Originally posted on Kubernetes.io by Sarah Novotny, Program Manager, Kubernetes Community 

As we do every July, we’re excited to celebrate Kubernetes 2nd birthday! In the two years since GA 1.0 launched as an open source project, Kubernetes (abbreviated as K8s) has grown to become the highest velocity cloud-related project. With more than 2,611 diverse contributors, from independents to leading global companies, the project has had 50,685 commits in the last 12 months. Of the 54 million projects on GitHub, Kubernetes is in the top 5 for number of unique developers contributing code. It also has more pull requests and issue comments than any other project on GitHub.  

Figure 1: Kubernetes Rankings

At the center of the community are Special Interest Groups with members from different companies and organizations, all with a common interest in a specific topic. Given how fast Kubernetes is growing, SIGs help nurture and distribute leadership, while advancing new proposals, designs and release updates. Here’s a look at the SIG building blocks supporting Kubernetes:

CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Special Interest Group

Kubernetes has also earned the trust of many Fortune 500 companies with deployments at Box, Comcast, Pearson, GolfNow, eBay, Ancestry.com and contributions from CoreOS, Fujitsu, Google, Huawei, Mirantis, Red Hat, Weaveworks and ZTE Company and others. Today, on the second anniversary of the Kubernetes 1.0 launch, we take a look back at some of the major accomplishments of the last year:

July 2016

September 2016

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

January 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

Figure 2: The 30 highest velocity open source projects

Source: https://github.com/cncf/velocity

July 2017

At the one year anniversary of the Kubernetes 1.0 launch, there were 130 Kubernetes-related Meetup groups. Today, there are more than 322 Meetup groups with 104,195 members. Local Meetups around the world joined the #k8sbday celebration! Take a look at some of the pictures from their celebrations. We hope you’ll join us at CloudNativeCon + KubeCon, December 6- 8 in Austin, TX.

People hanging out in a bar with purple dim lights and Happy Bday balloon decoration

Celebrating at the K8s birthday party in San Francisco

Jason McGee presenting in a room with participants and their laptop on

Celebrating in RTP, NC with a presentation from Jason McGee, VP and CTO, IBM Cloud Platform. Photo courtesy of @FranklyBriana

A gentlemen presenting in a room about understanding the components: node-pools & nodes by Zumata

The Kubernetes Singapore meetup celebrating with an intro to GKE. Photo courtesy of @hunternield

Dan Kohn presenting milestones of Cloud Native Computing Foundation
Mini k8s cupcakes

New York celebrated with mini k8s cupcakes and a presentation on the history of cloud native from CNCF Executive Director, Dan Kohn. Photo courtesy of @arieljatib and @coreos

Kubernetes cupcakes
Two gentlemen presenting in a room regarding What's new in k8s 1.7

Quebec City had custom k8s cupcakes too! Photo courtesy of @zig_max

A gentleman holding k8s lollipops and wearing CNCF hat

Beijing celebrated with custom k8s lollipops. Photo courtesy of @maxwell9215