KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe
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Track Overview

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon tracks are divided based on specific themes and objectives, ensuring attendees can focus on topics relevant to their interests and expertise. Each track delves into different aspects of cloud native technologies, ranging from foundational concepts for newcomers to advanced topics for seasoned professionals. By separating tracks, attendees can efficiently navigate through the conference program and deepen their understanding of specific areas such as software development lifecycle, platform engineering, operations, security, networking, service mesh, observability, emerging technologies, and the overall cloud native experience.

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Cloud Native Novice

The Cloud Native Novice track at KubeCon covers foundational concepts across multiple domains through introductory presentations, including core cloud native networking, containerized workload storage management, initial security practices, application development, and community engagement.

Who should attend?

This track is best suited for individuals who are new to Cloud Native, including students and those in the early stages of their careers.

What will you learn?

Attendees can expect to learn foundational concepts across multiple domains in cloud native computing. This includes core cloud native networking concepts, managing storage for containerized workloads, understanding initial security activities for cloud native architectures, developing cloud native applications, and opportunities for contributing to cloud native communities.

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SDLC

The SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle) track focuses on application development, continuous integration, and deployment strategies. It addresses the challenges and methodologies involved in developing and deploying cloud native applications, with insights into tools, runtimes, and techniques.

Who should attend?

This track is suitable for software developers, DevOps engineers, system architects, and anyone involved in the development, deployment, and management of cloud native applications.

What will you learn?

Attendees can expect to learn about various aspects of application development, continuous integration, and deployment strategies in the context of cloud native environments. They will gain insights into tools, runtimes, and techniques for building scalable and resilient applications, optimizing resource usage, and integrating with existing software development methodologies. Additionally, they will explore topics related to service discovery, inter-service communication, CI/CD pipelines, container builds, and delivering cloud native applications to deployment environments.

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Platform Engineering

Platform Engineering encompasses building and customizing cloud native platforms, automating infrastructure operations, and enhancing self-service workflows for developers. The track emphasizes the underlying components crucial for the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and offers insights into developer platforms and integrations to enhance the cloud native development experience.

Who should attend?

This track is suitable for individuals involved in building and customizing cloud native platforms, automating infrastructure operations, and enhancing developer workflows within the context of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). This may include platform engineers, DevOps professionals, infrastructure architects, and developers interested in improving the cloud native development experience.

What will you learn?

Attendees can expect to learn about various topics such as building and customizing cloud native platforms, automating infrastructure operations, and optimizing self-service workflows for developers. Specifically, they may gain insights into best practices for integrating cloud native projects, extending platform functionalities, and accelerating the velocity of software delivery through effective toolchain and workflow enhancements. Additionally, attendees may explore strategies for improving the overall cloud native development experience by leveraging advanced developer platforms and integrations.

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Operations + Performance

Operations + Performance covers operationalizing cloud native projects, improving performance, and addressing runtime challenges, offering insights into areas like autoscaling, high availability, performance optimization, operators, and cluster reliability.

Who should attend?

This track is intended for individuals responsible for administering, maintaining, and operating cloud native technologies, including administrators, SREs, and DevOps professionals.

What will you learn?

Attendees can expect to gain expertise in operationalizing cloud native projects, improving performance and reliability of cloud native architectures, and addressing runtime challenges. Specifically, they will learn about autoscaling, high availability, performance optimization, operators, and reliability of cloud native clusters.

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Security

The Security track delves into multiple security facets of cloud native environments, including threat modeling, identity management, multi-tenancy, confidential computing, and vulnerability management. It also covers topics such as security education, zero trust concepts and tooling, and supply chain considerations, along with insights from security audits or incident post-mortems.

Who should attend?

This track is intended for those interested in cloud native security, including developers, DevOps engineers, security professionals, architects, and anyone involved in designing, implementing, or securing cloud native applications and infrastructure.

What will you learn?

Attendees will learn about various security aspects specific to cloud native environments, including threat detection, security education, identity and credential management, multi-tenancy, confidential computing, vulnerability management, and more. They will also gain insights into tactics and techniques for defending and designing secure cloud native architectures, managing credentials and identities effectively, implementing zero trust concepts and tooling, considering supply chain security, and learning from security audits or incident post-mortems.

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ML/AI + Data Processing + Storage

The ML/AI + Data Processing + Storage track explores managing data and storage in cloud native environments, including machine learning applications and storage system scalability.

Who should attend?

This track is suitable for individuals involved in data science, data processing, data storage, machine learning, and AI/ML platform operations.

What will you learn?

Attendees can expect to gain insights into managing data models, data streaming, and storage functions in cloud native environments. Additionally, they will learn about innovative applications of machine learning, containerized databases, MLOps, AIOps, volume provisioning, storage system scalability, and GPU utilization with Kubernetes.

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Networking + Edge + Telco

The Networking + Edge + Telco track delves into networking aspects within cloud native environments, encompassing load balancing, service discovery, network security, and automation. It also explores edge computing and telco applications of cloud native technologies, focusing on cloud native network functions and virtual network functions.

Who should attend?

This track is suitable for individuals interested in networking technologies within cloud native environments, including professionals working in network engineering, DevOps, system administration, and telecommunications.

What will you learn?

Attendees will learn about various networking aspects in cloud native environments, including load balancing, service discovery, network security, and automation. They will also gain insights into edge computing and telco use cases for cloud native technologies, such as cloud native network functions and virtual network functions. Additionally, attendees can expect to discover the latest networking trends and best practices for deploying and managing cloud native networking infrastructure.

