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Save the Date for CloudDevelop 2016

It is hard to believe that CloudDevelop is entering its 5th year! CloudDevelop started as a “wouldn’t it be cool if . . .” conversation between a few cloud enthusiasts, and has now grown to over 200 attendees from across the United States. It has been great to see the continued interest in sharing, learning, and networking amongst the cloud computing aficionados.

Save the date – Friday, August 26th is the date for CloudDevelop 2016! Mark your calendars and tell your friends!

The 5th edition of CloudDevelop will be held on Friday, August 26th. CloudDevelop started at the Ohio Union in 2012 and we are proud to be returning to the campus of The Ohio State University for the 5th anniversary.

The organizers are holed up, feverishly working out the details. These are some important callouts of things you can expect to hear about in the weeks ahead:

  • Your feedback is important. Thank you for telling us the good and bad of previous CloudDevelop events. We’re very active in taking all feedback into consideration as we march forward with CloudDevelop for 2016. If you would like to join in on the conversation and help influence CloudDevelop, join us on Slack (sign up at https://clouddevelop-slack.herokuapp.com)
  • Call for speakers will open this spring. We’ll be blasting the info via email, our Facebook page, and our Twitter account.
  • Sponsors are a critical component to CloudDevelop, as CloudDevelop would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We are actively tweaking a few sponsor details to provide a better experience for CloudDevelop attendees and sponsors.

Thank you for your continued support of CloudDevelop. We look forward to seeing you on Friday, August 26th.

Workshop Details and Prerequisites

An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated a few of the prerequisites for the Document Database Workshop. The post has been updated to list the correct prerequisites. We apologize for any confusion.

As we previously mentioned, CloudDevelop is excited to be able to offer two hands-on workshops this year. These two workshops will allow attendees to get more experience with two important technologies in cloud computing – Docker and NoSQL document databases.

If you are planning to attend the workshops, please come prepared with your laptop configured with the workshop prerequisites. There is a limited time for the workshops – being prepared will help you get the most value from the workshop. You can find more information about each workshop, including important prerequisites, below.

 

Docker for Devs Workshop

Led By: Christopher Judd

About the Workshop: Docker and containers are getting a lot of attention these days but what do they mean for devs? How do they fit into DevOps and continuous delivery movements? Where do these tools fit into cloud computing? During this hands-on session we will learn how to install and configure Docker, build images and run containers in a local development environment. But we will also explore using them in a continuous deployment environment by deploying them to on premise as well as cloud services such as AWS.

Prerequisites

 

Document Databases: Everyone’s doing it! It’s all the rage! (Document Database Workshop)

Led By: Ryan CrawCour and David Makogon

About the Workshop: It sure is easy to get excited about a database engine that lets you go out in public without wearing a schema and without worrying about those pesky “normal forms.”

Ok, not so fast: If you hail from the Land of Relational, you may find it all-too-easy to model collections like tables and, well… wield a Document database just like a Relational database. And then it’s all-too-easy to get discouraged with Document databases, especially when your trusty RDBMS does the relational-ish things better than these {type: “Document”} engines.

So let’s focus on modeling specifically for Document-ish things! This hands-on workshop will be all about modeling data in the Document world. We’ll look at data models often seen in the Relational world, and we’ll re-think these, focusing on a Document-centric approach. We’ll build a mythical application’s API, working with a hosted Document database service. And you’re free to build in node, .net, python, Java, go, or php (the available language SDKs for our hosted database service). Or, if you just want to focus on the queries, you can skip the API and just… focus on the queries! (we have a snazzy query tool for you to use).

So bring your laptop, your thinking-cap, and your sense of humor adventure – this will be a fun session!

Prerequisites

 

The Big Day is Almost Here!

The big day is almost here! In a little more than one week, some of the best minds in cloud computing will once again gather at CloudDevelop for a fun day of learning and networking.

As we get closer to CloudDevelop on October 23rd, we would like to take a moment to make you aware of a few important details.

Tickets on Sale
Tickets for CloudDevelop are still available. Tickets are just $35 can be purchased via Eventbrite at http://cd2015tix.eventbrite.com/.

Schedule
CloudDevelop will feature 22 breakout sessions led by recognized experts in their field, including representatives from both Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.

In addition to the breakout sessions, CloudDevelop will also feature two hands-on workshops for attendees to get more experience with two important technologies in cloud computing – Docker and NoSQL document databases:

There are sessions on a wide range of cloud related topics, including:

  • Amazon AWS
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Docker
  • Big Data
  • DevOps
  • Internet of Things
  • and much more!

Registration will open at 8:00 AM, with the first session starting at 9:00 AM. For the full schedule, please visit CloudDevelop.org.

Where and When
CloudDevelop will be held on October 23rd at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

We look forward to seeing you at CloudDevelop!

