Most companies with outward-facing dynamic websites face the same challenges: pages must load quickly, infrastructure must scale efficiently, and sites and services must be reliable, without burning out the team or breaking the budget. Velocity is the best place on the planet for web ops and performance professionals like you to learn from your peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share best practices and lessons learned.
Build Faster Web Apps
Quality Time with Experts
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with a cadre of industry leaders who are taking web performance and operations to the next level. Bring your entire team to share ideas and get your toughest questions answered by the experts.
Three Intense Days Devoted to Web Operations and Performance
Velocity packs a wealth of big ideas, know-how, and connections into three concentrated days. You'll be able to apply what you've learned immediately and you'll be well prepared for what lies ahead.
"O'Reilly's Velocity conference is the only generalized Web ops and performance conference out there. We really like it; you can go to various other conferences and have 10-20% of the content useful to you as a Web Admin, or you can go here and have most of it be relevant!" —Web Admin Blog
"Velocity conference: development for the speed of light. For a performance nerd, this year's Velocity conference had to be Mecca. There was an abundance of great sessions, covering a wide variety of performance and operations topics." —Tom Hughes-Croucher, Yahoo! Developer Network Blog
"Velocity is the best conf for web engineers I've been to so far. Solid talks and invaluable info. Worth every penny!" —Ismail Elshareef, via Twitter
"I can say without hyperbole that this was the best conference I've attended. The presentations were from people doing real large-scale web development and included a fair amount of real data and some of their solutions to hard problems." —robcee
"...an eye opener in terms of improving and maintaining performance on very large web sites." —Mike Brunt, Musings from a ColdFusion Aficionado
"Velocity is the conference I always wanted. Instead of focusing on one particular product or technology, it focuses on the true problem of keeping websites fast and available, which a lot of us have to deal with" —Peter Zaitsev, CEO Percona Inc., co-author of High Performance MySQL
The Velocity conference is the best ops focused event I've been to, the content was highly technical and not just teaser." —Ezra Zygmuntowicz, Engine Yard
"Velocity is the conference where people talk about how to get things done in the real world - if you want to know how the best in the world handle their Operations, Velocity is the place to learn." —Adam Jacob, Opscode
"With a great line up of speakers, this conference is a gathering of hundreds of web ops and performance professionals that get together to share their ideas and expertise. Without a doubt, this is one of my favourite conferences… I thoroughly recommend attending this conference!" —Dean Hume, Coding Tips & Tricks
John has worked in systems operations for over fourteen years in biotech, government and online media. He started out tuning parallel clusters running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government, and then moved on to the Internet in 1997. He built the backing infrastructures at Salon, InfoWorld, Friendster, and Flickr. He is now VP of Tech Operations at Etsy, and is the author of The Art of Capacity Planning published by O'Reilly.
Courtney manages all Velocity-related content for O'Reilly Media. An erstwhile academic neuroscientist, she is still fascinated by the brain and how people learn just about anything. She's been known to teach people how to salsa dance, conduct psychology experiments, or even get air on a mountain bike. When not working on books, Courtney can be found biking, hiking, skiing, and photographing the Cascade mountains near her home in Bellingham, Washington.
Steve works at SpeedCurve on the interplay between performance and design. He previously served as Google's Head Performance Engineer, Chief Performance Yahoo!, and Chief Performance Officer at Fastly. Steve has pioneered much of the work in the world of web performance. He is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites. He is the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow, the HTTP Archive, Episodes, ControlJS, and Browserscope.
Jay Edwards (PalominoDB) is the CTO at PalominoDB. As the first database administrator at Twitter he experienced a gamut of growth ranging from a handful of servers to thousands. While the Lead Database Engineer for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, Jay did a lot of things that are still covered by an NDA; we can say that he managed a large number of disparate data sources and provided a high degree of technically focused management.
Tammy Everts (Radware) is a senior researcher, writer, and performance evangelist at Radware. She has spent the past few years researching the technical, business, and human sides of web/application performance, and sharing the findings via countless blog posts, presentations, case studies, articles, reports, and infographics. Before joining Radware, Tammy was research lead and senior writer at Strangeloop Networks (which was acquired by Radware in early 2013).
Nicole Forsgren (Utah State University) is professor at Utah State University, with expertise in IT impacts, DevOps, knowledge management, enterprise storage, and system administration. Nicole holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Arizona. Her public work includes technical white papers, a patent, and research papers. She is also involved in initiatives to support women in tech.
