In case you missed it, this week we’re celebrating Docker’s 4th Birthday with meetups all over the world (check out #dockerbday on twitter). This feels like the right time to look back at the past 4 years and reflect on what makes the Docker Community so unique and vibrant: people, values, mentorship and learning opportunities. You can read our own Jérôme Petazzoni’s blog post for a more technical retrospective.
Managing an open source project at that scale and preserving a healthy community doesn’t come without challenges. Last year, Arnaud Porterie wrote a very interesting 3-part series blog post on open source at Docker covering the different challenges associated with the People, the Process and the Tooling and Automation. The most important aspect of all being the people.
Respect, fairness and openness are essential values required to create a welcoming environment for professionals and hobbyists alike. In that spirit, we’ve launched a scholarship program and partnerships in an attempt to improve opportunities for underrepresented groups in the tech industry while helping the Docker Community become more diverse. If you’re interested in this topic, we’re fortunate enough to have Austin area high school student Kate Hirschfeld presenting at DockerCon on Diversity in the face of adversity.
But what really makes the Docker community so special is all of the passionate contributors who work tremendously hard to submit pull requests, file GitHub issues, organize meetups, give talks at conferences, write blog posts or record Docker tips videos.
Leadership, mentorship, contribution and collaboration play a massive role in the development of the Docker Community and container ecosystem. Through the organization of the Docker Mentor Week last year or a Docker Mentor Summit at DockerCon 2017, we’re always trying to emulate the community and encourage more advanced users to share their knowledge with newcomers.
A great example of leadership and mentorship in the Docker Community is Docker Captain Alex Ellis. We could not write a blog post on #PiDay without mentioning Alex and the awesome work he does around Docker and Raspberry Pi. In addition to sharing his knowledge through blog posts and videos, Alex is actively inspiring and mentoring younger folks such as Finnian Anderson. Alex’s support and advocacy got Finnian invited to DockerCon 2017 to give a demo of a Raspberry Pi-driven hardware gauge to monitor a Docker Swarm in real time.
If you’re pumped about all the things you learn and all the people you meet at Docker events, you’re going to love what we have planned for you at this year’s DockerCon! We’re giving everyone at DockerCon access to a tool called #MobyMingle to connect with people who share the same Docker use cases, topic of interests or hack ideas, or even your favorite TV shows. So no matter where you’re traveling from or how many people you know before the conference, we will make sure you end up feeling at home!