Workshops Coming to CloudDevelop in 2015

CloudDevelop is once again pleased to offer workshop sessions this year. CloudDevelop attracts a diverse group of attendees, no doubt with a diverse set of preferences.  For some it’s hearing about many topics over a shorter span of time, while others would rather take the time to experience a technology first-hand along with expert guidance.  Conferences throughout the region are increasingly offering workshops to supplement the more traditional presentation sessions, and so will CloudDevelop.

Not interested in workshops? No problem!  Traditional sessions are still the focus at CloudDevelop, running through the entire conference day (except for lunch – cloud denizens are a ravenous bunch!)  The workshops will run concurrently with the other sessions.  Yes, this means having to make a choice, but with this year’s speaker lineup all answers are the right answer.

We hope you are as excited about the workshop options as we are.  Christopher Judd’s workshop will guide attendees as they get their hands dirty with Docker.  For many this may be the first introduction to DevOps, a quickly growing trend in the industry.  Ryan CrawCour and David Makogon will pair up on a workshop to help attendees who are used to the traditional RDBMS world explore the world of document databases.  Enterprises are increasingly pushing the limits of what their existing data solutions can do and these workshops may give you the tools to get to the next level of scalability.

CloudDevelop has more to offer than ever before.  Tickets are on sale now – spread the word and don’t miss out.

Tickets on Sale Starting July 24th

Tickets for CloudDevelop will go on sale starting at 7:00am Eastern on Friday, July 24th.

As in past years, there will be an Early Bird ticket sale period. The first 25 tickets will be available for $15/each. Once the Early Bird tickets are gone, the remaining tickets will be $35.

Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite at https://cd2015tix.eventbrite.com.

Whew – Session Selections Completed

First, a huge thank you to the cloud development community for the outstanding sessions submitted! All those who submitted an abstract have been notified and confirmations are coming in. Our selection process is completely anonymous for the first round, where we vote on the top overall session submissions. Then we went through a more difficult round of making sure things make sense (like we don’t have the same person presenting multiple times on the same topic, for example) and ensure that we have the desired spread of topics to make the conference work.

This year we received 58 submissions, of which we chose 24. Compared to some conferences, that may not seem a high number, but Cloud Develop is a focused specialty conference. The passionate cloud development community in the region did not make the selection process easy on us – and we are grateful!

We have begun to update the CloudDevelop.org site with the speaker/session information as we receive confirmation. Check back regularly if you are interested in seeing what we have in store; we are confident you’ll find something that piques your interest.

Now that we have the sessions selected, we anticipate ticket sales opening on Friday, July 24th. Yes, there will be an early bird discount too. Exciting!!

Code of Conduct 2015

CloudDevelop is dedicated to providing an outstanding conference experience for all attendees, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, physical appearance, body size, financial status, cloud platform, or JavaScript framework

CloudDevelop will not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Please treat your fellow attendees with respect. As the Golden Rule states, “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.”

Harassment is not appropriate for any conference venue. Conference participants violating these rules may be expelled from the conference without a refund, at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Attendees must remember that CloudDevelop staff members are not trained conflict resolution specialists, nor are they security or law enforcement. CloudDevelop staff will immediately escalate issues around safety, violence, or similar situations to Ohio Union staff and/or law enforcement.

For the protection of both attendees and our organization, CloudDevelop will never put its staff members in the position of trying to assess whether or not an incident merits escalation. If there is any doubt, we will escalate incidents to the appropriate agency immediately.

Incident Resolution

  • Treat other attendees with respect, regardless of whether you are in a session room or walking around the Ohio Union or any part of The Ohio State University campus.
  • Simple disagreements should be resolved between the individuals concerned.
  • Harassment or more serious issues should be escalated to a CloudDevelop staff member. That staff member will immediately contact a CloudDevelop board member who has the responsibility to assist in resolution.
  • Attendees suffering outright assault or extreme harassment should immediately contact Ohio Union staff, law enforcement, or CloudDevelop staff if nearby. CloudDevelop staff will immediately escalate to the appropriate Ohio Union and/or law enforcement personnel.

Call for Speakers F.A.Q.

TL;DR – Share your passion on cloud computing at CloudDevelop on Friday, October 23. Submit a session by midnight on Friday, June 26th.

 

What is CloudDevelop?

CloudDevelop is a one-day conference on Friday, October 23, 2015. The conference will be held at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. CloudDevelop’s mission is to bring together the brightest minds in cloud computing for a day of networking, sharing, and learning about all things cloud computing

You can view more details about CloudDevelop at http://clouddevelop.org.  You can also stay up-to-date of the latest information by following @CloudDevConf on Twitter and liking our Facebook page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the CloudDevelop organizers at info@clouddevelop.org.

Who presents at CloudDevelop?

We are looking for experts and practitioners who can share their passion and knowledge on developing apps, managing infrastructure and working with data, analytics and big data—all within the cloud. If you have something unique or valuable to share about the cloud, CloudDevelop is a great place to present your ideas.

