Build & maintain complex distributed systems
October 1–2, 2017: Training
October 2–4, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

About Velocity

Why attend | Experience Velocity | Who should attend | What people are saying | Program chairs | Committee Members

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.

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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

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  • 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

O'Reilly Velocity Author Signing
  • 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

Mary Treseler

Mary Treseler

M​ary Treseler is Vice President, Content Strategy at O’Reilly Media, ​where she leads an editorial team that covers a wide range of topics from DevOps to design. Mary is chair of the Velocity Conference. She has been working on technical content for 25 years, acquiring and developing content in areas such as programming, software engineering, and product design. A Boston native, Mary lives​ oceanside​ ​in Padanaram, MA.

Ines Sombra

Ines Sombra

Ines Sombra is a distributed systems engineer 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 a pug named Gordo. In a previous life, Ines was a data engineer.

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.

Committee Members

Bethany Erskine (Paperless Post)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.

J. Bridget Kromhout (Microsoft)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.

Camille Fournier (Independent)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.)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)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)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)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)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)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 ( 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.

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.

Ben Linsay (Engineer)Ben Linsay (Engineer) is an Engineer living in Brooklyn, NY.

Peter Ong (O'Reilly Media, Inc.) likes Chips

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