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Service Mesh

The Service Mesh track explores service mesh technologies and their deployment and management in cloud native environments, focusing on OSI Layer 4/7 service meshes in microservices architectures.

Who should attend?

Individuals interested in service mesh technologies and their implementation in cloud native environments would benefit from attending this track. This includes developers, DevOps engineers, system administrators, and anyone involved in designing, deploying, or managing microservices architectures.

What will you learn?

Attendees will gain insights into service mesh technologies, including their benefits and challenges. They will learn about deploying and configuring service mesh, as well as best practices for managing service mesh in production environments, particularly focusing on OSI Layer 4/7 service meshes within microservices architectures.

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Observability

The Observability track explores methodologies and projects related to instrumenting, collecting, processing, storing, querying, and correlating metrics, logging/events, trace spans, and workload profiling within Kubernetes environments. It also addresses challenges in observability, including tooling, interoperability, and the management of alerting rules, thresholds, and policies.

Who should attend?

This track is suitable for anyone interested in observability within Kubernetes environments, including developers, DevOps engineers, system administrators, and anyone involved in managing or monitoring workloads in Kubernetes clusters.

What will you learn?

Attendees of this track will learn about methodologies and projects for instrumenting, collecting, processing, storing, querying, curating, and correlating metrics, logging/events, trace spans, and observational profiling of workloads within Kubernetes environments. They will also gain insights into good practices for meaningful alerting, queries, and operational dashboards, as well as tools and interoperability solutions for observability challenges, and strategies for managing alerting rules, thresholds, and policies.

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Emerging + Advanced

The Emerging + Advanced track explores cloud native research, emerging technologies, high-performance computing, and advanced concepts in cloud native computing. It welcomes research papers, early-stage technical concepts, proof-of-concept projects, and highly specialized or niche topics, providing a platform for discussions on cutting-edge advancements in cloud native technology and research computing.

Who should attend?

Attendees interested in staying at the forefront of cloud native technology, including researchers, academics, developers, engineers, and anyone seeking insights into emerging technologies and advanced concepts in cloud native computing, would benefit from attending this track.

What will you learn?

Attendees can expect to learn about the latest advancements in cloud native technology, including insights into emerging technologies, high-performance computing for specialized workloads, and advanced cloud native computing concepts. They’ll gain knowledge about cloud native research and academia, as well as early-stage technical concepts, proof-of-concept projects, and highly specialized or niche topics in the field.

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Cloud Native Experience

The Cloud Native Experience track covers a broad spectrum of topics, including community building, the business value of CNCF technologies, starting Cloud Native startups, and sharing cloud native misadventures.

Who should attend?

This track would be beneficial for individuals interested in cloud native technologies, community building, startup initiatives, and learning from shared experiences within the cloud native community.

What will you learn?

Attendees can expect to learn about various aspects of the cloud native experience, including strategies for building and supporting cloud native communities, insights into the business value of CNCF technologies, tips for starting cloud native startups, and lessons learned from shared misadventures in the cloud native realm.

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⚡ Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are ideal for anyone interested in gaining quick insights into various aspects of cloud native technologies.

Who should attend?

Lightning Talks are beneficial for a wide range of individuals, including developers, system administrators, DevOps engineers, software architects, and anyone interested in Kubernetes and cloud native technologies. Whether you’re a seasoned professional looking for quick insights or a newcomer seeking inspiration, these talks provide valuable knowledge in a concise format, making them suitable for anyone eager to stay updated on the latest trends and best practices in the CNCF ecosystem.

What will you learn?

Attendees can expect to gain valuable tips, best practices, and innovative ideas in a short timeframe, enhancing their understanding and application of Kubernetes and other cloud native technologies.

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🚨 Contribfest

Contribfest sessions are tailored for all conference attendees interested in contributing to CNCF projects. They serve as a collaborative space where project maintainers can engage with both current and potential contributors to collectively tackle challenges and enhance the ecosystem.

Who should attend?

Contribfest sessions are ideal for attendees who are interested in actively contributing to CNCF projects. This includes developers, engineers, system administrators, DevOps professionals, and anyone else looking to engage in open source collaboration. Whether you’re a seasoned contributor or new to the community, Contribfest provides a valuable opportunity to work alongside project maintainers, address technical challenges, and make meaningful contributions to the CNCF ecosystem.

What will you learn?

Attendees will learn how to collaborate effectively with project maintainers and contributors, address technical debt, security concerns, or feature requests within CNCF projects, and deepen their understanding of project architecture and community engagement within the ecosystem. These sessions provide valuable hands-on experience and guidance for both seasoned contributors and newcomers looking to make meaningful contributions.

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🪧 Poster Pavilion

Poster Pavilion sessions are an interactive showcase where attendees can view digital presentations of various projects and research related to the cloud native ecosystem. Participants have the opportunity to engage directly with presenters, ask questions, and discuss the content displayed in the digital posters.

Who should attend?

Poster Sessions are ideal for a wide range of attendees, including developers, engineers, IT professionals, researchers, students, and anyone interested in CNCF projects. Whether you’re looking to explore cutting-edge research, learn about innovative projects, or network with experts in the field, the Poster Sessions offer a valuable opportunity for engagement and discussion.

What will you learn?

Attendees can expect to learn about a diverse range of topics related to CNCF, including innovative projects, research findings, best practices, and emerging trends in the ecosystem. These sessions provide opportunities for interactive engagement, allowing participants to gain insights, ask questions, and deepen their understanding of specific areas of interest within the CNCF community.

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