Build & maintain complex distributed systems
17–18 October 2017: Training
18–20 October 2017: Tutorials & Conference
London, UK

About Velocity

Experience Velocity | Who Should Attend | What People Are Saying About Velocity | Program Chairs | Program Committee | Additional Resources >

Modern systems pose a number of thorny challenges: they are inherently complex, span multiple technologies, groups, and sometimes different organizations altogether. Most poignantly, they fail in the most unexpected and spectacular ways. The O'Reilly Velocity Conference is the best place on the planet for web ops and systems engineering professionals like you to learn from your peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share best practices and lessons learned for handling modern systems and applications.

Audience Attendees

Why Attend

Build Resilient Systems
The O'Reilly Velocity Conference provides you with real-world best practices for building, deploying and running complex, distributed applications and systems.

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.

Four Intense Days Devoted to Web Operations, DevOps, and Systems Engineering
Velocity packs a wealth of big ideas, know-how, and connections into four 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

  • Inspirational keynote presentations that bring clarity to complex issues and new perspectives on the state of the art
  • Immersive training courses and tutorials addressing critical topics and technologies
  • Two days of technical sessions covering both practical and emerging issues
  • 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

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  • Systems and site reliability engineers
  • Systems architects
  • Application developers
  • DevOps practitioners
  • Researchers and academics
  • Teams engaged in operations, infrastructure, and cloud ecosystems
  • CTOs and CIOs seeking to streamline operations

What People Are Saying About Velocity

The Velocity Conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about devops and new technologies being used today. Whether you are a rookie or a veteran in the devops world, you will meet some like minded people who are all striving to solve complex problems in complex environments. I highly recommend attending the Velocity Conference.”
—Jeremy Ramage, Shaw Communications Inc.
As a first time attendee, I was really impressed by the variety of subject areas, technologies, and vendors. Whether you are in development, operations, product, or management, you will not only leave with more knowledge and exposure—you will leave inspired.”
—Chris Halbert, Senior Web Engineer, Dominion Enterprises
I have attended Velocity for over six years now and still find us content to be incredibly valid to my daily work efforts and in many ways, it prepares me for a items or feature we hadn't even discovered yet.”—Don Shanks, Marchex
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
This is a great conference to attend for any web app developer. Loved the quality of the content, the variety of topics, and awesome presenters. I will try to bring my whole team next year.”

Program Chairs

Nikki McDonald

Nikki McDonald

Nikki McDonald is a content director at O'Reilly Media where she writes, edits, and develops content to help engineers and developers collaborate more effectively and create and deploy complex distributed systems. She also co-chairs O'Reilly's Velocity conference, which is held annually in San Jose, New York, and London. Nikki started out as a features editor at MacUser magazine back when people were still dialing up to the Internet with AOL. She now works with the industry’s leading practitioners to develop books, online courses, and video training for engineers, product managers, and developers. Nikki lives in Ann Arbor, MI.

Ines Sombra

Ines Sombra

Ines Sombra is a Director of Engineering at Fastly, where she spends her time helping the Web go faster. Ines holds an M.S. in Computology with an emphasis on Cheesy 80's Rock Ballads. She has a fondness for steak, fernet, and a pug named Gordo. In a previous life she was a Data Engineer. Follow Ines @randommood.

James Turnbull

James Turnbull

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, VPE of Venmo, and an adviser at Docker. James likes food, wine, books, photography, and cats. He is not overly keen on long walks on the beach or holding hands.


Program Committee

Jon Cowie (Etsy)Jon Cowie (Etsy) is a Web Operations Manager at Etsy where he’s recently switched from working on interesting technical problems to focus on 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.

Matt Gray (Fastly)Matt Gray (Fastly) is a Site Reliability Engineer at Fastly, based in London. Prior to Fastly he built HTTP APIs and did system administration. Outside of computer shepherding he's interested in OSes, network protocols and functional programming languages, and is a contributor to the MirageOS project.

Nicole Forsgren (DORA)Nicole Forsgren (DORA) is the CEO and chief scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA). Nicole is an IT impacts expert who is best known for her work with tech professionals and as the lead investigator on the largest DevOps studies to date. She is a consultant, expert, and researcher in knowledge management, IT adoption and impacts, and DevOps. In a previous life, she was a professor, sysadmin, and hardware performance analyst. Nicole has been awarded public and private research grants (funders include NASA and the NSF), and her work has been featured in various media outlets, peer-reviewed journals, and conferences. She holds a PhD in management information systems and a master's degree in accounting.

Jess Frazelle (Google)Jess Frazelle (Google) is a software engineer at Google. She loves all things involving Linux namespaces and cgroups and is probably most well known for running desktop applications in containers. Jessica has been a maintainer of Docker and a contributor to RunC, Kubernetes, Linux, and Golang, among other projects, maintained the AppArmor, Seccomp, and SELinux bits in Docker, and is quite familiar with locking down containers.

