Who will speak at the Scalability Summit

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Opening Keynote
Heidi Waterhouse (Minneapolis) @wiredferret

Heidi Waterhouse (Linkedin / Medium) is a developer advocate with LaunchDarkly. She delights in working at the intersection of usability, risk reduction, and cutting-edge technology. One of her favorite hobbies is talking to developers about things they already knew but had never thought of that way before. She sews all her conference dresses so that she’s sure there is a pocket for the mic.
Heidi will be giving the opening keynote session: How to Lose a Launch.

Kubernetes Keynote
Kris Nova (Seattle) @krisnova

Kris Nova (Linkedin / GitHub) is currently independent focusing on containers, infrastructure, and Kubernetes. Nova is also an ambassador for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Previously, she was a developer advocate and an engineer on Kubernetes at Heptio. Nova has a deep technical background in the Go programming language and has authored many successful open source tools in Go. She is a Kubernetes maintainer and the creator of kubicorn, a successful Kubernetes infrastructure management tool. Nova organizes a special interest group in Kubernetes and is a leader in the community. She understands the grievances with running cloud-native infrastructure via a distributed cloud-native application and recently authored an O’Reilly book on the topic, Cloud Native Infrastructure. Nova lives in Seattle and spends her free time climbing mountains.
Kris will be giving the Kubernetes keynote session: Advanced kernel security in Kubernetes with eBPF
Kris will also be leading a two hour: Falco Workshop

Preetha Appan (Austin) @preethaa

Preetha Appan is a software engineer on the Nomad team at HashiCorp, most recently working on scheduler internals. Previously, she worked on various Consul features toward Consul 1.0 at HashiCorp and was an early engineer at Indeed.com, where she built distributed systems for search and recommendations from the ground up.
Preetha will present the following Distributed Systems session: Who guards the guardians? Designing for resilience in cluster orchestrators.

Zack Bloom (SFBay) @zackbloom

Zack Bloom (Linkedin) is the Director of Product for Product Strategy at Cloudflare. He was the co-founder of Eager, a company acquired by Cloudflare in 2016. He is the author of the JavaScript used in open-source libraries which total more than fifty-thousand stars on GitHub, are included in Twitter Bootstrap, and are used on over a million websites.
Zack will present the following Serverless session: Isolate Computing

Tim Bonci (Providence, Rhode Island)

Tim Bonci (Linkedin) is an IT adrenaline junkie focused on working across teams to enable Vistaprint engineers to deliver software quickly and safely. Tim is passionate about staffing, problem solving, and systems-level thinking. His life before IT was as varied as biotech, broadband engineering, and wine, leading to a jack-of-all-trades approach.
Tim will present the following session: How I failed to build a runbook automation system and what I learned

Gustavo Franco (Mountain View) @stratus

Gustavo Franco(linkedin) is a Customer Reliability Engineer at Google working on to learn more about, helping to define, and expanding the reach of SRE. He’s been at Google since 2007 and has started, moved and managed several SRE teams such Google Plus Frontend, BreakFix, Horizon Web, Cluster Turnups, Apps Media, Apps Messaging, G Suite and Cloud Identity.
Gustavo will present the following SRE session: Scaling SRE organizations: The journey from 1 to many teams.

Karthik Gaekwad (Austin) @iteration1

Karthik Gaekwad (linkedin) is a cloud native developer advocate at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. A veteran engineer, he enjoys building software products from scratch using cloud and container technologies. Previously, he worked in both large enterprises and startups, including National Instruments, Mentor Graphics, Signal Sciences, and StackEngine (acquired by Oracle). He organizes several conferences including Devopsdays Austin and Container Days, and he’s an accomplished author for LinkedIn Learning. Karthik holds an MS in computer engineering from the University of Arizona. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family in his hometown of Austin, Texas, dabbling in new product ideas, and blogging.
Karthik will present the following session: Security in the FaaS lane.

