Reflections on #ChefConf 2013

#ChefConf 2013 was a roaring success!

Our second annual conference was full of great keynotes, insightful workshops, informative track sessions, and the awesome Chef community. #ChefConf 2013 sold out with more than 700 people in attendance and hundreds more watching the live video stream of the keynote sessions.ChefConf2013-1

Wednesday’s activities included training workshops on Chef, Openstack, and managing production incidents. Bryan Berry helped organize a hack day for the community. The day wrapped-up with a welcome reception to officially kick-off #ChefConf 2013.

The keynotes on Thursday morning included presentations from Opscode, Facebook, Forrester Research, and GE. Following the keynotes, were five tracks of break out sessions and a community room that was used for hacking, Q & A with presenters, and as a focal point for the hallway track. Thursday evening wrapped up with a keynote from Jamie Winsor, the Awesome Community Chef awards, and a concert from Charlie Mars.

ChefConf2013-45Friday kicked off with keynotes from Adam Jacob, Cycle Computing, Disney, Nordstrom, and a joint keynote with IBM and Opscode. Again, the keynotes were followed by five tracks and the community room.

About seventy people headed over to Joyent‘s offices on Saturday morning for an amazing Chef Hack Day.

The most difficult part of #ChefConf 2013 was deciding which talks to attend. There were many awesome talks scheduled over the course of the conference. Check out the #ChefConf Talks page to watch videos or view presentations from most of the talks.

ChefConf2013-147We asked you for your feedback on #ChefConf 2013. 97% of respondents rated the conference “Very Good” or better and 94% said they’re likely attend #ChefConf 2014.

For many, the best part of #ChefConf was connecting with other members of the Opscode Community.

This year’s #ChefConf started off with a video. The video ended with a statement that sums up what was demonstrated throughout #ChefConf:

It’s not just Chef that’s awesome, it’s what people do with it. Code can do some incredible things. But code can’t do it alone. It takes all of us, working together, sharing our experiences, and solving the real problems we face to turn that code into something of value. Code isn’t transforming the world, we are!


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.