Seeing things physically matters !! As I entered the KubeCon NA'18 venue; I saw CloudYuga's logo on the wall, with other sponsors. Then I reached to the booth and saw our booth. We have come a long way in 3 years !!
KubeCon NA'18 in Seattle was big, with close to 8K attendees and lots of sponsors/booths. This was our first time to represent at such big platform. As my teammates could not travel, I went alone from Bengaluru. I got help from from the community. Dustin, Jayaram and Vishwas managed the booth along with me.
At our booth, we shared the details about our training and service offerings; along with the SaaS based training platform we have been building. With that platform we plan to deliver all of our trainings, be it Docker, Kubernetes, Prometheus or Istio. With so many booths around, it was a bit difficult to stand out. The most common phrase I mentioned is "Hi There ..." and it really felt I am selling something. It was one heck on an experience. It was difficult to get people at the booth, but when they are at booth; they appreciated the tool/portal, we built. So far, we have not opened it for paid courses but one of the participant wanted to enroll just then. So we had our first training sell, using the SaaS platform. It was a big mement of for us.
Other than having booth, this KubeCon was special; as I presented at the main conference. Karthik Gaekwad from Oracle and I delivered a talk called "Noobernetes", in which we covered top 10 questions newbies ask us on Kubernetes. We both are authors of Kubernetes 101 course; Karthik authored an intro course on LinkedIn Learning and I did official CNCF intro course, which is hosted on Edx. It was the last session of the day and to our surprise it was full and very well received.
Slides from our Noobernetes talk is up- https://t.co/tTsbvmfkhM. That was a lot of fun, presenting to a packed room at #Kubecon! Thanks for the opportunity @CloudNativeFdn!! @neependra @OracleIaaS. Related, I see you @kaslinfields @ericlongtx @pczarkowski... pic.twitter.com/h6yeINYhhw— Karthik Gaekwad (@iteration1) December 13, 2018
.@neependra and @iteration1 gave a SRO talk at #KubeCon yesterday called “Noobernetes 101” and then they sat down to talk with @aliamagasu and @nerdguru on #Cloud Unfiltered. Check it out: https://t.co/AJbQLJBK23 pic.twitter.com/iVW7Wnn41H— Cisco Cloud (@CiscoCloud) December 14, 2018
It was great to be part of KubeCon'18. Some people were surprised that we sponsored the event and spent so much money to be there. Yes, its been hard on pocket when its coming from your own but "A turtle makes progress, only when it take his neck out". We got few good leads from KubeCon; lets see if we can convert. Wish us good uck.
On a side note, we have indexed this KubeCon's videos and slides here, which you may find useful.