Graham Ganssle (Austin) @grahamganssle

Graham Ganssle (LinkedIn / GitHub) loves data. As Head of Data Science at Expero, his favorite part of work is daydreaming up innovative solutions to quantifiable problems and planning an implementation strategy. Building intelligent systems is his passion whether it’s automated derivatives trading bots, adaptive image processing algorithms, or autonomous musical composers. Whether deep learning is the optimal solution or not, helping customers succeed through solving their analytics problems is where Graham finds the most satisfaction.
Graham Ganssle’s physics Ph.D. focused on digital signal processing, specifically on a (then) new optimization method which used naturally coupled wavefields to stabilize convergence. He also holds a masters degree in applied physics and a professional geoscientist license. Graham worked in the oil and gas vertical for ten years, performing data science and quantitative geophysics for clients around the world. He has numerous publications on a variety of scientific topics and has been awarded both scientific and business achievement awards.
Off the clock, Graham’s an inept aspiring rock climber and a triathlete. He’s constantly imploring his bride (and, more successfully, his puppy) to get muddy with him on the trail. Most Saturday mornings you can find Graham clacking away at his keyboard on his newest experiment or craziest inspiration.
Graham will present the following session: Productionizing Deep Learning in Health Care

Brian Hall (Austin) @brian_w_hall

Brian Hall (linkedin) leads the Graph and Analytics Practice at Expero, with consulting expertise across a wide array of graph engines including JanusGraph, DataStax, Neo4j, TigerGraph, Neptune, and CosmosDB.
Brian’s focus has always been in the application of technology to concrete business problems. He started his career with “fingers on keyboards”, writing code for government agencies, financial markets and commercial software companies. Now he enjoys consulting for clients to help them apply technology and processes to make their businesses better. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University and an M.S. in Computer Science from DePaul University.
In their free time, Brian and his wife, Nicole, enjoy watching their kids slowly turn into the adults they will become, traveling, eating good food with good wine, and staying active in Austin with all the outdoor activities and great live music.
Brian will present the following session: Case Study: Comprehensive Scaling and Capacity Planning with k8s, Terraform, Ansible and Gatling.

Park Kittipatkul (SF Bay) @inlineblock

Park Kittipatkul(linkedin) is a software engineer with over 10 years of experience in diverse areas. At SignalFx, Park works on product engineering and enjoys exploring technologies including serverless architecture and monitoring. While at SignalFx, he has won multiple hackathons with innovative projects and presentations. Previously, he was at Twitter working on their feeds/timeline product. Prior to that, he spent 5 years at Salesforce.com building sales, support, and communities products.
Park will present the following Serverless session: Building Maintainable, Observable Applications on Multi Cloud Serverless Architecture.

Deepak Majeti (Pittsburgh) @ majetideepak

Deepak Majeti is a technical lead at Vertica where he leads the Vertica SQL on Data Lakes product. He is also a project management committee member of the Apache ORC project and a committer for the Apache Parquet project. Deepak’s interests lie in combining High-Performance-Computing and Big Data domains for building scalable, high-performant, and energy-efficient data analytics tools for modern computer architectures. Deepak holds a P.h.D. in CS from Rice University. Deepak enjoys hikes, board games and loves science fiction.
Deepak will co-present the following Kubernetes session: Kubernetes for Stateful MPP systems.

Chris McCraw (Portland) @fool

Chris McCraw is Head of Support at Netlify, where he brings the customer point of view into the engineering (and marketing, and sales, and finance) workflow. He's been leading Support teams for 7 years since "graduating" from a 20 year career in DevOps, and has set a high bar for his teams in working with Engineering of all types. From developing emergency communication playbooks to spearheading QA and the lifecycle of a bugfix, his work in this career is always about "bringing customer feedback out of the helpdesk to where it is usable by the rest of the company". When he's not working to build scalable and effective Support organizations, he likes to volunteer, ride his bike all over the country (longest ride so far: Austin to Anchorage in 70 days), play board games, and eat Tex-Mex.
Chris will present the following session: How to Scale your Customer Experience

