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.
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.
Bethany Erskine (Paperless Post) is a web operations and Linux systems administrator with 16 years of experience. As a Staff Systems Engineer on Paperless Post's Operations team, she cares for the infrastructure that helps millions of customers design custom invitations and connect in real life. Bethany is an erstwhile disco DJ and aspiring powerlifter, and can be found biking around Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
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 Bridgetkromhout.com, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.
Camille Fournier (Independent) is the former head of engineering at Rent the Runway. She was previously a vice president at Goldman Sachs. Camille is an Apache ZooKeeper committer and PMC member and a Dropwizard framework PMC member.
Mark Imbriaco (Operable, Inc.) is a Director of Platform Architecture at Pivotal. He works closely with customers to translate over 20 years of experience gained leading technical operations at places like Heroku, GitHub, DigitalOcean, and others to the problems that enterprises face when adopting DevOps principles.
Mark is active in the DevOps and cloud communities and is frequently opinionated about topics like cloud platforms, incident management, team performance, and organizational learning.
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.
Jess Frazelle (Microsoft) is a software engineer at Microsoft. 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.
Zeeshan Lakhani (PWL/Comcast) became a programmer by way of film and music recording/technology. Moving from science center to startup to NYPL Labs to working on distributed computing at Basho, he's presently a principal engineer at Comcast. He has accrued tons of necessary and needless information, and is a polyglot who will dive into anything related to programming languages, particularly functional languages, machine learning, and math. Additionally, he is one of the lead organizers and founders of Papers We Love!
Jon Hyman (appboy) is the co-founder and CTO of Appboy, the world’s leading marketing automation platform for mobile-first marketers. He is in charge of building Appboy’s technical systems and infrastructure as well as managing the company’s technical operations. Jon is a graduate of Harvard and holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science. Prior to Appboy, Jon worked as a lead engineer for the Core Technology group at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. There, he managed a team that maintained 80+ software assets and was responsible for the security and stability of critical trading systems. Jon met co-founder Bill Magnuson during his time at Bridgewater, and together they won the 2011 TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon.
Jon is a graduate of Harvard and holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science. While at school, he was an active member of the research team for CitySense, the first citywide wireless sensor network, and advised several tech startups.
Jon grew up in Dallas and enjoys good BBQ and playing guitar. His first mobile phone was a Kyocera 2255.
Devon O'Dell (Fastly) is a recovering competitive Guitar Hero and Rock Band addict, but still occasionally enjoys rhythm games and jamming on guitar and drums. Today, he is a tech lead at Fastly, where he's primarily focused on getting folks un–stuck. Prior to Fastly, Devon was Lead Software Architect at Message Systems, and contributed heavily to the Momentum high-performance messaging platform. His experience over the past 15 years ranges from web applications to embedded systems firmware (and most areas in-between). His primary technical interests are developing and debugging low-latency concurrent network systems software and related tools.
Herman Radtke (Nordstromrack.com) is a sociologist turned full stack engineer turned VP of Engineering at Nordstromrack.com | 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.
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.
Ben Linsay (Engineer) is an Engineer living in Brooklyn, NY.
Peter Ong (O'Reilly Media, Inc.) likes Chips
Andrew Sweeney (Infinite Skills)
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