7–9 November 2016: Conference & Tutorials
9–10 November 2016: Training
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

About Velocity


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

Most companies with outward-facing dynamic websites face the same challenges: pages must load quickly, infrastructure must scale efficiently, and sites and services must be reliable, without burning out the team or breaking the budget. Velocity is the best place on the planet for web ops and performance professionals like you to learn from your peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share best practices and lessons learned.

Audience Attendees

Why Attend

Build Faster Web Apps
The Velocity Conference provides you with real-world best practices for optimizing your site's web pages, specifically the performance of Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, and images. Even sites that have already been optimized can benefit, making for both a better customer experience and a rock-solid bottom line.

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 and Performance
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 thorny 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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    • Developers, engineers, and managers from companies of all sizes
    • Technical executives looking out for the bottom line
    • CTOs and CIOs seeking to streamline operations
    • Technology evangelists and entrepreneurs pushing enterprise boundaries
    • Researchers and academics
    • Companies and professionals engaged in the mobile development and performance ecosystem

What People Are Saying About Velocity

"O'Reilly's Velocity conference is the only generalized Web ops and performance conference out there. We really like it; you can go to various other conferences and have 10-20% of the content useful to you as a Web Admin, or you can go here and have most of it be relevant!" —Web Admin Blog

"Velocity conference: development for the speed of light. For a performance nerd, this year's Velocity conference had to be Mecca. There was an abundance of great sessions, covering a wide variety of performance and operations topics." —Tom Hughes-Croucher, Yahoo! Developer Network Blog

"Velocity is the best conf for web engineers I've been to so far. Solid talks and invaluable info. Worth every penny!" —Ismail Elshareef, via Twitter

"I can say without hyperbole that this was the best conference I've attended. The presentations were from people doing real large-scale web development and included a fair amount of real data and some of their solutions to hard problems." —robcee

"...an eye opener in terms of improving and maintaining performance on very large web sites." —Mike Brunt, Musings from a ColdFusion Aficionado

"Velocity is the conference I always wanted. Instead of focusing on one particular product or technology, it focuses on the true problem of keeping websites fast and available, which a lot of us have to deal with" —Peter Zaitsev, CEO Percona Inc., co-author of High Performance MySQL

The Velocity conference is the best ops focused event I've been to, the content was highly technical and not just teaser." —Ezra Zygmuntowicz, Engine Yard

"Performance is one of the difficult frontiers that web developers must push against. Velocity is a good forum for exchanging sightings and explorations." —Douglas Crockford, Yahoo!, Author of JavaScript: The Good Parts

"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

"With a great line up of speakers, this conference is a gathering of hundreds of web ops and performance professionals that get together to share their ideas and expertise. Without a doubt, this is one of my favourite conferences… I thoroughly recommend attending this conference!" —Dean Hume, Coding Tips & Tricks

Program Chairs

Courtney Nash

Courtney Nash

Courtney Nash chairs multiple conferences for O'Reilly Media and is the strategic content director focused on areas of modern web operations, high performance applications, and security. An erstwhile academic neuroscientist, she is still fascinated by the brain and how it informs our interactions with and expectations of technology. She’s spent 17 years working in the technology industry in a wide variety of roles, ever since moving to Seattle to work at a burgeoning online bookstore. Outside work, Courtney can be found biking, hiking, skiing, and photographing the Cascade Mountains near her home in Bellingham, Washington.

Steve Souders

Steve Souders

Steve works at SpeedCurve on the interplay between performance and design. He previously served as Google's Head Performance Engineer, Chief Performance Yahoo!, and Fastly's Chief Performance Officer. Steve pioneered much of the work in the world of web performance. He is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites. He is the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow, HTTP Archive, Episodes, ControlJS, and Browserscope. Steve taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford and serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O'Reilly.

