GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit 2017

The inaugural GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit, taking place June 7, 2017 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue (11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA), will showcase the cutting-edge trends and ideas that are transforming business.

Attendees will learn the latest developments in containers, serverless, machine learning, microservices and DevOps from some of the top minds in technology.  Featured speakers include Scott Guthrie of Microsoft Azure; Abby Kearns of Cloud Foundry; Avi Cavale of Shippable; Docker CEO Steve Singh and COO Scott Johnston; and Heptio co-founder Joe Beda, the co-creator of Kubernetes.

Technical sessions will include:

  • The Operating System for AI: How Microservices and Serverless Computing Enable the Next Generation of Machine Intelligence. —Algorithmia CEO Diego Oppenheimer
  • DevOps: Getting Beyond the Happy Talk: Learn how a common software delivery platform is critical to streamline and scale DevOps adoption across the organization and how to automate across four critical dimensions: infrastructure provisioning, builds, validation, and deployments.Shippable CEO Avi Cavale
  • Distributed Caching in a World of Microservices, Docker and Kubernetes: Details for scalable and efficient distributed caching, cache invalidation and cache management strategies in an environment with services built and deployed to Kubernetes clusters.— Distelli CEO Rahul Singh, formerly of AWS
  • DevOps: A History: In the midst of buzzwords like DevOps, containers, continuous delivery, IaaS, and, even, cloud, it can be easy to forget the problems these concept were created to solve. Learn what brought DevOps to where it is now, and it’s potential for the future.Nell Shamrell-Harrington, senior software development engineer at Chef
  • DevOps and Machine Learning: How do you test and deploy real-time machine learning services given the challenge that machine learning algorithms produce nondeterministic behaviors even for the same input.—Jasjeet Thind, VP of Data Science & Engineering, Data Science and Economics at Zillow

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Speakers

Scott Guthrie
Scott Guthrie
EVP, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group
Steve Singh
Steve Singh
CEO, Docker
Abby Kearns
Abby Kearns
Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation
Swami Sivasubramanian
Swami Sivasubramanian
Vice President, Amazon AI
Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston
COO, Docker
Greg DeMichillie
Greg DeMichillie
Director of Product Management, Office of the CTO, Google Cloud
Joe Beda
Joe Beda
CTO, Heptio and Co-founder, Kubernetes
Barb Darrow
Barb Darrow
Senior Writer, Fortune
Sunny Gupta
Sunny Gupta
Co-founder & CEO, Apptio
Avi Cavale
Avi Cavale
Co-founder & CEO, Shippable
Diego Oppenheimer
Diego Oppenheimer
Founder & CEO, Algorithmia
Rahul Singh
Rahul Singh
Founder & CEO, Distelli
Brian Nowak
Brian Nowak
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
Nell Shamrell-Harrington
Nell Shamrell-Harrington
Sr. Software Development Engineer, Chef
Frank Artale
Frank Artale
Managing Partner, Ignition Partners
Sheila Gulati
Sheila Gulati
Founder, Tola Capital
S. Somasegar
S. Somasegar
Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Bob Wise
Bob Wise
CTO - Cloud Native Computing Team (Samsung SDS)
Derrick Harris
Derrick Harris
Founder, Architecht
Charity Majors
Charity Majors
Co-founder and CEO, Honeycomb
Marcus Womack
Marcus Womack
EVP Software and Services, Axon
Nathan Pearce
Nathan Pearce
Solutions Architect, F5 Networks
Jasjeet Thind
Jasjeet Thind
VP of data science and engineering, Zillow
Tom Hull
Tom Hull
CEO, CloudCoreo
Charles Fitzgerald
Charles Fitzgerald
Angel investor
Denise Muyco
Denise Muyco
CEO, StratusCore
Mitchell Hashimoto
Mitchell Hashimoto
Co-founder, HashiCorp
Bryan Hale
Bryan Hale
President, Resin.io
Jensen Harris
Jensen Harris
CTO, Textio
Nancy Gohring
Nancy Gohring
Senior Analyst, 451 Research
Ratul Mahajan
Ratul Mahajan
CEO, Intentionet

Agenda

TimeTopic
June 7, 7:45 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast

Cloud Tech Summit begins at Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue. Address: 11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA.

