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Cloud Foundry Summit Boston 2018: COMO

This is the eighth in a series from our Cloud Foundry community on why to attend Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston, April 18-20. Register here.

COMO.: noun, Slang.

  1. Abbreviation for Certainty Of Missing Out; related to FOMO
  2. A feeling of anxiety or insecurity over the certainty of missing out on something, as an event or an opportunity.

I’m currently suffering from COMO, as this year’s North American Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston starts this week and sadly, I can’t be there.

I’ve been lucky enough to have attended five of the last six Summits, so I can say with certainty that this will be a fantastic event. I would strongly recommend Summit to anyone who has an interest in Cloud Foundry, from beginners to experts, from the “container curious” to the “BOSH believers.”

The Foundation team works tirelessly to put together a conference of keynotes, breakout sessions, trainings and more to offer something for everyone. The Cloud Foundry open source community is warm, friendly and welcoming, with programs such as the Cloud Foundry Ambassadors — dedicated folks in our community with whom you can chat in hallways or find at the Ambassador booth.

When I look through the schedule (just to torture myself), there are many sessions that sound amazing. I have to console myself with the knowledge that there’ll be live streaming and recordings for me to catch up on. There are a few talks in particular that I am really looking forward to watching later:

Keynotes: The inspirational Abby Kearns, Executive Director of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, will be setting the scene in her own inimitable way for the keynotes on Wednesday and Friday. I was incredibly honored to host Abby at a recent event in San Francisco where she spoke to a room of around 25 women, shared stories of her career in tech and offered words of advice and encouragement. Abby’s first guest on stage on Wednesday will be Molly Crowther, one of the security experts at VMware working on Cloud Foundry, and I’m really excited to hear the latest updates and thoughts from Molly.

Information Overload and the Real Cost of Interruptions: This is something that impacts all of us as individuals. When you stop to add up minutes of lost productivity, it’s scary how much that could be costing your business. This will be an interesting talk and I’m excited for Hannah Foxwell, as this will be her first time attending a Cloud Foundry Summit. Please give her a warm welcome!

Tech Ethics: Putting People Ahead of Technology: Ethics in technology is a topic that is becoming increasingly crucial and relevant, as we see our private data exploited and technology being used to influence every part of our lives. The panel line-up features some of my favorite people who will be discussing this hippocratic oath for technologists written by Mariesa Dale, which seems like it could be a good starting point for us all to consider.

These are just a few of the great sessions that will be happening! If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time for you to do so. Save yourself from COMO!

As for me, I’m going to be planning my trip to the Europe Cloud Foundry Summit taking place in Basel later this year… And if you see me there, make sure to ask me what the heck was so important that made me miss this amazing North American Summit!

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Paula Kennedy, AUTHOR

Paula joined Pivotal in 2015 and in her current role as Director of Pivotal Cloud Foundry Solutions, EMEA she is focused on working together with clients to drive innovation, disruption and transformation. Paula was previously Chief Operating Officer and co­-founder of CloudCredo and has worked in the IT industry for over 17 years. She is passionate about community, diversity and inclusion, and has a range of speaking experience, including Cloud Foundry Summits, QCon, VelocityConf, DevOpsDays and several meetups. She also organises the London PaaS User Group, Coed:Code meetup group and is part of the organising committee for DevOpsDays London 2017 and 2018.