KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America

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Activation Zones


Buildkite Play Pipeline

Deploy your gaming skills at the Buildkite Play Pipeline. Play for the high score on your favorite arcade games, grab some swag from the claw machine, or challenge fellow attendees to foosball or pong.

Tweet pictures of your high scores and wins to @buildkite for a chance to win a Retroid Pocket.

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Come by the GitLab Activation Zone (Zone 3) to try your hand at our Code Challenge, get your caricature drawn by a live artist, race on one of our VR sets, or snap a picture to add to our ‘Everyone can Contribute’ photo mosaic wall! Learn more about GitLab’s presence at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022!

Microsoft Azure

Join us at the Microsoft Azure Activation Zone #4, where you can experience first-hand how Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) underpins Forza Horizon 5, one of the most popular games today! You will have a chance to compete against others for the highest score and win some cool prizes. Our Forza experts will be onsite to help answer your technical questions. Then head over to the Microsoft booth #P5 to attend a Forza focused technical session and grab some cool swag! We hope to see you there.


The Styra Activation Zone has something for everyone! Visit us to enjoy snacks, score swag, and participate in the Rego Coding Challenge for the chance to win prizes.

What’s happening?

  • Snack Bar – Stop by the Styra Activation Zone during the scheduled breaks, lunches, and Welcome Reception + Booth Crawl to fuel up on yummy treats and Detroit favorites.
  • Claw Crane Machine – Test your old-school arcade skills and grab swag at the Styra claw crane machine.
  • Rego Coding Challenge – Open Policy Agent (OPA) policies are expressed in a high-level declarative language called Rego. We’re hosting a Rego coding challenge for anyone with entry tiers ranging from beginner to expert. Enter the challenge for the chance to win prizes like a DJI Mini SE Drone or a Nintendo Switch. Learn more.
Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Security Slam

September 28 – NOVEMBER 21

The Security Slam is a new event, partnered with Sonatype, for CNCF projects to improve their security posture while attracting new contributors through a fun and collaborative event leading up to KubeCon, with recognition, awards and giveaways at KubeCon.  With the assistance of Sonatype, maintainers and contributors will leverage CNCF’s CLOMonitor that measures each project’s progress toward meeting CNCF project standards. Maintainers and contributors will work together to raise their score and win prizes for their effort while raising up to $50,000 in Diversity Scholarships.

For each project that reaches 100% Security status a donation of $2,500 will also be made in the project’s name to CNCF’s Diversity Scholarship Fund, but it’s not just about the prizes, as each project reaches 100% Security will have significantly improved their project’s security and be close to CNCF’s overall security goals.

Google is donating up to $50,000, and we hope to make this the largest donation ever for our Diversity Scholarships!

What: Security Slam to increase project security awareness, posture and compliance
Where: Digital event via email and CNCF Slack
When: September 28-October 19, 2022

How To Get Involved


  • Awards, recognition and financial support for security implementations 
  • Free Project Promotions
  • New Contributors
  • Faster Time to Compliance 

Open Source Maintainers can sign their project up to participate via this link


  • Awards and recognition for new and outstanding contributions to projects 
  • Linux Foundation Cybersecurity Training and Certification 
  • Find new projects and meet new communities
  • Build on existing skills or learn new ones

Open Source Contributors (first time contributors very welcome!) can sign their project up to participate via this form.

Keptn Community Day

tuesday, october 25 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

In June 2022 Keptn became an incubating project within the CNCF. We would like to celebrate and have a first ever global Keptn Community Day! This event provides a place for maintainers, contributors, and users of Keptn to come together and to discuss Keptn’s current state and its future evolution. Join us for a day of community roundtables and discussion groups on Keptn itself, integrations and interoperability with other tools from the Cloud Native Landscape!
We’ll talk about where we’ve been and where we’re going, together.  Session topics include:

  • Stories from Keptn users. What works and what doesn’t? Success stories.
  • Keptn 1.0 release – first stable release of Keptn
  • Keptn 2.x and beyond – what’s next for Keptn?
  • Keptn for modern Cloud Native CD – integrations ArgoCD, Flux and other projects
  • Orchestrating GitOps-based applications with Keptn
  • Keptn community governance and sustainability

We invite everyone interested in Keptn to join us and to contribute at the community day!

Registration Fees: Free

Click HERE to view the event agenda.


tuesday, october 25 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us at DaprCon 2022 and help us celebrate Dapr’s 3rd anniversary as a project! This year as an incubating CNCF project, DaprCon will be hosted as a community day event during KubeCon NA – same great event but with a larger community to share it with!

This year, DaprCon will be a hybrid event allowing everyone to join either in-person at KubeCon or from the comfort of their home or office. For in-person attendees, you can join DaprCon Community Day the day of. For virtual attendees, you can catch all the awesome DaprCon content the next day on the Dapr YouTube channel!

DaprCon will offer opportunities to:

  • Hear stories and experiences from companies who have integrated Dapr into their solutions.
  • Participate in hands-on Dapr technical sessions – code with us or just sit-in and listen.
  • Speak to Dapr project maintainers, co-founders and contributors.
  • Participate in our end-user panels for Dapr questions on their real scenarios and architectures.
  • Discuss stories, learnings, and best practices for Dapr and how it can positively impact cloud native development.

