Build resilient systems at scale
May 27–29, 2015 • Santa Clara, CA

Ignite Velocity (Sponsored by Logentries & PagerDuty)

7:30pm–9:00pm Wednesday, 05/27/2015
Location: Ballroom CD
Average rating: *****
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If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Would you describe a project you’re passionate about? Launch a web site? Teach a hack? We’ll find out some of the interesting things members of our community are working on and thinking about at Ignite Velocity 2015. Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

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Wondering what Ignite Velocity is like? View the Ignite Velocity 2014 YouTube Playlist.


Everything I know about performance, I learned doing triathlons
Tana Jackson (SOASTA)

  • In this insightful discussion, VP of Engineering at SOASTA, Tana Jackson, will discuss what performance means to her, how she came into the realm of competitive triathlons, and how each segment of this cumulative event translates into tackling life’s challenges.

Don’t let ChatOps become ChatOops
Michael Ansel (Box)

  • ChatOps has proven to be a powerful ally for enabling DevOps thanks to increased visibility and simplified change management. Unfortunately, this has also raised concerns around the security, compliance, and regulatory requirements that enterprise companies must honor for access to their production infrastructure. In this talk, we show how Box has leveraged GitHub’s hubot to standardize and secure production access for developers by providing the well known value of ChatOps without compromising on our security and compliance obligations.

How to become an optimist
Wayne Wight (SurveyMonkey)

  • Think about the last time you described a personal experience. How did you tell the story? Was it positive or negative? Believe it or not, what you think and how you think it has a profound impact on your health and behavior. Today you will learn how to control your destiny. (Yes, really.) In just five minutes discover how to revisit your explanatory style to achieve a lifetime of happiness.

Hacking EQ – The five-minute emotional intelligence course
Joe Dunn (Cloudbreak Leadership)

  • Emotional Intelligence is a set of techniques for knowing yourself and relating to other people. It’s not that hard, despite often being described as a mysterious “secret sauce” for professional success. In this Ignite talk, we’ll introduce “Hacking EQ” – how to increase your EQ with a set of quick, simple techniques you can use any time and in any professional situation.

Embracing my sparkle
Julie Gunderson (Taos)

  • Words define and shape our view of the world, and how we internalize our worth. Let’s embrace our unique attributes and abilities, and embrace our internal sparkliness. DevOps Princess signifies the ability to own one’s future, to be proud of unique attributes and abilities, and to be confident with the skills and talent we bring to the table.

Everyday performance antipatterns
Trevor Parsons (Logentries)

  • Time is money, so why do we waste so much of it everyday with the same time wasting behaviors? I’ll explore everyday performance antipatterns, i.e. things we do every day that are pointless, unproductive and that prevent us getting important things done. This presentation will also outline solutions that can be easily employed to prevent time wasting in the future.

Stop trying to hire “a female”
Charlie Park (IFTTT)

  • Engineers are obsessed with semantics — the right function name, the right syntax, all of it is important. So why do engineers not get that you should call women “women”, and not “females”?

The 3 letters that paid off my tech debt
Benjamin VanEvery (Box)

  • Tech debt is a loan. You leverage it to create time and prove concepts. And just like loans, not all tech debt is equal, neither in risk nor cost. Come learn how we used this fact to refactor our culture and pay off our debt without sacrificing product feature development.

From Kirk/Spock to AWS/ELB
Bridget Kromhout (DramaFever)

  • Fandom has gone mainstream; everywhere we look, nerd culture is celebrated. Transformative works like fan fiction and video remixes are just as likely to end up on a best-seller list (or be riffed on by the original artist on national TV) as to be hidden away in sock-puppet accounts on obscure websites. And as it turns out, writing fanfic taught me valuable lessons and helped form habits that serve me well as an operations engineer. TL;DR: I’ll explain how to get from Kirk/Spock to AWS/ELB in five minutes.

Breaking sown the great divide: the integration of engineering culture
Evan Gilman (PagerDuty)

  • Divergent culture between Engineering and Business teams is a well known problem. Despite that, rarely is an organization able to overcome this divergence successfully. In this lightning talk, we’ll discuss why this problem matters to you, and how some organizations have overcome these challenges.

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Jason Yee
05/18/2015 2:30pm PDT

All registered attendees will be able to access the Ignite event, including Exhibit Hall Plus pass holders. You can read more about the Exhibit Hall Plus pass and how, for a limited time, you can receive one for free at the Velocity Blog

Tom Chavez
04/23/2015 7:10am PDT

Is Ignite open only to registered paid attendees of Velocity? Will there be a free, maybe expo-only, ticket for Velocity?