As most of you know by now, at Docker we love to organize meetups for the Docker community. We think meetups are a great way for everyone to learn, share their knowledge and network with others like-minded people while having fun.
We are thrilled to announce that as of this weekend, there are more than 100,000 people who have joined the Docker meetup community. As we hit this milestone, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on how the community got there, why people are excited about attending these events and thank the people who made all of this possible.
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Since April 2013, the Docker community grown on average 7 new meetup groups every month with over 90 groups in Europe alone.
Today, we want to give a special shout-outs to the awesome community members who have been organizing Docker meetups since 2013.
- Patrick Aljord and Adrien Blind in Paris, France since July 2013
- Jesse White in New York City, NY since August 2013
- Aaron Feng in Atlanta, GA since October 2013
- Kevin Cearns in Toronto, Canada since October 2013
- Matthias Grüter, Fredrik Vihlborg and Niklas Carlsson in Stockholm, Sweden since November 2013
- Neependra Khare in Bangalore, India since November 2013
- Gabriel Monroy in Boulder, CO since November 2013
- Mark Coleman and Pini Reznik in Amsterdam, Netherlands since November 2013
- Dimitris Kapanidis in Barcelona, Spain since November 2013
- Shigetoshi Yokoyama in Tokyo, Japan since November 2013
- Willy Kuo in Taipei, Taiwan since December 2013
- George Lewis in Washington, DC since December 2013
Seeing everything that the meetup organizers do to make each event happen in their cities has been humbling for everyone at Docker. From the logistics of finding the right venue, coordinating speaker schedules, ordering food and beverages and even dealing with customs to collect Docker swag, being an organizer takes a lot of time and effort.
Preparing for tomorrow’s docker ATL birthday event. pic.twitter.com/ukb7KgLE1w
— Aaron Feng (@aaronfeng) March 21, 2016
— Docker Stockholm (@DockerStockholm) April 4, 2016
In addition to the logistical aspects, organizers also have to deal with the technical challenges associated with running Docker user groups. It’s truly inspiring to see all the creative ideas the organizers always come up with to overcome these challenges.
For instance, last month, Rennes organizer Nicolas de Loof wrote a script to collect all required images and offer an import script to attendees participating in his local edition of the Docker birthday.
Vincent de Smet, one of the organizers in Saigon, wrote a post on setting up a private registry with TLS enabled using Docker-Machine, explaining how to configure Boot2Docker clients to push/pull to this registry to avoid issues with slow wifi at the meetup venue.
Organizer Nils de Moor, with the help of community mentors Damien Duportal and Dieter Reuter, also came up with the idea of organizing a Docker on Raspberry Pi Workshop in Brussels for people to learn Docker Engine and Docker Swarm basics.
Want to start your own Docker meetup group? First check out this page to learn more next steps, best practices, benefits, etc. You can also check out our Docker Meetup Guide and this list of tips to organize the best tech meetups by Johann Romefort, the Docker Munich meetup organizer.
Docker, Inc could certainly not sponsor all these Docker user groups without the support of all the local sponsors. We’re very grateful for all the companies in the Docker ecosystem who are providing venues, sponsoring food and beverages or paying for the video recording of the talks. We’re always looking for new sponsors to make sure every group remains active and fun. If your company is interested in sponsoring Docker meetups, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So you might be asking yourselves, why are so many people attending Docker meetup? What can I expect from these meetups?
The first and most obvious reason is to learn about the different components of the Docker Platform and its over 400 ecosystem partners. Docker and the ecosystem are rapidly changing and iterating with every new releases. Meetup are a great way to catch up with the latest Docker projects, features, improvements including the ones from other organizations in the ecosystem.
wooo, what a fantastic sysadmin meetup. lots of cool security talk. plus i learned true history of “Sessionable beers”. thanks @docker !
— davi – 德海 (@daviottenheimer) August 1, 2015
Another reason why people like to attend Docker meetup is to meet other members of the community. Informal discussions before and after the main talks as well as audience Q&A will give you a chance to hear about the best and latest Docker tips, tricks, ideas, opinions and lessons learned.
— Tiago Pires (@tpires) March 26, 2016
In case that was not enough to convince you, we often give Docker swag at Docker meetups. Just ask a questions or give a (lightning) talk about your Docker use case and you might be rewarded with a standard or limited edition Docker t-shirts or stickers!
— Docker (@docker) July 17, 2014
Last but not least, there is a really good chance that you will have fun! Whether it’s participating in the next #dockerhackday, celebrating the next #dockerbday, attending hands-on workshop or the regular monthly meetup, all Docker organizers strive to make these events as welcoming as possible.
Can’t find a group near you? You can also join the Docker Online Meetup Group!
In case you missed the Docker Birthday celebrations last month, there is a self-paced beginners’ tutorial for new members of the Docker community who want to learn the Docker basics. This tutorial will walk you through the steps involved in developing and running a simple voting app (see design below) from a fresh computer using the Docker Toolbox.
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