About Velocity
Web Performance & Operations Conference

Experience Velocity | Who Should Attend | Velocity Kudos | Program Committee

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.

The Velocity Europe 2012 event will focus on the core issues and opportunities that are specific to the European performance and ops community, as well as the most significant worldwide themes and players.

Why Attend

"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

Build Faster Web Apps
The Velocity Conference provides you with real-world best practices for optimizing your site's web pages, specifically the performance of Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, and images. Even sites that have already been optimized can benefit, making for both a better customer experience and a rock-solid bottom line.

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 Performance and Operations
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.

Experience Velocity

  • In-depth program tracks covering the key aspects of web performance, operations, mobile performance, and Velocity culture
  • Inspirational keynote presentations that bring clarity to thorny issues and new perspectives on the state of the art
  • Hundreds of web developers, sys admins, and experts under one roof
  • An Exhibit Hall featuring dozens of the latest tools and products
  • Fun evening events, Birds of a Feather sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities

Who Should Attend

  • Developers, engineers, and managers from companies of all sizes
  • Technical executives looking out for the bottom line
  • CTOs and CIOs seeking to streamline operations
  • Technology evangelists and entrepreneurs pushing enterprise boundaries
  • Researchers and academics
  • Companies and professionals engaged in the mobile development and performance ecosystem

Velocity in Berlin 2011 brought people from companies and organizations such as Adcloud, Adidas, Akamai, Amazon.com, Answers.com, Apica, AppDynamics, Atlassian, Bauer + Kirch GMBH, BBC, Betfair, CDNetworks, Cedexis, Citrix Systems, Coolblue, Cotendo, domainfactory GMBH, Dyn, Inc., dynaTrace, Equinix, Etsy, Financial Times, Golem.de, GoodData, Google, Heise Zeitschriften Verlag, Hypoport AG, Hyves, Immobilien Scout GMBH, ip-label, JD Williams, Keynote Systems, M6WEB, Measureworks, Modix GMBH, Mozilla Corporation, New Relic, Nokia, Omicron Electronics, Opera Software, Radware, Red Hat, RightNow, Riverbed Technology, Sevenval GMBH, Shazam Entertainment Ltd., Skroutz S.A., Skype, Skyscanner, SOASTA, SoundCloud, Spil Games, StayFriends GMBH, Strangeloop Networks, SysEleven GMBH, Tom Tom International, Tumblr, Typekit, Vattenfall Europe Information Services, Visma Software, WebSupport, s.r.o., Wikia, Wooga GMBH, Yahoo!, and YouTube.

Velocity Kudos

"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

"Performance is one of the difficult frontiers that web developers must push against. Velocity is a good forum for exchanging sightings and explorations." —Douglas Crockford, Yahoo!, Author of JavaScript: The Good Parts

"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

2012 Velocity Program Committee

Program Chairs

Steve SoudersSteve Souders works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. His books High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites explain his best practices for performance along with the research and real-world results behind them. Steve is the creator of YSlow, Cuzillion, and SpriteMe. He is co-chair of Velocity and co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He taught CS193H High Performance Web Sites at Stanford, and frequently speaks at conferences including OSCON, The Ajax Experience, SXSW, and Web 2.0 Expo.

John AllspawJohn Allspaw 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.

Committee Members

Lea VerouLea Verou has a long-standing passion for open web standards, and has been often called a "CSS guru". She loves researching new ways to take advantage of modern web technologies and shares her findings through her blog, lea.verou.me. Lea also makes popular tools and libraries that help web developers learn and use these standards. She speaks at a number of well-known international web development conferences and writes for leading industry publications. Lea also co-organized and occasionally lectures the web development course at the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Alex Russell serves on the Board of the Dojo Foundation and OSAF. He helped develop and lead the team that built the Dojo Toolkit, the JavaScript toolkit that organizations turn to when performance, accessibility, and internationalization concerns finally come home to roost. He currently works at Google on Chrome, a Webkit-based browser that is helping the web evolve faster.

Stephen ThairStephen Thair is technical consultant at his own freelance consulting company specialising in web operations and performance - seriticonsulting.com Stephen has been a web infrastructure architect at BNP Paribas, CSFB & Vodafone as well as Web Operations Manager for totaljobs.com and tes.co.uk. He is the Community Organiser for the @LDNWEbPerf meetup group in London, England meetup.com/London-Web-Performance-Group/ which is always looking for guest speakers! Stephen blogs over at seriticonsulting.com/blog/ and you can follow him on Twitter @TheOpsMgr You can check out his presentations, and others from the London Web Performance Meetup group over at slideshare.net/sthair/

Stephen Nelson-Smith is the principal consultant at Atalanta Systems Ltd, experts in end-to-end automated infrastructure, and Opscode's premium training and professional services partner in Europe. Stephen is the author of the O'Reilly book "Test-driven Infrastructure with Chef and Cucumber" and is busily working on the follow-up "Chef: The Definitive Guide". A passionate advocate of Solaris technology, he has been using UNIX commercially for more than a decade.

Gareth RushgroveGareth Rushgrove is a professional and experienced software developer based in Cambridge, UK. By day he works as a Ruby engineer at the accountancy startup FreeAgent, helping to grow software with lots of happy customers. By night he curates the devops weekly email newsletter, hacks on various open source projects, organises local meetups in London and writes tutorials or articles about software development and web operations.

Michael Brunton-SpallMichael Brunton-Spall is the Developer Advocate for the Guardian. He has worked at the Guardian for three years now, helping to build and scale the website. He has spent a lot of time helping to setup and run the platform team that manages internal, behind the scenes, performance and scalability issues. As a Developer Advocate, Michael speaks at conferences, organises conferences, supports users of the API's and does training.

Michael NygardMichael Nygard has been a professional programmer and architect for over 15 years. In that time, he has delivered systems to the U. S. Government, the military, banking, finance, agriculture, and retail industries. Along the way, he has shared his painfully-won experience by mentoring, writing, and speaking. His work has spanned domains as diverse as B2B exchanges, retail commerce sites, travel and leisure sites, an information brokerage, and applications for the military and intelligence communities.

This spring, the Pragmatic Programmers published his book Release It! Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software. Most books on software architecture and design aim for QA. "Release It!" is all about surviving the real world.


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