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

Jake Archibald (Google)

Jake Archibald (Google) works in Google Chrome's developer relations team, working on specs, testing implementations, and ensuring developers have tools to make their jobs less painful. He's a big fan of time-to-render optimisations, progressive enhancement, and all of that responsive stuff. Prior to Google, Jake worked at Lanyrd on their mobile web site, and for the BBC working on JavaScript libraries and standards.

Michael Brunton-Spall (Government Digital Service)

Michael Brunton-Spall (Government Digital Service) is technical architect at the Government Digital Service. He travels the country helping government agencies and services embrace the digital now. Previously he worked at the Guardian for six years, helping to build and scale the website, building the API, helping run the platform team and acting a developer advocate, talking at conferences and events.

Andy Davies (NCC Group)

Andy Davies (NCC Group) is Associate Director for Web Performance at NCC Group, working with clients to measure and improve the performance of their web sites. He recently wrote the “The Pocket Guide to Responsive Web Performance” for Five Simple Steps.

Arjan Eriks (Schuberg Philis)

Arjan Eriks (Schuberg Philis) Before worked for Schuberg Philis, before working for web operations in the airline industry. He implemented automated deployment and continuous delivery in the airline industry in 2002. In 2005 he moved to Schuberg Philis where he and his team ran large scale trading, banking and retail infrastructures. Currently he is Cloud Director and drives innovation in the mission critical market place. Arjan is one of the founders of the dutch DevOps community.

Nicole Forsgren (Chef)

Nicole Forsgren (Chef) is an expert in IT use, DevOps impacts, and communication and knowledge management practices, particularly among technical professionals. Her background spans analytics, enterprise storage (specializing in RAID performance), cost allocation, user experience, and systems design and development. She is a featured speaker at industry and academic events and is involved in women in technology initiatives.

Keyur Govande (Etsy)

Keyur Govande (Etsy) is a principal software engineer at Etsy. He's part of the Systems Engineering team and helps keep MySQL, HHVM, PHP, Gearmand, Memcached, and the Linux kernel running smoothly. He's been with the company for over 4 years. Prior to Etsy, he was a staff software engineer at PayPal.

Ilya Grigorik (Google)

Ilya Grigorik (Google) is a web performance engineer and developer advocate at Google, where his focus is on making the web fast and driving adoption of performance best practices.

Joshua Hoffman (LeaseWeb)

Joshua Hoffman (LeaseWeb), an accomplished engineer and technical leader, has trained Ops staff from San Francisco to Hong Kong in practical and efficient high scale system management and automation. Hoffman created Red Hat’s acclaimed Virtual Training platform and Virtualization certification exams. Prior to joining LeaseWeb, Hoffman served as Technical Director at SoundCloud and Tumblr, helping both companies build stable, scalable infrastructure to handle their explosive growth.

Arun Kejariwal (Twitter)

Arun Kejariwal (Twitter) is a software engineer at Twitter, where he works on research and development of novel techniques for time series analysis. Prior to joining Twitter, Arun worked on research and development of practical and statistically rigorous methodologies to deliver high performance, availability, and scalability in large-scale distributed clusters. Some of the techniques he helped develop have been published in peer-reviewed international conferences and journals.

Bruce Lawson (Opera ASA)

Bruce Lawson (Opera ASA) advocates open standards for Opera. He's been involved in explaining and making web standards since 2002. He co-wrote the first book on HTML5, contributed to the W3C's Mobile Web Best Practices and was a member of the Web Standards Project.

Aaron Peters (TurboBytes)

Aaron Peters (TurboBytes) has worked with the Web since 1997 in the areas of Product, Business Development, UI and Tech. Aaron worked as an independent web performance consultant from 2010-2012 and then co-founded TurboBytes, an innovative multi-CDN service.

