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What an amazing week in Detroit!

This KubeCon + CloudNativeCon #TeamCloudNative roared back. Detroit marked the first time we'd gathered in such big numbers in the Midwest, and the city did not disappoint! For many of us, we explored a new region, enjoyed some great food, and broke stereotypes with the renaissance of Detroit.

Project maintainers, who are the backbone of CNCF projects, were the focus and highlight at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America and rightly so. There are approximately 1,000 maintainers in the cloud native ecosystem catering to 175,000+ contributors and serving 7 million+ developers. Without maintainers, there is no ecosystem and it was an honor to support them with initiatives such as Security Slam and ContribFest that strengthened our security posture and brought more contributors to projects at the event.

One of my personal highlights was interviewing Heba Elayoty and Yuan Tang on the keynote stage. From them we learned what research has demonstrated time and again - maintainers' biggest ask is for their employers to support them in investing working hours on open source. Companies take note!

As always, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon was the place for big announcements in our industry. AWS for instance shared their commitment to supporting the Kubernetes project with cloud credits and engineering resources as the project goes on its own multi-cloud journey.

There is much to unpack from this phenomenal event and I've really enjoyed looking back as we put this transparency report together for you. I hope you find the information valuable and look forward to seeing you next April in Amsterdam for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe!

Priyanka Sharma

Priyanka Sharma
Executive Director, CNCF

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This year's KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Detroit was our first time hosting #TeamCloudNative's flagship event in the Midwest, and we were thrilled to see so many of you there.

It's no surprise that our US community accounted for the largest number of attendees, but it was wonderful to see so many folx coming from Canada and Israel to join us in person, and from as far afield as India and even New Zealand to be with us both in person and virtually.


Showing 16,986 registered attendees. 7403 in person attendees. 64% of attendees were first timers.

Attendee Geography

Map of the world showing attendee geography - 81% of in-person attendees were from the USA. 56.1% of online attendees were from the USA.

To me, the beating heart of cloud native security is most definitely KubeCon.

Fernando Montenegro

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Top Countries in attendance


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Top Three Job Functions of attendees

DevOps / SRE / Sysadmin





Attendee Job Function Total
Architect 2,777
Business Operations 283
Developer 3,378
- Data Scientist 156
- Full Stack Developer 2,648
- Machine Learning Specialist 104
- Web Developer 422
- Mobile Developer 58
DevOps / SRE / SysAdmin 4,557
Executive 865
IT Operations 456
- DevOps 179
- Systems Admin 190
- Site Reliability Engineer 67
- Quality Assurance Engineer 20
Sales / Marketing 1,654
Media / Analyst 142
Student 872
Professor / Academic 46
Other 1,359
Attendee Industry Total
Automotive 330
Consumer Goods 512
Energy 147
Financials 1,668
Health Care 411
Industrials 254
Information Technology 11,724
Materials 66
Non-Profit Organization 393
Professional Services 727
Telecommunications 541
Audience at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022

The hallway track conversations are shifting towards adjusting to the enterprise... all of these big companies that we know and love are becoming software companies right before our eyes.

Lisa Martin


Year on Year Growth - North American Events

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110% increase

From KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2021 in Los Angeles to the event in Detroit, we saw a 110% increase in in-person attendees.

Ticket Type 2016 Seattle 2017 Austin 2018 Seattle 2019 San Diego 2020 Virtual 2021 Los Angeles 2022 Detroit
Total 1,139 4,212 8,000 11,981 22,816 23,164 16,986
In-person Corporate 38% 64% 68% 67% N/A 5% 17%
In-person Individual 23% 7% 6% 9% N/A 1% 4%
Virtual All Access Pass N/A N/A N/A N/A 67.34% 68% 48%
Virtual Keynote + Solutions Showcase Only N/A N/A N/A N/A 13.97% 18% 4.5%
Speaker 11% 6% 5% 5% 1.51% 1% 3%
Sponsor 17% 16% 17% 15% 16.55% 7% 21.5%
Media 3% 1% 1% 1% 0.63% <1% 1%
Academic N/A 2% 2% 3% N/A <1% 1%

Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity

CNCF strives to ensure that everyone who participates in KubeCon + CloudNativeCon feels welcome, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or economic status. Just over 12% of attendees identified as a person of color, and more than 50% preferred not to answer. As part of our deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity, we hosted a number of workshops and networking opportunities to help connect individuals to opportunities within tech.

