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Monthly Archives: September 2017

October 5 Meetup: Kubernetes on Azure Hands-On

tThe teams are back from VMworld Europe, and our fall season event calendar is starting to fill.

First up, we’re excited to support the Microsoft Azure Open Group for the first time and will be hosting them next week at HQ:

Kubernetes on Azure Hands On!
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Prom C Cafeteria
VMware HQ
Details and RSVP

This meetup will be “an extreme hands-on session, where you will setup a new Kubernetes (K8s) cluster and learn how to deploy and manage microservices-style applications!”

No prior knowledge of Kubernetes, Docker, or containers is required. Just bring a fully-charged (power outlets are limited) laptop and join the fun.

Refreshments will be provided. See you there!

VMworld Europe Hackathon: Watch the 5-Minute Clip on VMworld TV

We had a fantastic hackathon event last night! Thanks to all the teams for their hard work, and thanks to the VMworld TV crew for stopping by and capturing the atmosphere so very nicely.

You can read up on some of the excitement by browsing the #VMworldHackathon hashtag on Twitter.

If you’d like to see more of these types of events, please join the VMware {code} program and let us know. We’re actively exploring ways we can deliver more developer-related content and programming in places all around the world.

VMworld Europe Hackathon: Meet the Judges

Once again, we are thrilled to have gathered a stellar team of judges to help us pick the winning team at the hackathon in Barcelona Monday night.

Jake Robinson

Jake Robinson

Jake Robinson

Jake Robinson (@JakeRobinson, LinkedIn, GitHub) is passionate about automation and has been innovating at VMware for 4 years, serving as an automation architect, dev manager, and most recently as the product manager for VMware’s CLIs, including PowerCLI and DCLI. He is a proud advocate for community and open source software and has a number of open source projects in the works.

Nikki Roda

Nikki Roda

Nikki Roda

Nikki Roda (@NikkiRoda, LinkedIn) is a Staff Interaction Designer and Prototyper for VMware’s User Experience team, specializing in applying information visualizations to highly complex datasets and analysis. With a background in Economics, Data Science, and Human Computer Interaction, she’s had the pleasure of designing bespoke solutions for government agencies, global developmental aid organizations, and large investment banks. She’s a passionate advocate for expanding data literacy and data-driven design within organizations to help inform better decision making. Come see the work she’s been doing on next generation visualizations and user interfaces for the Management suite of applications at VMworld session MGT3138SE, “What’s on the Horizon: Cool Emerging Technologies and Challenges of Managing Them” from 5pm-6pm on Wednesday Sept 13th

Steve Trefethen

Steve Trefethen

Steve Trefethen

Steve Trefethen (LinkedIn) leads the vSphere SDK team delivering Automation SDKs for the new vSphere REST APIs as well as VMware Cloud on AWS, pyvmomi, rbvmomi, VCLI and the Management SDK’s. In the past, Steve has served as CTO and VP of Engineering at various startups in Silicon Valley and built development teams from the ground up. He has also worked as a developer at Borland working on Delphi, a popular software development environment and Microsoft as part of the Windows team and is passionate about software development.

Ricky Trigalo

RIcky Trigalo

RIcky Trigalo

Ricky Trigalo (LinkedIn) leads the Cloud-Exchange team, an incubation (XLab) project with OCTO, developing a new ‘public cloud’ based on exchange of capacity from SP’s and enterprise participants on VMware’s platform. Prior to VMware, she was a Director of Solution Architecture with Diablo technologies, leading architecture design solutions with All Flash distributed local storage. Ricky has 20 years of experience in storage industry, including product management, system and solution architecture and software engineering.

VMworld Europe Hackathon Barcelona Logistics Update

Please note: This post will be continuously updated as more details are being finalized!

We look forward to seeing you at the hackathon this coming Monday in Barcelona.

The event is currently 100% booked. There is a slight chance we might be able to offer a few additional seats for either active participants and/or guests. Stay tuned!

Please carefully review the information below!

Confirm registration & join a team

Please check in ScheduleBuilder to see if you are registered for Hackathon Event: Teams hack on ideas! [VMTN6735E].

If you’re registered, good! Please make sure to also add your name to the spreadsheet by joining or starting a team. IMPORTANT! You must join a team prior to the event!

If you’re not registered in ScheduleBuilder, please contact us! We’ll try to work something out (no guarantees, though).

Join the Slack channel

If you haven’t done so already, please:

  1. Sign up for the VMware {code} program.
  2. Join the #hackathon-europe Slack channel.

If you registered previously but can’t locate your Slack invite, please contact us, and we‘ll re-invite you straight away.

Can’t make it? No biggie!

If you foresee you won’t be able to make it to the event after all, please be courteous and cancel your registration in ScheduleBuilder. We have a large group of people waiting eagerly for more slots to open up.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Shuttle buses


  • From 5.30pm: our two 54-seater buses will be on standby outside Fira (Carrer del Alumini).
  • 5.40pm: Buses depart


  • 0.00am (midnight): Bus departures from Valkiria Hub Space to Plaza Catalunya and Plaza Espanya


Valkiria Hub Space
Carrer de Pujades 126
08005 Barcelona
Tel: +34 933 09 50 47
Web: http://www.valkiriahubspace.com/en/

Don’t forget your gear

Make sure to bring all your appliances, cables, chargers etc.


Here’s the agenda for the evening:

From To Duration Agenda item Notes
06:30pm 06:45pm 00:15 Pre-hackathon training sessions  Welcome & introductions
06:45pm 10:30pm 03:45 Teams work
10:30pm 10:45pm 00:15 Pitch presentations Teams can expect to have around 90 seconds available to present their work and make a convincing case to the judges.
10:45pm 11:00pm 00:15 Announcement of winning team
11:00pm  12:00am  01:00 Party

Please help your team be the most productive it can be and make sure to come fully prepared. Thanks!

Scoring rubric

With our hackathons, we want to emphasize collaboration and learning (and, ultimately, sharing with the community). This is a team effort! Performance will be evaluated against the following five criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Usefulness
  • Presentation/pitch
  • Team collaboration
  • Fun/learning

Some categories will matter more than others. The exact weighting rules will be revealed at the beginning of the event.


Please meet our esteemed judges.

Judging process

Judges will be asked to interact with the teams throughout the evening to understand what problems are being solved and how, assess team collaboration and prepare for the final scoring later in the evening.

In other words, your teams will be evaluated throughout the evening, so it’s not just the pitch presentation that counts.


Details to be announced soon.