KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China 2023 is just around the corner, kicking off with Co-located events on Tuesday, September 26, followed by two full days of sessions on September 27-28.
We’re thrilled to welcome the community back together in person for the first time since 2019! The event co-chairs worked hard with the program committee to create an exciting and informative schedule covering cloud native experience from novice to expert on topics including platform engineering, observability, security, and more. We talked with the Co-chairs, Fog Dong and Kevin Wang, to learn more about their cloud native ecosystem experience, why having KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + OpenSourceSummit in China is important and what they are looking forward to most about the event.
Fog Dong is a senior engineer at BentoML, a maintainer of KubeVela, and a CNCF ambassador.
Kevin Wang leads the cloud native open source team at Huawei, has contributed to CNCF projects, including Kubernetes, KubeEdge, Volcano, and Karmada, and has been a contributor to the CNCF TOC.
There’s still time to register to join us from September 26-28!
What are you most looking forward to with being a KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China co-chair?
Fog: As a co-chair for KubeCon China, I eagerly look forward to connecting and collaborating with brilliant minds across the cloud native ecosystem. KubeCon China provides a platform for experts and practitioners to come together and discuss the latest trends, challenges, and advancements in the cloud native space. Being a co-chair gives me the unique opportunity to engage with this community, learn from their experiences, and share my own insights.
Furthermore, I am deeply committed to giving back to the community and promoting diversity within the tech industry. Embracing diverse perspectives drives innovation and creates a stronger, more connected community. By fostering inclusivity and valuing underrepresented voices, we can shape the future of cloud native technologies in a positive and impactful way. This role as co-chair allows me to actively contribute to creating a positive impact and shaping the future of cloud native technologies while cultivating an environment that values diversity and fosters inclusivity.
Kevin: I look forward to learning about the innovative exploration and practice in the ecosystem, the user stories of cloud native technologies being adopted in various industries, and understanding the challenges people face from different perspectives, such as maintainers and end users.
I also look forward to collaborating and interacting with more community members to promote the development of cloud native.
What has been your involvement in the cloud native community? How did you get started? Any advice to those looking to get started in cloud native?
Fog: My involvement in the cloud native community began as a developer, where I actively contributed to open source projects and engaged with the cloud native ecosystem. I found a passion for cloud native technologies and their potential to transform the way we build and deploy applications. Over time, I became the maintainer of KubeVela and a CNCF ambassador. As part of my commitment to supporting and nurturing the community, I actively served as a mentor for programs like LFX and GSoC. I recognized the importance of guiding and helping others who were starting their journey in the cloud native world, and it was a rewarding experience to witness their growth and success.
For those looking to enter the cloud native space, I advise diving into open source, continuously learning, and gaining hands-on experience. To begin your cloud native journey, dive into open source projects that align with your interests and skill set. The cloud native community has a wealth of mature and friendly projects with supportive communities, so don’t hesitate to get involved, seek mentorship and share your insights. By actively participating in the cloud native ecosystem, you can expand your knowledge, contribute to the community, and open doors to exciting opportunities.
Kevin: I’m now a CNCF ambassador, one of the first Kubernetes maintainers from China, and co-founder and maintainer of multiple CNCF projects.
My journey with Kubernetes and the CNCF community started in 2015. Back then, I was helping some customers transition their traditional business to the cloud, and I identified some enhancements for Kubernetes as part of that work.
From 2015 to 2018, I led the development of advanced scheduling features and subprojects for Kubernetes. Starting in 2018, I spent more time growing the ecosystem by co-founding multiple open source projects, KubeEdge for edge computing, volcano for AI/ML workloads on Kubernetes, and Karmada for multi-cloud Kubernetes orchestration.
The open source community around cloud native is a vibrant and inclusive place. I’d recommend that everyone who wants to or is just starting to use cloud native should join the open source community. Learning user cases, participating in community discussions, etc., are very helpful in staying tuned for technology updates.
Have you attended KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit events in the past? What has your experience been like?
