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Track: Speaker AMAs (Ask Me Anything)

Location: Guild, Mezzanine

Day of week: Tuesday

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.

AMA 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

AMA w/ Peter Morgan

Presentation details to follow.

Peter Morgan, AI Community Leader & Founder and CEO Deep Learning Partnership

11:50am - 12:40pm

Deliberately Designing a Collaborative Culture Mini-workshop

Collaborative organisational culture doesn't just happen, it needs conscious and deliberate design and careful nurturing. In this workshop participants will explore what a collaborative organisation culture is, why it matters and how to deliberately design culture.


Culture is "the way we do things here" rather than anything written or prescribed, so understanding how leadership attitudes and behaviors influence and create organisation culture is vitally important to successfully establishing an environment where people are able to bring their whole selves to work, are engaged and positively contribute to the organisation's success.


This session is presented as series of facilitated conversations drawing out the key aspects of organisation culture and showing how it is influenced by a wide variety of factors including structure, geography, promotion policies and practices, the conversations leaders have, what gets rewarded, ignored or punished, relationships and friendships and a wide variety of other factors.


By the end of the session the participants will be able to identify areas they wish to address in their own organisations and will have some resources to help them in their culture design.

1:40pm - 2:30pm

Java & the JVM AMA w/ Thompson, Verburg, Pressler & Ritter

Presentation details to follow.

Martin Thompson, High Performance & Low Latency Specialist
Ron Pressler, Technical Lead for Project Loom @oracle
Martijn Verburg, Principal Engineering Group Manager (Java) @Microsoft. ex CEO at jClarity (acquired by MSFT) & CxO / start-up mentor
Simon Ritter, Deputy CTO @Azul

2:55pm - 3:45pm

InfoQ Editors AMA w/ Charles Humble & Daniel Bryant

Presentation details to follow. 

Charles Humble, Head of Editorial
Daniel Bryant, Independent Technical Consultant

4:10pm - 5:00pm

Service Mesh AMA w/ Matt Turner, Nic Jackson & Andrew Martin

Presentation details to follow. 

Nic Jackson, Developer Advocate @HashiCorp
Matt Turner, Head of Platform @ZigluMoney
Andrew Martin, Co-Founder @controlplaneio

5:25pm - 6:15pm

Erlang/Elixir AMA w/ Irina Guberman, Finbarr Joy & Peter Morgan

Presentation details to follow. 

Irina Guberman, Principal Product Architect @xaptuminc
Finbarr Joy, Senior Technology Adviser @Superbet
Peter Morgan, Chief Scientific Officer @Superbet

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