Salt community love at SaltConf19

November 6, 2019 - Kavya Chandrashekhar

SaltConf19 is all about community love and we have an agenda designed to help attendees build meaningful relationships, engage with other Salt contributors and users, and reward Salt community members for all the value they provide to the Salt open source project.

SaltConf19 is returning to Salt Lake City from November 18-19. We have more content and activities planned for the Salt community at SaltConf19 than ever before. Check the SaltConf19 agenda and book your ticket now. 

Don’t forget we have a few more openings remaining in the SaltConf19 Diversity Scholarship program for individuals under-represented in tech. Submit an application if you qualify.

Even if you can’t attend SaltConf19 in person, we have a few ways to engage with us remotely. Keep reading for details.

Get to know the leaders of the Salt community

During the SaltConf19 keynote on Monday, November 18, we will introduce the Salt Working Group captains who have been leading the effort to maintain Salt support for Windows, macOS, cloud control, network automation, test and release, and more.

These introductions will be helpful for the rest of your time at SaltConf19 as you attend the Salt Sprint, breakout sessions, and the meet the experts session. Get to know the Salt Working Group captains and group members to make the most of your time at SaltConf19.

Harness the power of Salt

Dozens of breakout sessions over both days of SaltConf19 are planned. Salt users will deliver case studies and SaltStack engineers will provide deep dives into Salt to help attendees get the most out of the Salt automation and orchestration platform. 

Many of the Salt Working Group captains will be delivering breakout sessions. Make sure to check out the full lineup of SaltConf19 speakers and breakout session topics here

Collaborate with the Salt community

Join the Salt Sprint Monday from 4:30 to 5:30pm to learn how to contribute to Salt and to foster engagement with the Salt developer community. We will have dedicated sprint groups focused on Windows, macOS, test and release, SSH, cloud, network automation, documentation and more. 

Should you attend the Salt Sprint? Here’s a few questions you can ask yourself, and what to expect:

  • “I haven’t contributed to Salt before but would like to get started.” Salt Sprint tracks are designed for new as well as existing contributors. We will even have a track for people who have never contributed to an open source project before. You are welcome to attend, to watch and learn from others, or dive right in. 
  • “I have my own Salt pull request that I need help with.” SaltStack core engineering team members will be at the Salt Sprint to help. Salt is one of the friendliest, most accommodating, open source communities in the world.
  • “I’m not really a software developer, and don’t code much, but I want to contribute.” We will have a documentation sprint group which is a great way to understand Salt better and start your contributions. Even simple grammatical edits to Salt documentation are a valuable way to contribute to the project.
  • “I’m an expert in Salt and I want to help, but I don’t know where to start.” We will have a prioritized list of required enhancements and fixes to provide plenty of opportunity for Salt community members to get involved.

Recognizing the contributions

We will recognize contributions to the Salt community with two awards that will be announced at SaltConf19.

The first award will be given to the top three contributors to the Salt open source project in 2019. This award is intended to show our gratitude to the individuals who have contributed the most to Salt and will be assessed based on criteria such as total number of merged pull requests, quality of contributions, and the critical importance of those contributions. 

The second award will be given to a single individual recognized as the Salt Community Champion. This award will go to the person in the Salt community who is most generous with their time in helping people be successful with Salt software through engagement via platforms like the SaltStack community Slack workspace, IRC, or Google group, or who shares their Salty knowledge through a blog, video, or other social channels. We are accepting nominations for this award here.

The winners of these awards will be announced at the Salt Sprint and party Monday night at SaltConf19.

Meet the experts

On the second day of SaltConf19 a panel consisting of Salt core team members, Thomas Hatch, and working group captains will answer the Saltiest questions from the Salt community. The expert panel will answer questions submitted in advance by the community, so submit your best questions here.

The Meet the Experts session at SaltConf19 is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19 from 8:45 to 9:30am and will be live streamed via Zoom. RSVP here to access the Zoom room.