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Awarded to events in the open source community that foster healthy D&I practices

Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Events and Mentoring Total
Diversity Lunch participants 12
Allyship Workshop participants 16
EmpowerUs participants 35
Peer Group Mentoring + Career Networking mentors - in-person 10
Peer Group Mentoring + Career Networking mentees - in-person 50
Peer Group Mentoring + Career Networking mentors - virtual 3
Peer Group Mentoring + Career Networking mentees - virtual 28

Our next Kubecon + CloudNativeCon

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2023 from 17th-21st April



Co-located events feature industry experts covering topics like security, web assembly, AI, GitOps, edge, and more.

The list of co-located events at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon has been steadily growing for the past few years, so much that we are now spinning off the highly successful CloudNativeSecurityCon into a stand-alone event.

CNCF-Hosted Co-Located Events Attendance

BackstageCon 187
CloudNativeSecurityCon 228
Cloud Native eBPF Day 84
Cloud Native Telco Day 72
Cloud Native Wasm Day 115
EnvoyCon 92
GitOpsCon 191
KnativeCon 100
Kubernetes AI Day 152
Kubernetes Batch + HPC Day 81
Kubernetes on Edge Day 112
Open Observability Day 161
PrometheusDay 103
ServiceMeshCon 165
SigstoreCon 82


Co-located events feature industry experts covering topics like security, web assembly, AI, GitOps, edge, and more.

View the Backstage Con reportView the Cloud Native Security Con reportView the Open Observability Day reportView the PrometheusDay report
Speaker on stage at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022

Interested in learning more about hosting a co-located event alongside KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2023?



Thankfully this year's KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America did something a little different. It still had a lot of the newest, shiniest technologies as well as plenty of discussions for elite DevOps organizations. But the schedule was also packed with a 101 track and welcomes to many Special Interest Groups (SIGs). It also gave a lot of advice on how to support these highly distributed, often voluntary communities.

Jennifer Riggins

The New Stack

We enjoyed 266 sessions in Detroit, including 90 maintainer sessions.

Sessions Total In-Person Virtual
Keynotes (includes sponsored keynotes) 18 16 3
Total sessions (CFP & Maintainer) 266 233 33
- Breakouts 176 154 22
- Maintainer sessions 90 79 11

Thank you to our fabulous KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022 co-chairs

Ricardo Rocha

Ricardo RochaCERN
Computing Engineer

Emily Fox

Emily FoxApple
Security Engineer

Frederick Kautz

Frederick KautzComputing Engineer Infra &
Security Enterprise Architect Manager


The schedule was curated by conference co-chairs, Richardo Rocha of CERN, Emily Fox of Apple, and Frederick Kautz of Doc.ai, who led a program committee of 93 experts and 34 track chairs, including project maintainers, active community members, and highly rated presenters from past events.

Talks are selected by the program committee through a rigorous, non-bias process, where they are randomly assigned submissions to review within their area of expertise. You can read the details in our CFP scoring guidelines, and specifically about the North America selection process.

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Speaker Diversity

CNCF enforces guidelines on gender and diversity equality among our speakers, including not accepting all-male panels.

Diversity Overall Percent
Speakers - men (keynotes) 10 56%
Speakers - women + gender non-conforming (keynotes) 8 44%
Speakers - men (breakouts) 217 78%
Speakers - women (breakouts) 58 21%
Speakers - gender non-conforming (breakouts) 2 1%



End users are an important part of #TeamCloudNative and played a significant role in Detroit by driving new initiatives and sharing valuable experiences in presentations.

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The CTO Summit gathered a tight-knit group of technology leaders from some of cloud native's biggest end users to discuss what maturity means in the cloud native world. Focusing on the intersection between provisioning and the Cloud Native Maturity Model, leaders openly discussed the challenges, cultural shifts, and technical solutions they've seen on their journey to improve the maturity and resiliency of their cloud native infrastructure.

CTO Summit attendees

Thanks to our CTO Summit Dinner Sponsor

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We started this CTO Summit where end users, like Fidelity and Intuit, and many others can come together and have a private conversation, in a secure space, about how they are handling challenges in their organizations. We all have each other to learn from.

Priyank Sharma

Executive Director, CNCF

End User Presentations

End User Presentations

More than one third of talks at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America were from end users who shared insightful and valuable stories from across the stack.

Watch all talks on our YouTube playlist.

The Next Generation

More than 3,400 people joined us for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America thanks to the Dan Kohn Scholarship Fund, including diversity, need-based, and student scholarship opportunities.