Fog: While I haven’t attended KubeCon events in person in the past, I have had the opportunity to attend virtual KubeCon events. I found the experience to be profoundly inspiring. The virtual format allowed me to access a diverse range of sessions, engage with industry experts, and connect with fellow attendees from all over the world. Engaging with the community virtually, I connected with like-minded professionals, shared experiences, and collaborated on ideas. The inclusive and welcoming atmosphere made it easy to establish connections and expand my network within the cloud native community.
While I look forward to attending KubeCon events in person in the future, the virtual format has proven to be a fantastic way to engage with the cloud native community and stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field.
Kevin: I started attending KubeCon in 2017 in Berlin, and every KubeCon has brought me new experiences. In addition to participating in breakout sessions (listening to others’ presentations or sharing by myself), I also communicate with many community members, exchange views, and discuss community collaborations.
Over the years, I have participated in many in-person community discussions at KubeCon and witnessed and joined the establishment/kick-off discussions of new projects, feature enhancements, and working groups.
Why should people attend KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China this year? Any advice for first-time attendees?
Fog: Attending KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China this year offers compelling reasons for participation. The event acts as a magnet, drawing together a diverse community of cloud native enthusiasts, experts, and industry leaders. It presents invaluable networking opportunities, enabling attendees to connect with professionals and gain insights into the latest trends and advancements in cloud native technologies.
For first-time attendees, meticulous planning is key. I strongly advise prioritizing the sessions and events that align with your interests and goals, ensuring you make the most of your time. Equally important is the opportunity to engage with fellow community members. Take the initiative to connect, exchange ideas, and establish meaningful relationships that can have a lasting impact on your cloud native journey.
Lastly, don’t forget to embrace the vibrant atmosphere and immerse yourself in the spirit of this cloud native party. Enjoy the experience to the fullest, as this event is not only a platform for learning but also a celebration of the community’s achievements and a chance to foster connections that go beyond the conference. So, seize the opportunity, absorb the knowledge, and relish being part of this dynamic and inspiring cloud native gathering.
Kevin: KubeCon + CloudNativeCon is a premier vendor-neutral technical conference on cloud native technology. It gathers top experts and key maintainers of popular cloud native projects. Attendees would gain an in-depth understanding of key technologies and how to adopt them in their own environment.
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China offers 100+ sessions, including technical sessions, deep dives, case studies, and more. These sessions are very helpful in building knowledge on best practices and new trends in the rapidly evolving cloud native ecosystem.
Since KubeCon has rich content, I would suggest that first-time attendees prepare in advance by marking topics of interest and contacting speakers they wish to communicate with. In addition to the 2-day official conference content, the Day0 co-located events are also fruitful and worth attending. The KubeCon exhibition area is also a vibrant place to visit and explore
It’s been a few years since we’ve been able to gather in-person in China – what does it mean for the community to be able to meet again face to face?
Fog: Being able to meet in person again after a few years is incredibly important for the cloud native community. There’s something special about connecting and collaborating with others face-to-face. It allows for a deeper level of connection, collaboration, and shared experiences that cannot be replicated in virtual settings alone.
For individuals, attending an in-person event provides an opportunity to connect with others, expand their network, and gain insights that go beyond what can be conveyed virtually. In-person interactions provide a deeper level of connection, allowing for richer conversations, non-verbal cues, and forming personal bonds. These face-to-face engagements enable individuals to establish lasting relationships, exchange ideas more effectively, and build a stronger sense of camaraderie within the community.
For the community, being able to meet in-person signifies a renewal of the sense of belonging and unity within the cloud native ecosystem. It provides an opportunity to strengthen relationships, foster new collaborations, and build a stronger network. Moreover, meeting in-person reinvigorates the community’s spirit and enthusiasm. It creates a sense of excitement and anticipation as individuals come together to celebrate their shared accomplishments and envision the future of cloud native technologies.
Overall, this upcoming gathering presents an excellent opportunity for everyone to unite and continue pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the cloud native space. I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting event and look forward to the energy and inspiration it will bring to the entire community!
Kevin: The most exciting thing about attending KubeCon in-person is that it allows people to meet like-minded friends, share learnings, highlight innovation, and discuss the future of cloud native computing. In recent years, there have been many exciting changes in the cloud native technology ecosystem both in China and globally. This year’s KubeCon China is the first in-person event since the pandemic and has been eagerly anticipated. I can sense that there will be many discussions, innovative ideas, and community collaborations emerging from in-person interactions.
