2017 Kubernetes Contributor Summit Information

fka DevSummit


The Contributor Summit provides an avenue for Kubernetes contributors to connect face to face and mindshare about future community development and community governance endeavors.

In some sense, the summit is a real-life extension of the community meetings and SIG meetings.


December 5th, 2017 (before KubeCon)
All day event with happy hour reception to close

Times in CST
- 08:00 am - Registration and light breakfast
- 09:00 am - Welcome and start of content
- 12:00 pm - Lunch provided
- 01:00 pm - Sessions resume
- 05:00 pm - Happy Hour onsite

View the complete session schedule here. Session schedule will be available onsite in print as well as on TVs.


Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St,
Austin, TX 78701
(same location as KubeCon)

You’ll pick up your summit badge at the same registration tables as KubeCon.*
Level 1, near Hall 1

Level 3, Outside of Meeting Room 5

Level 3, Meeting Room 5 - Welcome @ 9am
Level 3, Meeting Room 4, Meeting Room 6a, Meeting Room 6b - Breakout session rooms

*Note-Your summit registration is NOT your KubeCon registration. Tickets are almost sold out for KubeCon, please purchase those separately from the event page.


Selected attendees are Kubernetes upstream contributors including SIG members and lottery winners from a members of standing pool. We realize that this is not the best approach now that our community is growing in exponential ways. In 2018, we will be unfolding a new strategy for bringing our contributors together so all voices can be heard.

Invites went out on October 19th. There are ten spots left. Please reach out to to claim one.


“loosely-structured unconference”
Rather than speakers and presentations, we will have moderators/facilitators and discussion topics, alongside all-day completely unstructured hacking.

The discussion sessions will be in an open fishbowl format — rings of chairs, with inner rings driving the discussion — where anyone can contribute. The various sessions will be proposed and voted on by the community in the weeks leading up to the event. This allows the community to motivate the events of the day without dedicating precious day-of time to choosing the sessions and making a schedule.

There will be 2 rooms dedicated to these sessions running in parallel all day. Each session should last between 45 minutes and an hour. There will be a smaller room available for unstructured discussion all day.

Call for Topics:

Call for topics and voting is now closed. You can view the complete list of proposed topics and abstracts here.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Generate notes from the sessions to feed the project’s documentation and knowledge base, and also to keep non-attendees plugged in
  • Make (and document) recommendations and decisions for the near-term and mid-term future of the project
  • Come up with upcoming action items, as well as leaders for those action items, for the various topics that we discuss


A photographer and videographer will be onsite collecting b-roll and other shots for KubeCon. If you would rather not be involved, please reach out to an organizer on the day of so we may accommodate you.

Further details to be updated on this doc. Please check back for a complete guide.