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Speaker AMAs (Ask Me Anything)

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.


From this track

AMA + Live Q&A IoT Platforms

AMA w/ Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan

Scientist/Maker/Hacker

AMA + Live Q&A Architecture

Modern CS & Architectures AMA w/ Julia Lawall & Akhilesh Gupta

Julia Lawall

Senior Researcher @Inria

Akhilesh Gupta

Sr. Staff Software Engineer @LinkedIn

AMA + Live Q&A JavaScript

Javascript AMA w/ Kate Sills & Gordon Williams

Katelyn Sills

Software Engineer @agoric

Gordon Williams

Creator of the @Espruino

AMA + Live Q&A Distributed Systems

Coping with Complexity in Distributed Systems AMA w/ D. Yu & L. Maguire

Denise Yu

Senior Software Engineer @GitHub

Laura Maguire

Cognitive Systems Engineer & Researcher

AMA + Live Q&A Streaming

Streaming Data & Architectures AMA w/ F. Paganelli & L. Mezzalira

Flavia Paganelli

CTO and Founder @30Mhz

Luca Mezzalira

Principal Solutions Architect @AWS

AMA + Live Q&A Big Data

Big Data & Infrastructure AMA w/ Blanca Garcia Gil & Jon Topper

Blanca Garcia-Gil

Principal Engineer on data platform @BBC

Jon Topper

CTO / CEO @scalefactory


Speakers from this track

Alasdair Allan

Scientist/Maker/Hacker

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, and journalist. An expert on the Internet of Things and sensor systems, he’s famous for hacking hotel radios, and causing one of the first big mobile privacy scandals which eventually became known as “locationgate”. He works as a...

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Julia Lawall

Senior Researcher @Inria

Julia Lawall is a Senior Research Scientist at Inria. Her research is at the intersection of programming languages and operating systems. She develops the tool Coccinelle and has over 2000 patches in the Linux kernel based on this work.

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Akhilesh Gupta

Sr. Staff Software Engineer @LinkedIn

Akhilesh is the technical lead for LinkedIn's Real-time delivery infrastructure and LinkedIn Messaging. He has been working on the revamp of LinkedIn’s offerings to instant, real-time experiences. Before this, he was the head of engineering for the Ride Experience program at Uber...

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Katelyn Sills

Software Engineer @agoric

Kate Sills is a software engineer at Agoric, building composable smart contract components in a secure subset of JavaScript. Previously, Kate has researched and written on the potential uses of smart contracts to enforce agreements and create institutions orthogonal to legal jurisdictions. Kate...

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Gordon Williams

Creator of the @Espruino

Gordon is the creator of the Espruino, a tiny microcontroller board that runs JavaScript. Over the past 6 years he’s designed hardware, written software, and shipped four successful KickStarters from his home in Oxfordshire. Before that, he wrote compilers and 3D graphics software for a...

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Denise Yu

Senior Software Engineer @GitHub

Denise is a Senior Software Engineer at GitHub, currently working to help make the platform a safer and more inclusive place, as part of the Community & Safety Team. She speaks and runs workshops frequently at conferences in North America and Europe on topics ranging from scaling...

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Laura Maguire

Cognitive Systems Engineer & Researcher

Laura Maguire is a researcher producing human-centered design guidance for Jeli.io. Her doctoral work studied distributed incident response practices in DevOps teams responsible for critical digital services. She was a researcher with the SNAFU Catchers Consortium from 2017-2020, and her...

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Flavia Paganelli

CTO and Founder @30Mhz

Flavia is co-founder and CTO of 30MHz, a data platform for agriculture with a mission to grow food more sustainably and efficiently. At 30MHz, the challenges range from managing a fleet of thousands of devices to making beautiful visualizations for data, and let's not forget the terabytes of...

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Luca Mezzalira

Principal Solutions Architect @AWS

Luca is a Principal Solutions Architect at AWS, an international speaker and an author. Over the past 18 years, he’s mastered software architectures from frontend to the cloud, providing the right solution for the context.

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Blanca Garcia-Gil

Principal Engineer on data platform @BBC

Blanca Garcia Gil is a principal systems engineer at BBC. She currently works on a team whose aim is to provide a reliable platform at petabyte scale for data engineering and machine learning. She provides leadership on ensuring that the development team has the correct infrastructure and tooling...

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Jon Topper

CTO / CEO @scalefactory

Jon Topper runs The Scale Factory, a team of cloud infrastructure and DevOps experts based in London, UK. He's worked on infrastructure problems for Fortune 500 companies, and startups, across a range of market sectors.

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Track Host

Daniel Bryant

Independent Technical Consultant

Daniel Bryant works as an Independent Technical Consultant and Product Architect at Datawire, and currently specialises in enabling continuous delivery within organisations through the identification of value streams, creation of build pipelines, and implementation of effective testing...

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