Velocity Europe 2013 Speakers

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Sam Adams
Sam Adams (LMAX Exchange), @LMAX

Sam currently leads one of the development teams at LMAX Exchange. He has had an eclectic career to date: variously modelling the metabolism of drugs and food additives, creating tools to manage and mine scientific data, and now building a high performance exchange at one of the UK’s fastest growing Tech Companies.

John Allspaw
John Allspaw (Adaptive Capacity Labs), @allspaw

John Allspaw has worked in software systems engineering and operations for twenty years in many different environments: biotech, government, online media, social networking, and e-commerce. 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 infrastructure at,, Friendster, and Flickr, and Etsy. He served as SVP of Engineering and then Chief Technology Officer at Etsy, and holds an MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety from Lund University.

Tobias Baldauf
Tobias Baldauf (Akamai Technologies), @tbaldauf

Tobias Baldauf is a web performance evangelist and consultant at Akamai, where he creates innovative web performance tools and new image optimization algorithms. He also speaks at conferences. He’s a proud dad, tries to be a mindful vegetarian, and loves making music. Find out more at

Marcus is an expat Aussie based in New York where he works as a Staff Operations Engineer at Etsy. With over 10 years production web operations experience and an unhealthy addiction to packet captures, he enjoys diving deep to craft simple solutions to complex problems.

Artur Bergman

Artur Bergman, hacker and technologist at-large, is the Founder and CEO of Fastly the world’s only real-time content delivery network. Prior to Fastly he was CTO of Engineering and Operations at Wikia where he provided the technical backbone necessary for Wikia’s mission to compile and index the world’s knowledge. In past lives, he has been a committer to Varnish, built high volume financial trading systems, re-implemented Perl 5’s threading system, wrote djabberd, managed LiveJournal’s engineering team, and served as operations architect at Six Apart.

Andrew Betts

Andrew Betts is principal developer advocate at Fastly. Andrew’s area of expertise is emerging web technologies, particularly on mobile and tablet platforms. Previously, he was a PHP and JavaScript developer, web standards advocate, and founder of FT Labs, an emerging web technologies division of the Financial Times, where he and his team created the FT web app, one of the best examples of what can be achieved with HTML5.

Toufic Boubez
Toufic Boubez (Metafor Software), @tboubez

Dr. Toufic Boubez, CTO and Co-Founder, Metafor Software

Toufic has been passionate about machine learning for over 20 years. Prior to Metafor, he was the founder and CTO of Layer 7 Technologies, a leader in API management and recently acquired by CA. Prior to Layer 7, Toufic was the founding CTO of Saffron Technology, a big data analytics company specialising in associative memory technology. Toufic is also a well-known SOA pioneer and was Chief Architect for Web Services at IBM’s Software Group, where he founded the first SOA team and drove IBM’s early XML and Web Services strategies.

Toufic holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering – Neural Networks from Rutgers University.

Buddy Brewer

Buddy Brewer is the senior VP of products at SOASTA, where he leads strategic initiatives for all SOASTA products, including DOC, CloudTest, TouchTest, Data Science Work Bench, and mPulse, a real-user measurement tool that tells you how long people are waiting on your site and how it is impacting their behavior. Buddy has been helping some of the largest sites on the Web solve their performance challenges since 2001. Prior to SOASTA, Buddy cofounded LogNormal, the first company to put measuring real users first in the crowded space of performance monitoring tools. LogNormal was acquired by SOASTA in 2012.

Andrew Brockhurst

Looks after Apache, PHP, Varnish and various software libraries and frameworks for the BBC.

Kris Buytaert
Kris Buytaert (Inuits)

Kris Buytaert is a long time Linux and Open Source Consultant doing projects in Belgium , Europe ant the rest of the universe. He is currently working for Inuits, and starting up some new projects still in stealth mode.

Kris is the Co-Author of Virtualization with Xen , maintainer of the openMosix HOWTO and author of different technical publications. He is a frequent speaker at different international conferences.

He spends most of his time working on Linux Clustering (both HA and HPC), Virtualisation and Large Infrastructure Management projects hence trying to build infrastructures that can survive the 10th floor test , better known today as the cloud while actively promoting the devops idea !

