Cloud Foundry Summit 2018 takes place April 18-20 in Boston, Massachusetts. As in past years, we’ll have a lot of IBMers in attendance. Following are the highlights of the various talks and activities we’ll be taking part in. This is also an invitation for you to attend the Cloud Foundry Summit, join any or all of our activities, and come on over and say “hello”!


As always, IBM will have a full set of talks in the conference’s main tracks. These talks are submitted by IBM engineers and are peer-reviewed before being accepted. Here’s the complete list:

Thursday, April 19

On Thursday afternoon, we also have Simon Moser, the our IBM Cloud team lead in Germany, taking part in a panel covering Cloud Foundry and it’s relationship with Kubernetes. That panel discussion is titled Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes – Will It Blend? (Room 253A). Simon will be joined by colleagues Bernd Krannich of SAP, Cornelia Davis of Pivotal, Meaghan Kjelland of Google, Gabe Monroy of Microsoft, and Jeff Hobbs of SUSE.

Friday, April 20

On Friday, the schedule continues with the following talks:

Hackathon and “unconference”

In addition to giving talks and taking part in panels, the IBM team will also be involved in a variety of activities happening before the conference.

First up is our hackathon. As I’ve done for the past three Cloud Foundry Hackathons, I’ll help run the show, including giving tips and ideas to the participating teams. I’m also part of the three-member jury selecting the winners.

I’ve got it on good authority that IBM will finally have a team participating in this hackathon. I hope that’s the case — I encourage everyone reading this post to take part in this fun one-day event. Even if you haven’t already signed up for the hackathon, please come by with your team and register onsite. And if you don’t have team, come anyway; you might be able to connect with an existing team, make some new friends, and join a team.

The hacks produced in our CF hackathons have often become part of the Cloud Foundry Extensions Program Management Council or help enhance key aspects of the platform. Plus — there are prizes to win: last year’s winners were each offered a DJI drone!

The Cloud Foundry Summit will again have an “unconference.” This is the perfect setting to come hear about projects that are not fully baked, or that were too late to submit to the conference’s call for papers, but which hold a lot of future promise.

It’s also always a great place to meet others before the conference officially starts and to exchange ideas on what to attend and take part in. Veteran unconference organizer and leader Dave Nielsen of Redis Labs will be leading this one, which guarantees a smooth program and great event. Make sure you attend!

Booth and more

As in previous summits, IBM will have a booth that will be the hub for all kinds of activities. Drop by and meet IBM engineers and product managers, and of course pick up swag, swag, swag! I’ll be hanging out there daily; I’d love to talk to you so feel free to drop by and say hello to me and other IBMers.

One last thing: the April Cloud Foundry CAB call is scheduled for the Wednesday during Cloud Foundry Summit week. This means that, just as in Basel, we’re going to do the call live! If you want to attend in person, the call’s scheduled for 11 a.m. (Eastern). We’ll gather in Meeting Room 156C.

For another take on all our planned activities at Cloud Foundry Summit 2018, please see Carl Swanson’s post.

See you in Boston!

As you can see, we’ve got a packed line-up of informative, technical, and fun events planned for the Summit. It’s a great chance to come and connect with other members of the Cloud Foundry community. You’ll meet other developers who share your interests, you’ll hear from the leading technical experts in the field, and you’ll have a chance to get out of your office and have some fun.

Hope to see you in Boston!

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