Sandeep Parikh (Austin) @crcsmnky

Sandeep Parikh is a Cloud Native Advocate for Google Cloud, where he focuses on making it easier for developers and operators to adopt cloud native tools and best practices, using technologies like Kubernetes and Istio. Sandeep’s background is in software engineering and he's worked for Apple, MongoDB, Ravel, 21CT, and Affinegy. He has developed reference architectures and best practices for running hybrid infrastructure deployments and large-scale data processing pipelines as well as software systems to analyze social networks, document similarity, and text sentiment. Sandeep holds a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas.
Sandeep will present the following session: Service Mush: Debugging Istio Workloads

Bill Plein (Austin)

Bill Plein has worked for over 20 years supporting enterprise datacenter solutions, both in the software and storage segments. For the past 2 years at Diamanti he's worked closely with customers migrating their workloads to Kubernetes and transforming the way they do business in the process.
Bill will present the following session: Kubernetes in Production - A Customer’s Journey

Rajesh Raman (SFBay) @realrajeshraman

Rajesh Raman is a software engineer at SignalFx, where he works on the SignalFlow streaming analytics engine, developing novel ways to handle real-time, distributed computation of streaming time series data. Rajesh has over 15 years’ experience working in large-scale distributed systems capacity management and service monitoring at companies such as Facebook and Google. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, where his focus (and thesis) centered on distributed resource management for high throughput computing.
Rajesh will present the following Observability session: Kick-starting a culture of observability and data-driven DevOps

Alex Rasmussen (Los Angeles) @alexras

Alex Rasmussen is a data engineering consultant at Bits On Disk. Previously, he was VP of Engineering at Freenome, an AI genomics company, and an early employee at Trifacta, a pioneer in the data wrangling space. He holds a Ph.D. from University of California San Diego, where his dissertation focused on highly-efficient large scale data processing systems. While at UCSD, he led the TritonSort project, which set several world records in large scale sorting.
Alex will present the following Distributed Data session: Schema Evolution Patterns

Paige Roberts (Austin) @RobertsPaige

In two decades in the data management industry, Paige Roberts(Linkedin), Open Source Relations Manager at Vertica, has worked as an engineer, a trainer, a marketer, a product manager, and a consultant. Now, she promotes understanding of Vertica, MPP data processing, open source, and how the analytics revolution is changing the world.
Paige is a total geek who is into role-playing games, LARP’ing in the SCA, Doctor Who, superheroes, space exploration, comics, Tolkien, etc. Paige writes and publishes fantasy and science fiction stories under her maiden name Paige E. Ewing. She won the Kennedy Space Center’s global Space Apps Challenge three years ago for coming up with an idea for growing food on Mars, And she's a pretty mean shot with a recurve, crossbow, or long bow.
Paige will co-present the following Kubernetes session: Kubernetes for Stateful MPP systems.

Aaron Schlesinger (San Mateo) @arschles

Aaron Schlesinger (Linkedin / GitHub) is a developer advocate at Microsoft Azure and a core maintainer of the Athens Project. He is an emeritus core maintainer and chair of the Kubernetes SIG-Service-Catalog and a contributor to various other projects in the Kubernetes community. He enjoys distilling his wide ranging Kubernetes and Go (Golang) related experiences into talks, and has spoken at KubeCon, GopherCon, and other large conferences around the world.
Aaron has almost 15 years of software engineering experience and discovered Kubernetes in early 2015. He’s been hooked on cloud native technologies ever since. He lives in San Mateo, CA where he and his wife love to run up and down mountains together.
Pronouns: he/him
Aaron will present the following Kubernetes session: Kubernetes is Still Hard for App Developers, Let’s Fix That!

Seth Vargo (Pittsburgh) @sethvargo

Seth Vargo (Linkedin) is a developer advocate at Google. Previously, he worked at HashiCorp, Chef Software, CustomInk, and a few Pittsburgh-based startups. He is co-author of the O'Reilly book Learning Chef. Seth is passionate about reducing inequality in technology. When he is not writing, working on open source, teaching, or speaking at conferences, Seth enjoys spending time with his friends and advising nonprofits. He loves all things bacon.
Seth will present the following Secure Systems session: Base64 is not encryption - a better story for Kubernetes Secrets