His blog titled “Everything is a Freaking DNS... Read More.

Laine Campbell

Owner of PalominoDB database consulting. Oracle, MySQL and Cassandra DBA, Architect and Designer for 11 years with such companies as Travelocity, Zappos, Chegg, LiveJournal, Disney Mobile and Technorati.

Matt Canning
Matt Canning (Comcast)

Matthew Canning is a dynamic public speaker who draws from a rich history of technical expertise. He currently serves as manager of web development for Comcast Interactive Media, and is the author of the upcoming mind-hacking book series, Become Better at Everything. He has served as technical reviewer for several publications, most recently Pro Data Visualization using R and JavaScript (APress). He presents often on personal productivity, inspiration, technology, creativity, memory development, and a range of other topics.

Twitter: @MatthewCanning

Shu Kit Chan (Yahoo! Inc)

Kit has been a software engineer at Yahoo! for 7 years. He had worked as engineering architects for many media properties on Yahoo!, such as Health, Astrology, Food, Lifestyle, Shine, Autos, Real Estate, etc. He is currently working as the engineering architect for the custom solution group within Yahoo! that is responsibly for building engaging experiences for custom events, such as Royal Wedding and Clinton Foundation Concert.

He has very strong interests in HTTP proxy technology and is an active contributor to edge computing strategy in Yahoo!

He currently lives in Foster City, California .

Marc Cohen

Marc Cohen is a Developer Programs Engineer focusing on helping developers get the most out of Google’s advanced cloud computing technologies. He has over 25 years of experience designing and building reliable, distributed systems in the telecommunications industry. A Seattle resident, Marc enjoys indie music and films, chess and teaching.

Jon Cowie

Jon Cowie is a Principal Customer Architect at Chef where he’s working on solving interesting technical problems and interesting people problems. In his former life as an individual contributor he wrote O’Reilly’s “Customizing Chef” book and contributed to a number of open source projects.

Andy Davies
Andy Davies (NCC Group), @andydavies

Andy is UK-based freelance performance consultant. He focuses on ecommerce sites, helping them to measure and improve their performance.

Laurie Denness
Laurie Denness (Bloomberg LP), @lozzd

Operations all day and night. Previously at, now at

Khushil Dep
Khushil Dep (Symphonic Solutions Ltd), @khushil

I’m a solutions focused Unix engineer with over 20 years experience delivering leading edge solutions for businesses of all sizes. Over the years I’ve worked for companies such as PIPEX, ICL, Capgemini, Bounty and currently lead the engineering team moving the MailOnline into a true cloud architecture.

My Engineering philosophy is based on a single guiding principal: No Compromises. It is a principal that has meant many long hours, personal sacrifice and loss, hard fought and sometimes bitter battles with incumbent teams; but one that as ultimately won the day and seen true innovation delivered.

I believe, passionately, in the ideal of the Machine. Logic within Constraint. I believe this is the model we see around us each day employed by the Universe... Read More.

Paul Downey
Paul Downey (Her Majesty's Government Digital Service), @psd

Paul is a Technical Architect at Her Majesty’s Government Digital Service,
where he helped build GOV.UK and is now working with departments to
transform Government digital services. Formerly he acted as BT’s Chief Web
Services Architect, served as an W3C Advisory Committee representative, and
was a founding member of He built SolderPad, and co-founded
OSHUG, the Open Source Hardware monthly meet-up, and is mildly notorious for
a set of uber-doodles collectively known as The Web is Agreement.

Perry Dyball
Perry Dyball (Seatwave Ltd)

Perry Dyball joined as Ecommerce Operations Manager in 2008. He moved into Web Operations from strong DBA and Database Development roles at and His prior internet experience includes co-founding a software house serving UK Government departments and commercial operations such as Sony Music and

Areas of expertise include all aspects of web Infrastructure design and data centre management specialising in web optimization and capacity, F5 load balancing, web server farms and backend databases especially in a Microsoft .NET/SQL server environment.

His IT career started as a mainframe programmer working in local government and progressed though to technical project management for Datastream (now part of Thomson Reuters) where he built a number of stock market analysis systems. He then... Read More.

