Engineer for the future of Cloud
June 10-13, 2019
San Jose, CA

Keynotes

Hear inspiring and illuminating presentations from innovative experts and executives at Velocity. These presentations will be live-captioned.

 
Yaniv Aknin

Yaniv Aknin
Platform Lead, Google Cloud

Yaniv Aknin is Google Cloud Platform’s lead for quantitative reliability. He works with product managers, developers, and fellow SREs to create availability and performance metrics that accurately model customers’ experience, then optimizes those metrics toward the right reliability/cost point. He’s... Read More.

10:15am Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Yaniv Aknin dives into the secret sauce for a successful SRE organization: high-quality measurements of reliability. He provides an overview of why measuring reliability is crucial and why it’s so hard, shares a couple of tips for getting it right, and explores why it’s the key differentiator between SRE and DevOps. Full Details
Dave Andrews

Dave Andrews
Chief Architect, Verizon Digital Media Services

Dave “Bear” Andrews is chief architect at Verizon Digital Media Services, overseeing the evolution of the Edgecast content delivery network (CDN) and Uplynk video platform. He enjoys low-level security exploitation techniques and has an appreciation for the nuances and... Read More.

9:25am Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Dave Andrews sheds light on how the edge landscape has been—and is still—evolving with a look at the new class of low-latency/high-bandwidth application domains created as a result and how Verizon Digital Media Services is helping to deliver this to its customers. Full Details
Liz Fong-Jones

Liz Fong-Jones
Site Reliability Engineer, Honeycomb

Liz is a developer advocate, labor and ethics organizer, and site reliability engineer (SRE) with 15+ years of experience. She is an advocate at Honeycomb.io for the SRE and observability communities, and previously was an SRE working... Read More.

9:05am Thursday, June 13, 2019
Learn about several practices core to production excellence: giving everyone a stake in production, collaborating to ensure observability, measuring with service level objectives, and prioritizing improvements using risk analysis with Liz Fong-Jones. Full Details
Abby Fuller

Abby Fuller
Software Engineer, Amazon Web Services

Abby Fuller works on the containers team at Amazon Web Services. Previously, Abby worked at a number of startups, including Airtime and Hailo.

10:35am Thursday, June 13, 2019
Abby Fuller talks about how Amazon Web Services is thinking about building application-first services and how the next advancement in compute is really compute agnostic: run your workloads spread over many types of compute using patterns like service meshes and networking constructs that work at the application layer. Full Details
Lena Hall

Lena Hall
Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft

Lena Hall is a senior software engineer and developer advocate at Microsoft working on Azure, where she focuses on large-scale distributed systems and modern architectures. Lena has more than 10 years of experience in software engineering with a focus on... Read More.

10:35am Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Lena Hall takes you on an adventure into the multifaceted universe of ever-changing distributed systems. Full Details
Everett Harper

Everett Harper
CEO and Cofounder, Truss

Everett Harper is the CEO and cofounder of Truss. Truss builds software and infrastructure to help companies scale and enterprises/public agencies to modernize digital services. Notable projects include healthcare.gov, Nuna, and DOD Transcom. Previously, Everett worked... Read More.

10:10am Thursday, June 13, 2019
Drawing from work in technology, community development finance, social psychology, complexity theory, and championship sports, Everett Harper moves to the edge of these disciplines, centering on the key practices that are crucial for solving our most critical challenges. Full Details
Julie Horvath

Julie Horvath
Design and Engineering Manager, Apple

Julie Ann Horvath is the user experience lead for Apple’s Platform Infrastructure Engineering group. With a passion for designing simple and usable solutions in complex and technical problem spaces, Julie has spent the last decade partnering with engineering teams to... Read More.

9:05am Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Julie Horvath walks you through what Apple's team has learned throughout building and scaling cloud infrastructure services like elastic compute, Spark as a service, data storage, queues, and search and how Apple's knowledge can benefit other teams who are just getting started. Full Details
Nora Jones

Nora Jones
Head of Chaos Engineering and Human Factors, Slack

Nora Jones practices chaos engineering and human factors at Slack and is a student of human factors and systems safety at Lund University. She’s passionate about resilient software, people, and the intersection of those two worlds. She cowrote the book... Read More.

9:55am Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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Jessica Kerr

Jessica Kerr
Lead Engineer, Atomist

Jessica Kerr is a developer at Atomist, where she makes development automation. She also podcasts on Greater Than Code and Arrested DevOps, and she speaks at software conferences around the world. Currently, she’s into resilience engineering, domain-driven design, and the... Read More.

9:30am Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Jess Kerr argues that most programming careers aren't about writing software: they're about changing it. With this distinction, she can say some things about reuse, delivery, quality, and how to grow as a programmer. Full Details
Nikki McDonald

Nikki McDonald
Content Director, O’Reilly Media

Nikki McDonald is a content director at O’Reilly Media, where she writes, edits, and works with the industry’s leading practitioners to develop books, online courses, and training videos to help engineers and developers collaborate more effectively and create and deploy... Read More.

9:00am Thursday, June 13, 2019
Program Chairs Nikki McDonald, Ines Sombra, and James Turnbull open the second day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00am Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Program chairs Nikki McDonald, James Turnbull, and Ines Sombra open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
Alex Qin

Alex Qin
Founder, Code Cooperative

Alex Qin is a programmer, teacher, and public speaker. She believes in universal access to computer science education and in the importance of building ethical and humane technology. She’s the founder of the Code Cooperative, a collective that empowers people... Read More.

9:40am Thursday, June 13, 2019
Alex Qin used to believe that code had no gender or race. That good code was good code and talented developers would always succeed in the meritocracy of the tech industry. She tells the true story of how repeated experiences of sexual discrimination and harassment led her to hack her appearance by shaving her head to change the way she was perceived as a programmer. Full Details
Ines Sombra

Ines Sombra
Director, Engineering, Fastly

Ines Sombra is director of engineering at Fastly, where she spends her time helping the web go faster. Ines holds an MS in computology with an emphasis on cheesy ’80s rock ballads. She has a fondness for steak, fernet, and... Read More.

9:00am Thursday, June 13, 2019
Program Chairs Nikki McDonald, Ines Sombra, and James Turnbull open the second day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00am Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Program chairs Nikki McDonald, James Turnbull, and Ines Sombra open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
James Turnbull

James Turnbull
CTO, Microsoft

James Turnbull is a CTO in residence at Microsoft. A longtime member of the open source community, James is the author of 11 technical books about open source software. Previously, he was CTO at Empatico and Kickstarter,... Read More.

9:00am Thursday, June 13, 2019
Program Chairs Nikki McDonald, Ines Sombra, and James Turnbull open the second day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00am Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Program chairs Nikki McDonald, James Turnbull, and Ines Sombra open the first day of keynotes. Full Details