I just wrapped my opening keynote at the DevNet Create, Cisco’s inaugural IoT and cloud developer conference at Bespoke in San Francisco. Over the next two days, the attendees here, as well as those joining via the live stream, will learn and experience first-hand how applications are meeting the infrastructure, making the network open to developers like never before.

At DevNet, our killer app is learning, and we are thrilled to be working directly with developers to pave the road for prioritized developer access and open APIs across all of Cisco. Apps have become the primary vehicle for reinventing entire workflows that transform businesses, and keeping those apps running and performing well has never been more important.

The advancements in both API technology and programmable infrastructure are creating amazing opportunities for developers to not just build apps to ride on top of the network but allow them to derive data directly from the infrastructure. There is a new definition of infrastructure – an infrastructure the provides not only network, compute and storage, but also critical value to applications.

At DevNet Create, we are launching our Fastlane mini-hack to support the recent Cisco Wi-Fi and iOS 10 partnership that provides developers with the ability to prioritize business critical applications and let the network do the work for them to provide optimized Wi-Fi connectivity.

Jason Goeke, vice president and general manager, Cognitive Collaboration & Cisco Spark Platform, joined me today for our opening keynote and announced the launch of the Cisco Spark SDK & Spark Widgets. Developers can now access the powerful collaboration features of Cisco Spark to embed messaging and calling capabilities into mobile and web business applications.

Business apps are all around us and can affect everything within the enterprise. They actuate manufacturing, security systems, HVAC systems, network policies, and even the vending machines on campuses. Todd Nightingale, SVP and GM of Cisco Meraki, also joined me on stage to share how Cisco Meraki APIs connect developers to place, presence, and things. During his keynote, Todd announced that Meraki will invest in our developer community with $1 million of free gear for developers!

Further showcasing our emphasis at DevNet Create on the important role that Cloud and DevOps play for building modern apps on a programmable infrastructure, I was joined this morning by three executives focused on the tools and open initiatives that will power provisioning and deployment of modern apps on a programmable infrastructure.

Dan Kohn, executive director of the CNCF, joined us to announce that the Cloud Native Computing Foundation Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) has voted to accept CNI (Container Networking Interface) as the 10th hosted project alongside Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing, Fluentd, Linkerd, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, and rkt!

Craig McLuckie, CEO of Heptio, discussed the emerging landscape of the major cloud providers and issues critical to all developers such as portability and consistency.

Abby Kearns, executive director of CloudFoundry, joined to discuss how developers are rebuilding the enterprise and highlight several open source concepts and technologies powering this trans-industrial transformation.

Developers have the opportunity to shape not only how applications can provide critical business value but also improve society –  a topic we will discuss in tomorrow’s keynote when we welcome Drew Zachary and Radhika Bhatt from the Department of Commerce. They will share details on why The Opportunity Project is partnering with DevNet to attract talented developers to the challenge of building practical resources leveraging open data sets for solving pressing social needs. https://www.esa.gov/content/opportunity-project-and-ciscos-devnet-create-conference-attendees-harness-open-data-create

I am inspired by the overwhelming turnout (we sold out!), the energy of those in attendance, and the exciting hands-on activities planned over the following days. Join via live stream and the many interactive learning opportunities via developer.cisco.com.

We are thrilled for you to join the transformation!



Susie Wee


Cisco DevNet Ecosystem Success