Klaus Enzenhofer

Klaus Enzenhofer has several years of experience and expertise in the field of Web Performance Optimization and User Experience Management. He works as Technical Strategist in the Center of Excellence Team at Compuware APM. In this role he influences the development of the Compuware dynaTrace Application Performance Management Solution and the Web Performance Optimization Tool Compuware dynaTrace AJAX Edition. He mainly gathered his experience in web and performance by developing and running large-scale web portals at Tiscover GmbH

Ben Evans
Ben Evans (jClarity), @kittylyst

Ben Evans is a senior technologist with well over 10 years professional experience developing and running world-class projects in a number of sectors including finance, gaming, media and third-sector.

His main technical interests are in building high-performance, highly scalable architectures and applying cutting-edge tech to provide competitive advantage. He has worked towards these aims over a wide range of technologies during his career.

His other driving passion is the creation and development of technical communities – from mentoring and developing junior developers, to running focused, agile development teams, through to organizing national events. He helps to organize two very active developer communities – the London Java Community (well over 2000 developers, one of the largest Java user groups in the world) and the Graduate Developer... Read More.

Tammy Everts
Tammy Everts (SpeedCurve), @tameverts

As senior researcher and writer at Strangeloop Networks, I’ve spent the past few years researching the technical, business, and human factors sides of web/application performance, and I’ve spun this research into countless blog posts, presentations, case studies, whitepapers, articles, reports, and — just because they’re cool ☺ — infographics.

Strangeloop was recently acquired by Radware, where I now serve as solution evangelist, and where I’m lucky to be able to continue to contribute to the performance and UX communities by deepening the publicly available body of research.

I blog at Web Performance Today.

Ed Fletcher
Ed Fletcher (Vodafone Group Services)

I’ve spent the last three years at Vodafone Group leading a small but dedicated team focussed on optimising the customer experience for consumers. Needless to say, digital performance has been top of my agenda. Starting from scratch, I set-up a team to monitor the online and mobile performance across separate sites in 23 countries, and by using key suppliers drive down the page load speed. However important it is, performance is not the end goal. In order to be successful, any program must deliver measurable business value, and this has been my driving force.
Prior to working on customer experience optimisation, I spent 15 years in the IBM Lab at Hursley focussing on the performance of distributed transaction processing systems and messaging middleware,... Read More.

Wim Godden
Wim Godden ( Solutions), @wimgtr

Wim Godden is the owner and lead architect at Solutions. He has been working with open source technologies since 1997 and has been involved in open source projects such as phpAdsNew/OpenX.
Next to PHP, he’s worked with a wide range of technologies (from database clusters to Internet backbone design) and focuses a lot of his time on high-scalability projects and on coaching/training PHP engineers.

Ilya Grigorik

Ilya Grigorik is a web performance engineer and developer advocate on the Make The Web Fast team at Google, where he spends his days and nights on making the web fast and driving adoption of performance best practices.

Mitchell Hashimoto

Mitchell is best known as the creator of Vagrant and founder of HashiCorp. He is also an O’Reilly author and professional speaker. He is one of the top GitHub users by followers, activity, and contributions. “Automation obsessed,” Mitchell strives to build elegant, powerful DevOps tools at HashiCorp that automate anything and everything. Mitchell is probably the only person in the world with deep knowledge of most virtualization hypervisors.

Mark Heistek

My name is Mark Heistek and I’m working as an IT expert for the Continuous Delivery team within ING Netherlands. My experience with DevOps & continuous delivery is build up for the last 2 years. 2 years ago I was working within the Internet / Mobile channel for ING Netherlands as a IT Operations employee and within this department I’ve helped the shift from process teams towards application teams, preparing for DevOps. The main implementation was the introduction of the mobile channel for ING Netherlands and getting the OPS organization ready for this, working closely with the Dev Scrum teams. At the end of last year after visiting the Velocity conference we’ve started a DevOps pilot within the Internet Channel for... Read More.

