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Published on Oct 8, 2016

Cloud Foundry in the Community - Moderated by Stormy Peters; Kim Bannerman, IBM; Mark Carlson, ECS Team; Daniel Krook, IBM; Paula Kennedy, Pivotal & Bridget Kromhout, Pivotal

Cloud Foundry is more than an open source platform; it’s a growing community! In the past two years, our community has grown by leaps and bounds as a result of very passionate and dedicated people as well as crucial community tools like GitHub, IRC, Slack, and Twitter. These meetups foster a collaborative, inclusive environment focused on new releases, best practices, and how customers are using Cloud Foundry. Come meet Cloud Foundry organizer for Seattle and Atlanta Kim Bannerman of IBM, Denver organizer Mark Carlson of ECS Team, London organizer Paula Kennedy of Cloud Credo/Pivotal, and New York organizer Daniel Krook of IBM along with frequent speaker and community leader Bridget Kromhout of Pivotal. Moderated by Stormy Peters, VP of Evangelism for Cloud Foundry Foundation.

The panel will discuss lessons learned, what 2016 looks like for the Cloud Foundry community, and how they have managed to grow and nurture this vibrant community. Learn best practices and tips and tricks for starting meetups in your area and retaining your devoted Cloud Foundry followers.

Stormy Peters
Cloud Foundry Foundation

Kim Bannerman
Program Director, Advocacy & Community, IBM
Kim Bannerman: Program Director, Advocacy and Community at IBM (Blue Box). Kim and her team are passionate about open source and community. Kim currently organizes the Seattle & Atlanta Cloud Foundry meetup groups, and has organized technical user groups for over a decade. She’s also the founder of StartupChicks Seattle, an organization that supports female founders. Prior to joining Blue Box, Kim was the Director of Evangelism Programs inside the ISV Partner Ecosystem Group at CenturyLink. You can follow her on twitter at @kmbannerman.

Mark Carlson
ECS Team, CTO
Mark Carlson is the CTO for ECS Team, a regional systems integrator providing cloud platform implementation and cloud-native development services in North America. Mr. Carlson is fascinated by the behavior or large enterprises as they attempt to radically improve their ability to deliver innovative solutions in a cadence that matches the needs of the business. Mark began his career with a "Big 4" consulting firm then pursued a series of emerging technology opportunities across industry and consulting firms in a variety of industries. He has been a CIO and lead software development, operations and technology R&D organizations.
Paula Kennedy
Director, Program / Project Management, Pivotal
Paula joined Pivotal at the end of 2015 as Director of Program / Project Management and is helping Pivotal clients as they make the journey towards digital transformation. Paula was previously Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of CloudCredo, where she was responsible for the operational and financial activities of CloudCredo. Paula has worked in the IT industry for over fifteen years and prior to founding CloudCredo, was on the management team of a SaaS provider at the forefront of introducing the benefits of cloud technology to the insurance-broking software market.

Bridget Kromhout
Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Technologist for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After years in site reliability operations (most recently at DramaFever), she traded in oncall for more travel. A frequent speaker at tech conferences, she helps organize the AWS and devops meetups at home in Minneapolis, serves on the program committee for Velocity, and acts as a global core organizer for devopsdays. She podcasts at Arrested DevOps, occasionally blogs at bridgetkromhout.com, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.

Daniel Krook
Senior Software Engineer, IBM
Daniel Krook is a New York area Senior Software Engineer, Distinguished IT Specialist, Master Inventor, and Member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He works with customers to create cloud solutions based on the OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, and Docker open source projects. Daniel has spoken about meetup best practices and Cloud Foundry operational metrics at previous summits. He runs the NYC Cloud Foundry meetup group and co-organizes OpenStack NYC.

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