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Cloud Foundry 2018 North America Summit Adds Keynotes, Diversity Event and User Panel

April event in Boston adds speakers from Google Cloud, SUSE, T-Mobile and core Cloud Foundry projects, along with end user panel discussion moderated by TechCrunch and documentary on women in tech

SAN FRANCISCO March 8, 2018 Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the most widely-adopted open source cloud technologies in the world, today announced additional keynote speakers, a diversity documentary and an end user panel discussion, for the North American Cloud Foundry Summit, April 18-20, 2018 at the Boston Convention Center. The Summit is supported by Platinum sponsors Dynatrace, IBM, VMware and VMware.

Newly announced keynotes include:

  • Molly Crowther, Vulnerability Management Lead, Cloud Foundry Project
  • Chen Goldberg, Engineering Director, Google Cloud
  • Chuck Knostman, VP, Digital Technology & Strategy, T-Mobile
  • Demo with Stephen Levine, Project Lead for Buildpacks & CF Local, Cloud Foundry
  • Demo with Zach Robinson, CAPI Project Lead, Cloud Foundry
  • Demo with Troy Topnik, Product Manager, Cloud Application Platform, SUSE

The Foundation has also released details of a Cloud Foundry end user panel discussion with Andrea Hirzle-Yager from Allianz, Enes Yildirim from Boeing and Mike Crisafulli from Comcast, moderated by TechCrunch’s Ron Miller.

Cloud Foundry Foundation has hosted a diversity event at every Summit and 2018 will be no exception. Sponsored by Google, the Diversity Luncheon will focus on the gender pay gap with a screening of Eighty Twenty: The Gender Pay Gap Exposed, the first episode of docuseries The Chasing Grace Project, written and directed by Jennifer Cloer, co-founder of Wicked Flicks Productions. Following the episode will be a Q+A with Cloud Foundry Foundation Executive Director Abby Kearns and Jennifer Cloer.

“These latest additions will be must-see talks on the program,” said Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation. “I’m thrilled to have such a knowledgeable and passionate selection of end users, developers and managers on stage to discuss Cloud Foundry at our first East Coast summit.”

In addition to day-long themes, Cloud Foundry Summit offers topic-based tracks, including a full-day track on government use cases of Cloud Foundry as well as a brand new track on Containers and Serverless, which includes sessions on Cloud Foundry Container Runtime, Serverless frameworks, Function-as-a-Service and more. A full list of tracks is as follows:

  • Cloud Native Java (sponsored by IBM)
  • Cloud Native.NET (sponsored by VMware)
  • Containers & Serverless (sponsored by VMware)
  • Cloud Foundry in the Enterprise
  • Core Projects Updates
  • Experiments & Extensions
  • Government
  • Operating Cloud Foundry
  • Wild Card

Other highlights include:

  • A panel on ecosystem, moderated by TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois.
  • User Day, a full-day Unconference exclusively for Cloud Foundry users to talk shop and trade best practices.
  • A free Hackathon for developers. Prizes awarded to top three teams and first place winners announced on stage during Friday morning keynotes.
  • Hands-on training workshops for all levels (add-on during registration).

Cloud Foundry Foundation’s Kearns and CTO Chip Childers will host discussions that map to the day-long themes “Ecosystem” and “Interoperability.” The interactive discussion-based style stimulates critical thinking, draws out innovative ideas, focuses more on technical specifics and highlights user stories.

The 2018 Summit comes on the heels of the record-setting 2017 Silicon Valley Summit and capacity crowd at the European Summit in Basel. With support from Platinum sponsors Google, IBM, VMware and SAP, the 2017 Summit in North America set new attendance records. Cloud Foundry has seen vast growth worldwide with 3,000+ contributors since inception; more than 61,000 commits in the last 12 months alone; 69,500 people participating in global community events; and 65 total Foundation members. As stated in market research from Gartner, Cloud Foundry’s total market value is approximately $3.1 billion, rising to $5.25 billion in a few years.

Find the full schedule here: and register online:

Cloud Foundry is an open source technology backed by the largest technology companies in the world, including Dell EMC, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Microsoft, VMware, SAP and SUSE, and is being used by leaders in manufacturing, telecommunications and financial services. Only Cloud Foundry delivers the velocity needed to continuously deliver apps at the speed of business. Cloud Foundry’s container-based architecture runs apps in any language on your choice of cloud — Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, VMware vSphere, and more. With a robust services ecosystem and simple integration with existing technologies, Cloud Foundry is the modern standard for mission critical apps for global organizations.

About Cloud Foundry Foundation

The Cloud Foundry Foundation is an independent non-profit open source organization formed to sustain the development, promotion and adoption of Cloud Foundry as the industry standard for delivering the best developer experiences to companies of all sizes. The Foundation projects include Cloud Foundry Application Runtime, Cloud Foundry Container Runtime, BOSH, Open Service Broker API, Abacus, CF-Local, CredHub, ServiceFabrik, Stratos and more. Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications, and is used by more than half the Fortune 500, representing nearly $15 trillion in combined revenue. Cloud Foundry is hosted by The Linux Foundation and is an Apache 2.0 licensed project available on Github: To learn more, visit:



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