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ICYMI: A look back at GitHub Universe 2022

Catch up on everything we announced and see what else happened during this year’s GitHub Universe conference that took place November 9-10.

ICYMI: A look back at GitHub Universe 2022

Under sunny skies in San Francisco, prisms, donuts, and friendly faces welcomed attendees to GitHub Universe at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts last month. After not seeing our community in person since 2019, more than 1,300 of our developer friends showed up–and that doesn’t include the thousands of you who tuned in virtually, making our first-ever hybrid event a huge success. The two-day conference was jam-packed with opportunities for learning, building community, giving back, and having fun.

Let’s take a look back at the activities, workshops, dedicated virtual demo sessions, and more that made GitHub’s global developer event of the year especially curated for developers like you.

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Day 1 recap

Day 2 recap

✨New ✨ from GitHub

Across several keynote talks and technical sessions, we introduced a number of new features on the GitHub platform. Some you won’t want to miss:

  • GitHub Codespaces for all: individual developers will now get up to 60 hours of Codespaces for free every month to start building in seconds.
  • GitHub Copilot for Business: coming soon, businesses can purchase and manage seat licenses for GitHub Copilot for their employees.
  • Improved navigation on code search and code view enable you to rapidly search, navigate, and understand code, right from

The bottom line? From planning, coding, securing, and all the way through shipping, GitHub is there along every step of the software development lifecycle. This blog post outlines everything new from GitHub Universe and tells you how you can unlock a new developer experience.

In-person fun

Picture this: the sun was shining in San Francisco, the tentacles projecting from the registration desk were blowing in the wind, and there were octocats everywhere (and we mean everywhere). Plus, a few ducks. The in-person experience was not just about sessions—or donuts—it was also about connecting with other developers, getting hands-on experience via demos and workshops, and getting all your burning questions answered by the Ask GitHub crew.

The Ask GitHub crew was the on-the-ground face of GitHub during both days of Universe. From giving directions to talking through product features, they did it all, helping over 200 attendees solve customer challenges and learn best practices.

In between all the learning, there was a lot of fun to be had. Attendees could create their own AI selfie, have Hubot gaze into their source code and tell them who they really are, and walk the GitHub Stars walk of fame. Over 100 attendees stopped by the chalkboard wall to write notes of motivation to underrepresented students in the Bay Area who are interested in a career in tech. And all of this was before heading through the Octocat prism to the coffee truck for a morning coffee, helped by the sounds of our DJ. The swag shop was constantly abuzz with people rushing to buy our Octocat light and The art of the Octocat book, exclusively available at GitHub Universe. But don’t worry—if you missed out on the swag shop, you can still check out the new Universe 2022 swag at our online shop.

Virtual and on-demand content

Ask GitHub was busy online, too. Each content track had its own GitHub Discussion that attendees were able to join from anywhere in the world to connect with each other, ask questions, and chat with community members. And join they did. So many of you got involved in real time!

But whether you weren’t able to make it to the event, or you couldn’t choose from among all the great talks happening at the same time, not to worry! All of the content is available on-demand for you to watch at your leisure.





Our favorite part of GitHub Universe 2022

Of course, our absolute favorite part of GitHub Universe was you! Thanks for joining us at GitHub Universe this year. 🫶 We had so much fun putting together this hybrid, global event for you, and we hope you’re feeling inspired to take the next step in your journey—whatever that may be. Let’s do it all again next year!

Now tell us, what was YOUR favorite part of GitHub Universe 2022?

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