Joshua Hoffman
Joshua Hoffman (LeaseWeb), @oshu

An accomplished engineer and technical leader, Joshua Hoffman has trained Ops staff from San Francisco to Hong Kong in practical and efficient high scale system management and automation. Hoffman created Red Hat’s acclaimed Virtual Training platform and Virtualization certification exams. Prior to joining LeaseWeb, Hoffman served as Technical Director at SoundCloud and Tumblr, helping both companies build stable, scalable infrastructure to handle their explosive growth.

Rich Howard
Rich Howard (Vodafone), @flowlabs

Rich is the lead technical consultant in the Online Optimisation Team at Vodafone Group in London (world’s 2nd largest mobile telecoms provider).

He works with 20 Vodafone international markets to optimise the performance of both desktop and mobile enterprise web applications and mobile apps.

In his role he also provides technical governance for new application releases and publishes performance optimisation guidelines and best practice for developers, operations and commercial teams to follow.

Prior to his work at Vodafone, Rich has had 12+ years experience working as a senior consultant and developer on several high profile projects, including the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, World Vision, the Natural History Museum, the National Trust, Total Jobs and LexisNexis.

Passionate about user experience, his technical skills cover HTML5,... Read More.

Dean Hume
Dean Hume (Settled), @deanohume

Dean Hume is an author, Google Developer Expert, and all-around web performance geek. He regularly writes articles based on software development on his blog at

Jan Jongboom
Jan Jongboom (Telenor Digital), @janjongboom

Jan Jongboom got in a real life fight when someone declared javascript ‘just some scripting language’. During the day he channels his javascript love as a member of the Firefox OS core team at Telenor Comoyo, making bad jokes about VBScript and dreaming of happy hour. The only native Brit in his previous company described him in one word: ‘cheeky’. You can see him live on stage regularly, with talks about javascript, Firefox OS and mobile development.

Erik Kastner
Erik Kastner (Kickstarter)

Erik Kastner has given presentations large and small, from the international Rails conference to informal company brown-bag. He strives to find the laziest way to get things done – even if it ends up being a lot more work. Automation, exploration and the simple joy of building underpin just about everything he does. Other than a strange, dream-filled few years in San Francisco, Erik has lived in New Jersey his whole life. He works at Kickstarter in NYC hand-crafting code, crafts and tools.

Arun Kejariwal

@arun_kejariwal is currently a Staff Capacity Engineer at Twitter where he works on research and development of novel techniques to improve the accuracy of capacity models and demand forecasts. Prior to joining Twitter, @arun_kejariwal worked on research and development of practical and statistically rigorous methodologies to deliver high performance, availability and scalability in large scale distributed clusters. Some of the techniques developed have been published in peer-reviewed international conferences/journals.

@arun_kejariwal received his Bachelor’s degree in EE from IIT Delhi and doctorate in CS from UCI.

Jonathan Klein

Jonathan is the Director of Engineering at Attend, a Boston startup building event management software. He was formerly a senior software engineer at Etsy, where he focused on solving web performance and scalability challenges. Jonathan started the Boston Web Performance Meetup Group, and is the co-creator of Hound, an extremely fast code search tool. Jonathan blogs regularly at

Michael Klepikov (Google, Inc), @klepikovm

Michael Klepikov is a Software Engineer at Google, working on tools and infrastructure for automated web performance and latency testing, such as, as part of Google’s Make The Web Faster initiative. Prior to Google, he worked at PTC on large scale enterprise design data management solutions. His MS in CS is from Moscow State University. He enjoys travel, skiing, climbing, and old black and white movies.

Winston Lee (Twitter Inc.), @winstl

@winstl is a Capacity Engineer at Twitter. He recently graduated from UC, Berkeley with CS major. Amongst others, he is highly interested in cloud computing and BigData analysis.

Paul Lewis

Paul is a Developer Advocate on the Google Chrome team. He spends his days profiling rendering performance issues, and helping developers to build faster sites and apps.

Tom Maslen
Tom Maslen (BBC News, Visual Journalism), @tmaslen

Tom Maslen is Tech Lead for the BBC News Visual Journalism team. He blogs about responsive web design in news at

Ted Middleton
Ted Middleton (EdgeCast Networks), @edgecast

Ted is responsible for product management at EdgeCast and coordinates the definition, development, and launch of EdgeCast products and services. Ted is also involved in the identification, evaluation, and integration of partner technologies and services to complement the EdgeCast portfolio.