No matter what language you program in, platform you target or architecture setup you leverage, Dapr adds value to your application. Join the community at DaprCon 2022 and stop by during KubeCon to see Dapr in action.

Registration Fees: Free

Click HERE to view the event agenda.


Wednesday, October 26 – Friday, October 28

This Contribfest sessions are designed to provide projects with the space and resources to tackle outstanding technical debt, security issues, or outstanding impactful feature requests. They are intended to provide a place for maintainers to meet contributors and potential contributors and work together on solving a problem.

Projects Participating

  • Knative
  • KubeVirt
  • Kyverno
  • Prometheus
  • in-toto
  • Flux
  • Cloud Custodian
  • Argo

View the Schedule for a date & time of each project’s session.

Welcome Reception + Booth Crawl

Wednesday, october 26 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Huntington Place, Halls AB

Eat, drink, and learn cloud native! Don’t miss a prime opportunity to mix and mingle with hundreds of vendors and end users in the Solutions Showcase. An evening of networking will be punctuated by plenty of Detroit’s favorite foods, beers and entertainment!

The New Stack Pancake Breakfast

Thursday, October 27 | 7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

Devs and ops people – it’s time for some Kubernetes couples therapy. Join us for a dive deep into how Kubernetes shapes the dynamic between dev and ops teams with people who’ve been there. Questions we’ll explore:

  • Have you resolved the eternal tension between experimentation and control?
  • Are you true partners with the same goals and priorities?
  • Do you agree on the need for security and trust, or fight over complexity and cost?
  • Do you really talk, or just swap trouble tickets?

Way back in May at KubeCon EU we hosted a packed panel about the ops experiences with Kubernetes ‘after the honeymoon’. But what about the developer experience? It’s not just about ops teams. Devs need some love, too.

They say a problem shared is a problem halved. Let’s avoid a food fight and talk it through at the breakfast table over a short stack with The New Stack!

Seating is limited and admittance is on a first come, first serve basis.

OSPO BoF + Happy Hour

Thursday, October 27 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

TODO Group is hosting an OSPO BoF + Happy hour meet-up at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022 for OSPO professionals. Join us to network with open source peers involved in Open Source Program Offices and enjoy some appetizers & drinks while taking a break from the action!

This is a great opportunity to connect, learn and look for feedback from the wide diversity of open source & OSPO professionals’ visions that also engages with CNCF and CNCF projects.

Pre-registration Required

All-Attendee Party

Thursday, October 27 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join us for “A Taste of Detroit” experience at the All-Attendee Party Thursday, October 27 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. 

The All-Attendee Party will be spread across three venues, with each venue providing a mix of different Detroit experiences relating to Detroit and the city’s rich history and culture that we felt one venue couldn’t capture alone.  Food, drinks & fun will be provided at each location

*Don’t forget your name badge, you’ll need it to enter each location.

Grand Riverview Ballroom, Huntington Place 

  • Enjoy the Detroit art scene as you walk into the party at our very own version of The Belt, a culturally redefined alley in the heart of Downtown Detroit. 
  • Dive into Detroit’s automotive scene where you can build your own lego car and race it against your peers at the Pit Stop or zip around the tracks in one of our electric power racing sets, test your knowledge of CNCF and Detroit history at pub trivia, or rewind time in a nostalgic vintage arcade. 
  • Are you a fan of foosball? What if we told you that instead of controlling the players, you can be one of the players! Join the Human Foosball game right outside of Huntington Place and bring the game to life! 
  • Need a break from all the games? Stop by the Beer Garden and enjoy some appetizers and a beverage. 

Detroit Princess Riverboat

  • Take a short 5-minute walk across Atwater St. to the Detroit Princess Riverboat and travel back in time to Detroit’s 1920s casino scene! Try your hand at one of the tables or take in the Detroit and Canadian skyline from the upper deck. 

Top of the Pontch, Wyndham Hotel 

  • Take another short walk over to the Top of the Pontch and time travel to the Motown era where you can listen to a live Motown band while enjoying a 360-degree view of Detroit. 

Your experience at the All Attendee Party is completely customizable! You are welcome to stay however long (or short) at each venue and in no specific order. The Detroit Princess riverboat and Wyndham Hotel are within a 1-6 min walk from Huntington Place, making it an easy walk to the different experiences at each venue. We look forward to having you join us!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Attendee Headshots

October 24 – October 28 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Professional Photographer:
Huntington Place, Room 414B, Level 400
Headshot Photobooth:
Hungtington Place, Community Lounge in Solutions Showcase, Hall AB

Attendees have the opportunity to get complimentary headshots taken by a professional photographer in a private setting. Space is limited with the professional photographer and sign-up is required.

In addition, we will also have a self-serve photo booth, located in the community lounge in the exhibit hall, for attendees to take headshot photos at their leisure.

Thank you to our Sponsor!







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