02.2015 - now: DevOps & Infrastructure Meetup NRW
After playing around with Ansible and getting more into the DevOps way of working, I decided to host the first Ansible Meetup at the Chaosdorf in Düsseldorf. If memory serves me right, we had about 20 attendees and it became clear that the hackspace was just too small for such events. Thankfully sipgate was generous enough to offer their event location instead and they sponsored us for a couple of years. The meetup grew from 15-20 regular attendees to 50-70 and after a while the focus shifted away from Ansible and torwards a more general approach to infrastructure and cloud-native technologies. Thus, the DevOps & Infrastructure Meetup was born.
I’ve gotten to know a lot of talented and diverse people that I wouldn’t have met without this meetup and it’s quite the humbling experience to be surrounded by so many talented people.
Throughout the years we’ve had the pleasure of hosting speakers from companies like Google, Microsoft and Elastic as well as local companies like sipgate, Uberspace, bee42 and many more.
After being on a pandemic-induced hiatus for almost 3 years, the meetup has been rebooted in January 2023. We’re being hosted by InVision and sipgate, jumping between each venue on a monthly basis.