Top 10 Cloud Native Events to Attend in 2019

The tech industry moves at a rapid pace. So attending conferences, meetups and exhibitions is a great way to keep up to date with the latest developments and network with like-minded people.

One of the biggest trends in recent years has been the push towards a cloud native approach to development. With this has come an increase in events focused on cloud native development, as well as on the related technologies like Kubernetes and Docker. But with so many events to choose from, how do you decide which ones you should be attending? To get you started, we’ve chosen our top 10 events taking place in 2019:

CfgMgmtCamp

When?: 4th to 6th February
Where?: Ghent, Belgium
Cost?: Free

Config Management Camp

This event carries on from FOSDEM, a conference for Free and Open Source software developers held in Brussels, Belgium. So if you wanted to make a week of it then you could attend both!

CfgMgmtCamp stands for Configuration Management Camp. So if you’re looking to find out more about all things related to Open Source infrastructure automation, this is the place for you. Taking place for the sixth year, there will be talks about Provisioning, Orchestration, Choreography, Container Operations and much more.

The whole event takes place at the University College of Ghent campus. The main conference is on the 4th and 5th, with the final day reserved for Fringe events where topics and technologies can be explored in more detail. To find out more, or register for tickets, visit https://cfgmgmtcamp.eu.

QCon London

When?: 4th to 8th March
Where?: London, UK
Cost?: Tickets from £1569 (discounts available for groups of 3+)

Run by InfoQ, QCon London provides three days of conferences and two days of workshops at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in the heart of Westminster.

It is targetted towards software developers, but with 130+ speakers and 18 different tracks, there’s bound to be something of interest for anyone working in tech. Topics covered in 2019 will range from architecting for the cloud and operationalising microservices to career hacking advice and tips for surviving the uncertainties of GDPR and Brexit.

There are already 76 expert speakers confirmed with backgrounds in a wide range of industries. So if you want to hear from an Astrodynamicist and Principal Systems Engineer at NASA, the Core Maintainer of Docker or any of the other interesting guests then purchase your tickets at https://qconlondon.com.

Cloud Expo London

When?: 12th to 13th March
Where?: London, UK
Cost?: Free

Another excellent event that is free to attend is the Cloud Expo. It is the ideal location for learning more about how you can use cloud technology as a tool for business growth. You can network with your peers about emerging trends, techniques they’ve tried and the lesson they’ve learnt. Then you can meet industry experts and service providers offering a range of solutions for any digital transformation plans you may have.

Cloud Expo London

There are over 500 exhibitors and over 600 expert speakers, making the Cloud Expo the biggest and most well-attended technology event in the UK! There are eight different theatres, each providing talks on a different topic. Will you be visiting the DevOps Innovation theatre or the Connectivity theatre?

If you’re in the market for new cloud technology solutions, there really is no better place to weigh up all of your options and find the best fit for your needs. Register for your free ticket at cloudexpoeurope.com.

CloudFest

When?: 23rd to 29th March
Where?: Rust, Germany
Cost?: Tickets from 399EUR

CloudFest has been running for 15 years and now has over 7000 attendees each year. So if you’re looking for a seasoned cloud conference – this is it. With such a high number of attendees, it is a great place to form new partnerships and business relationships as well to look for new products and services.

Only the first four speakers have been announced so far and it’s already an eclectic mix. You can hear from the Producer for the rap group Public Enemy, the Inventor of the Apache Webserver, a Cybercrime Expert and the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Azure. With the overall theme for the event revealed as ‘Hyperscaler Enablement’ you can expect a lot more big names to be added to the speakers’ lineup.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you to put CloudFest on your to-do list, it is also located at Europa-Park (Germany’s biggest theme park). Which means if you want a break from networking during the lunch hour, you can always try out some of the attractions! Find out more at https://www.cloudfest.com.

IP Expo Manchester

When?: 3rd to 4th April
Where?: Manchester, UK
Cost?: Free

IP Expo Manchester

The enterprise IT event of the North, the IP Expo is back for its fifth year and will be held at Manchester Central. This year promises to be bigger than ever with more tech demos, more case studies and more vendors.

With a focus on AI, cybersecurity and infrastructure there will be plenty of talks by academics and industry leaders to keep you entertained and educate you over the two-day event. There is something to help everyone to develop their skills and advance their career in IT.

