OpenTelemetry Contribfest at KubeCon North America 2023

OpenTelemetry Contribfest at KubeCon North America 2023

This year marked many milestones for the OpenTelemetry project. The project achieved the goals it had set in 2019 by announcing the general availability of of the logging signal, the last of the signals it had originally committed to. In addition, the project continued to grow the number of contributors, being the second most active project in the CNCF for a second year in a row, behind Kubernetes.

What’s Contribfest?

In an effort to bring more contributors to the table, OpenTelemetry maintainers hosted the project’s first Contribfest at KubeCon North America 2023. The goal of a Contribfest is to bring people with all levels of experience together with community members to work through the steps needed to make a contribution to the project. This year, Juraci, Anthony, Tyler, Daniel, and myself volunteered to host the event and guide newcomers. The hosts of the session prepared ahead of time by combing through various repositories and labelling issues with the Contribfest label. Since the session is only 90 minutes long, it was important to try and find items that would be appropriate to tackle in that time. Some slides were also prepared, to give attendees an overview of the project, help them navigate the repositories, and explain the process of submitting code.

The event

When the day of the event arrived, the room was completely full. After a few minutes to cover the content in the slides, contributors were ready to write some code, and questions came in fast. Questions from contributors ranged across all levels of expertise, and many OpenTelemetry community members came to the session to help answer them. The session began with 53 open issues, and by the end of the session, 2 pull requests had already been merged with another 11 pull requests having been opened.

Contributors typing furiously

Even more importantly than the contributions themselves, many great conversations and much learning stemmed from the collaborations both for the hosts and the attendees. The planning has already started for the next Contribfest. Thanks to all the participants for making this inaugural event such a success.

Last modified November 13, 2023: Fix typo (#3531) (65dee23f)