Velocity Europe 2013 Keynote Speakers

Sam Adams

Sam Adams, LMAX ExchangeDevelopment Team Lead

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.

9:35 Thursday, 14/11/2013
LMAX is well known for practising and advocating Continuous Delivery, but it hasn't been a completely smooth journey. This talk will describe how we safely release to a production system processing $10 billion a day, confident that everything will be working when the markets open, and highlight some of the lessons we've learned along the way.
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John Allspaw

John Allspaw, Adaptive Capacity LabsResearch and Former CTO

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 Salon.com, InfoWorld.com, 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.

9:00 Friday, 15/11/2013
Program Chairs, John Allspaw, Courtney Nash and Steve Souders, open the second day of keynotes.
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Keynote by John Allspaw, SVP, Technical Operations at Etsy.com.
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9:00 Thursday, 14/11/2013
Program Chairs, Steve Souders, John Allspaw and Courtney Nash open the first day of keynotes.
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Andrew Betts

Andrew Betts, FastlyPrincipal Developer Advocate

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.

10:00 Thursday, 14/11/2013
It may be satisfying to improve app performance, but is that what your product owners are focused on? When can you get time to work on performance when you have to deliver features all the time? Here's how we've pitched, prioritised and presented performance work and made everyone excited about how fast we can be, both for the Financial Times, and other FT Labs clients.
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Buddy Brewer

Buddy Brewer, SOASTASVP Products

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.

10:15 Friday, 15/11/2013
What are the most patient countries in the world? Who will wait longer for pages to load, Internet Explorer users or Chrome users? With enough real user measurement data you can find out. See how you can answer these questions and more with a new free resource from SOASTA.
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Andrew Brockhurst

Andrew Brockhurst, BBCPrincipal Engineer

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

9:10 Friday, 15/11/2013
Keynote by Andy "Bob" Brockhurst, Principal Engineer, BBC.
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Paul Downey

Paul Downey, Her Majesty's Government Digital ServiceTechnical Architect

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 Osmosoft.com. 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.

9:10 Thursday, 14/11/2013
In this talk, Paul will show through a series of examples how The Government Digital Service recognise, prioritise and quickly address performance issues whilst helping government build digital services so good people prefer to use them.
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Klaus Enzenhofer

Klaus Enzenhofer, DynatraceTechnology Strategist

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

9:55 Thursday, 14/11/2013
Once you start monitoring real users you understand it’s not just about your own performance. You see degrading load times and don’t know what caused them, so you have to come up with a good idea of how to get the information you really need. This is when you realise that you don’t have to wait for the newest W3C specs to be available.
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Ilya Grigorik

Ilya Grigorik, GoogleInternet Plumber

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.

10:15 Thursday, 14/11/2013
HTTP Archive is a treasure trove of performance data. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could query it with own questions and build custom reports? This demo will show you how to do exactly that, live and from the comfort of your browser, using Google BigQuery!
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Jonathan Klein

Jonathan Klein, AttendDirector of Engineering

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 http://www.jonathanklein.net.

10:10 Friday, 15/11/2013
WebPagetest is an awesome tool, but out of the box there isn't an easy way to run large numbers of tests and get performance trends over time. This demo will show off wpt-script, a tool that Etsy wrote and open sourced to make this process much easier!
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Tom Maslen

Tom Maslen, BBC News, Visual JournalismTech Lead

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

9:35 Friday, 15/11/2013
m Maslen from BBC News will take you through a number of techniques to help you to stay true to the idealisms of web development while also helping you to comprehend and master the increasing complexities of web browser support.
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Ted Middleton

Ted Middleton, EdgeCast NetworksVP Product Management

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.

10:30 Thursday, 14/11/2013
Learn how monitoring certain numbers translates into big performance wins, and how to spot the small changes that result in big differences. We will cover global purge-from-edge, log processing, load balancing and other areas we’ve identified and that have resulted in big performance gains and efficiency.
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Courtney W. Nash

Courtney W. Nash, O'ReillyEditor

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.

10:30 Friday, 15/11/2013
Keynote by Courtney Nash, Editor, O'Reilly Media.
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9:00 Friday, 15/11/2013
Program Chairs, John Allspaw, Courtney Nash and Steve Souders, open the second day of keynotes.
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9:00 Thursday, 14/11/2013
Program Chairs, Steve Souders, John Allspaw and Courtney Nash open the first day of keynotes.
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Location: King's Suite
Addy Osmani

Addy Osmani, GoogleEngineering Manager, Chrome

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’.

10:20 Friday, 15/11/2013
The best way to minimize the latency caused by stylesheet loading is to cut down on the CSS footprint; an obvious way to do this is to remove CSS rules that aren't actually used by the current page. In this demo, Addy Osmani will show off tools for helping you achieve this.
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Ido Safruti

Ido Safruti, PerimeterXCofounder and CTO

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.

9:25 Friday, 15/11/2013
In the last 4 years, two new image formats were added to the web technology arsenal – WebP & JPEG XR. These image formats are far superior to their predecessors, but unfortunately are only supported by very specific browsers, and aren't always easy to generate. In this short talk, Ido will explain more about these formats and share some of our experience working with and supporting them.
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James Smith

James Smith, DevOpsGuysCo-founder

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.

10:10 Thursday, 14/11/2013
WorldwidePageTest.com gives you the ability to test from your selection of locations around the world and see the performance visualised in a map view, from your choice of locations.
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Steve Souders

Steve Souders, SpeedCurveChief Curver

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.

9:00 Friday, 15/11/2013
Program Chairs, John Allspaw, Courtney Nash and Steve Souders, open the second day of keynotes.
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Location: King's Suite
9:00 Thursday, 14/11/2013
Program Chairs, Steve Souders, John Allspaw and Courtney Nash open the first day of keynotes.
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Location: King's Suite
John Wards

John Wards, White OctoberTechnical Director

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

10:00 Friday, 15/11/2013
Find out more about this nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs, and discover how you can help them achieve their mission to give every child in the UK the chance to learn to code.
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Mitun Zavery

Mitun Zavery, KeynoteEMEA Lead Sales Engineer

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.

9:25 Thursday, 14/11/2013
In this demo, we’ll show you 2 tools you can add to your repertoire that allow you to interactively check mobile site functionality, and validate how it will respond over the network.
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