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Web Operations & Performance Conference

Experience Velocity | Who Should Attend | What People Are Saying About Velocity | Program Chairs | Committee Members

Audience

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 2014 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

Tom Maslen at Velocity Europe 2013 Audience

Build Faster Websites and 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 mobile and 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 Operations and Performance
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

Velocity Attendees
  • 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 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 and organizations of all sizes
  • Technical executives looking out for the bottom line
  • CTOs and CIOs seeking to streamline operations
  • Managers seeking strategies for building a DevOps culture
  • Technology evangelists and entrepreneurs pushing enterprise boundaries
  • Researchers and academics
  • Companies and professionals engaged in the mobile development and performance ecosystem

What People Are Saying About Velocity

"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

Program Chairs

John Allspaw

John Allspaw

John 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.

Courtney Nash

Courtney Nash

Courtney manages all Velocity-related content for O'Reilly Media. An erstwhile academic neuroscientist, she is still fascinated by the brain and how people learn just about anything. She's been known to teach people how to salsa dance, conduct psychology experiments, or even get air on a mountain bike. When not working on books, Courtney can be found biking, hiking, skiing, and photographing the Cascade mountains near her home in Bellingham, Washington.

Steve Souders

Steve Souders

Steve is Chief Performance Officer at Fastly developing web performance services. He previously served as Google's Head Performance Engineer and Chief Performance Yahoo!. Prior to that Steve worked at General Magic, WhoWhere?, and Lycos, and co-founded Helix Systems and CoolSync. Steve is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites. He is the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow, the HTTP Archive, Cuzillion, Jdrop, ControlJS, and Browserscope. He serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O'Reilly, and is co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford.

 

Committee Members

Jake ArchibaldJake Archibald works in Google Chrome's developer relations team, working on specs, testing implementations, and ensuring developers have tools to make their jobs less painful. He's a big fan of time-to-render optimisations, progressive enhancement, and all of that responsive stuff.

 

Andrew BettsAndrew Betts is a PHP and JavaScript developer, web standards advocate and founder of FT Labs, an emerging web technologies division of the Financial Times. His area of expertise is emerging web technologies, particularly on mobile and tablet platforms, where his team created the FT web app, now well known globally as one of the best examples of what can be achieved with HTML5.

 

Michael Brunton-SpallMichael Brunton-Spall is technical architect at the Government Digital Service. He travels the country helping government agencies and services embrace the digital now. Previously he worked at the Guardian for six years, helping to build and scale the website, building the API, helping run the platform team and acting a developer advocate, talking at conferences and events.

 

Andy DaviesAndy Davies is Associate Director for Web Performance at NCC Group, working with clients to measure and improve the performance of their web sites. He recently wrote the “The Pocket Guide to Responsive Web Performance” for Five Simple Steps.

 

Gareth RushgroveGareth Rushgrove is a professional and experienced software developer based in Cambridge, UK. By day he works for the UK Government fixing the internet. 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.

 

Stephen ThairStephen Thair 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.

 

Sean TreadwaySean Treadway is an engineer at SoundCloud, architecting the present and future of the world's leading audio platform.

 

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