Engineering the Future of Software
29–31 Oct 2018: Tutorials & Conference
31 Oct–1 Nov 2018: Training
London, UK

About the O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference

What you'll find | The Experience | Why you should attend | Who should attend | Kudos | Program Chairs & Committee

Software architecture is a massive multidisciplinary subject, covering many roles and responsibilities, which makes it challenging to teach because so much context is required for every subject. It's also a fast-moving discipline, where entire suites of best practices become obsolete overnight.

The O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference is designed to provide the necessary professional training that software architects and aspiring software architects need to succeed. A unique event, it covers the full scope of a software architect's job, from IT to leadership and business skills. It also provides a forum for networking and hearing what other professionals have learned in real-world experiences.

The title "Software Architect" frequently lands in the top 10 in annual surveys of best jobs, yet no clear path exists to move from developer to architect. The O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference aims to supply the knowledge needed to progress on that path. As with all O'Reilly conferences, training is only one facet of the event. The conference will happen in the context of a larger conversation where the big ideas around software architecture are explored and the role of software architect in today's world is further defined.

Software architecture plays a key role in the success of any business. If software architecture plays any part in your joband in today's world it most likely does—then you won't want to miss the O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference.

What you'll find at the O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference

Software Architecture Conference

Hundreds of Software Architects, Tech Leads, Senior Developers and Engineers, CTOs and CIOs, and a wide range of other people who work to serve their organization's IT and business needs come together at this event to learn, network, and share experiences.

At the Software Architecture Conference, you'll immerse yourself in learning. The speakers are some of the brightest minds in the industry—people who work with the same technologies you use and have hard-earned experiences to share. The event offers a variety of forums for learning, from sessions with experts to the "hallway track" between sessions where you can informally connect and share questions, knowledge, and perspectives with peers.

The Software Architecture Experience

  • Four days of in-depth professional training that cover software architecture fundamentals, real-world case studies, and the latest trends in technologies, frameworks, and techniques
  • Networking opportunities with hundreds of other developers, architects, and senior technologists
  • Multiple occasions—including the hallway track, Sponsor Pavilion, and after-hours events—for attendees, speakers, journalists, and vendors to debate and discuss issues of interest and importance

Why you should attend

  • Get the knowledge you need in one place, from new technologies to best practices
  • Stay ahead of important trends, including serverless, microservices, containers, and more
  • Learn face-to-face with some of the best minds and most original thinkers in the field
  • Make valuable connections with others who are working with similar challenges
  • Expand your skills with highly focused 2-day professional training courses
  • Nurture your team and increase their productivity (and yours) by learning new soft skills

Who should attend

The O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference is where technology professionals get the training they need to become top-notch software architects. This includes:

  • Systems and software engineers, senior tech leads, and data architects who want to keep up with emerging tools, new techniques, and real-world best practices
  • Senior developers involved in vital architectural decisions
  • Application architects and aspiring software architects looking to expand their knowledge portfolio to advance to the next career level
  • Tech team managers who want to hone the soft skills vital to their success—selling ideas, managing teams, choosing technologies wisely
  • DevOps and security professionals whose work is impacted by architectural decisions and implementation

What people are saying about O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference

An excellent and well paced event with excellent coverage on both the technical and non technical aspects of software architecture, architecting, and the role of the architect."
I really enjoyed this conference and found many of the talks applicable to my aim of adding more "architect-type" understanding to my "tech lead" role. I also went to a few talks about tech I probably won't use in my job, just to learn something new, and discovered some principles and tricks which may be applicable after all. All in all, I'd really recommend this conference to anyone who wants to spend some time thinking and talking about how and why people put software together in different ways."
–Hugh Greene, Toshiba Medical
Not only were the talks excellent (where else can you learn about topics from leadership to microservices scaling issues?), but SACON also provides a fantastic opportunity to share ideas with fellow architects who are experiencing the same challenges I am."
–Daniel Bryant, Chief Scientist at OpenCredo
O'Reilly Software Architecture events around the world are a great choice for attending a conference because they combine great content, fantastic speakers and a very good, professional organisation of the event (including pre-conference information, schedule planning, mobile app, venue on site, and networking opportunities). "
–Kai Waehner, Technology Evangelist
In spite of the hazy definition of software architecture - or perhaps because of it - the relevance of the content here is immediate and often profound."
–Bo Brockman, Software Architect
Great diverse group of speakers."
Had an awesome time. As usual, O'Reilly always hosts great talks!"
–Duncan DeVore @ironfish Engineer @ Lightbend

Program Chairs & Program Committee

Mary Treseler

M​ary Treseler is vice president of content strategy at O'Reilly Media, ​where she leads an editorial team that covers a wide range of topics from DevOps to design, and the chair of O'Reilly's Velocity Conference. Mary has been working on technical content for 25 years, acquiring and developing content in areas such as programming, software engineering, and product design. A Boston native, Mary lives​ oceanside​ ​in Padanaram, MA.

Neal Ford

Neal Ford is Software Architect and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, courseware, video/DVD presentations, and author and/or editor of 6 books spanning a variety of technologies, including the most recent The Productive Programmer. He focuses on designing and building of large-scale enterprise applications. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, speaking at over 100 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 600 talks. Check out his web site at He welcomes feedback and can be reached at

Program Chair Emerita

Rachel Roumeliotis

Rachel Roumeliotis, a Strategic Content Director at O'Reilly Media, Inc., leads an editorial team that covers a wide variety of programming topics ranging from full-stack, to open source in the enterprise, to emerging programming languages. She is a Programming Chair of OSCON and O'Reilly's Software Architecture Conference. She has been working in technical publishing for 10 years, acquiring content in many areas including mobile programming, UX, computer security, and AI.

Program committee

  • Fausto De La Torre, Thoughtworks Ecuador
  • Seth Dobbs, HS2 Solutions
  • Maria Gomez, ThoughtWorks
  • Yiannis Kanellopoulos, Software Improvement Group
  • Matt McLarty, CA Technologies
  • Luca Mezzalira, DAZN
  • Bernd Rücker, Camunda
  • Jochem Schulenklopper, Xebia
  • Cassandra Shum, ThoughtWorks
  • Kevin Stewart, Heptio
  • James Stewart,
  • Heidi Waterhouse, LaunchDarkly

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