The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), responsible among other things for the support of the Kubernetes further development, has had enough of purely virtual conferences: The KubeCon & CloudNativeCon 2021 in Los Angeles should take place as a face-to-face event. The organizers are now explaining how this is done in a blog post Hygiene and safety concept to look for over 6,000 visitors in the pandemic. Those who cannot or do not want to participate in person can still follow the lectures via stream. The last on-site KubeCon took place in North America in 2019, the European edition in Amsterdam in spring 2020 was relocated to the virtual at very short notice, and there was also 2021 a virtual European variant.
Vaccinated, measured and at a distance
Strict measures apply to this year’s US edition at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Only those who are fully vaccinated are admitted, a mask is required in the interior and there are daily temperature checks for fever at the entrance. Corona rapid tests are not planned, but each visitor can choose a bracelet in traffic light colors and thus signal how much distance is comfortable for them.
The conference center in Los Angeles is designed for up to 20,000 visitors, only a third of them should come to KubeCon. Together with the landlord, they thought about how to use the space and will ensure that seats in conference and lecture rooms are set up with a lot of space, according to the CNCF.
Kubernetes and cloud native projects
Not only the Kubernetes maintainers present their achievements at KubeCon. The big stage is also used by numerous other open source projects from the cloud environment such as Helm and Prometheus. The event is mainly paid for by the large cloud providers Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS. Nevertheless, the organizers have managed in the past to focus on content for developers and administrators and not turn the major event into a pure sales event. As part of the conference, new open source projects are repeatedly presented by small teams, which reappear years later as established large-scale projects.