ServerlessDays 2021 was initially planned for May, and then for September.
We really wanted to run a hybrid event this year, but we have made the decision to cancel this year entirely, and move ServerlessDays Hamburg to 2022.
Whenever we engaged with potential speakers, sponsors and attendees, every 1:1 communication was at some point focused on the pandemic, COVID numbers and restrictions, instead of talking about the event itself. "What if...." was the most heard phrase. Commitments or a "yeah, let's do it" were hard to find. This was exhausting for everyone involved.
We also recognize that, ‘virtual event fatigue’ is skyrocketing, which is a feeling we understand well. From our perspective, running a virtual-only event means missing out on so many of the good aspects of having an audience, speakers and sponsors, mingling in an event location. Humans! Networking! Chatter! Making new friends!
So, we went all-in on the hybrid route.
... And then came the Delta variant.
COVID numbers are up again and the number of children and vulnerable adults being admitted to hospital is rising too. Put briefly;we don't feel comfortable running a hybrid event in these circumstances, The possibility of being responsible for the infection of our guests, colleagues and the wider community is not a risk we are willing to take.
Everyone we talked to during our decision-making process supported us in our decision. That was really helpful.
What's next? We move the conference again to May/June 2022. Hybrid. And we really hope that, at some point, we can talk about serverless again instead of COVID.
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ServerlessDays Hamburg 2020 was a 2-day conference about Serverless technologies. "Serverless" means: instead of developing your own back-end, you upload and run functions in the cloud. At this conference, we have one day with workshops, and one day with talks. This is a local (virtual in 2020) event series in Hamburg, part of the ServerlessDays family with events all over the world.
ServerlessDays Hamburg 2020 was a Virtual Event.
Due to the pandemic, we hosted both the Workshop- and the Conference Day as virtual events. If you purchased a ticket, this will be valid for both 2020 (virtual event) and 2021.We assume that we can have a local or hybrid event again next year on May 6th and 7th, 2021.
We aim to keep ServerlessDays events accessible. A big part of that is making them financially accessible. The majority of ServerlessDays costs are covered by sponsors, which enables us to offer affordable tickets starting at 35€!
ServerlessDays are a family of events around the world focused on fostering a community around serverless technologies. Each ServerlessDay is unique, organised by locals and not run for profit. They are run according the following principles.
In order to make ServerlessDays Hamburg more accessible we provide childcare for ages 3-8 years close to our venue. ServerlessDays Hamburg wasa virtual event in 2020 so there won't be a child care offering. Child Care will be back in 2021.
ServerlessDays is a community organised event focusing on Serverless technologies and the changing face of application development. We aimed to make it an inclusive conference welcoming people from diverse backgrounds. To reach our goal, we allow people who are part of an underrepresented group in tech to obtain a free diversity ticket.