Introducing DevNet Create: The Developer Conference Where Applications Meet Infrastructure

February 7, 2017 - 12 Comments

We’ve grown DevNet over the last 3 years and, thanks to you, we have had tremendous success together. We feel that it’s now time to work with the broader developer community to drive an important industry transformation in front of us: how modern applications and modern infrastructure can work better together to help society and transform lives. We want to do this in a way that brings together an ecosystem of application developers, infrastructure engineers, designers, technologists, and DevOps and IT professionals from across the industry.

To achieve this goal, I am very excited to announce that we are launching a new developer conference called DevNet Create. It will be held in San Francisco on May 23-24, 2017.

(Update: NEW DATE! We moved the date to May 23-24 to make sure we don’t take audience away from Google I/O. Okay okay- maybe it’s the other way around 🙂 . We hope that some of the I/O app devs and devops audience will spend the weekend in San Francisco and join us at DevNet Create the following week!)

Applications meet InfrastructureDevNet Create developer conference in San Francisco May 2017

Traditionally, application development and infrastructure development live separately, and applications ride on the infrastructure through a wall of virtualization. There has been tremendous progress in each domain. The world of modern applications has transformed our lives in every way possible. They’ve changed how we work, how we find information, how we collaborate, how we manufacture, and even how we shop, drive, and raise our kids. Underneath these applications is an infrastructure that provides unprecedented levels of connectivity, computation, and capabilities.

We’re now at the stage where applications and infrastructure come together. Applications are not just connecting people and data, but also the Internet of Things. User experiences are integrating these applications into our daily lives. Infrastructure is not only providing connectivity and computation, but also providing new capabilities such as indoor location, real-time voice and video, and streaming analytics. Emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality and drones will have big impact on society. Developer tools and DevOps models are empowering developers to write applications and microservices and deploy them to the world on a cloud and container-based infrastructure.

The world where applications meet infrastructure holds great promise but is still in its infancy. It needs the world’s greatest minds and practitioners to come together to reach its full potential. We hope you will join us at DevNet Create and make this your forum for discussing and solving these problems. We even welcome your input on how to design DevNet Create to make it valuable for you.

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You are Invited!

We invite you to submit papers, workshops, learning labs, and birds of a feather discussion topics to DevNet Create. Keep visiting our DevNet Create site, as we will update it regularly with new information on speakers and topics. Also, join our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay updated and give us your input. I look forward to working with you in the weeks and months to come!

I’d love to hear from you:

  • What are your biggest challenges in developing modern applications and in bringing applications and infrastructure together?
  • How can we make DevNet Create valuable to you?


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  1. thanks very beneficial event

  2. Great news! To paraphrase an African adage: “It takes a community to make an app developer.”

    In my experience, contrary to the Hollywood portrayal of software geeks, the most effective developers are not lone wolves. The best developers I know are very engaged with other techies, constantly exchanging ideas. Whether you’ve never typed a line a code or you’re a hacker-savant, I suggest you find a way to get in the same room with your community, It will expand your mind and energize your career!

  3. wish i can attend the event

  4. this is great opportunity for all world

  5. The DevNet Zone at CiscoLive has been great and getting bigger and better all the time. The first ever DevNet conference is an exciting next step – looking forward to great things!

  6. Can’t wait for the first DevNet conference!

  7. I think the biggest challenge is to breakdown the mentality that Engineers and Developers are very different! To me, the mentality should be that infrastructure and programming skills are a spectrum. On both ends there will be expert level programmers and engineers, but in the middle is an awesome zone of folks who can leverage bits and pieces infrastructure, networking, coding, and applications skills to create the best solutions! My networking and sys-admin background have been monumental as I dive into DevOps and coding!

    Can’t wait for DevNetCreate!

    • Jacob – I completely agree on your point about Engineers / Developers / Operators. People are a continuum of skills, expertise, and experience. Some people will stay in one track for their careers, others will be doing multiple. But one thing that is increasingly important is that people need to be able to communicate across these areas. I hope DevNet Create provides the forum for this conversation!

  8. Really excited for this event! Looking forward interacting with DevNet APIs and learning more about the organization.

  9. To say I’m excited is an understatement! However, I’m excited.

  10. Really looking forward to the DevNet Create conference. A great opportunity to introduce the broader developer community to all the great applications they can build using Cisco APIs.

    • Thanks, Ed!

      One thing to clarify- This is an industry-wide developer conference to talk about how we can work together to make the most of the Applications Meet Infrastructure opportunity in front of us. As such, I’m hoping we’ll be hearing about the most relevant APIs from the industry, and not just Cisco.

      I’m looking forward to a great forum for all!