Ted has been active in the content delivery industry almost since its founding, having been an early team member in 1999 at Sandpiper Networks, one of the pioneering startups that invented and launched the managed CDN service provider industry. Ted served in several roles throughout his tenure both managing the Sandpiper sales engineering organization, and then managing the product management team. Ted was involved in shepherding the CDN business through a long series of acquisitions from Digital Island, to Cable & Wireless, and... Read More.

Chaitanya Mishra

Chaitanya is a software engineer at Facebook London, where he focuses on improving the performance of Facebook’s Android apps. He was previously on the search team, working on Graph Search, and the Search typeahead. In a previous life, he did graduate research on database systems at the University of Toronto.

Courtney Nash

Courtney Nash chairs multiple conferences for O’Reilly Media and is the strategic content director focused on areas of modern web operations, high-performance applications, and security. An erstwhile academic neuroscientist, she is still fascinated by the brain and how it informs our interactions with and expectations of technology. She’s spent 17 years working in the technology industry in a wide variety of roles, ever since moving to Seattle to work at a burgeoning online bookstore. Outside work, Courtney can be found biking, hiking, skiing, and photographing the Cascade Mountains near her home in Bellingham, Washington.

Angela Nicoara
Angela Nicoara (Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories, Silicon Valley Innovation Center, USA)

Dr. Angela Nicoara is a Senior Research Scientist at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories, Silicon Valley Innovation Center, USA since 2008. She received a PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zurich in 2007, where she was the leader, designer and builder of the PROSE open source system. After two years building search engine and information logistics systems at the German software company Caatoosee, Dr. Nicoara joined ETH Zurich, working on adaptive software architectures. Dr. Nicoara joined Google Inc in Mountain View, California for the summer of 2004. Her research interests are in the areas of services and mobile platforms, adaptive software architectures, virtual machines, middleware for mobile and distributed computing, and distributed systems. Her current research activities include the development of open... Read More.

Robin Osborne
Robin Osborne (Otomotech), @rposbo

Robin Osborne is a freelance nerd, lover of shiny new tech and connecting solid, established tech for big wins. A lover of all things tech performance related, he’s fascinated by the various approaches teams take to improve their existing systems, or setting up new systems from scratch. When not plugging away with new technologies, he can be found training developers, pitching for conferences, and trying to write a book or two. Robin speaks, blogs, and writes at

When there’s a spare moment, he can be found teaching his daughters to code, cycling for fun and charity, and hunting down London’s best coffee – one café at a time.

Addy Osmani

Addy Osmani is a Developer Programs Engineer on the Chrome team at Google, working on tools for improving developer productivity. He has contributed to a number of large open-source projects including TodoMVC, jQuery and Yeoman and has authored books including ‘Learning JavaScript Design Patterns’ and ‘Developing Backbone.js Applications’.

Gabriele Petrone
Gabriele Petrone (Spilgames)

Software Engineer with strong experience in designing, developing web-based global solutions and development of high traffic social game portals (+200 million unique visitor per month).

I love optimization of website structures with the use of CDNs, load balancing, caching, domain sharding, non blocking js, lazy loading, spriting.

Dan Rathbone
Dan Rathbone (British Sky Broadcasting)

I lead a small team of engineers working across the entire product life-cycle to ensure the in-house web applications produced by Sky Betting and Gaming run fast.

I am a generalist and work with whatever technology is needed to get the job done. From databases to web browsers, from kernel tweaking to javascript compilation and everything in between.

Chris Read

I currently work at DRW where I help developers and operations deliver more value faster. I used to work for ThoughtWorks as a Principal Technical Consultant and Infrastructure Specialist. This basically meant I helped developers understand the environments they are developing for, and helped clients infrastructure people build better systems. My specialties are Unix (any flavour) and networking. I have done time as a Developer and as a Sys Admin, but now I am both…

Gareth Rushgrove

Gareth Rushgrove is a Director of Product at Snyk, working remotely
from Cambridge, UK, helping to build interesting tools for people to
better secure infrastructure and applications. He has previously
worked for the UK Government Digital Service focused on
infrastructure, operations and information security, as well as at
Puppet and Docker. When not working he can be found curating the
Devops Weekly newsletter, hiking or reading a good book.