9:00 a.m.
Fireside Chat: Scott Guthrie, Microsoft Azure
9:35 a.m.
Power Talk: Joe Beda, Heptio Co-Founder & Co-creator of Kubernetes

The Operations Dividend: How the new world of Cloud Native redefines how IT operations and development teams relate in order to bring the benefits of Google-like infrastructure to the realities of main street enterprise.

10:00 a.m.
Power Talk: Sunny Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Apptio

The Enterprise Cloud Wars: The race for leadership in the public cloud market has been closely tracked and AWS has long been touted as the leader in cloud infrastructure. But, with slowing growth, its main competitor Azure has gained precious ground in the enterprise. Among the largest and most strategic organizations in the world, Apptio has found that IT leaders are adopting Azure at near-equal rates as AWS. During this session, Apptio’s CEO will explore why this distribution is occurring and how many of these organizations are adopting a hybrid IT mindset to make the most of the cloud and serve the business with agility.

10:25 a.m.
Networking Break
10:45 a.m.
Power Talk: Abby Kearns, Executive Director of Cloud Foundry

The Makers of Marvels: How Developers Are Rebuilding the Enterprise, One Brick at a Time: Cloud Foundry Foundation executive director Abby Kearns will cover the importance of diversity among developers for the technology industry to evolve and to reflect its user base, and will highlight the key open source concepts and technologies powering this trans-industrial transformation.

11:10 a.m.
Power Talk: Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President of Amazon AI

Artificial Intelligence & The Cloud: Making AI Accessible for All Developers

Amazon has used Artificial Intelligence to help inform many decisions – from fulfillment and logistics, personalization, improving existing products like Kindle and Instant Video to inventing new products like Alexa and Amazon Go. In the past, AI was out of reach for the vast majority of developers as it required training sophisticated deep learning algorithms on massive amounts of data and infrastructure. The cloud has the potential to make AI accessible to developers, providing them with the same tools that were previously available only to machine learning and deep learning experts. In this talk, Amazon’s VP of AI will cover how several customers are using AI to build applications – such as anomaly detection in financial applications, indexing videos, medical applications, and self-driving cars.

11:35 a.m.
Fireside Chat: Greg DeMichillie of Google Cloud
12:00 p.m.
Lunch, sponsored talk by Axon's Marcus Womack

Building a Cloud of Trust for Public Safety

Axon’s Executive Vice President of Software Services, Marcus Womack, will discuss the evolution of Axon from a Smart Weapons business to a connected network of devices, apps and people. Womack’s talk will cover how Axon is using the Cloud to increase security and ultimately build trust between law enforcement and the public.

1:15 p.m.
Technical and Business Tracks

DevOps Track, presented by F5 Networks

40-minute technical talks

DevOps — A History: Nell Shamrell-Harrington, Sr. Software Development Engineer at Chef. In the midst of buzzwords like “devops”, “containers”, “continuous delivery”, “IAAS”, and even “cloud” it can be easy to forget the problems these concept were created to solve. It is impossible to fully understand DevOps as it is now without understanding where it came from. This talk will take you through a journey of each stage of the DevOps movement – from the very beginning to the most bleeding edge tools and concepts of today. At each stage I will thoroughly cover the “how” and “why” – including personal testimonials from those involved – Devops evolved the way it did. Go beyond the buzzwords and gain a new understanding of the how and why of DevOps. You will walk away with a new understanding of why we used to do things – what problems we were trying to solve, what brought DevOps to where it is now, and its potential for the future.

