Civo Navigate showcases best of the tech community in Tampa

On the 7th and 8th of February, Civo hosted its first US tech conference, Civo Navigate, in Tampa, Florida. Across the two days, hundreds of attendees flocked to Tampa to hear from some of the leading lights of the cloud native community and wider tech sector. Education was at the heart of Civo Navigate, and attendees were able to learn and exchange ideas with more than 50 expert speakers in a packed schedule of workshops and talks – suitable for all skill levels.

Civo Navigate brought together some of the cloud-native community’s brightest minds to inform businesses about how to best leverage cloud native technologies and drive forward innovation.  With experts on topics ranging from Kubernetes to machine learning, cybersecurity to Edge Computing,  it touched on all corners of the tech sector.

The keynotes were the centerpiece of Civo Navigate. Guests were treated to an opening keynote speech from Steve Wozniak, tech innovator and co-founder of Apple. He spoke about his time at Apple, the evolution of the tech industry and his thoughts on where technology is likely to go next. The theme of reflecting on the development of the industry was echoed in the second day’s keynote from Cheryl Hung, senior director of ecosystem at Arm. Ms Hung shared insights about how she successfully grew the Cloud Native Computing Foundation End User Group to more than 150 members, along with advice on how to keep on top of the pressing issue of container security.

Civo also announced several new products and services at Civo Navigate:

  • Civo ML – a new Machine Learning managed service, reducing the resources and time taken to run ML algorithms.
  • Civo Platform – a new Platform-as-a-Service offering, providing an affordable and flexible framework for running and developing applications in the cloud.
  • OpenCP – Civo’s open-source project to extend the functionality of kubectl beyond Kubernetes and across all cloud services.

Mark Boost, CEO of Civo, said: “Our main aim with the conference was to create a new forum for the cloud native community to come together, share ideas, and showcase some of the latest innovation happening in this space. I left Tampa confident that we had done just that. I was blown away by the passion and wisdom of our speakers, delivering inspiring workshops and talks to reimagine what is possible in tech.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came along, got involved, drove forward interesting conversations, and made this event a success. I’d also like to extend a huge thank you to all of the Civo team who made Navigate possible with their efforts. Keep your eyes peeled for the next Civo Navigate event in London. Make no mistake – we are just getting started!”

Josh Mesout, chief innovation officer at Civo, said: “Civo Navigate was a fantastic statement of Civo’s deep and ongoing commitment to the cloud native community. It was this purpose that drew me to join Civo, and I cannot wait to build on all the fantastic conversations at the conference. There is a particularly exciting opportunity in our Machine Learning offering, removing barriers to entry for more developers to get stuck into this exciting field of technology. The message I got time and again was businesses and developers are ready and raring to go to start developing and innovating with new technology. But too often they get bogged down in the complexity of managing infrastructure that is not built with the user in mind. The coming months will see us continue to listen to developers, and deepen our offering across a host of product areas, including Kubernetes, cloud, Machine Learning and Platform-as-a-Service.”

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