Jon Arne Saeteras
Jon Arne Saeteras (Scientiamobile), @jonarnes

Jon Arne Sæterås (jonarnes most places on the webs) is a mobile guy. He has been an active member and thought leader in the global mobile community since the late nineties.

John Arne is a developer by trade, and truly believe that the key to success is a happy end user, and that innovative use of technology will help achieve that truly optimal user experience. Coding now is just done for recreation as he is now heading the Innovation and Products team at ScientiaMobile

Jon Arne is also an occasional writer, blogger, speaker and book reviewer.

Ido Safruti
Ido Safruti (PerimeterX), @safruti

Ido Safruti is the cofounder and CTO at PerimeterX, which is building a behavior-based web security service. Previously, Ido headed a product group in Akamai focusing on web performance and scalability. Ido joined Akamai through the acquisition of Cotendo, where he led product and strategy. His earlier roles include GM in charge of product engineering and operation, R&D manager, chief scientist, and head of engineering at various companies and the Israeli intelligence, where he focused on high-capacity, large-scale web and network services and cybersecurity systems.

Theo Schlossnagle

Theo Schlossnagle is a Founder and Principal at OmniTI where he designs and implements scalable solutions for highly trafficked sites and other clients in need of sound, scalable architectural engineering. He is the architect of the highly scalable Ecelerity mail transport agent. Theo is a participant in various open source communities including OpenSolaris, Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, perl, and many others. He is a published author in the area of scalability and distributed systems as well as a veteran speaker in the open source conference circuit.

Theo founded several successful startups as engineering focused organizations including: OmniTI, Circonus, Message Systems and Fontdeck.

James Smith
James Smith (DevOpsGuys), @thedevmgr

James has worked as a software development consultant for over 15 years. He’s designed, built and deployed eCommerce systems for Dell, Pizza Hut, KFC and the RAC which transact millions of orders and over $150 million in revenue every year. Like all Welshmen, James is a devout rugby supporter and combines this love with his love of Belgian Trappist beers.

Steve Souders
Steve Souders (SpeedCurve), @souders

Steve Souders is chief curver at SpeedCurve, where he works on the interplay between performance and design. Steve previously served as Google’s head performance engineer, Yahoo’s chief performance officer, and Fastly’s chief performance officer. Steve 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 as well as the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow, HTTP Archive, Episodes, ControlJS, and Browserscope. Steve taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford and serves as cochair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O’Reilly.

Oby Sumampouw
Oby Sumampouw (LinkedIn)

Oby is a software engineer at LinkedIn. He has worked on various linkedin products ranging from LinkedIn News to LinkedIn Sharing. He is currently working on improving R2D2 and stack at LinkedIn.
Prior to LinkedIn, Oby worked on Fusion Application at Oracle. Oby holds a master of Computer Science from Stanford University and bachelors of Biochemistry from University of Washington.

Stephen Thair
Stephen Thair (DevOpsGuys), @TheOpsMgr

Steve loves website operations. He’s pretty much done every job from pulling thin-ethernet cabling through floor spaces, racking servers, deploying websites, killer load testing through to managing high-performing WebOps teams for major UK online brands.

He’s a regular speaker at conferences on web performance and load testing and a general #WebPerf fanatic. Originally from Perth, Australia he’s lived in the UK since 1999 and yes, he does still miss the weather!

Jonathan Thurman

Jonathan is a Site Reliability Engineer at New Relic where he applies his systems, networking, and coding skills to automate their infrastructure. For over the last 15 years he has worked on a variety of projects including unified communications, performance testing, automation, and scaling for the web.

