Build Systems that Drive Business
Sep 30–Oct 1, 2018: Training
Oct 1–3, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Tuesday opening welcome

Nikki McDonald (O’Reilly Media), James Turnbull (Microsoft), Ines Sombra (Fastly)
9:00am–9:05am Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Location: Grand Ballroom
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)

Cochairs Nikki McDonald, James Turnbull, and Ines Sombra welcome you to the first day of keynotes.

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Nikki McDonald

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 complex distributed systems. She also cochairs O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference, 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 lives in Ann Arbor, MI.

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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.

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Ines Sombra


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 a pug named Gordo. In a previous life, she was a data engineer.