DockerCon 2022: What You Missed, and What Attendees Loved

May 17 2022

The ship has officially sailed on the 14th edition of DockerCon! Your engagement during our keynote, sessions, and within our Community Rooms left us awestruck. Accordingly, our Docker Crew owes you a massive “thank you” for making DockerCon 2022 one of our biggest yet. 👏

However, we missed those of you who couldn’t attend. From workshops, to Docker announcements, to immersive talks on cloud-native development, to panel discussions, there was plenty to sink your teeth into. Here’s what you may have missed.

DockerCon 2022 by the numbers

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2022 meant global watch parties, international communities and Docker users around the world coming together for 8 hours of engaging, developer-obsessed educational content.

  • Over 50,000 virtual registrations
  • Over 11,000 people participated in our “Getting Started With Docker” workshops.
  • Over 23,000 chats posted in the chat rooms during the event
  • Attendees from almost 190 countries
  • 17-hour Spotify playlist built by attendees.
  • One massive Moby — built with approximately 18,500 Legos

We always aim to involve all developers in conversations around cloud-native development and industry trends. Accordingly, every live chat was positively buzzing with activity as our community showed its eagerness to lend a helping hand and keep the excitement going!

Noteworthy Announcements

Your feedback through GitHub, community Slack channels, and other outlets has helped us improve the developer experience. We used that feedback to program DockerCon 2022. Here’s what we covered, and what we’ve accomplished since last year.

Roundup: What’s New in Docker Desktop

We’ve poured massive development effort into feature additions for Docker Desktop. Our team has shipped many enhancements while iterating on Docker Desktop’s v4.8 branch (currently v4.8.1). Some quick, but mighty, highlights:

We’re thrilled to share these features with the community. However, they’re just the latest milestones on our packed roadmap. Stay tuned for more, and read along as we dissect some larger announcements!

Introducing Docker SBOM

Docker sbom in action

A simple docker sbom [image name:version]command reveals your container image’s contents.

A sharpened focus on security has made container-image visibility more critical. Accordingly, knowing your image’s contents boosts security and trust. That’s where the Docker Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) helps immensely.

We first announced Docker SBOM back in early April. However, DockerCon 2022 let us showcase its functionality and importance for live viewers. Docker CTO Justin Cormack and Anchore’s Manager of Open Source Engineering, Dan Luhring, led this insightful discussion on image security.

To learn more about how SBOM works and our future development plans, check out this session from DockerCon and view our documentation.

Docker Extensions Lightning Talks

Eric smalling discusses his experiences with package vulnerabilities.

Eric Smalling discusses his experiences with package vulnerabilities.

Likewise, we wanted our evolving Docker Extensions feature and our partners to shine at DockerCon 2022. Our Extensions Lightning Talks helped showcase the useful technologies that external teams have been working hard on.

Accordingly, presenters Eric Smalling (Snyk), Daniel Bryant (Telepresence), Anais Urlichs (Trivy), Lee Calcote and Nic Jackson (Meshery), Stevan Le Meur (Red Hat OpenShift), plus Melissa McKay and Damian Curry (JFrog) led discussions on their respective extensions. Each brief demo showcased how developers can boost their productivity — all without leaving Docker Desktop.

To learn more about Docker Extensions and upcoming partner extensions, check out this engaging group session.

The Viewers Have Spoken: Your Favorite Sessions

DockerCon 2022 truly had something for everyone regardless of occupation, tech stack, or experience level. However, we noticed that some sessions really grabbed your attention! Here are some talks that kept attendees glued to their screens.

Docker and Web 3.0 – Using Docker to Utilize Decentralized Infrastructure and Build Decentralized Apps

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Web 3.0 — or web3 — promises to be an exciting, open, and decentralized standard for delivering connected web experiences to users. Accordingly, Storj Labs’ dynamic trio of JT Olio, Marton Elek, and Krista Spriggs kicked off festivities within the Excel track. There’s a growing demand for decentralized systems across our cloud-native landscape.

Recognizing this, JT and crew dove into the underpinnings of their own decentralized infrastructure — while highlighting Docker’s contributions and importance throughout an industry-wide transition. If you want to tackle the pesky question, “What exactly is web3?” then look no further. You’ll also learn how containers, blockchains, and decentralization can benefit developers right now.

Quickly Creating a Production-Ready API Using FastAPI and Docker…Explained with Memes

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Sebastiàn Ramírez dazzled us with a duo of memes and technical information in the Learn track. Python remains one of today’s leading programming languages. With usage growing in lockstep with web-app development, developers are seeking tools that let them leverage Python’s power with minimal effort. Enter FastAPI.

Sebastiàn highlights how popular the FastAPI web framework has become, and the proof is in the pudding. Not only does it have over 40,000 GitHub stars, but large microservices providers like Microsoft, Uber, and Netflix rely on it. You’ll learn how FastAPI’s standards-based approach plays well with Docker. Accordingly, he discusses how both technologies team up to streamline your Python development workflows.

Kelsey Hightower and Scott Johnston Fireside Chat

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There are few in the industry who’ve seen trends come and go, or development practices evolve, like Kelsey Hightower and Docker CEO Scott Johnston. The pair reflected on how far the industry has come in the past decade, and how the current landscape of services has progressed.

Kelsey and Scott dissected topics ranging from reaching developer consensus to the growing complexity of software development. The live chat buzzed in agreement  as Kelsey stressed the importance of user-centric application design. “Just because we’re developing for faraway users doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice the human element behind every service.”

If you’re looking to learn more about modern software development and Docker’s supporting role, tune in ASAP.

Building Observability for the 99% Developers

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Last but not least, Akita Software’s Jean Yang captured hearts and minds with her straightforward chat on observability. Viewers raved that Jean’s session was the best they’d seen all day — which tackled everything from tooling, to testing, to bridging common development gaps.

Jean expanded on how flexibility and tooling efficacy are critical. Speaking from her experiences while designing programming languages, she offered unique takes on cloud-native software development lifecycles. You’re invited to dive in and learn how best practices have evolved — and the key implications of those changes.

Looking Ahead

We had a blast with you throughout each day of DockerCon 2022. Thanks to all who participated, and those of you who are interested in catching up! This recap is just the tip of the iceberg. DockerCon 2022 brought a massive amount of developer-centric content, Docker community announcements, and playful segments with hosts Kat Speer and Shy Ruparel.

Accordingly, we’re looking forward to seeing you at our next DockerCon! Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming announcements, and continue doing what you do best: building amazing applications.

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