Who will speak at the Scalability Summit

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Kris Nova (Seattle) @krisnova

Kris Nova (Linkedin / GitHub) is a freelance Kubernetes developer. She was previously a senior developer advocate at VMware where she focused on containers, infrastructure, and Kubernetes. Kris is also an ambassador for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Nova has a 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. Nova organizes a special interest group in Kubernetes and is a leader in the community. She understands the grievances with running cloud-native infrastructure and recently authored an O’Reilly book on the topic, Cloud Native Infrastructure.
Kris will be giving the Kubernetes keynote session.

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.

Laura Maguire (Columbus / Vancouver Island) @lauramdmaguire

Laura Maguire studies human performance in high risk/high consequence work as a researcher at the Cognitive Systems Engineering Lab at The Ohio State University. Her research interests lie in resilience engineering, coordination and enabling adaptive capacity across distributed work teams and forms of systems regulation and control. She has been a researcher with the SNAFU Catchers Consortium since 2017 and works closely with large and medium sized digital service companies on incident response practices, tool development, design and contextual research.
Laura has a Master’s degree in Human Factors & Systems Safety and is currently completing her PhD in Cognitive Systems Engineering at OSU. She draws from experience working in forestry, oil & gas, investment banking and industry associations in her research. As a backcountry
skier and alpine climber, she also is interested in and has written on cognitive work & resilient performance in mountain environments.

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.

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.

Mehant Baid (SFBay) @mehantr

Mehant Baid is currently a Software Engineer at Dropbox. For the past few years he has been working on Edgestore, which is the distributed data store that handles all of Dropbox’s metadata needs. Prior to Dropbox he worked with the open source community to develop Apache Drill – a SQL engine for Hadoop, NoSQL and Cloud storage. He is also a committer and project management committee member with the Apache software foundation. Previously he worked on the database kernel at Oracle where he focused on scaling Inserts into the database. His primary interests are in the fields of distributed systems and databases.
Mehant will present the following Distributed Systems session: Improving reliability of your distributed data store.

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

Donovan Brown (Houston) @donovanbrown

Donovan Brown aka The Man in the Black Shirt is a principal DevOps manager on Microsoft's cloud developer advocacy team. Developer tools are his thing. Donovan has traveled the globe helping companies in the US, Canada, India, Germany, and the UK develop solutions using Agile practices, Visual Studio, and Team Foundation Server in industries such as communications, healthcare, energy, and financial services. Previously, Donovan spent seven years as a process consultant and a certified Scrum Master. Donovan’s an avid programmer, often finding ways to integrate software into his other hobbies and activities, one of which is professional air hockey, where he has ranked as high as 11th in the world.
Donovan will present the following Leadership session: Enterprise transformation (and you can too).

Alex Elman (Austin) @_pkill

Alex Elman (linkedin) is a site reliability engineer at Indeed. He’s studied and practiced resilience engineering at Indeed for seven years with the goal of making failure within distributed systems a boring nonevent. Even after moving into a leadership role, Alex continues to carry a pager, believing that incident response is a valuable learning opportunity.
Alex will present the following SRE session: Learning from failure: Why a total site outage can be a good thing.

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.

Patrick Higgins (SF Bay) @higgycodes

Patrick Higgins is a UI engineer at Gremlin, where he helps developers unleash the power of controlled chaos. He is passionate about finding effective ways to make UIs resilient to failure. He fills his weekends with playing soccer and music, reading, and assisting with civic causes that he cares about.
Patrick will present the following Chaos Engineering session: Chaos Breeding Confidence: Broader Implications of Chaos Engineering.


Amanda Moran (SF Bay) @AmandaDataStax

Amanda Moran is a Developer Advocate at DataStax. Her passion is bridging the gap between customers and engineering! Amanda graduated from Santa Clara University in 2012 with a Master’s in Computer Science, she also has a Bachelor’s of Science In Biology from the University of Washington. She is based in the Bay Area and has worked for HP, Lockheed Martin, Teradata, and an Apache Trafodion startup Esgyn. Amanda is an Apache Committer and member of the PMC for Apache Trafodion. She has worked on customer poc’s, executive demos, distributed database cloud deployments, python coding, data science workshops, conferences, linux/hadoop administration, and scripting — a little bit of everything! In her spare time, she loves running, hanging out with her dog, and finding reasons to go to Disneyland.
Amanda will present the following Distributed Data session: Data Modeling in the 24th and ½ Century with Apache Cassandra

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

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

Isobel Redelmeier (San Francisco) @1z0b31

Isobel Redelmeier works on open source software at LightStep, where she focuses on OpenTracing and other observability solutions to improve performance management across distributed systems. Previously, she saw firsthand how difficult, and how valuable, observability can be when working at Pivotal. There, she pushed code in about 10 languages to different production systems while working with Pivotal Labs, and later focused on security in Cloud Foundry.
Isobel will present the following Observability session: Ariadne's thread through the labyrinth: Using observability to tame a rogue code base

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!

Ory Segal (Israel) @orysegal

Ory Segal is a world-renowned expert in application security, with 20 years of experience in the field. Ory is the CTO and co-founder of
PureSec, a start-up that enables organizations to build and maintain secure and reliable serverless applications. Prior to PureSec, Ory was Sr. Director of Threat Research at Akamai, were he led a team of top web security & big data researchers. Prior to Akamai, Ory worked at IBM as the Security Products Architect and Product Manager for the market leading application security solution IBM Security AppScan. Ory authored 20 patents in the field of application security, static analysis, dynamic analysis, threat reputation systems, etc. Ory is serving as an officer of the Web Application Security Consortium (WASC), he is a member of the W3C WebAppSec working group, and was an OWASP Israel board member.
Ory will present the following Serverless session: Serverless Security: Attackers & Defenders

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