Jeroen Tjepkema

Jeroen Tjepkema is a serial entrepreneur and founder of @GrowthTribe, @MeasureWorks, a startup mentor and public speaker. With MeasureWorks the focus is on speed, usability and analytics. With GrowthTribe he enables companies to find their zero day exploit and build sustainable growth engines. As startup mentor he helps companies accelerate their quest for the right online strategy and product market fit. Next to this, Jeroen is a regular speaker and active in (co-)organizing events such as Startup&Measure, Dutch Web Performance meetup and Webperfdays Amsterdam. Connect with Jeroen on linkedin.

Sean  Treadway
Sean Treadway (Soundcloud Ltd)

Engineer at SoundCloud, architecting the present and future of the world’s leading audio platform.

Robert Treat

Working on database backed, internet based systems for over a decade, Robert is co-author of the book Beginning PHP and PostgreSQL 8, maintains the phpPgAdmin software package, and has been recognized as a major contributor to the PostgreSQL project. An international speaker on databases, open source, and managing web operations at scale, he spends his days as COO of OmniTI, a web consultancy focused on building and managing highly scalable web infrastructure.

Rick Viscomi

Rick Viscomi is a front end engineer focused on web performance, currently working at Google on the YouTube team.

Bogdan Vulcan

I work with great people to deliver excellent and effective software products. That got me the taste for multiple aspects of the software domain – programming, team leading, architecture, project management, sales, business and organizational development. I work with Spilgames – the biggest worldwide platform for casual gaming – on helping cross functional teams develop and enhance their web technologies, processes and user-facing products. I focus on creating excellent and independent teams, in which passionate individuals learn, innovate, develop themselves and the organization. I live in The Netherlands and blog about geek leadership at

John Wards
John Wards (White October), @JohnWards

John is Technical Director for Oxford based digital agency White October, organiser of two conferences and is a keen code clubber.

Yoav Weiss

Yoav Weiss is a principal architect at Akamai, where he focuses on making the web platform faster by adding performance-related features to browsers as well as to Akamai’s CDN. Yoav has been working on mobile web performance for longer than he cares to admit. He takes image bloat on the web as a personal insult, which is why he joined the Responsive Image community group and implemented the various responsive images features in Blink and WebKit. When he’s not writing code, he’s probably slapping his bass, mowing the lawn in the French countryside, or playing board games with his family.

Noel Welsh
Noel Welsh (Underscore Consulting), @noelwelsh

Noel has over fifteen years experience in software architecture and development, and over a decade in machine learning and data mining. His current project is Myna, which makes bandit algorithms accessible to all. Previous projects he’s been involved with include one of the first commercial products to apply machine learning to the Internet (eventually acquired by Omniture), a BAFTA award winning website, and a custom CMS used daily by thousands of students.

Noel is an active writer, presenter, and open source contributor. Noel has a PhD in machine learning from the University of Birmingham.

James Wickett

James is an innovative thought leader and technologist in the DevOps and InfoSec communities and has a passion for helping big companies work like startups to deliver products in the cloud.

He got his start in technology when he ran a Web startup company as a student at University of Oklahoma and since then has worked in environments ranging from large, web-scale enterprises to small, rapid-growth startups. As a Senior DevOps Engineer, James is currently working in a startup-like team building cloud-based products for the Embedded Software Division of Mentor Graphics ( James is a dynamic speaker on topics in DevOps, cloud computing, cloud security, security testing and Rugged DevOps.

He is a core contributor to the Gauntlt project ( and is a supporter of... Read More.

John Willis
John Willis (Dell - enStratus), @botchagalupe

John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining enStratius (Now Dell), Willis was the VP of Solutions for DTO Solutions where he led the transition to a new suite of automated infrastructure and DevOps solutions. Prior to DTO Solutions. Willis was the VP of Training & Services at Opscode where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.

Mitun Zavery

Mitun is responsible for defining mobile application testing and solution deployment strategy for Large Enterprises and System Integrators.

Mitun has over 9 years of consulting, service delivery, customer engagement, pre sales and a proven track record of working for large enterprise clients within web and mobile ever evolving environments. Before joining Keynote DeviceAnywhere, Mitun worked at App Labs (IS Integration) leading provider of software testing and quality management service provider to the global enterprise industry in a test consultant position.

Mitun has BSc degree in Software Engineering with Industrial Experience from The University Of Manchester, England.


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