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Mission report: GitHub Universe 2017

This week, more than 1,000 developers from around the world joined us at Pier 70 in San Francisco for our flagship conference. We learned new skills in workshops, heard from…

GitHub Universe 2017

This week, more than 1,000 developers from around the world joined us at Pier 70 in San Francisco for our flagship conference. We learned new skills in workshops, heard from industry experts about the future of software development, and explored new GitHub products powered by the world’s largest collection of open source data.

Here’s a look back at who came, what they saw, and how they conquered this Universe.

GitHub Universe 2017

What’s new in the GitHub universe

We kicked off the first day of the conference with an opening keynote and product updates from GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath, Data Engineering Manager Miju Han, and Platform Engineering Manager Kyle Daigle.

They introduced new experiences that can help you protect your code and discover relevant projects:

  • Keep track of the projects your code depends on with the new dependency graph (and soon, you’ll get security alerts and suggested fixes from your dependency graph)
  • Find hand-picked resources and projects like yours with Explore
  • Get smart recommendations from your new “Discover repositories” feed

And we shared a data-filled review of the projects, people, and teams of 2017 (and the last ten years) that you can explore further in this year’s Octoverse.

See all of the updates


From Felipe Hoffa’s exploration of what we learn from 42 TB of Google code to Flora Dai’s search for efficient music discovery at Pandora, the 40 sessions that followed introduced new ideas from unexplored parts of the software universe.


Attendees who made it to the workshops got a full day of hands-on building with leading technologies and concepts, taught by the people who know them best. They built new Electron apps, learned new command line tricks, and discussed how to make their teams more inclusive in an inspiration-rich gallery space.

After Party

We wrapped up the first day of the conference with a benefit concert supporting Maven—our nonprofit partner that empowers LGBTQ youth to network, organize, and build tech solutions for social change—on National Coming Out Day. Our headliner, Neon Trees, played their hits as more of the community met each other over food truck bites and drinks at Mezzanine.


Our business and community sponsors kept the recharge power, waffle cones, cold brews, juice, and inspiration flowing throughout the event. Universe wouldn’t be possible without the imaginations and contributions from these organizations.


Thank you, GitHub community

Thanks for being part of 1.5 billion commits over the last decade together and for helping our third Universe take flight. If the last ten years are any indication, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. See you next year at Universe or at an event near you!

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