Live from Red Hat Summit

30 Jun Live from Red Hat Summit

This has been a busy and exciting week! On Monday I flew out to San Francisco to work with the Red Hat communications team during their annual partner and user conference, Red Hat Summit.

Summit is an incredible conference for anyone — from developers to the C-suite — who is interested in learning more about open source innovations. This year’s theme, “The Power of Participation” focused on how innovation can be accelerated through participation. I was inspired by several of the keynotes (particularly from Jim Whitehurst, Elwin Loomis and Tom Soderstrom) that took the conversation beyond code and discussed the real impact of participation industry-wide.

This was my third Red Hat Summit and the biggest event the company has ever hosted. With about 100 press registrants and 22 announcements the communications team was constantly moving. I have to give them all a shout out though, their incredible attention to detail and organization at every level kept everything running beautifully.

In case you weren’t one of the of the 6,000 people lucky enough to be here this week, here are a few of the highlights:

For the first time in Red Hat (and maybe tech conference) history, there was an actual wedding performed during Red Hat Summit. Congratulations to the happy couple! #LinuxisforLovers

Burr Sutter, Director of Developer Experience at Red Hat, hosted an amazing OpenShift demo that got the whole audience involved:

There were hundreds of industry and technology specific break out sessions. Here’s one of my favorites from the public sector team: (video coming soon!)


The premier of The Open Patient which was so moving it brought more than one person to tears:

I have to admit that the tech-bug is highly contagious. Four days surrounded by the best and brightest minds in open source and I have already said things like “Maybe I should learn to code” and “Wow that VM is so cool.”

Thank you so much to Red Hat for allowing me to be a part of your team again this year. You all put on an incredible event and have inspired me yet again.IMG_4070

To everyone else, I hope you join us in Boston next year!


Sally McHugh
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