Q: Any other thoughts you want to share?
Fog: I am truly honored to serve as a co-chair for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China this year. Collaborating with fellow co-chairs and the wider cloud native community, I am excited to contribute to an informative and engaging event that helps the community grow. My goal is to help the community grow by sharing knowledge, supporting others, and cultivating an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued. I’m eager to see what new ideas and projects will come out of the conference that will shape the future of cloud native technologies. I look forward to connecting with others in the community and learning from their experiences and perspectives.
I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to seize the chance to attend KubeCon China this year, whether in-person or virtually. This event presents a unique opportunity to engage with the cloud native community and gain invaluable insights into the latest advancements in the field. It is an experience not to be missed. I eagerly look forward to seeing you all there as we come together to celebrate our shared passion for cloud native technologies and drive the industry forward!
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China: 与您的活动联合主席会面！
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China 2023即将举行，将于9月26日星期二开始，随后在9月27日-28日进行两天的全天会议。
自2019年以来，我们迫不及待地欢迎社区再次亲自参与！活动联合主席与程序委员会共同努力，制定了一个充满激情和信息丰富的日程安排，涵盖了从初学者到专家的云原生经验，包括平台工程、可观察性、安全等主题。我们与联合主席Fog Dong和Kevin Wang进行了对话，以了解他们在云原生生态系统方面的经验，以及为何在中国举办KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + OpenSourceSummit对他们很重要，以及他们最期待的是什么。
Kevin Wang领导华为的云原生开源团队，为CNCF项目做出了贡献，包括Kubernetes、KubeEdge、Volcano和Karmada，并且是CNCF TOC的贡献者。
您作为KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China的联合主席，最期待的是什么？
Fog: 作为KubeCon China的联合主席，我迫不及待地期待与云原生生态系统中的聪明人士互相连接和合作。KubeCon China为专家和从业者提供了一个平台，让他们可以共同讨论云原生领域的最新趋势、挑战和进展。作为联合主席，我有独特的机会与这个社区互动，从他们的经验中学习，并分享我的见解。
您以前有参加KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit活动吗？您的经历如何？
为什么人们应该参加今年的KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China？对于首次参加的人有何建议？
Fog: 参加今年的KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China有很多吸引人的理由。该活动充当着吸引云原生爱好者、专家和行业领袖多样化社区的磁铁，提供了宝贵的社交机会，让参与者与专业人士互相联系，并了解云原生技术领域的最新趋势和进展。
Kevin: KubeCon + CloudNativeCon是关于云原生技术的首屈一指的中立技术会议。它汇聚了顶尖专家和流行云原生项目的关键维护者。与会者将深入了解关键技术以及如何在自己的环境中采用它们。
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China提供了100多场会议，包括技术会议、深入研究、案例研究等等。这些会议有助于建立关于快速发展的云原生生态系统中的最佳实践和新趋势的知识。
自从我们能够在中国亲自聚会以来已经过去了几年 – 对社区能够再次面对面见面意味着什么？
Kevin: 在亲自参加KubeCon最令人兴奋的是，它允许人们见到志同道合的朋友，分享学习，突出创新，并讨论云原生计算的未来。近年来，中国和全球云原生技术生态系统发生了许多令人激动的变化。今年的KubeCon China是自大流行病爆发以来的第一次亲自活动，一直备受期待。我能感觉到将会有许多讨论、创新思想和社区合作从面对面互动中涌现出来。
Fog: 能够担任KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China今年的联合主席，我感到非常荣幸。与联合主席和更广泛的云原生社区合作，我兴奋地为一个信息丰富且引人入胜的活动做出贡献，有助于社区的增长。我的目标是通过分享知识、支持他人，并营造一个每个人都感到受欢迎和受重视的环境来帮助社区增长。我迫不及待地想看看会议将会带来什么新的想法和项目，这将塑造云原生技术的未来。我期待着与社区中的其他人建立联系，并从他们的经验和观点中学习。