Innovating on Developers Events, Building the API Escape Room

It’s been almost a month after the first world edition of API Escape room at the Red Hat Summit in Boston. We thought you might be interested to hear details on how we prepared this event.

With the 3scale team, we often participated in classical hackathons where developers gather for 48 hours to come up with a working prototype. These were awesomely fun (!), but the outcomes of those events are quite uncertain for organizers, sponsors, and participants. You cannot guarantee that hackers will build stunning original hacks and it can be a tough ask to keep working for such a long period. You can’t be sure that it won’t just be another “recipe app” or “Uber for X”.

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Building a Secure IoT Solution: Summit 2017

How do customers build an end-to-end IoT solution using commercial grade, open source products? This is the question we (Patrick Steiner, Maggie Hu and I) wanted to address with our session at the Red Hat Summit, Boston. The end-to-end solution is based on three-tier Enterprise IoT Architecture, which integrates IoT data with existing business processes and the human element.

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Live Coding Reactive Systems w/Eclipse Vert.x and OpenShift

Do you know the battery level in your smartphone is controlled by reactive software; which is software that reacts to a set of external events, such as requests, failures, availability of services, etc? This was what I recently addressed as a slideless session consisting of pure, live coding at the Red Hat Summit this past May.

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Everything you wanted to know about a Red Hat Summit Lab

Red Hat Summit provides an experience for every type of attendee: Whether it be to attend as many presentations as possible to glean the best practices related to open source technology, to visit as many booths in the Partner Pavilion to see how vendors are enabling open source solutions (or to snag as much swag as possible), or to attend hands-on labs and training sessions to get practical experience with experts to provide guidance. 2017 was my fourth Red Hat Summit event and in each of the prior appearances, I have had the opportunity to participate in both traditional breakout sessions along with demonstrations at the Red Hat booth in the Partner Pavilion. One aspect of Red Hat Summit that I had yet to participate in was with one of the many hands-on labs that are available to attendees. For those unfamiliar with a hands-on lab at Red Hat Summit, the session consists of a two-hour instructor-led course that allows attendees to test drive many popular open source tools and technologies. It provides a way for attendees to have firsthand experience with many of the concepts that are mentioned during Summit. What I did not anticipate going in was the amount of coordination and hard work that was needed in order for the labs to flow seamlessly. Since attendees may not appreciate this effort either, this write-up is intended to provide insights into what it takes to put together and execute a successful hands-on lab at Red Hat Summit.

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