CloudDevelop is platform and technology agnostic – we want sessions on anything related to cloud computing. We want a diverse mix of sessions – meaning sessions on Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, Salesforce, Rackspace, Heroku, etc. Anything cloud related – CloudDevelop is interested in it!

CloudDevelop welcomes all those interested in cloud computing to submit proposals for sessions. Experienced and new speakers are welcome. If you need help flushing out a few ideas or in preparing a talk, please let us know. CloudDevelop is happy to help connect you with others in the community to help.

Selected speakers should be prepared to deliver a 60 minute session, allowing time for a question-and-answer period at the end (or during – speaker’s choice).

Submit your sessions before 11:59pm EDT on Friday, June 26th.

You can submit more than one proposal.

What are a few example topics?

You can view past CloudDevelop sessions to get ideas and a sense of the conference by exploring last year’s sessions at http://clouddevelop.org/archive/2014.

CloudDevelop is open to all topics on cloud computing:

  • Architecture
  • Business
  • DevOps
  • General Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Legal
  • Strategy
  • Testing

CloudDevelop is open to all cloud computing platforms:

  • AppHarbor
  • Amazon AWS
  • Engine Yard
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Heroku
  • Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Salesforce
  • VMWare

If your topic area or platform is not listed above, please do not let that stop you from submitting a session. When submitting a session, please use the “Other” option for both the topic and platform.

How do I submit?

Please submit your session abstracts by June 26th at http://bit.ly/CloudDevelopSpeakers2015.

When you submit an abstract, you will be asked for a short biography, session description and difficulty level. You will also be asked where you have presented this topic before (if anywhere), and what area of cloud your talk discusses, along with a few other minor details. The presentation you give at CloudDevelop should be an hour long, allowing time for a question-and-answer period.

What are the perks?

If you get selected as a speaker at CloudDevelop, here is what you get:

  • Entrance to the conference. If you’re a speaker, there is no need to purchase a ticket. You will be asked to register via the public ticket sales site. You will be provided a special code to enable a free ticket to the conference. This helps the organizers with logistics related to food, spacing, etc.
  • The thanks and admiration of a grateful conference and community! As CloudDevelop is a small, non-profit, community conference, our thanks and that of the attendees is all we can offer.

What is the selection process?

Here is roughly how CloudDevelop picks the talks:

  • Session submissions are anonymized as much as possible. We remove the name, email address, organization, etc. from the submission data.
  • Most sessions will come from community / public submissions (via the call for speakers). A few sessions will likely come from pre-selected speakers the organizers would like to have at CloudDevelop.
  • Sessions are reviewed and selected based on the session abstract. Show that you care – proofread your submission . . . a few times.
  • Two rounds of voting:
    • The first round rates each session on a scale from 1 (bad) to 10 (amazing).
    • The top-N (~ 20) submissions are rated again on a 3-point scale (“maybe”, “yes”, “must have”)
  • After the initial sessions are selected, we will de-anonymize the list and review it to ensure that no one speaker has an unfair load. If it turns out a speaker has an unfair load, we’ll review those sessions again and likely reduce the load.
  • Speakers may have multiple submissions. We will reach out to those speakers to confirm that multiple sessions are OK with that speaker.

CloudDevelop 2015: Calling All Speakers

CloudDevelop is bringing back together the best and brightest minds in cloud computing, and we would be honored to have you speak at the conference. The call for speakers is open until June 26. All abstracts must be submitted by midnight on June 26. As with conferences in the past, we want CloudDevelop 2015 to cover everything cloud related. We are looking for experts and practitioners who can share their passion and knowledge on developing apps, managing infrastructure and working with data, analytics and big data—all within the cloud.

Who presents at CloudDevelop?

We are looking for experts and practitioners in cloud computing who love sharing their knowledge with others. If you have something unique or valuable to share about the cloud, CloudDevelop is a great place to present your ideas.

Submitting an abstract

When you submit an abstract, you will be asked for a short biography, session description and difficulty level. You will also be asked where you have presented this topic before (if anywhere), and what area of cloud your talk discusses, along with a few other minor details. The presentation you give at CloudDevelop should be an hour long.

Is this your first time submitting?

We would love to hear your bright ideas! If you have an abstract ready or an idea you would like to present, please send us your ideas for CloudDevelop. You can submit your abstract at http://bit.ly/CloudDevelopSpeakers2015 until June 26th. You can view past CloudDevelop sessions to get ideas and a sense of the conference by exploring last year’s sessions here http://clouddevelop.org/archive/2014. See the section below on submitting an abstract.

Conference details

CloudDevelop is a one-day conference on Friday, October 23, 2015. The conference will be held at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

You can view more details about CloudDevelop at http://clouddevelop.org.  You can also stay up-to-date of the latest information by following @CloudDevConf on Twitter and liking our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/clouddevelop). We will also be launching a blog shortly that will provide additional updates and information.