September 19–20, 2016: Training
September 20–22, 2016: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

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

Velocity Conference

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.

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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, Performance, and DevOps
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 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

  • 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

" 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.

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.

Tammy Everts (SOASTA)Tammy Everts (SOASTA) is a senior researcher and evangelist at SOASTA, Tammy Everts studies the technical, business, and human sides of web/application performance and shares her findings via countless blog posts, presentations, case studies, articles, and reports. She manages the popular industry blog the Performance Beacon.

Nicole Forsgren (Chef)Nicole Forsgren, PhD (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.

Camille Fournier (Rent the Runway)Camille Fournier (Rent the Runway) 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.

Ilya Grigorik (Google)Ilya Grigorik (Google) is a web performance engineer at Google, co-chair of the W3C Web Performance Working group, and author of High Performance Browser Networking (O'Reilly) book. In short, an internet plumber.

Henri-Robert Brisard (Forge)Henri-Robert Brisard (Forge) is a developer turned QA who spends time proselytizing performance culture and best practices. Henri can be found co-programming meetups including the Toronto Web Performance one, or reading the latest research docs and case studies. Otherwise, you can find him riding track bikes, tooling with music production software or more recently, encouraging devs to run/walk 5k.

Mark Imbriaco (Operable, Inc.)Mark Imbriaco (Operable, Inc.) 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.

Tim Kadlec (Akamai)Tim Kadlec (Akamai) is a developer advocate pushing for a faster web at Akamai. He is the author of Implementing Responsive Design: Building sites for an anywhere, everywhere web (New Riders, 2012) and was a contributing author for Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design and Web Performance Daybook Volume 2 (O’Reilly, 2012). Along with Katie Kovalcin, Tim co-hosts The Path to Performance Podcast. He writes sporadically at

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), she traded in on-call for more travel. A frequent speaker at tech conferences, she helps organise the AWS and DevOps meetups at home in Minneapolis, serves on the program committee for Velocity, and acts as a global core organiser for devopsdays. She podcasts at Arrested DevOps, occasionally blogs at, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.

Pat Meenan (Google)Pat Meenan (Google) has been working on web performance in one form or another for the last 15 years and is currently working at Google to make Chrome and the web faster. He created the popular open-source WebPageTest web performance measurement tool, runs the free instance of it at and can frequently be found in the forums helping site owners understand and improve their website performance.

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

Mike Rembetsy (Etsy)Mike Rembetsy (Bloomberg) is the Manager of Systems Engineer and Systems Administration at Bloomberg. He currently oversees 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.

Alex Russell (Google)Alex Russell (Google) is a Staff Software Engineer on Chrome team at Google where he designs new features for the Web Platform and leads Chrome's Standards work. He's a member of ECMA TC39, the committee standardizing JavaScript, and is an elected member of the W3C's Technical Architecture Group where he works to improve the state of API design for the web.

His recent projects include Web Components, ES6 features including Classes and Promises, and Service Workers. Previously he helped build Chrome Frame and led the Dojo Toolkit project. Alex plays for Team Web.

Philip Tellis (SOASTA)Philip Tellis (SOASTA) is a geek who likes to make the computer do his work for him. As chief architect and RUM Distiller at SOASTA, he analyzes the impact of various design decisions on web-application performance, scalability, and security. He is the lead developer of boomerang—a JavaScript-based web-performance testing tool. Philip has spoken at several conferences in the past, including FOSS.IN, FREED.IN, Ubuntulive, Linux Symposium, OpenSource Bridge, PHP Quebec, ConFoo, FOSDEM, IPC, WebDU, Velocity and JSConf. He writes for Smashing Magazine and blogs at the other side of the moon. In his spare time, Philip enjoys cycling, reading, cooking, and learning spoken languages.

Betty Tso (Amazon)Betty Tso (Amazon) is the founding manager for AmazonUI engineering team, responsible for the front-end platform that is modernizing'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.


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