General FAQ

What is Puppetize PDX?

Puppetize PDX is our annual user conference that brings together the broader Puppet community — users of any of our products (Bolt, Open Source Puppet, Puppet Enterprise, Puppet Discovery, and Puppet Pipelines), contributors and ecosystem partners — to share knowledge, network and have fun.

When and where is Puppetize PDX?

Puppetize PDX will be in Portland, Oregon. The main conference dates are 9 - 10 October with an optional (free) day of community events the day prior (8 Oct). See the full schedule

You can also add training (paid) before the conference (6-8 Oct). Learn more

What's the event schedule / agenda?

You can see the agenda here.

Who should attend Puppetize PDX?

Puppetize PDX is for anyone who uses or contributes to any of our products  — Bolt, Open Source Puppet, Puppet Enterprise, Puppet Discovery, and Puppet Pipelines — as well as the folks who manage those teams.

Will you be live streaming or recording the talks?

The sessions will not be live-streamed, but they will be recorded and made available after the event. 

  • Keynotes will be published within 1-2 days to the Puppet Blog
  • Talks will be published in late October. 

How is Puppetize PDX different from Puppetize Live last year?

We experimented with a new format last year with three events in three cities over 24-hours with a continuous live stream of content. We got a lot of great feedback on the content but people wanted more content and most importantly, more time with their peers. Based on that feedback, Puppetize PDX will be a two-day event with three tracks of awesome content and a day of pre-conference community events. 

What kind of content can we expect at Puppetize PDX?

Puppetize PDX is a two-day multi-track event with pre-conference community events.  Because the event is geared towards users of our products, you can expect a mix of technical talks from people who are doing cool things with our products, fun cultural talks, and demos of our latest product innovations. Talks will cover themes including:

  • Cloud native
  • DevOps Best Practices
  • Open Source Tools
  • DevOps at Scale
  • Security
  • Testing

How much does it cost to attend Puppetize PDX?

The conference pass costs $399. 

Will there be an alumni discount?

Yes, we are offering an alumni discount. Puppet event alumnis can contact [email protected] for details.

Is there a diversity scholarship program?

Yes, we are offering diversity scholarships this year. Applications have closed and recipients have been notified.  

Will there be social events?

Yes, there will be a:  

  • Welcome reception on 8 October (4:30 - 6:00pm) the evening before Puppetize PDX kicks off
  • Party the evening of 9 October at Punch Bowl Social featuring old school arcade games, bowling and more!

See the schedule for more info.

Where should I stay? Is there an official hotel?

Yes, See the travel page for info. 

I'm ready to attend, how do I convince my manager?

We’ve created this template email showing how Puppetize PDX is a worthy investment for your team. Make a copy of this template fill in the blanks and send to your manager.

How can I sponsor Puppetize PDX?

We invite you to take part in this awesome event and reach out to [email protected] for a copy of the Sponsor Prospectus.

Does the venue offer parking?

The Portland Downtown Waterfront Marriott offers valet parking for $44 a day. 

Neighboring parking lots include: 

  • Crown Plaza Parking - 120 SW Clay St, $18.00 daily max, $15.50 early bird (in by 10:30 am)
  • Smart Park - 123 SW Jefferson St, $18.00 daily max.

Prices current as of July 2019 and are subject to change.


Will training be available at Puppetize PDX?

Yes, we are offering Getting Started with Puppet and Puppet Practitioner classes. These 3-day trainings will be offered:

Sunday - Tuesday, Oct 6-8

9:00am - 4:00pm.  Lunch will be provided.

Training is prior to Puppetize PDX. Learn more about our training offerings here.

Where will training be held?

Training will be at The Heathman Hotel (1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205), a 10-minute walk from the Puppetize PDX venue, Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront (1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97201).  Please contact [email protected] with any questions. 

Why should I attend training at Puppetize PDX?

Attending training at Puppetize PDX gives you the opportunity to get hands-on training and hear the sharpest minds in DevOps tell their stories and share their experiences. With three days of training + Puppetize PDX, you will have more even more opportunities to learn from experts and thought leaders, discuss ideas with your peers, and network with the Puppet community.

What classes are available?

We are offering Getting Started with Puppet and Puppet Practitioner at Puppetize PDX.  See our training page for course descriptions.

How much does it cost to attend training at Puppetize PDX?

The cost for three days of training is $2,400 USD. See our training page for more details.

Will meals be included with training?

Lunch is included with training classes. We can provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and other options.  Please specify any dietary requirements during registration.

Can I use a Premium Support voucher to attend training at Puppetize PDX?

Yes, we are accepting a limited number of vouchers for training at Puppetize PDX, so register early.  If you would like to redeem one of your vouchers for training at Puppetize PDX, please email [email protected] to request a code to use when registering.  The voucher covers the cost of the training only, and you will still need to pay to attend the Puppetize PDX event.

Can I use a Flexible Class Seat to attend training at Puppetize PDX?

Yes, we accept Flexible Class Seats for training at Puppetize PDX; however, you need to request a different code to register for training at Puppetize PDX using a Flexible Class Seat.   Please email [email protected] to request the code.  The Flexible Class Seat covers the cost of the training only, and you will still need to pay to attend the Puppetize PDX event.


Does the venue have wheelchair accessibility?

Yes, it does.

Will there be a sign interpreter on stage?

If requested, we will offer an interpreter. During registration, you’ll be asked if you have any accessibility needs.

How does Puppet handle dietary restrictions for event attendees?

Meals will cater to many different dietary needs; you’ll be able to select your preferences during registration. If you have any specific concerns, please reach out to [email protected].

Is there a nursing parent room?

Yes, we will have a room available. During the conference, please stop by the onsite info desk for access.

Will there be childcare?

We do not offer onsite child care, but there are local drop-in child care options in the city of Portland. We encourage you to search for the best option for your needs.