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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) at 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 @InfoQ.com
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, Software Engineer @tetrateio
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

Tracks

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Hard-earned lessons from the names you know on scalability, reliability, security, and performance.

  • Machine Learning: The Latest Innovations

    AI and machine learning is more approachable than ever. Discover how ML, deep learning, and other modern approaches are being used in practice.

  • Kubernetes and Cloud Architectures

    Practical approaches and lessons learned for deploying systems into Kubernetes, cloud, and FaaS platforms.

  • Evolving Java

    JVM futures, JIT directions and improvements to the runtimes stack is the theme of this year’s JVM track.

  • Next Generation Microservices: Building Distributed Systems the Right Way

    Microservice-based applications are everywhere, but well-built distributed systems are not so common. Early adopters of microservices share their insights on how to design systems the right way.

  • Chaos and Resilience: Architecting for Success

    Making systems resilient involves people and tech. Learn about strategies being used, from cognitive systems engineering to chaos engineering.

  • The Future of the API: REST, gRPC, GraphQL and More

    The humble web-based API is evolving. This track provides the what, how, and why of future APIs.

  • Streaming Data Architectures

    Today's systems move huge volumes of data. Hear how the innovators in this space are designing systems and leveraging modern data stream processing platforms.

  • Modern Compilation Targets

    Learn about the innovation happening in the compilation target space. WebAssembly is only the tip of the iceberg.

  • Leaving the Ivory Tower: Modern CS Research in the Real World

    Thoughts pushing software forward, including consensus, CRDT's, formal methods & probabilistic programming.

  • Bare Knuckle Performance

    Crushing latency and getting the most out of your hardware.

  • Leading Distributed Teams

    Remote and distributed working are increasing in popularity, but many organisations underestimate the leadership challenges. Learn from those who are doing this effectively.

  • Full Cycle Developers: Lead the People, Manage the Process & Systems

    "Full cycle developers" is not just another catch phrase; it's about engineers taking ownership and delivering value, and doing so with the support of their entire organisation. Learn more from the pioneers.

  • JavaScript: Pushing the Client Beyond the Browser

    JavaScript is not just the language of the web. Join this track to learn how the innovators are pushing the boundaries of this classic language and ecosystem.

  • When Things Go Wrong: GDPR, Ethics, & Politics

    Privacy, confidentiality, safety and security: learning from the frontlines, from both good and bad experiences

  • Growing Unicorns in the EU: Building, Leading and Scaling Financial Tech Start Ups

    Learn how EU FinTech innovators have designed, built, and led both their technologies and organisations.

  • Building High Performing Teams

    To have a high-performing team, everybody on it has to feel and act like an owner. Learn about cultivating culture, creating psychological safety, sharing the vision effectively, and more

  • Scaling Security, from Device to Cloud

    Implementing effective security is vitally important, regardless of where you are deploying software applications.