Red Hat Research Quarterly

Why you should (virtually) attend Devconf.US

Red Hat Research Quarterly

Why you should (virtually) attend Devconf.US

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Gordon Haff

Technology Evangelist at Red Hat, where he works on emerging technology product strategy, writes about tech trends and their business impact, and is a frequent speaker at customer and industry events. His books include How Open Source Ate Software, and his podcast, in which he interviews industry experts, is Innovate @ Open.

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Red Hat Research Quarterly

August 2020

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We know you’re being deluged with event invites and it’s hard to decide where you should spend your time. Devconf.US has a unique experience to offer. Here’s why you should register for Devconf.US—for free!

We’ve refined Devconf over more than a decade. The annual event began in 2009 in Brno, Czech Republic, where Red Hat has a large engineering office. A few years ago, we added an event in the Boston area, where Red Hat has another large engineering presence. This historically close connection to Red Hat engineering locations, plus local universities, means that attendees have great access to those working in upstream open source communities. 

Devconf has always been about open source and community projects.

How does that access work now that the event is virtual? Like many organizations, we’ve probably learned more about running virtual events this year than we did in the prior decade. For example, this year’s Red Hat Summit had over 80,000 registrations, a huge increase over prior years’ physical events. We’re applying what we’ve learned to Devconf.US, including event chat, live Q&A for each session, Ask the Experts, and even the event party. It’s hard to fully replicate the “hallway track” online, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality of 1:1 and small group interactions that we’re lining up for this virtual event.

No planes, trains, or automobiles required. The upside of a virtual event is that it’s easy to drop in and give it a try. If the time commitment or the travel budget needed to attend an in-person Devconf has scared you off in the past, this is a great opportunity to sample the content and interact with the speakers. We hope doing so will have you looking forward to coming back when we can return to running physical events.

No product pitches. Devconf has always been about open source and community projects. Not big expo halls. Not product content. This overarching philosophy extends to the virtual Devconf.US this year. You’ll also get a chance to listen to—and ask questions after—relevant talks where students and professors will discuss their active, ongoing research in areas like emerging tech.

Devconf encourages and supports new speakers and attendees. It’s always been important to the organizers for Devconf to be especially welcoming, not just to junior speakers, student speakers, and underrepresented speakers, but really to anyone, speaker or attendee, who is not necessarily a regular on the conference circuit. To this end, we have mentors and other support for anyone who might be uncertain about how to best participate and enjoy the conference experience. Devconf is the first conference for many speakers and attendees, but many go on to present and participate in the largest industry events.

Are you interested in open source? Then Devconf.US has something for you. Topics cover everything from cloud native app dev to security to AI/ML to software quality to hardware innovations and more. We hope you take advantage of this virtual event to discover open source activities that excite you. Register at https://www.devconf.info/us. And if you mention us on social media, please tag #DefineFuture.

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