. He's a Technical Lead for SIG Contributor Experience, a member of the Kubernetes Steering Committee, and a regular contributor to SIG Architecture, SIG Testing, SIG Release, and the Kubernetes... Read More →

Thursday November 21, 2019 2:25pm - 3:00pm PST
Room 16AB - San Diego Convention Center Mezzanine Level

3:20pm PST

Building and Scaling Cloud Native Nordics; Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned - Lucas Käldström, Independent & Kasper Nissen, Lunar
In this talk, Lucas and Kasper will share their experiences building a Cloud Native Community in the Nordic countries; Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Bootstrapping a decentralized community of meetup speakers, enthusiasts, organizers, and companies can be challenging to get right. Key issues to solve on a community-level includes aggregation of data, standardizing common patterns and practices on running meetings, documenting how to start new groups, collaborating with CNCF, setting up communication channels and organizing monthly calls.

Lucas and Kasper will share their stories on organizing Meetups and similar events, scaling this community, and becoming CNCF Ambassadors. They will give practical tips and tricks for the audience to apply to their local community in turn. After this talk you’ll know how to get 10 meetup groups with 4600 members in total to collaborate.

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Lucas Käldström

CNCF Ambassador, -
Lucas is a Kubernetes and cloud native expert who has been serving the CNCF community in lead positions for 5 years. He’s awarded Top CNCF Ambassador 2017 with Sarah Novotny. Lucas was a co-lead for SIG Cluster Lifecycle and WG Component Standard, co-created kubeadm, minikube, Weave... Read More →
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Kasper Borg Nissen

Lead Platform Architect, Lunar
Kasper is a Cloud Native Computing Foundation Ambassador, and co-founder of the Nordic meetup alliances, Cloud Native Nordics, where he also serves as Community Lead. He works as Lead Platform Architect at Lunar. Kasper wrote his master thesis, “KubeCloud - A Small Scale Cloud Computing... Read More →

Thursday November 21, 2019 3:20pm - 3:55pm PST
Room 33ABC - San Diego Convention Center Upper Level

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