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About KCDs

Previsouly known as Kubernetes Community Days, KCDs are community-organized events backed by CNCF support. They gather adopters and technologists from open source and cloud native communities to learn, collaborate, and network to further advancement in Kubernetes and other Cloud Native technologies. They also are a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people and build community.

Host a KCD

Each event brings its own local flair, culture, diversity, and authenticity. For more about details about organizing an event see the organizing page. Check the project board to join one being organized near you or create an issue to organize your own.

Core Organizers

Katie Greenley and Audra Montenegro

Contact a specific event

Organization is decentralized. Local events handle their own sponsorships, registration, and all other organizations. For questions about a specific event you see listed on the site, contact the local organizers for that event; their email is on their contact page.

The Organizer Experience

Organizing an event can be daunting, if you are new at this, some organizers suggest getting your feet wet with a one-day event, or two half-day events. Even if you have a small event of 100 people, the same amount of detail should still be considered. That is why we at the CNCF are here to guide you. Please take advantage of the resources above. Please note - we are always working on adding more and bettering what we already have.

We are now hosting a monthly KCD Organizer focus group. As of now, it will be the 3rd Tuesday of each month, for 1 hour, from 7:00 - 8:00am PT / 10:00 - 11:00am ET / 4:00 - 5:00pm CEST. Please contact if you would like to be added, or if you would like an additional time that accommodates your region.

CNCF Support

  • A personalized email address and private CNCF workspace Slack channel for the KCD organizers
  • Website and ticket support for (Bevy platform)
  • CFP support with the SM Apply platform
  • Monthly meetings to help keep you on track
  • Access to monthly CNCF-hosted Working Groups
  • Speaker and vendor introductions as needed
  • Marketing support via social media, KubeWeekly newsletter, and CNCG blog posts
  • CNCF is happy to contribute $250 USD to each KCD starting in 2023. This can be used in the CNCF store towards stickers.
  • Each KCD will be provided 10 Linux Foundation certification vouchers that work for SkillCreds, PCA, KCNA, CKS, and CKAD, CKA exams. Some past usages of these are, 1. giving a voucher to a volunteer to show your gratitude. 2. Use it as a raffle item within a workshop.
  • Each organizer on the KCD planning team will automatically earn a badge of recogning from The Linux Foundation.
  • 1 additional Credly badge to recognize your speakers OR volunteers. If organizers choose to offer this, CNCF will provide a form to fill out their request. 1 request per KCD. Each KCD should prepare the artwork in a square image, but with a circular badge. See examples here. Submit your request here.

Want to host a KCD? Here are the first steps:

STEP 1: Submit an issue in GitHub using the provided check-list template and we will schedule a kickoff meeting from there, as well as provide you with more resources.

NOTE: These are the terms within the checklist that are IMPORTANT to abide by:


  • You can apply as early as 8 months prior to the desired event date for your KCD.
  • When applying, make sure there are no other Kubernetes Community Day event in same major city (check with past organizers)
  • Each KCD must consider having their event at least 2 months apart from other pre-planned KCDs within a 2-hour flight away either in the same country or continent unless otherwise approved by CNCF. Other events that should be considered for this are small 1-2 day summits hosted by the CNCF or Linux Foundation. Have a look at the events calendar to assure your KCD will not compete with another events sponsorships or speakers. Insight into KCDs not yet LIVE but in the planning phases will live in the KCD GitHub issues.
  • Minimum of 3 organizers from 3 different organizations
  • Every organizer has an account on Cloud Native Community Groups
  • Each organizer lives in or just outside of the KCD location
  • At least one organizer is a CNCF member employee, CNCF ambassador, or CNCF project maintainer
  • All organizers agree to follow the event guidelines and CNCF Code of Conduct
  • All inquiries / communication to come via GitHub forum for easy tracking
  • All organizers have taken Inclusive Open Source Community Orientation (LFC102)
  • Agree to offer at least 3 complimentary tickets to increase diversity for the event
  • Agree to share the sponsor prospectus with CNCF by linking it in your GitHub issue and on your website.
  • Agree to ensure the final program schedule is diverse (e.g., not all speakers of one gender, culture or company). Here is how you can create a diverse lineup.
  • Agree to submit your final lineup to for review, prior to publishing it
  • Agree to use Bevy (Cloud Native Community Groups) for registration, scheduling, and event website. NOTE: If you chose to use another registration platform, you must report your weekly registration numbers in the #kcd-organizers private Slack channel within the CNCF workspace. All free events must use Bevy registration regardless of in-person, hybrid, or virtual.
  • Agree to use SM Apply for CFP and to close it at least 6 weeks before the event. We will use Sessionize at the end of 2023/beginning of 2024.
  • Agree to use the new KCD logo and work with Audra to make it unique to your KCD.

NOTE: CNCF reserves the right to decline any event the usage of our KCD trademark due to:

  • Failure to follow protocols
  • Conflict of dates
  • Failure to follow the CoC

STEP 2: Request to be added to the kcd-organizers CNCF Slack channel.

STEP 3: Schedule a kick-off meeting with Audra Montenegro ( if you at least have 3 committeed organizers, a community wanting to attend an event like a KCD, and a time frame goal.