In between speakers, you can chat with any of the 50+ exhibitors about the latest cloud technology products on the market and how you can accelerate digital transformation in your company. Want to find out more? Visit ipexpomanchester.com.

Devoxx

When?: 8th to 10th May
Where?: London, UK
Cost?: 3-day tickets from £445

If you’re looking for something a bit more hands-on, then head to the Business Design Centre for Devoxx. As well as the usual conference talks, they provide a coding cafe where developers can work together to complete tasks like writing a plugin or fixing a bug. There’s also a series of labs on the first day of the event where you can try out a specific technology or methodology under the guidance of an expert.

Over the course of the 3 days, there are 120 sessions, 130 speakers and 13000 attendees! This year, there will be 10 different tracks covered. Ranging from Clouds, Containers and Infrastructure to Java Language. More than just a conference, it’s a developer community event.

The specific programme details aren’t announced until mid-January, but if you buy your tickets now then you can make a saving! Go to https://www.devoxx.co.uk for more information.

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon

When?: 20th to 23rd May
Where?: Barcelona, Spain
Cost?: Individual tickets from $350/ Corporate from $750

If you’re looking to adopt Kubernetes, or other cloud native technologies, in 2019 then this is arguably the conference for you to attend. Organised by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), KubeCon + CloudNativeCon brings all of the experts in these rapidly growing technologies together.

Hosted at the modern Fira Barcelona, the event will begin with lightning talks and community events on the 20th before moving into the main conference on the 21st. Over 6000 individuals attend, providing excellent networking opportunities as well as the chance to learn more about the future of cloud computing technology and how your company could benefit.

The Call for Proposals for this event is still open, so the exact contents of the talks have not yet been finalised. If you’d like to get involved or purchase your ticket, then visit the official KubeCon + CloudNativeCon website.

On the lookout for a Kubernetes service? Join the waitlist for Bytemark’s fully managed platform launching later in the year.

CloudNative London

When?: 25th to 27th September
Where?: London, UK
Cost?: Tickets from £345

If you can’t get over to Barcelona then CloudNative London is another great option. It’s a conference that does what it says on the tin, it’s located at the CodeNode in London and covers all things cloud native. Learn more about how to get the most out of cloud platforms so you can deploy applications faster and more efficiently.

CloudNative London

There will be talks on containers, schedulers, Kubernetes and DevOps. Plus plenty of breaks in between for networking and sharing your experiences with cloud native technologies. Confirmed speakers so far include a Microsoft MVP and the author of “Building Microservices for O’Reilly”.

Get more details and buy tickets at skillsmatter.com.

For the last two events, we thought we’d move away from the traditional conferences and tell you about a couple of the reoccurring meetups we’ve attended in the past and are looking forward to continuing in 2019.

Women in Tech York

When?: Events are held throughout the year
Where?: York, UK
Cost?: All events are free

Created back in May 2018, Women in Tech (WiT) York organise monthly events which are free to attend. Motivated by the success of similar groups in Leeds, Nottingham and London, the founders wanted to create a voice and community for York’s women working in technology.

Unfortunately, women are still underrepresented in the tech industry. So we are proud that our home city provides a group where discussion of starting a progressing a career in technology is encouraged. Of course, anyone is welcome to attend. It’s all about like-minded people studying or working in technology who can encourage and empower one another.

The topic of each event varies. In the past, they have included talks from industry experts – like the Agile Delivery Lead at Sky Betting and Gaming, an inspirational tech event and an introduction to C#.

If you’d like to attend, follow @WiT_York on Twitter to find out when they’re holding the next event.

Kubernetes Manchester

When?: Events are held throughout the year
Where?: Manchester, UK
Cost?: All events are free

It only seemed right to wrap up with another meetup local to our second office in Manchester. Kubernetes Manchester is a new kid on the block having only hosted its first event in early December 2018. But we’re already excited!

The first event covered three topics – Kubernetes 101, Kubernetes at MoneySuperMarket and Scaling Prometheus on Kubernetes. Our Product Owner, Peter, wrote a detailed roundup if you’d like more information.

Kubernetes Manchester

We can expect future meetups to bring together even more Kubernetes professionals to discuss how to get the most out of this technology. To stay up to date on new events, follow @kubernetesmcr on Twitter.

So there you have it, our top 10 events for 2019 – we hope to see some of you there! Are there any other events that you’ve already got in the calendar?