Seoul’s sold-out event focused on next-level users


The world’s most wired city is a great place to talk about the future of open-source cloud computing. Some 900 people packed the Lotte Hotel Jamsil in Seoul, South Korea for the second OpenStack Day.

The theme was future perfect: “Beyond OpenStack: Service, applications and platforms.” Speakers included Choi Jin-sung, the CTO of SK Telecom, which provides juice to half the country’s mobile users in a hyper-competitive market.


Other sessions included Jihoon Son of the Apache Foundation in a talk titled “Apache Tajo on Swift,” and Dan Mihai Dumitriu on MidoNet Open Source Network Virtualization.

Attendance was up compared to the 2014 edition. A year ago, 800 people pre-registered and about 550 attended the event. This year, pre-registration hit 950 people with 900 attending.

More than twice the number of sponsors participated this year. They included SK Telecom, Hewlett-Packard, Red Hat, Hyosung and Nuage Networks; the showcase featured HP, SKT, NetApp, HUAWEI, Solidfire, Red Hat, Cisco, Pivotal, Hyosung InformationsSystem (HDS), Nuage Networks and Atto Research.

Sponsor ZDNet Korea made this overview video of day’s events, setting it to a Caribbean/K-pop beat.

Cover Photo of Alexandre Kolinka’s Seoul art installation by Sanctu // CC BY NC