Alex Pollitt

I am excited to have been nominated for the steering committee. I recognize that doing the role justice will be a demanding and time consuming commitment, but I would like to do my part to help maintain and foster the growth of this amazing community of contributors and users.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am one of the founders of Tigera, the company behind Calico, and active contributors to flannel, CNI, Kubernetes, and Istio. I’ve been working with the Kubernetes community since 2014 and have great respect for everyone I’ve had the chance to get to know along the way.

Since the early days of the project, when friends used to ask, “which container orchestrator would you bet on?”, my answer was always Kubernetes – not because of the great design principles, but because of how the founding team and those already contributing welcomed others to take part and collaborate with an equal voice to move the project forward. For me, “Kubernetes” means the people and how they work together, as much as technology.

One example I experienced was the k8s-sig-net efforts to agree a network policy API. In other communities, this might have descended into vendors trying to get one up on each other. Instead there was true collaboration, focusing on technical merit and meeting the needs of future users. It was awesome to play a part in that process and even though it was just one small corner of Kubernetes it’s a great illustration of why I love working in this community.

If elected, I promise to do my utmost to foster and facilitate this kind of diverse, vendor neutral, merit based collaboration, empower and support contributors to shape the project, and maintain the spirit of this awesome community as it grows.