Our Favorite Gifs From ChefConf’s Past

ChefConf is part of a movement. A movement driven by the community — to build systems, products, businesses, organizations, heck, even a world — that are more humane, more empathetic, and better than what came before.

This is why ChefConf is special. You have made it mean something to thousands of people over the past five years. In the process, some incredible moments – both planned and unexpected – have happened. We can’t wait to see what happens at this year’s event.

So, as we prepare for ChefConf 2017, we’d like to share some of our favorite gifs from ChefConf’s past, showing just how unique, dynamic, and empowering the Chef community is.

Active, Caring, and Wickedly Smart People


ChefConf brings together a vibrant and passionate community of IT practitioners and business leaders whose jobs and companies have been fundamentally transformed through Chef and DevOps. Attending the conference will provide you a number of ways to engage with and learn from cool people who want to help you succeed with Chef.

Inspiring Keynotes


Day two and three of ChefConf begin with main stage talks from dynamic, inspiring speakers who live, breath, and drive the DevOps movement. Their presence is genuine, their stories are real, their impact is tangible, and their perspectives will give you insight that can’t be heard anywhere else.

In 2016, we heard stories from companies like Alaska Airlines, GE Digital, Microsoft, Google, and more.

Radical Parties


We love to celebrate our diverse community! This year we’re dedicating one evening to an epic game night sure to entertain, excite, and enthrall even casual gamers. Then, for our final night together, we’ll rock and rock hard to live music at the legendary Stubbs BBQ surrounded by all our #cheffriends.

The Best t-Shirts


We take our t-shirts seriously. Deliberately soft, thoughtfully cut, and earnestly designed. They’re like a currency or collectors item in our community.

Games and Networking


As you wander through the expo hall you’ll find snacks, libations, and activities to help you network with your peers or learn about new technologies from our awesome sponsors.

A Pool to Keep Cool


If you find yourself needing a break and fresh air to process the wealth of information you’ll learn about how to transform the way you and your team work, there’s a pool. There’s also a bar at the pool.

Disruption is Fun for Everyone


Every industry across the globe is being impacted by digital disruption. At ChefConf, we believe disruption is a good thing, in fact, we embrace it and want to keep every attendee engaged, enthused, and on their toes. Whether it’s our CEO Barry Crist suddenly catapulting T-Shirts into the audience, or Adam Jacob taking his keynote down a wonderful tangent, ChefConf promises to surprise everyone in delightful ways.

Funny Videos with Powerful Messages


Spoiler alert! ChefConf historically opens with a wild video about serious stuff like continuous delivery, DevOps, HugOps, and cows named Henry. In the past, Adam has used a T-Shirt launcher to throw eggs at me. I once blew up silos on an actual closed-loop farm. Last year, Barry was seen skateboarding to work. You’ll want to be front and center for the premiere of this year’s ChefConf video!

Sweet Fist Bumps


This is literally the feeling when everybody does DevOps together.

This year’s ChefConf will undoubtedly create countless more gifs, so please join us in Austin, May 22-24, to make some history. Oh, and don’t forget to stick around for Thursday, May 25! We are hosting a hack day and can’t wait to see what you’ll build after three inspiring days with all of your #cheffriends.

Register for ChefConf now!

Nathen Harvey

As the VP of Community Development at Chef, Nathen helps the community whip up an awesome ecosystem built around the Chef framework. Nathen also spends much of his time helping people learn about the practices, processes, and technologies that support DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Web-scale IT. Prior to joining Chef, Nathen spent a number of years managing operations and infrastructure for a number of web applications. Nathen is a co-host of the Food Fight Show, a podcast about Chef and DevOps.