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Published at 06.09.2019

Digital Transformation

Cloud Foundry EU Unconference – It’s All About the Community

In the recent conference guide for the Cloud Foundry Summit Europe 2019 in The Hague, we mentioned the main community event that takes place on Tuesday, September 10. We’d like to give you more information about this event which is called the “Unconference”. 

We organized the first “Unconference” at the Cloud Foundry Summit EU 2016 in Frankfurt with Pivotal and since then we have organized CF Summit’s “Unconference” together with our co-organizer “Engineer Better” at CF Summit EU 2017 in Basel, CF Summit EU 2018 in Basel and CF Summit North America 2019 in Philadelphia

A big thank you to all of you for joining Unconference’s past events; yours and the CF Foundation’s support (we received community awards at the past CF Summit! YAY :) ) and attendance gave us the motivation to organize the Unconference for this upcoming CF Summit again. 

The Unconference EU 2019 will start on Tuesday,
September 10, at 06:00 pm, World Forum,
room Onyx, Level 1, in The Hague.

Table of Contents

What the Unconference is and why you should attend

CF Unconference is an after-hours casual event, and brings the Cloud Foundry Community together. 

This event is a great chance for everyone to give a talk, in case their topic wasn’t approved or accepted by the CF Summit, or they found out about the Cloud Foundry Summit after deadline of the CFP. 

Furthermore, it is a great opportunity to meet the community before the Summit starts and learn more from each other. You can start networking in a more casual and less crowded environment. 

The Open Space Discussion as a part of our schedule gives you the chance to talk about your favourite topics, exchange knowledge, ask your questions or have discussions with other Cloud Foundry enthusiasts.  


Here is an overview of CF Unconference schedule:





06:00 pm

06:15 pm

Sponsor Lightning Talks

06:15 pm

06:45 pm

Break (Food, Drinks and Networking)

06:45 pm

07:30 pm

Community Talks

07:30 pm

08:00 pm

Open Space Discussion, Nomination, Voting, Scheduling

08:00 pm

08:15 pm

Break (Food, Drinks and Networking)

08:15 pm

08:45 pm

Open Space Discussions

08:45 pm

10:00 pm

Find more information about lightning talks: 

  • “Thank you for calling Stark & Wayne, How may I help you?” – by Bill Chapman, VP of Engineering, Stark & Wayne
  • “Oh, It Blended! (How SUSE Continues to Combine Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes)” – by Jeff Hobbs, Director, Engineering, SUSE
  • “SAP and Cloud Foundry: A short story of scale” – by Stephan Klevenz, Development Architect, SAP.

**Title: “Thank you for calling Stark & Wayne, How may I help you?”
**by Bill Chapman, VP of Engineering, Stark & Wayne
At Stark & Wayne we have adopted a simple collaboration and management model that has wide reaching ramifications for how we help our clients and each other. For years we’ve called it The Collective Model, and we have come to learn that other important leadership models fall out of our process, Servant Leadership is one. The basic premise is that we start every action, reaction, and decision with a single question, “Are we being helpful?”.

**Title: “Oh, It Blended! (How SUSE Continues to Combine Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes)”
**by Jeff Hobbs, Director, Engineering, SUSE.

SUSE has an open philosophy and approach with everything we do. That’s why we have been working with the community to bring two important open source projects – Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes – closer together for several years. The goal is to let organizations using Kubernetes take advantage of the developer productivity increases enabled by Cloud Foundry, while making it easier for platform operators to manage. Jeff will discuss the Cloud Foundry Eirini, Quarks, and Stratos projects, with an emphasis on the new Kubernetes Operator for CF.

**Title: “SAP and Cloud Foundry: A short story of scale”
**given by Stephan Klevenz, Development Architect, SAP.

Stephan will tell the story of how SAP started out with Cloud Foundry and where we are today. From how we got our first productive deployment to how we moved to multi-cloud (now supporting all major hyper scalers like AWS, Azure, AliCloud, GCP and OpenStack). In parallel, we experienced scale – today, more and more users, projects, use cases and solutions show up on Cloud Foundry. More than usual, more than we expected and perhaps more than we can handle. Where does this leave us? We have developed countermeasures, strategies and actions. Join to learn about how SAP’s Cloud Foundry journey will continue into the future.

Community Talks
Talk #1

**Title: “Connecting with developers – a call to action”
**by Steve Greenberg.

Cloud Foundry is an incredible technology for developer productivity. Yet our community and reach are dwindling as we are not connecting with new enterprise developers. This talk aims to provide concrete steps we can all take along with a call to action for the community.

Talk #2

**Title: “An On-Demand Service Broker that Makes Your Life Better”
**by Xiujiao Gao.

Did you ever dream to provide all different types of services on demand for the apps in your CF platform? As an operator, you can configure all the plans and quotes for services as while as monitor them in one place. As a developer, you can request a service instance on demand. BlackSmith, a service broker that can provide on-demand services make your dream come true. Currently,BlackSmith supports RabbitMQ, Redis, MySQL, PostgreSQL and more. You can also write your own services forges to integrate with Blacksmith. Dr. Gao will share with you about Blacksmith and show you how it works!

Talk #3

**Title: “Profile of a BOSH Deploy”
**by Danny Berger.

Ever wonder what all is happening when you run `bosh deploy`? Learn about an unofficial tool for visualizing how BOSH is executing a deploy and interacting with components.

Talk #4

Title:”Accessible Communities”
by Swarna Podila

Building an open source community is surprisingly easy. You create a public repository for your project’s codebase and then you announce your project. Folks will integrate themselves into the project if it piques their interest.
However, as your project grows, how do you ensure that your community remains accessible?
How easy is it to join your community?
Is the project documentation easy to access?
Is it easy for folks to understand the code?
How do folks, especially those new to the project, communicate with each other? How and where do they ask/answer questions?
And most importantly, is everyone being kind to each other?
In this talk, I will walk through the journey of our Cloud Foundry community from its inception days to today. With staggering statistics (400+ repositories on GitHub, 200+ incubator project repos on GitHub, ~10,000 folks on Cloud Foundry Slack, 300+ Slack channels, and over 10,000 documents just on Cloud Foundry), how do we make our community accessible? I will talk about our community’s core values and how we make space so everyone feels welcome.

You can nominate your favorite Open Space Discussion topics here:

See you in The Hague :)

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