Meetup hijacked by a Hat of Monkeys!

By: | February 22, 2016

With our second highest number to date of attendees signed up, our LOPUG meetup showcasing the “Highlights from the Cloud Foundry Summits of 2015” proved to be extremely popular.

The event was due to commence with some opening remarks from our esteemed Meetup Organiser, Colin Humphreys (aka @hatofmonkeys). True to form though, Colin declared that opening remarks would be “boring” and instead decided to hijack proceedings and give a very entertaining talk on his views on the past, present and future of PaaS.

Colin Humphreys

After that, we got back on track with our first planned talk but with another slight change to the agenda, the talk on “Can You Trust Cloud Foundry to Save a Life? To Save 10,000?” was delivered by Ben Dodd, the other co-founder of Armakuni. Ben presented the highly unusual use case of how Armakuni uses Cloud Foundry to support Comic Relief:

Slide from Ben Dodd


Our next talk was from Simon Johansson and Daniel Otte from Springer Nature presenting the story of how Cloud Foundry has helped their team and delivered huge impact within their business. As was the case in Berlin, this talk was well received by the audience and the slides were very illustrative!

Slide from Springer Nature


And to wrap up our evening in spectacular style was our final speaker Abby Kearns from VMware. Abby gave a fantastic presentation explaining some of the buzzwords that are used within our community and what they really mean.

Abby Kearns


It was a great night with excellent speakers and a really engaged audience who asked lots of questions. We’d like to thank all of the speakers, the attendees and also a big thank you to the Cloud Foundry Foundation who provided us with some lovely “swag” to give away!

CF T-shirt

We’re really looking forward to the Cloud Foundry Summits of 2016, starting with Santa Clara on 23rd – 25th May.



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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.