As you know, we were looking forward to welcoming the Apache Kafka® community to Austin, TX, for Kafka Summit in August. Meeting together in person is always the best way to go, and no global pandemic will ever convince us otherwise. But even as much as we believe that, we prioritize your safety and the safety of our broader communities more highly, so we have concluded that our best course of action for our attendees, sponsors, and the community at large is to transform Kafka Summit Austin into a virtual experience for this year.
So rather than be disappointed that we won’t get to see each other in person, we are now excited that we can invite the global Kafka community to our online event, Kafka Summit 2020: Event Streaming Everywhere.
In the next few weeks, we will share with you how the newly designed Kafka Summit 2020 will showcase Kafka, event streaming, and the related technologies at their best. The online event will bring together the developers, data architects, engineers, and DevOps professionals from around the globe who stand at the forefront of event streaming platforms to share best practices and discuss the future of Kafka.
Kafka Summit: Event Streaming Everywhere is free, so we are working on getting refunds issued to everyone who has already paid for a ticket to the in-person event. And if you want to speak at Summit, the CFP is open until May 17th, so submit your abstracts now! We are working to make the speaking experience at the online Summit just as pleasant as the in-person event has been for the past four years.
We will be releasing more information about the virtual experience soon, and we look forward to seeing you all—or at least the webcam versions of you—on August 24th–25th. In the meantime, sign up for updates to be the first to know when registration opens.
Tim Berglund is a teacher, author and technology leader with Confluent, where he serves as the senior director of developer advocacy. He can frequently be found at speaking at conferences in the U.S. and all over the world. He is the co-presenter of various O’Reilly training videos on topics ranging from Git to distributed systems, and is the author of Gradle Beyond the Basics. He lives in Littleton, CO, U.S., with the wife of his youth and their youngest child, the other two having mostly grown up.