By Susan Wu, Senior Product Marketing Manager

Every spring, more than 8,000 developers from 40 different countries make the trip to the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in one of the world’s largest fanfests: DeveloperWeek. VMware will be the lead sponsor of this year’s DeveloperWeek, and we have exciting plans in store for this week-long developer festival:


Around 1,000 developers will be participating over the weekend in the DeveloperWeek Hackathon, the nation’s largest challenge-driven hackathon of its kind. Participants will work on coding challenges to win prizes worth up to $70,000 from companies like VMware, NetApp, TomTom and Veritone.

VMware’s challenge is for these hackers to demonstrate an Amazon Alexa skill to deploy, manage and scale applications hosted on Kubernetes clusters by using its APIs. We will be judging for the number of Kubernetes APIs that convert to Alexa skills, the quality of the implementation and the responses from a given Alexa skill. VMware will ultimately award two winners with prizes valued at $1,800.

Featured Talks

VMware will also host a number of featured talks during DeveloperWeek, including:

  • Frictionless Microservices: Join Dell’s VP of Technology Josh Bernstein as he explains how frictionless microservices help drive the application transformation journey in the enterprise.
  • How Containers and Microservices Can Save Your Company: Don’t miss Josh McKentry, VP of Global Ecosystem Engineering at Pivotal, discuss and highlight real-world examples from Pivotal customers who have transformed their businesses using cloud-native development.
  • Building Microservices on Kubernetes: Boskey Savla, Product Line Marketing Manager at VMware, will offer an in-depth look at the main Kubernetes components. Boskey will show how easy it is for developers to publish applications to a Kubernetes cluster and make network changes on the fly, all without IT intervention.

While you’re at it, be sure to stop by VMware’s Booth 213 to check out our two demo stations. We will be showing a demo of VMware Pivotal Container Service and a demonstration on how to monitor microservices with Wavefront.

Want to Work on Cloud-Native Technologies Full-Time? Explore Career Opportunities at VMware

VMware is recognized as a Top 100 company to work for by Fortune, and we are hiring developers, product managers, marketing specialists and open source evangelists at multiple locations. Visit the VMware table during the Hiring Mixer on Monday, Feb 5 to learn more about our career opportunities.

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