KubeCon / CloudNaiveCon Europe 2022 comes to an end as our team returns from their week in Valencia, Spain. Whilst we continue to work in the virtual world, we had Civo represented both at the booth in Valencia and at the virtual event online. Our in-person team consisted of Mark Boost, Andy Jeffries, Dinesh Majrekar, Kai Hoffman, Saiyam Pathak, Kunal Kushwaha, Sophia Ramsel.

Mark Boost, CEO at Civo:

“It was great to see so many friendly faces in person, the community is very special and I enjoyed talking to so many interesting and smart people. It was wonderful to hear so much positive feedback on Civo and our journey so far. This motivates me even more to keep innovating and improving what Civo does.”

That’s no moon. That’s a space station

Over the course of the week, the Civo team were able to showcase the power of technology by bringing a server rack to KubeCon where a temporary region was deployed.

Saiyam Pathak, Director of Technical Evangelism at Civo:

"We brought a mini rack to KubeCon which was just amazing and many people were talking about it. So many people launched a cluster in the KubeCon region meaning they could see the rack whilst it was running. Many people came and created videos for it as well. From all my interactions at the Civo booth, it was clear that we have built something cool, strong, and stable which is here to compete and many people wanted to give it a spin and also were telling interesting use-cases. Our mini rack also served as an example for a private region and edge use case which was also interesting to many."

Sophia Ramsel, Strategic Account Manager at Civo:

"The sense of community at events like this is unbelievable. Everyone was so excited to see each other and hear about what was new in the space. Bringing our demo edge rack was one of my favorite highlights from the week. It allowed new users to test out Civo's speed and simplicity at the stand and see exactly where their cluster was being deployed. We even had someone run Minecraft on it and a few companies used it for demos at their booth. Overall, KubeCon was a huge success! From the live talks to the conversations at the booth, we have met so many new people and are looking forward to continuing our conversations post-conference."

This party’s over

Now that we have had a chance to reflect on the week, here is what others from the Civo team had to say about their time at KubeCon 2022.

Kai Hoffman, Developer Advocate at Civo:

“For me, there were two central parts to the event: the people and the tech. But the tech being demonstrated at the various booths and talks could not exist without the people who write and engage with it. Hearing how people find using Civo, how they weave things into their workflow, and what they are excited about made me more excited about the state of cloud-native in general. There are so many collaboration plans and talk ideas that sprung up both at the convention center and at the various after-parties that my calendar is going to be very full until the next KubeCon!”

Andy Jeffries, CTO at Civo:

“After a long break from in-person events, it was great to go to KubeCon and feel the buzz in the air. It’s hard in these post-Covid times to remember that there are other people out there just as excited as you are by the same things. I also took great pleasure that the branding on our stand was based around three key aspects of our service, and that there was always one of these applicable to each visitor. It felt like we were out there solving a real-world problem for people. It was also really nice to meet up with friends in the industry from previous events and online meetups. With 7,000+ people in attendance, it still felt like a large group of friends getting together.”

Dinesh Majrekar, Director of Innovation at Civo:

"This was my first in-person KubeCon and it was amazing to see so many people attending. Most of my time was spent at the booth meeting people that have been hosting their work on Civo and hearing about the cool stuff they have been doing. Seeing people's faces light up when we pointed at the live region we brought to the stand also brought a smile to my face. It made all of the late nights getting the rack working worth it! I was fortunate enough to speak at 2-panel sessions, and the engagement on IPv6 and green energy from the community was great to see. I'm looking forward to pushing these topics in the community over the coming months and seeing where we are by the time KubeCon NA rolls around."

Kunal Kushwaha, Developer Advocacy at Civo:

"The best part about KubeCon + CNC EU for me was the people. It was great to finally see all the familiar faces from Twitter in person. It was also my first time meeting the Civo team. As a student, I thought it might be difficult for me to find a place in such a vast community when I first started. However, I could not be more wrong, as the support I got was tremendous, both from the community and the Civo team. This year, it was also my first time speaking at KubeCon in person. Over the past few months, I worked with the CNCF's events team to get more young folks to attend KubeCon, and we were able to give away around 2,000 scholarships. I feel truly blessed that folks worldwide recognised me for the work I have done with the community's help. I'd just like to say that we're only getting started, we have a long way to go, but we are on the right track."

Until we meet again

We look forward to seeing many of you again at KubeCon Detroit later this year. In the meantime, let us know what your favourite moments from KubeCon Valecia were over on Twitter at @CivoCloud.