GitKon Code of Conduct

We welcome you to GitKon, where all participants must conduct themselves in the spirit of kindness, inclusivity, and respect. Please review this Code of Conduct before engaging in the event!

Our Promise to You

We promise to make participation in GitKon a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Focusing on what is best for the event
  • Showing empathy towards other event members

Examples of unacceptable behavior include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
  • Solicitation of any kind
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting

Our Responsibilities

The GitKon Team at GitKraken is responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and will take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.

We have the right and responsibility to remove any event participant that does not adhere to this Code of Conduct, or to ban temporarily or permanently any event participant for other behaviors that are deemed inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.


This Code of Conduct applies specifically to GitKon and any related communication channels or events.


Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting the GitKon Team at GitKraken via [email protected]. All complaints will be reviewed and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The review team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident.

GitKon participants who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by the GitKon Team at GitKraken.


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant homepage, version 1.4.

Beyang Liu

CTO & Co-Founder


A Dev's Thoughts on Developer Productivity

Why don’t we hear more developer voices in the conversations about “developer productivity”? Most self-styled experts on developer productivity seem more interested in selling something rather than painting an accurate picture of how devs really work. 

In this session, Beyang Liu, CTO and co-founder of Sourcegraph, will talk about why we should instead start from direct developer experience using our own mental models of how developers work, and why we should be drawing pictures and diagrams that approximate the world in which we live. 

Andrew Pankevicius

Senior Product Manager, Jira DevOps


DevOps at Scale: What it Really Looks Like to Scale Your Product Org from 1 to 100 People

As organizations scale, teams quickly learn that it’s not just about hiring. It’s also about how your team’s tools and internal development practices pivot, scale and grow to meet the increasing needs of your organization. 

In this session, Andrew Pankevicius, senior product manager for Jira DevOps at Atlassian, will guide attendees through the critical milestones of growth, from DevSecOps as a foundational concept on day one, to cross-functional release orchestration and managing your DevOps toolchain while scaling your development team.  

Brendan O’Leary

Staff Developer Evangelist


The Era of Platforms

For years, operations teams have tried to build elastic compute platforms for developers to deploy to, while at the same time, developers were stitching together tools to ensure code was integrated, built, tested, and secure. In response, we’ve seen the DevOps industry move towards the era of DevOps platforms, consolidating and expanding capabilities that allow developers to spend more time on code and less on tools.

In this session, Brendan O’Leary, staff developer evangelist at GitLab, will discuss the Era of the Platform, including how elite software delivery and operations performers are leveraging platforms like Kubernetes and the DevOps platform to adapt and ship code faster. To paraphrase Halt and Catch Fire: “Platforms aren’t the thing. They are the thing that gets you to the thing.”

Ruth Vela

Director of Global Technology Experience


TechEX: The Human Side of Building and Enabling Remote Engineering Teams

As the director of global technology experience at Nextiva, Ruth Vela is responsible for their Technology Experience program, which ensures a consistently positive experience for the company’s global team of technologists.

In this session, Ruth will suggest programs and frameworks that engineering leaders can build to enable a successful and happy global remote team, and why, as an engineer, it matters to choose a company that understands and values your remote experience.

Brigit Murtaugh

Product Manager, VS Code Team


Dev Containers: A Consistent Environment Anywhere You Work

Containers have historically been used to standardize apps when they’re deployed, but there’s opportunity to support additional scenarios, like continuous integration, test automation, and full-featured coding environments.

In this session, Brigit Murtaugh, product manager on the Visual Studio Code team at Microsoft focusing on remote development, will go over the Development Containers Specification, which empowers anyone using any tool to configure a consistent dev environment. Attendees can expect to leave with the tools they need to get started with dev containers and specifications.

Dries Buytaert

Founder of Drupal
Co-Founder/CTO of Acquia


From the dorm room to The White House - How Drupal grew and became the standard for open source web experiences

Dries Buytaert will headline GitKon 2022 as our keynote speaker. As the founder of both Drupal and Acquia, Dries has been working with open source for over 20 years. A true thought leader, Dries has published over 1,500 blog articles over the past several years and enjoys sharing his expertise at events and conferences around the world. 

At this session, attendees can expect to learn how Dries was able to scale Drupal and Acquia by embracing open source, and why popular features like Drupal themes and a focus on security helped propel them to success.