DevOps — Getting Beyond the Happy Talk: Avi Cavale, CEO of Shippable: Many organizations find that despite investing significant time and money in “DevOps,” they are still not seeing faster, more predictable releases of software. The problems have shifted, but have not been resolved. Success remains difficult to measure and concrete actions are hard to separate from the hype. This talk will introduce a systematic approach to DevOps that is both actionable and measurable, and addresses the challenges most organizations face today while embracing DevOps. We will look at why and how a common software delivery platform is critical to streamline and scale DevOps adoption across the organization and how to automate across four critical dimensions: infrastructure provisioning, builds, validation, and deployments.

Overview remarks: Nathan Pearce, principal architect at F5 Networks

Scaling Security with DevOps: Mitchell Hashimoto, co-founder and co-CTO of HashiCorp More applications, more deploys, more engineers: this is the environment organizations find themselves in ranging from startups to large enterprises. A common challenge is adhering to security best practices during periods of growth without introducing bottlenecks. Secure storage and distribution of secrets is only a small part of the challenge, as operators and security teams must reason about key rolling, auditing, and incident management during a compromise. Beyond the basic storage of passwords, secrets also include certificates, keys, and sensitive user data (PII). In this talk, Mitchell presents the challenges of scaling with security and best practices to do so without compromising developer speed.

Serverless Computing and Microservices

40-minute technical talks

When Logs and Metrics Fail Us: The Glorious Future of Observability – Charity Majors, co-founder of Honeycomb
Distributed systems, microservices, containers/schedulers, continuous delivery … we’ve been through one paradigm shift after another when it comes to architecture, but when it comes to observability we’re still using crufty old logging and metrics tools that date back to the LAMP stack era. But these tools fall apart past a certain level of complexity. Let’s dig into some of the deep technical reasons why and talk about some modern approaches to debugging complex systems (e.g. honeycomb, distributed tracing).

Migrating to Microservices – Bob Wise, CTO of Cloud Native Computing Team at Samsung
Microservice approaches offer dramatic improvements in velocity, but directly affect both the systems and people. The need to stay competitive and meet customer demands makes the shift urgent. Can we make a transition from legacy monoliths to microservices, or do we have to throw the legacy systems away and start over? We explore the critical question: How should we approach an incremental migration?

Overview remarks: Nancy Gohring, senior analyst at 451 Research

Distributed Caching in a World of Microservices, Docker and Kubernetes – Rahul Singh, CEO of Distelli
Details for scalable and efficient distributed caching, cache invalidation and cache management strategies in an environment with services built and deployed to Kubernetes clusters.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

40-minute technical sessions

The Operating System for AI – Diego Oppenheimer, CEO of Algorithmia: How Microservices and Serverless Computing Enable the Next Generation of Machine Intelligence 

Giving Humans Superpowers – Jensen Harris, co-founder and CTO of Textio: Augmented writing and the invincible combination of machine intelligence and human creativity.

DevOps and Machine Learning – Jasjeet Thind, vice president of data science and engineering at Zillow: How do you test and deploy real-time machine learning services given the challenge that machine learning algorithms produce nondeterministic behaviors even for the same input.

Business track

Startup Showcase: Hear five-minute presentations from five early-stage cloud computing startups.

Panel: The VC View of the Cloud with Frank Artale of Ignition, S. Somasegar of Madrona Venture Group and Sheila Gulati of Tola Capital. Moderator: Seattle angel investor Charles Fitzgerald.

Power Talk: Public Cloud: What’s it worth? with Brian Nowak of Morgan Stanley

Media Panel: GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop discusses the state of the cloud industry with Fortune senior writer Barb Darrow, Architecht founder Derrick Harris and GeekWire cloud and enterprise editor Tom Krazit.

3:50 p.m.
Fireside chat: Docker CEO Steve Singh and Docker COO Scott Johnston
4:25 p.m.
Closing remarks
4:30 p.m.
Closing Party at Salesforce's Bellevue Office

Join us at the Seattle region’s “Geekiest Office Space” for a fun closing party. Appetizers, beverages and amazing views to be provided. The Salesforce office — located at 929 108th Ave NE, Bellevue — is just two blocks from Meydenbauer Center, a short 9-minute walk.

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