Scholarships Total In-Person Virtual
Diversity scholarships 395 73 322
Need-based scholarships 507 24 483
Student scholarships 2606 N/A 2606

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Security Slam

This year we partnered with Sonatype to host the first ever Security Slam virtual event on November 21, 2022. Thirteen projects participated, leveraging existing CNCF tools to increase their open source security posture, awareness, and compliance. Google donated $27,500 to the Dan Kohn Scholarship Fund in the name of the projects that made it to 100% security.

Projects That Made It To 100%

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Projects successfully made it to 100% security within their CLOmonitoring scorecard
Donated by Google to the Dan Kohn Scholarship Fund

On Sunday, October 23, we hosted our first complimentary Kid's Day in Detroit. Featuring two workshops:

  1. Minecraft Modding
  2. Gotta Catch 'em All! Raspberry Pi And Java Pokemon Training

We'll host Kid's Day again at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe in Amsterdam this coming April, for all children (ages 8-14) who are interested in technology, coding, and STEAM fields.

Kids Day

Health & Safety


We care deeply about our community. This is why we want to be honest and open about our COVID-19 policies at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, the measures that were put in place, and how these may have affected the attendee experience.

Kubecon + Cloudnativecon implemented
the following safety precautions:

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Proof required for in-person attendees
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Required usage of masks indoors
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Complimentary onsite COVID testing
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Social distance comfort levels

COVID Numbers

Over the two weeks immediately after KubeCon + CloudNativeCon
(October 31 - November 11), we were made aware of:

Positive Tests from
in-person attendees
Of In-Person Attendees Tested
Positive Overall
Serious Cases Reported

This information was compiled from:

  • Those who contacted us to let us know of a positive test
  • Records from our onsite testing company
  • Scanning Twitter for additional publicized cases

Incident Transparency Report

Code of Conduct report received on-site (involving an offsite incident and security response)
Attendee taken to the hospital (after a scooter accident)


We're committed to sustainability at our events and this KubeCon + CloudNativeCon was no exception.

The venue, Huntington Place, is also committed to environmental stewardship in the community and makes continuous efforts to investigate, validate and implement new and innovative Green initiatives throughout the facility.

You can read their extensive sustainability initiatives, including:

  • CNCF and sponsor companies donated left-over conference swag, office supplies, furniture and more to local organizations for reuse and upcycling.
  • Huntington Place is a LEED Gold Certified Facility.
  • Housekeeping staff use products that are environmentally safe and non-toxic.
  • All pallets are recycled to a local area vendor.
  • Food that has not been served is donated to Forgotten Harvest, a local Detroit company that delivers the food to pantries, soup kitchens and shelters throughout Southeastern Michigan.
  • Conference lanyards were made from recycled water bottles.
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Media & Analyst


The event itself, as always, was fantastic with lots of good information. If you are involved with K8s or cloud-native computing, KubeCon continues to be THE EVENT that you should attend.

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Online Reach + Traffic

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Media + Analyst Results

"CNCF" mentions in media articles, press releases, and blogs that were shared 1,113 times on Twitter.
"Kubernetes" mentions in media articles, press releases, and blogs that were shared 952 times across social platforms.
"KubeCon + CloudNativeCon" mentions in media articles, press releases, and blogs that were shared 1,290 times across social platforms.

Coverage Overview

153 media and industry analysts attended both in person and virtually. The CNCF PR and AR team hosted two media and analyst roundtables at the event focusing on developer experience, and what's next in cloud native, in addition to an end user panel at the press and analyst conference.

These inspiring panel conversations lead to a number of interesting deep dives from TechTarget on the end user panel, and two articles from the "What's next in cloud native" panel: Computing and SDxCentral. In addition, the stand-alone analyst event featured a maintainer panel, which resulted in analyst blog coverage of top trends including FinOps, Wasm and cloud native security.

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Quote Highlights

The big story was security; the software supply chain was the number one consistent theme. The growth of open source exposes potential vulnerabilities with security, so software supply chain gets my vote.

John Furrier


One common theme across the event was that the economy is top of mind for vendors and organizations. Cost control and management is a major focus.

Paul Nashawaty


If there was one big takeaway this year, it would be the re-emergence of the platform paradigm in cloud-native clothing.

Jason English


The roughly 1,000 maintainers in the CNCF community make decisions that affect and support more than 7 million cloud-native developers globally. “If you really think about it, it's 1,000 people supporting millions. Maintainers are holding up the cloud-native ecosystem,” [Sharma] said.

Emma Chervek


Another topic was ease of use to reduce complexity, as well as the need to hire highly skilled staff to meet business KPIs. Organizations are turning to vendors to provide fewer, more consolidated products that reduce complexity and to act as trusted advisors.

