Published on 14 June 2016 by

Today we are thrilled to unveil the talk lineup for PuppetConf 2016. We're getting seriously excited for San Diego, where you'll be able to chose from more than 80 talks delivered by expert Puppet users, customers, employees, and IT leaders from all over the world. Will you be joining us?

Here are just a few PuppetConf 2016 sessions to tempt you:

  • Changing the Engine While in Flight - Neil Armitage (VMware)
  • Kubernetes for Sysadmins - Kelsey Hightower (Google)
  • The DevOps Handbook: Codifying DevOps Practices - Jez Humble (DevOps Research and Assessment), Gene Kim (IT Revolution), John Willis (IT Revolution author)
  • Multi-tenant Puppet at Scale - John Jawed (eBay)
  • Puppet Templates - Sally Lehman (GoDaddy)
  • Doing DevOps Where You Wouldn't Have Expected - Tom Limoncelli (Stack Overflow)
  • Enjoying the Journey from Puppet 3.x to 4.x - Rob Nelson (AT&T)
  • Scaling Puppet and Puppet Culture - Kevin Paulisse (GitHub)
  • External Data in Puppet 4 - R.I. Pienaar (Devco)
  • Easily Manage Software on Windows with Chocolatey - Rob Reynolds (Puppet)
  • Testing and Delivering Puppet - Michael Stahnke (Puppet)

PuppetConf 2015 - Alanna Brown, Eric Sorenson and J.D. Welch in audience

This year's PuppetConf will continue our tradition of in-depth sessions for beginner, intermediate, and expert Puppet users alike. There's so much to look forward to: check out the full schedule at https://puppet.com/puppetconf/agenda.

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who submitted talks for this year's PuppetConf. We were blown away by the quality of the submissions — and heartbroken we could accept only about 20 percent of them. We're hoping to still see many of the fantastic talks we couldn't fit in at other conferences and meetups around the world, including Puppet Camps and Puppet User Groups. And just because we couldn't fit it in this year doesn't mean we aren't interested — we hope some to see many of these talk ideas turn up in next year's PuppetConf call for proposals. You folks are seriously incredible.

In addition to a great speaker lineup, PuppetConf 2016 will include:

  • Contributor Summit. Whether you're interested in contributing to modules, the Puppet core or ecosystem projects, the Contributor Summit is the place to be. We've planned a great mix of presentations, lightning talks and hack time, so there's something for everyone.
  • Training. In-person training for all levels begins on 17 October, two days before the PuppetConf 2016 opening reception on 19 October. Classes include Intro to Puppet, Puppet Fundamentals, Puppetizing Infrastructure, Puppet Practitioner, and Puppet Architect. Training tickets include a free pass to PuppetConf 2016.
  • Networking. With more than 1,700 guests attending the conference, the hallway track is a fantastic opportunity to engage with the incredible Puppet community in person. For more on PuppetConf 2016 networking opportunities, visit https://puppet.com/puppetconf/networking.
  • Sunny San Diego. Enjoy the beautiful setting: Lace up your shoes for the Puppet 5K run/walk, and come to the Puppet party at the Wave House, located on the beach boardwalk and featuring fun wave pools. We'll have live music, food, drink and lots of fun.

And with that, I'll stop posting spoilers and let you just read the full PuppetConf 2016 agenda for yourself. Pack your sunglasses and get ready to take some notes and learn a lot — see you in San Diego this October!

Kara Sowles is a senior community manager at Puppet.

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