About Jorge

Jorge O. Castro is a community manager, specializing in Open Source. He's basically a cat herder – a combination of engineering, developer relations, and user advocacy.

Jorge graduated with a degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University and rode with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment for four years. He first entered the technology field at SAIC and then moved to system administration at the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Jorge then joined Canonical to work on Ubuntu for about 10 years before moving to Heptio to work on Kubernetes. Heptio was then acquired by VMware in December 2018 where Jorge learned about Enterprise software (oh boy!). Then he did a tour at Stacklet working on the Cloud Custodian project, saving you some dollar bills. These days Jorge is a Developer Advocate at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, where he's tasked with a singular goal: help make open source sustainable. It is the Final Shape.

He resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his lovely wife Jill, their son Rafael, and their beagle Oscar.

Hobbies and interests include heavy metal, passport renewal, paleontology, gaming, technology, and scouting out the best beers in the world. Linux all up in here.

This bio written in the third person so I can reuse it for talks and publications, I don't actually talk like this, though it would be awesome if I did.

Past Speaking Events

I love to talk and interact with different communities! I have presented at the following conferences:

Other Stuff

I've been fortunate enough to work with many incredible open source people over the years:


Kubernetes Contributor Summit, San Diego, USA 2020


Heptio All Hands, the origin of the best hoodies in cloud native
These two wonderful people!


Mid-jump photo from UDS Orlando


Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

.. and the Horsemen

We put David Planella in the front because he's the good looking one