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Heptio co-founders Joe Beda, CTO, and Craig McLuckie (right). (Heptio Photo)

This June will mark the fifth anniversary of Kubernetes, an open-source container-orchestration project designed to bring Google’s infrastructure expertise to the masses, and we’ve got a special treat for fans and foes of this transformative technology.

We’re thrilled to announce that the trio of cloud-native engineers behind Kubernetes — Joe Beda, Brendan Burns, and Craig McLuckie — will join at the GeekWire Cloud Summit on June 5th for a discussion on the last five years of Kubernetes and its future in a multicloud world.

Our annual cloud event at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash. has featured prominent cloud technologists in the past, from Microsoft Azure’s Mark Russinovich to Amazon Web Services’ infrastructure czar Peter DeSantis, but this is one of the most geeky panels we’ve yet to assemble.

Early-bird and group tickets are on sale for the GeekWire Cloud Summit here, with more than 600 developers, engineers, CIOs and other tech leaders expected to join for our biggest technical conference of the year. Other confirmed speakers for this year’s event include Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott, T-Mobile CIO Cody Sanford, Icertis CEO Samir Bodas, Zulily VP of Technology Bindu Thota, Preeti Rathi of Ignition Partners and many others.

Brendan Burns, distinguished engineer at Microsoft, unveils his proposal for software libraries that could make it easier to deploy cloud apps at KubeCon 2017. (GeekWire Photo / Tom Krazit)

A lot has changed since Beda, McLuckie and Burns took on the task of stripping down Google’s famous Borg infrastructure into something that would be useful outside of the search giant.

McLuckie and Beda co-founded Seattle-based Heptio, which VMware acquired last year, in part to spread the gospel of Kubernetes among companies migrating lots of applications to containers and cloud services. Burns has played a prominent role inside Microsoft Azure’s reinvention as a friend to open source and the best-equipped challenger to AWS.

But the work they did to create Kubernetes will always be one of their most prominent contributions to the cloud world. Five years after its conception, Kubernetes has emerged as a de facto standard for managing large numbers of containerized applications, and while it can be a frustrating and complicated beast to newcomers its growing adoption speaks for itself.

We want this to be a fun and lively session, so please send us your questions and suggestions for the panel discussion to us at And be sure to get your tickets for the event now while the early-bird discount still applies.

A big thanks to F5, which is serving as the 2019 GeekWire Cloud Summit title sponsor. Also, thanks to gold, silver and supporting sponsors: Vulcan, City of Bellevue, Algorithmia, OpenSquare, Wave Business, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Bellevue College, MongoDB, and Kazuhm.

If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s GeekWire Cloud Summit, please contact our business team at

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