Camille Fournier (Rent the Runway) is currently the Head of Engineering at Rent the Runway. Previously a Vice President at Goldman Sachs. Apache ZooKeeper committer and PMC member, Dropwizard framework PMC member.
Alison Gianotto (SNIPE.NET) is passionate about creating order from chaos, developing systems and workflow to make the right thing the easy thing, and advocating risk management as a valuable tool for innovation. She frequently speaks at conferences about technology and security/privacy issues.
Alison is the CTO and co-founder of Mass Mosaic, a sharing economy startup that aims to change the way we discover and leverage value in our community.
Ilya Grigorik (Google) is a web performance engineer and developer advocate at Google, where his focus is on making the web fast and driving adoption of performance best practices.
Lara Hogan (Etsy) is an Engineering Manager at Etsy. She champions performance as a part of the overall user experience, striking a balance between aesthetics and speed, and building performance into company culture. Lara is currently writing a book called Designing for Performance which aims to empower designers to understand their impact on page load time.
Mark Imbriaco (DigitalOcean) has been in the Internet industry for 20 years, and has worked in a variety of development and operations roles at innovative Web, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and eCommerce companies. Over the past decade, he's led operations for companies like 37signals, Heroku, LivingSocial, and GitHub.
He is currently responsible for Technical Operations at DigitalOcean, the fast growing simple cloud hosting company.
Tim Kadlec (Tim Kadlec, LLC) is an independent developer, consultant and trainer. He is the author of Implementing Responsive Design: Building sites for an anywhere, everywhere web (New Riders, 2012) and was a contributing author for the Web Performance Daybook Volume 2 (O’Reilly, 2012). He writes sporadically at "timkadlec.com":http://timkadlec.com/ and you can find him sharing his thoughts in a briefer format on Twitter at @tkadlec.
Bridget Kromhout (DramaFever) is an operations engineer at DramaFever, the largest streaming video site for international content. She's been paying the bills with Unix sysadmin work since the last time 'flannel shirt over babydoll dress' was a trendy look. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if 'cloud' can be considered tangible). She likes finicky wide-column data stores, stats-driven monitoring, formal grammars, bicycle-powered camping, and butchering pumpkins for home canning.
Patrick Meenan (Google) has been working on web performance in one form or another for the last 12 years and is currently working at Google to make the web faster. He created the popular open-source WebPagetest web performance measurement tool, runs the free instance of it at www.webpagetest.org and can frequently be found in the forums helping site owners understand and improve their website performance. He also helped found the WPO foundation which is a non-profit organization focused on Web Performance Optimization.
Guy Podjarny (Akamai) or Guypo, is a Chief Product Architect at Akamai. Guy works on Automated Front-End Optimization, and was the co-founder and CTO of Blaze.io, later acquired by Akamai. Guy has been in the web application field for over a decade, moving from Web Application Security to Web Application Performance, but keeping his focus on deep analysis of web pages. Guy is also a self admitted efficiency fanatic, looking to extract the most out of everything, from a packed suitcase to a complex web 2.0 app.
Jonathan Reichhold (Twitter) is an Engineer at Twitter, and formerly worked at Evri, Blue Origin, AOL Search, Singingfish, and Boeing.
Andrew Shafer (Pivotal) Some people are born to web operations and some people have it thrust upon them. Andrew Co-founded Reductive Labs and worked to help organizations build better systems with better tools. He brings with him a background in high performance computing, computational science, embedded Linux development, web frameworks and Agile methods.
Philip has spoken at several conferences in the past, including FOSS.IN, FREED.IN, Ubuntulive, Linux Symposium, PHP Quebec, ConFoo, FOSDEM, IPC, WebDU, Velocity and JSConf.
Betty Tso (Amazon) currently manages the AmazonUI engineering team in Amazon, building the front-end platform that is modernizing Amazon.com's FE codebase. It's an opportunity to enforce front-end best practices, make Amazon's retail sites lightning fast, encapsulate the minutia of cross device/browser compatibility, and enable site-wide user experience experimentation.
Betty is also an evangelist in Web Performance Optimization domain. She spoke at Velocity Conferences, internal conferences and universities such as CMU, Duke, Georgia Tech.