Kubernetes Day India – Program Process

Kubernetes Day is a single day, single track event that brings together local and international experts to engage developers interested in Kubernetes and related cloud native technologies. Run by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which hosts Kubernetes, the event is targeted at regions with large numbers of developers who cannot necessarily travel to KubeCon + CloudNativeCon events in Europe, China, and North America.

Talks at Kubernetes Day


The day will have a single track of 8 talks (plus 3-4 short sponsored talks). We’re aiming to have 4-5 speakers from the host country of India, and 3-4 from the rest of the world.

As it’s a single track, all talks should be either introductory or valuable to attendees with a range of Kubernetes experience. Since it’s a Kubernetes Day, all talks should be either about Kubernetes, or some cloud native topic with relation to Kubernetes (e.g a talk on monitoring a Kubernetes app with Prometheus would be fine, but not a talk on monitoring VMs with Prometheus).

As a single track conference, the quality of every talk is paramount. It’s also important that we pick a diverse range of topics (within the broad scope of Kubernetes) and speakers.

We expect the overwhelming majority of attendees will be from India, so it makes sense to build a program committee largely from India to build a program of topics and speakers that will appeal to the community there. We want to showcase Indian talent and technology with a majority of local speakers, alongside a smaller number of experts from around the world.

For this first Kubernetes Day, we are experimenting with a process that allows the program committee to invite speakers. This reduces the workload on the program committee and avoids the situation where a large number of people spend time on talk proposals that are ultimately rejected because of the small number of available slots.


Program Committee Members


The Program Committee (PC) of 9 consists of:

  • Janakiram MSV, Janakiram & Associates
  • Krishna Kumar, Huawei
  • Srikar Ananthula, Turvo Inc.
  • Suraj Narwade, Red Hat
  • Nithya Ruff, Comcast
  • Davanum Srinivas, Huawei
  • Raj Panchapakesan, JFrog
  • Priyanka Sharma, GitLab
  • Liz Rice, Aqua Security
    • KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Co-Chair Emeritus, Chairperson of the Bangalore Kubernetes Day Program Committee


Program Selection Process


  • Each PC member (including the chairperson) nominates up to seven people to speak – four from India, three from the rest of the world, Each nomination will include a link to a previous talk (at KubeCon or elsewhere) that the nominator would be happy to see at Kubernetes Day.
    • This results in two lists of speakers: Indian and rest-of-world. Of the seven, each PC member’s proposals should include at least two speakers who identify as a gender other than man or are otherwise under-represented in the Indian technology community. PC members are welcome to nominate themselves or each other.
    • Deadline to submit nominations is Sunday, January 20, 11:59PM PT.
  • Each PC member (excluding the chairperson) ranks both lists in preference order. These rankings are combined across the committee, resulting in two scored lists – Indian and foreign speakers in preference order.
    • Deadline to review and rank the lists is Sunday, January 27, 11:59PM PT.
  • The chairperson picks the selected talks on these scored lists, using the committee’s preferences as a guideline but also taking into account diversity of talk topics, speaker company, gender & other under-represented groups.
    • Invitations to speakers will be sent on Monday, February 4.
  • Invited speakers may give the talk they were nominated for or they can propose an alternative talk if they prefer.
    • The schedule will be announced on Tuesday, February 12.



For any questions regarding this process, please contact us at: speakers@cncf.io





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