Paul Nashawaty


Coverage Highlights

Over 3,833 articles published from KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America in leading outlets (as of November 10).

Coverage of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in SD Times

Computing - Why enterprises must do more to support open source software they use

Dark Reading - Cloud-Native Security Was in the Air at KubeCon/CloudNativeCon 2022

Datanami - Kubernetes Goes Big and Small at KubeCon

DevOps.com - CNCF Survey Predicts Growing Wasm Momentum

ERP Today - Hello caller, CNCF cloud-native network function certification engages

Evaluator Group - KubeCon 2022: From DevOps to PlatformOps

Forrester - WebAssembly (Wasm) Will Be Big — Early News From KubeCon 2022

SD Times - KubeCon Keynote stresses the importance of supporting maintainers and upstream commitments

SDX Central - Open Source Maintainers Key to Healthy Cloud-Native Ecosystem

SiliconANGLE - Continued rapid adoption of Kubernetes hints at a historic KubeCon event

SiliconANGLE - Ford Motor's early experience with cloud-native smoothed the road for its digital transformation

TechTarget - Platform engineers plug abstraction leaks

The New Stack - Meet SIG Cluster Lifecycle and Cluster API Maintainers at KubeCon

The New Stack - Ukraine Has a Bright Future

InfoQ - Developer Tooling for Cloud-Native Wasm Is Going Mainstream

Industry Analyst Coverage Highlights

This show is about developers; it's not a business show; it's not about industry posturing or marketing. This show is about creating products for builders and creating products that people can consume. The community isn't just vendors, and that's the interesting thing.

John Furrier


Sharyn Leaver, Forrester Predictions 2023
Lee Sustar, Forrester The Era Of Cloud-Native Transformation Is Here
Lee Sustar, Forrester Predictions 2023: Tech Leaders Double Down On Cloud-Native While Google Buys More Market Share
Brent Ellis, Forrester WebAssembly (Wasm) Will Be Big — Early News From KubeCon 2022
Lee Sustar, Forrester Predictions 2023: Cloud Computing
Charlie Dai, Forrester Take A Pragmatic Approach To Embrace A Cloud-Native-First Strategy
Chris Gardner, Forrester Predictions 2023: Software Development
Jean Atelsek, 451 Research Coverage Initiation: Isovalent seeks to establish a next-generation networking frontier with eBPF
Charlotte Dunlap, Global Data KubeCon 2022: Rise of Kubernetes Drives New Cost Management, Monitoring, and Security Methods
Paul Nashawaty, ESG Looking back on KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2022 - TechTarget
Verdict KubeCon highlights include new buzzword - WebAssembly
Camberley Bates, Evaluator Group KubeCon 2022: From DevOps to PlatformOps
Krista Macomber, Evaluator Group KubeCon 2022: Data Security and Protection Insights
Janae Stow Lee, Evaluator Group Kubecon 2022: The Road Ahead Takes Kubernetes to the Edge
Christian Canales, Gartner Emerging Tech Impact Radar: Communications
Wataru Katsurashima, Gartner Emerging Tech Impact Radar: Cloud Computing
Jouni Forsman, Gartner Magic Quadrant for IT Services for Communications Service Providers Worldwide
Uko Tian, Gartner Competitive Landscape: Chinese HCI Large, Specialist and Crossover Vendors
Sam Grinter, Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud HCM Suites for 1,000+ Employee Enterprises
Cameron Haight, Gartner Research Roundup for DevOps, 2022
Andrew Brown, Omdia Hyperscaler IoT Cloud Strategies



KubeCon + CloudNativeCon would not be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors.

Booth Traffic Total
Onsite leads total 73,026
Onsite leads average/booth 252
Virtual leads total 33,427
Virtual leads average/booth 140
YOY SPONSORSHIP 2016 Seattle 2017 Austin 2018 Seattle 2019 San Diego 2020 Virtual 2021 Los Angeles 2022 Detroit
Diamond 8 5 6* 6* 6* 6* 6*
Platinum 3 17 20 35 8 20 28
Gold 10 23 20 19 21 26 32
Silver 13 30 87 100 63 91 135
Start-up N/A 30 50 73 38 76 94
End User N/A N/A 5 10 2 7 6
Marketing Opportunities 13 26 27 34 29 35 65
Total Unique 39 107 193 246 143 228 303

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Thank You

We hope you enjoyed reflecting on a great event in Detroit - let's do it again in Amsterdam!

Your comments and feedback are welcome at events@cncf.io

Check out our calendar for community events near you and don't forget to register for KubeCon+CloudNativeCon Europe in Amsterdam, April 2023.

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