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Our biggest technical conference of the year — the 2018 GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit — is coming up on June 27 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash. And we’ve just added a new slate of top-notch speakers to the agenda.

Carlos Guestrin, senior director of AI and machine learning for Apple and professor at the University of Washington, will discuss the current and future state of artificial intelligence research and how that is being applied to real-world products. Cloudflare co-founder and CEO Matthew Prince will talk about interesting applications emerging from distributed networks as well as the risks and rewards of operating a cloud security service in the 21st century.

Sales of early-bird tickets are available here.

Carlos Guestrin

We’ll also hear from container and serverless expert Aparna Sinha of Google; Bassam Tabbara of the newly-launched startup Upbound; and Padmashree Koneti, engineering lead at Puppet.

Others on the agenda: Peter DeSantis, vice president of Amazon Web Services Global Infrastructure, who will explain how the cloud leader plans to stay on top as rival cloud powerhouses race to catch up; and Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich who will outline how Microsoft is thinking about the next generation of cloud computing.

We’re not done adding speakers for this great event, so stay tuned.

Aparna Sinha, Google

Our goal with the Cloud Tech Summit is to host a platform-agnostic conference, where developers, engineers, and technical leaders can exchange information, lessons and insights about the future of computing.

We think the Seattle area is the best place in the world for this type of conference given the heavy concentration of developers, engineers and technical leaders who are pushing the envelope in these fields. And with this year’s lineup, we think we’ve assembled the very best non-vendor aligned cloud computing conference in the industry.

More than 600 people attended the inaugural Cloud Tech Summit last year, which you can read about here. A third of attendees are engineers, developers, designers or technical leaders. This year, we’re expecting a bigger turnout.

In addition to in-depth fireside chats, the Cloud Tech Summit will be divided into five technical tracks that we believe are most important to the current and future state of cloud computing:

  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
  • DevOps/Containers
  • Serverless
  • SaaS (software-as-a-service)
  • Hybrid Cloud

We’ve expanded this section in 2018, rolling out two additional technical track sessions on June 27. We are also excited to showcase a business track that will dive into the economics, sales and marketing of cloud computing services, featuring leading venture capitalists, CIOs and analysts.

Here are a few reasons why you should convince your manager to send you to GeekWire’s Cloud Tech Summit:

  • Learn tips, tricks, strategies and tools in more than two dozen technical sessions.
  • Connect with top developers and engineers to share insights on new innovations in the cloud.
  • Discover new emerging technologies that will help you work more efficiently and productively.
  • Find other engineers and technical leaders who are encountering similar challenges in their own organizations.

Early-bird rates run through May 18th, so make sure to get your tickets here before prices go up. If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s Cloud Tech Summit, please contact us at advertising@geekwire.com.

A big thanks to the presenting sponsor of the 2018 GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit: Salesforce.

Also, thanks to platinum and gold sponsors: OfferUpStripeExpediaF5, and Skytap.

And to our silver, supporting and exhibitor sponsors: City of BellevueMozAcumaticaColocation NorthwestAvalaraFirst Tech Federal Credit Union and Bellevue College.

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