Jonathan Reichhold (Distributed Truth, LLC)

Jonathan Reichhold (Distributed Truth, LLC) is an engineer, scientist, and leader and currently doing consulting on scaling and distributed systems. Previously was a engineer at Usermind, Twitter, Evri, Blue Origin, AOL Search, Singingfish, and Boeing. Specialties in search, scaling, and fault tolerance. On the side also a mentor for Techstars and enjoys the outdoors and the water.

Gareth Rushgrove (Government Digital Service)

Gareth Rushgrove (Puppet) is a senior software engineer working 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.

Anna Shipman (Government Digital Service)

Anna Shipman (Government Digital Service) is a technical architect at the Government Digital Service, doing development, web operations engineering and building platforms. She likes Perl, Go, Ruby and Python. She blogs http://www.annashipman.co.uk/jfdi.html tweets @annashipman and is always up for a game of pool.

Stephen Thair (DevOpsGuys)

Stephen Thair (DevOpsGuys) loves website operations. He’s pretty much done every job from pulling thin-ethernet cabling through floor spaces, racking servers, deploying websites, killer load testing through to managing high-performing WebOps teams for major UK online brands.

Jeroen Tjepkema (MeasureWorks)

Jeroen Tjepkema (MeasureWorks) is a serial entrepreneur and founder of @GrowthTribe, @MeasureWorks, a startup mentor and public speaker. With MeasureWorks the focus is on speed, usability and analytics. With GrowthTribe he enables companies to find their zero day exploit and build sustainable growth engines. As startup mentor he helps companies accelerate their quest for the right online strategy and product market fit. Next to this, Jeroen is a regular speaker and active in (co-)organizing events such as Startup&Measure, Dutch Web Performance meetup and Webperfdays Amsterdam. Connect with Jeroen on linkedin.

Guy Podjarny (Synk)

Guy Podjarny (Synk) is a cofounder at Snyk.io focusing on the security risk in your dependencies. Guy was previously CTO at Akamai and founder of Blaze.io. Guy is a frequent conference speaker, the author of _Responsive & Fast_ (O'Reilly Media), and the creator of Mobitest. He also writes on http://guypo.com/ and Medium.

Kerim Satirli (IceMobile)

Kerim Satirli (Cultivated Ops) is part of a team of engineers and helps the company by stewarding the adoption and expansion of DevOps techniques and practices.
In the past, Kerim built web applications for advertising companies, worked on a content management system that was used by the top museums of the Netherlands and helped make music and video more accessible for a number of start-ups.

Betty Tso (Amazon)

Betty Tso (Amazon) is the founding manager for AmazonUI engineering team, responsible for the front-end platform that is modernizing Amazon.com's FE codebase across mobile, tablet and desktop. It's an opportunity to enforce front-end best practices, make Amazon's retail sites lightning fast and encapsulate the minutia of cross device/browser compatibility. Betty speaks pixel perfectness, accessibility, security and is an evangelist in Web Performance Optimization domain. At Amazon, Betty gives tech talks during university recruiting events to help excite engineers who are passionate about lightning-fast large scale applications. Externally, Betty co-chairs Velocity Beijing conference and is on the program committee for Velocity Santa Clara, New York and Europe.
Prior to Amazon, Betty led the Exceptional Performance Engineering team at Yahoo and drove the engineering execution & development for Yahoo!'s top Web Performance products like YSlow and Roundtrip. She also spent a few years working on high traffic sites in Yahoo! Media (Finance, omg, Shine, Movies, TV), leading the effort in front-end engineering management and site performance-improvement projects.

Bridget Kromhout (Pivotal)

Bridget Kromhout (Pivotal) is a principal technologist for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if "cloud" can be considered tangible). After years in site reliability operations (most recently at DramaFever), Bridget traded in on-call for more travel. A frequent speaker at tech conferences, she helps organize the AWS and DevOps meetups at home in Minneapolis, serves on the program committee for Velocity, and acts as a global core organizer for DevOpsDays. Bridget podcasts at Arrested DevOps, occasionally blogs at Bridgetkromhout.com, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.

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