Michael Hausenblas (Red Hat)Michael Hausenblas (Red Hat) is a Developer Advocate at OpenShift by Red Hat where he helps appops to build and operate distributed services. He shares his experience with distributed operating systems, large-scale data processing, and IoT applications through demos, blog posts and public speaking engagements and contributes to open source software (OpenShift, Kubernetes). Prior to Red Hat, Michael was a Developer Advocate at Mesosphere and Chief Data Engineer at MapR Technologies and before that he was a Research Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway where he researched into large-scale data integration, the Internet of Things, and Web applications and where he gathered experience in advocacy and standardization (World Wide Web Consortium, IETF).

Mark Imbriaco (Operable)Mark Imbriaco (Operable) is the CEO of Operable, focused on helping teams manage production systems, better. He has been in the Internet industry for 20 years, and has worked in a variety of development and operations roles at innovative Web, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and eCommerce companies. Over the past decade, he's led operations for companies like 37signals, Heroku, LivingSocial, GitHub, and DigitalOcean.

Bridget Kromhout (Pivotal)Bridget Kromhout (Microsoft ) is a Principal Cloud Developer Advocate. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if 'cloud' can be considered tangible). After 15 years as an operations engineer, she traded being on call for being on a plane. A frequent speaker and program committee member for tech conferences, she leads the devopsdays organization globally and the devops community at home in Minneapolis. She podcasts with Arrested DevOps, blogs at, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.

Felix Lopez (ShuttleCloud)Félix López (ShuttleCloud) is currently the Director of Engineering @ShuttleCloud, an American-based startup, whose technology is used by institutions such as Stanford and Harvard and companies like Google, Comcast and Yahoo!. During his career, he has worked on web development, video games, distributed systems and applications for the currency exchange market. He holds a Research Master in Intelligent Systems (including neural networks, speech processing, data mining, etc.). He is interested in Distributed Systems and Machine Learning.

Mathias Meyer (TravisCI)Mathias Meyer (TravisCI) is the CEO at Travis CI, where he focuses on the intersection of distributed systems, teams, company culture, and resilience engineering. Previously, he was an engineer at Travis CI.

RI Pienaar (Independent)RI Pienaar (Independent) is an independent consultant specializing in the DevOps space. Creator of MCollective and several other Puppet space tools. Active in Startups, Government and Fortune 500 companies with a wealth of experience in automation, administration and architecting large scale systems.

Guy Podjarny (CEO at Snyk)Guy Podjarny (CEO at Snyk) is a cofounder and CEO at focusing on securing open source code. He was previously CTO at Akamai and founder of He also worked on the first web app firewall and security code analyzer. Guy is a frequent conference speaker, the author of Responsive & Fast, High Performance Images, and the upcoming Securing Third Party Code, and the creator of Mobitest. He also writes on and Medium.

Herman Radtke ( Radtke ( is a sociologist turned full stack engineer turned VP of Engineering at | HauteLook. He designed and built much of the original hypermedia API that drives the website and mobile applications. When not managing people, Herman hacks on Rust and leads the Rust Los Angeles user group. Outside of technology, he spends his time crafting pale ale homebrews.

Mike Rembetsy (Bloomberg)Mike Rembetsy (Bloomberg) is the Manager of Systems Engineer and Systems Administration at Bloomberg. He currently over sees all systems level engineering and infrastructure platform engineering with the Bloomberg infrastructure group. He has fostered a culture of learning and mindfulness at Bloomberg. Mike has worked in system operations for over 15 years in the web, healthcare, online media and financial industries. He started out in the help desk area before moving to engineering and has been building and running engineering teams ever since. In previous jobs he worked for Etsy, iVillage, NBC Universal and McDonalds.

Gareth Rushgrove (Puppet Labs)Gareth Rushgrove (Puppet Labs) is a senior software engineer at Puppet. He works remotely from Cambridge, UK, building interesting tools for people to better manage infrastructure. Previously he worked for the UK Government Digital Service focused on infrastructure, operations, and information security. When not working he can be found writing the Devops Weekly newsletter or hacking on software in new-fangled programming languages.

Lorenzo Saino (Fastly)Lorenzo Saino (Fastly) is a software engineer at Fastly, where he works on network systems and load balancing problems. Prior to that, he was a PhD student at University College London. His thesis investigated design issues in networked caching systems and he was awarded the 2016 Fabrizio Lombardi prize for his research. In addition to serving on Velocity program committee, he is a reviewer for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, ACM Computing Surveys and IEEE Communications Magazine.

Baron Schwartz (VividCortex)Baron Schwartz (VividCortex) is founder and CEO of VividCortex, the best way to see what your production database servers are doing. He is the lead author of High Performance MySQL and a variety of open-source software.

David Sztykman (Akamai)David Sztykman (Akamai) is a master in computer science, specialised in open source software and streaming technology. He is also an architect of the biggest streaming events in the world, scalability, and performance is his motto.

Dean Wilson (GOV.UK)Dean Wilson (GOV.UK) is a Web Operations engineer at GOV.UK where he spends his time helping to build and promote digital Government. He was originally a software developer but has spent the last decade performing large scale operations at a number of well-known companies including Net-a-Porter and Mozilla. Dean occasionally blogs at, provides technical publication and architecture reviews and can often be found in the quiet back corner at London technical events.

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