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Track: Speaker AMAs (Ask Me Anything)

Location: Guild, Mezzanine

Day of week: Monday

QCon has 18 technical and 4 sponsored tracks across the three conference days.

Each of the technical tracks represents a vertical conference focused on a technology or trend in software. Often times, important concentrations develop at the conference outside of those tracks. The AMAs are a way to address these microtracks or just to get your questions answered with popular speakers. The idea with the AMAs is to create a space for general Q&A around these topics and speakers.

AMAs are an informal gathering for Q&A. Bring your questions for in depth conversations with QCon speakers.

Track Host: Wes Reisz

QConSF Chair, Co-host of the InfoQ Podcast, & VP of Technology @SectionIO

Wesley Reisz is the VP of Technology at Section (an Edge Compute Platform focused on rethinking how the edge is used in DevOps-focused application development). Wes also chairs the LFEdge Landscape Working Group and the San Francisco edition of QCon.

Before joining Section, Wes served as the product owner for all of the English speaking QCon conferences worldwide, was a principal architect with HP Enterprise Systems, and, for over 13 years, taught as an adjunct professor for the University of Louisville (Go Cards!).

At HPE, Wes’ primary roles supported the US Army’s Human Resources (HRC), Recruiting, and Cadet Support Commands based at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Wes was the Principal Architect for US Army Cadet Command and was known for championing, building, and deploying enterprise portal and identity solutions used by Army Recruiting.

In addition to Wes’ current roles, he co-hosts a weekly podcast called The InfoQ Podcast. The InfoQ Podcast serves senior early adopter/early majority developers and architects with interviews from some of software’s most important thought leaders. The podcast has been downloaded over 1.5 million times and has a weekly listener base of around 14K.

10:35am - 11:25am

Speaker AMA w/ Sarah Wells

Presentation details to follow. 

Sarah Wells, Technical Director for Operations and Reliability @FT (Financial Times)

1:40pm - 2:30pm

Mini-Workshop: Power of Coaching

In the Agile community, the term “coaching” gets bandied around almost as much as “Agile”. What do we mean by “coaching”, what are the core skills of an effective coach, what does good look like and how does it feel to coach and be coached? 


Join us in this workshop to experience what being a coach means and discover where you are on your personal journey of continuous improvement. 


#Coaching #Improvement #BeCoached

Portia Tung, Author of "The Dream Team Nightmare"

2:55pm - 3:45pm

Reactive Architecture AMA w/ Colin Breck

Presentation details to follow.

Colin Breck, Sr. Staff Software Engineer @Tesla

4:10pm - 5:00pm

Go-lang AMA w/ Graham-Cumming, Frazelle & Patel

Presentation details to follow.

John Graham-Cumming, CTO @Cloudflare
Jessie Frazelle, Engineer @github, Xoogler, Ex-Docker Core Maintainer
Suhail Patel, Backend Engineer @Monzo

5:25pm - 6:15pm

Deep Learning AMA w/ Yung, Joerdening & Meertens

Presentation details to follow.

Jendrik Jördening, Data Scientist @Nooxit
Roland Meertens, Machine Learning Engineer @Autonomous Intelligent Driving
Jessica Yung, Machine Learning blogger and entrepreneur, Self-Driving Car Engineer Scholar @nvidia

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