Networking in the Time of COVID-19
While we all sit out, recover, or help loved ones through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to grapple with a whole range of second-order effects. One of the most pressing issues we’ve noted is how to fill the vacuum from canceled and postponed conferences, such as KubeCon+CloudNativeCon.
With these cancellations, we lose all the intangibles that conferences provide, including the exchange of knowledge, the broadening of perspectives and, most importantly for some of us, invaluable sales contacts.
In this light, chaos-testing company Gremlin had the right idea, and promptly set up a virtual conference that we all can attend. The conference, called Failover Conf, will be a single-day virtual conference that will focus on maintaining reliability in an online world. It will favor submissions for technical talks that were scheduled from canceled or postponed events such as AWS Summits, Microsoft Ignite Zurich, SREcon, SXSW, and KubeCon. The virtual event will be held on April 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., PDT. Talks are now be being solicited, and the full schedule will be available on March 31.
In a similar move, D2IQ (formerly Mesosphere) is ramping up the Kubernetes & Cloud Native Virtual Summit for April 1.
We hear of several other virtual conferences about to be announced, so watch this space for more details.