Abby Kearns

From the Desk of the Executive Director – July 2018

By: | July 18, 2018
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I hope you are all having a great summer. I’ve recently returned from a trip to Beijing and Seoul, where I met with a variety of people from major technology companies and had some fascinating discussions about the future of cloud-native in China and South Korea. You can read a few of my thoughts on the trip and my impressions of China’s current tech landscape in my latest Medium post.

Our European Summit is just around the corner in October, and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in Basel again. Don’t forget to register!

Sponsorships are still available

A huge thanks to Dynatrace, Pivotal, SAP and Swisscom for your Platinum support of European Summit. Sponsors are what make these events possible, and we are grateful for each and every one of you already sponsoring Summit. We still have sponsorships available — please check out the sponsorship prospectus and reach out to Kimberly Andrews with inquiries.

  • Platinum: Sold Out!
  • Gold: 8 Available
  • Silver: 3 Available
  • Bronze: 2 Available
  • Start-up: unlimited!

A special sponsorship opportunity

The Cloud Foundry Foundation Diversity Luncheon at Summits has become a lauded tradition. Demonstrate your organization’s support of a more diverse open source community by sponsoring the Chasing Grace Project’s film screening at Cloud Foundry Summit. We showed Episode 1 at Boston Summit and will be screening the second episode in Basel. You can read more about this three-part sponsorship opportunity on our blog — you can choose to sponsor the luncheon itself or to sponsor the production of the docuseries. Reach out to Kimberly Andrews with questions.

Why you’re choosing a multi-platform approach

Have you read our latest report on cloud-native trends? Check out my blog post on how this multi-platform strategy is akin to a city built of Legos, and be sure to see what the media have said about our report, including Forbes, ComputerWeekly, Diginomica, JAXenter, HIT Infrastructure, DevOps, Container Journal and Channel e2e, among others, as well as our member Dynatrace!  

The long-term benefit of an open source Hackathon

The winner of our VMware-sponsored Hackathon at Boston Summit was a team comprised of IBM developers who created Project Blockhead, an OSBAPI-compliant service broker which allows cloud application developers to utilize the Ethereum blockchain — without the need for provisioning Ethereum node or connecting to the Ethereum network. Now, this project has been proposed to the CF Extensions PMC as an incubating project. This is why I love open source! A fun, collaborative activity can turn into a new valuable open source project.

Why diversity scholarships matter

Many of you are aware that we offer scholarships to a limited number of folks who’d like to attend Summit but find the travel cost-prohibitive. I was so moved to meet our six diversity scholarship recipients at Summit in Boston and spend time speaking with them about their current or future careers in technology, and their experience at Summit. Please take a few minutes to read Courage Angeh’s post on her time at Summit — her very first time out of Cameroon!

Welcome to our newest members

In the last month, we’ve welcomed two new Silver members to the Foundation: Twistlock, which provides cloud-native cyber security, and Colorful Guizhou Big Data Talent Development Ltd., which focuses on education and vocational training and is a part of GreenNet, providing a hardware-based education solution for academic institutions.

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