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Last week we launched GitHub Universe, a two-day conference where developers from all over the world convened at Pier 70 to discuss how to build, collaborate on, and deploy great software.

As we gathered in front of the main stage, the octocat appeared in full, living color in an animated short created especially for Universe by the GitHub creative team

To open Universe with a bang, our CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath made several announcements about new developments that will make the GitHub experience better than ever.


Partnership with Yubico:

To help users better secure their accounts, GitHub’s authentication system now supports FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F)—a rapidly growing open authentication standard. Yubico’s U2F compliant keys are ready to protect GitHub’s millions of users and their volumes of sensitive data. Thousands of GitHub users redeemed a discount to purchase a new key. The 20% discount on YubiKeys is still available to any GitHub user while supplies last.

Integrations Directory:

It’s now easier than ever to use your favorite tools with GitHub. Check out these powerful integrations, including Travis-CI and Slack, and build better software, together.

Git Large File Storage (LFS):

Git LFS replaces large files such as audio samples, videos, datasets, and graphics with text pointers inside Git, while storing the file contents on a remote server like GitHub.com or GitHub Enterprise. Check it out.


The general sessions from Universe are available to view on UStream. All of the talks from the Build, Collaborate and Deploy breakouts will be available to view soon, so keep your eye on Twitter.

GitHub Universe would not have been possible without the support of our 13 excellent sponsors, who provided delicious food and coffee and beautiful art installations for our enjoyment.

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GitHub is how people build software. We will continue our voyage next year, so stay tuned for updates.