On May 3, 2021 the inaugural GitOpsCon was held at KubeCon EMEA 2021.

Can we just say how amazing it is to be able to write that! The momentum of the GitOps community keeps growing and the success of GitOpsCon EU proves that there’s much more to come as well. Organized by the CNCF GitOps Working Group and sponsored by us and our friends at Red Hat, the event showcased an amazing panel of GitOps evangelists and practitioners who covered a range of topics for those still contemplating GitOps adoption to experienced GitOps practitioners who manage enterprise scale implementations.

The event kicked off with opening remarks made by Scott Rigby (@r6by) of Weaveworks and Chris Short of Red Hat (@ChrisShort) who was also the MC for GitOps Con. This was followed by our keynote speakers.

First up was Cornelia Davis (@cdavisafc), CTO of Weaveworks who presented “Cloud-native Patterns - Ops Edition” an overview of how GitOps patterns were advancing modern ops the same way microservices advanced modern software architecture.


She was followed up by Siamak Sadeghianfar (@siamaks), product manager for OpenShift at Red Hat who presented “GitOps: The Essential Kubernetes Workflow” an overview of how GitOps became an essential part of Kubernetes operations as the cornerstone of hybrid cloud infrastructure for cloud-native applications.

The rest of the day consisted of no less than 10 different sessions held by experienced GitOps practitioners. Topics ranged from the future of CI/CD, air-gapped multi-cluster installations to GitOps as a means of distribution.

An interesting session was presented by Almir Krizevic and Mohamed Talhaoui (@talhaoui_m) from Generali who discussed their GitOps practices at scale.


All of the sessions were recorded and are available for viewing free on YouTube! See the complete playlist of sessions here: 


GitOpsCon EU surpassed our expectations. For all of those who attended, we thank you for your participation and for being a part of this amazing community. We hope that the event connected you to other practitioners across the EU (and the world) as well as providing you with useful insights for your journey. Also a huge thank you to all of our speakers and contributors today. Sharing your knowledge and insights helps to drive our experienced community members forward as well as help those on the fringe to come over and experience the benefits of GitOps.

Don’t forget to join the GitOps Working Group:

We’ll see you at the next event, perhaps (hopefully) some of you in person!

GitOpsCon EU Session List:

  • Advancing the Future of CI/CD & GitOps Together by Tracy Miranda (@tracymiranda)
  • Closing the gap: OpenShift in a disconnected environment with GitOps by Regina Voloshin & Sheleg Spalter
  • Taking GitOps Automation to the Next Level by Tracy Ragan @TracyRagan
  • Shifting Policy Enforcement to the Left using GitOps by Sandeep Parikh @crcsmnky
  • GitOps practices at scale @Generali by Almir Krizevic and Mohamed Talhaoui (@talhaoui_m)
  • Managing multiple clusters with GitOps and ClusterAPI by Alessandro Vozza @bongo

Lightning Talks: 

  • GitOps as a means of distribution
  • The GitOps Journey
  • GitOpsify All The Things 🔨 - Tools, Apps, Even Your Organisation and Teams!
  • Machine Learning with GitOps!

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GitOps Days (9-10 June, 2021)

Join the conversation at the live virtual GitOps Days event kicking off next month. Two days of talks all centered around GitOps - for both a business and technical audience. Schedule will be announced later this week. Visit https://www.gitopsdays.com/ to learn more.