ANNOUNCING 2021 Highlight Speakers
SHAY BANON | KEYNOTE SPEAKER
The bottom up approach that changed the way we think about the development processes, has the potential to encompass and ultimately transform many more aspects of engineering - from development to operations and many of its subsets, such as observability, delivery and security. This transformation will dictate the future of shipping products fast and reliably.
As a founder of Elasticsearch and the CEO of Elastic, Shay has been fascinated with search ever since trying to build a recipe app for his wife in 2004, a journey that led to him writing the first few lines of code of Elasticsearch in 2009 and later founding Elastic in 2012. He believes in finding beauty, and that excelling takes a combination of perspective and grit. As someone who got into computers by counting the number of job postings in the newspaper, he loves building things — a product, a community, or a company — and the process of acquiring the knowledge to do so.
ELLEN CHISA | KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Ellen is Founder in Residence at boldstart Ventures. She joined the boldstart team in January 2021, after having worked with the team as a founder at Dark. Her role allows her to do exactly what she loves – some investing and hands-on support for founders building pre-product, dev-focused, enterprise companies.
Prior to boldstart and founding Dark, she worked at Blade as an EIR, seeding the work for what became Lola. She also worked on backer-facing projects at Kickstarter and on the first versions of Office for non-Microsoft phone platforms. The common thread is building tools that help people to do creative work.
Ellen has an a M.B.A from Harvard Business School, and a B.S in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. She grew up in Rochester Hills, MI, but now lives in Somerville, MA with her husband and her cat, Gutenberg.
SPOTLIGHT TALK: Nudge and Sludge: Driving Security with Design
BIO: J. Wolfgang Goerlich is an Advisory CISO for Duo Security. He has been responsible for IT and IT security in the healthcare and financial services verticals. Wolfgang has led advisory and assessment practices in cybersecurity consulting firms.
ADI SHACHAM-SHAVIT | ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP
Flying blind - Accessibility in Monitoring
Do you know what it feels like to navigate as someone who can’t distinguish between green and red - looking at those badges that tell you whether something is broken or a-okay? I’ll give you a quick look into what it feels like with some examples from the monitoring tool Icinga Web 2.
We all tend to forget, that not everyone sees the world like we do. In this talk I’ll be walking you through different views in Icinga Web 2 with side-by-side comparisons for the default views and how different kinds of vision impairments affect those. The talks also features a few suggestions on how to improve colour schemes and making websites and webapps better to navigate with screen readers!
BIO: Feu has been working in tech for a few years now - Specialised in Web Development and Design, and a passion for data visualisation they spent a lot of time working on Icinga Web 2. On top of that they travel around a bit talking about Icinga and GitLab in the form of talks and trainings. In private they spend a lot of time out and about with their horsey companion and in the fantastic worlds of pen and paper role play games.
SPOTLIGHT TALK: Cracks in the Façade
In this bleak, depressing talk we will discuss some of the ways computer science and computer security has fallen flat on its face, and how you can avoid making the same mistakes, with just a soupçon of humor for good measure.
We will break these problems down and hopefully learn some important lessons, such as not allowing your door locks to call system(), how to properly secure your corner of the Internet Of Things, a crash course in processor architectures and how they lie to you, and how the inevitable heat-death of the universe is a result of RSA.
Hopefully, you’ll emerge feeling smarter, discussing new topics, and slightly terrified.
By day, Jonathan Kingsley is a Senior SRE, security consultant and occasional pyrotechnician. While he generally focuses on building awesome software, his real passion lies in the weird and wonderful corners of technology. In his downtime, he likes to lead climb, fence epee and write screenplays.
DEVOPS TALK: One-size doesn't fit all - Effectively (re)evaluate a data solution for your system
When it comes to data solutions, one-size doesn’t fit all. Choosing the right best-matching database, or data tools, can be a game changer for your system. How can you take such decision effectively? The system, the company, the product, and probably your team - all are evolving, and the best solution for today may not fit tomorrow’s needs. In order to pick a data solution for longer term, you should evaluate the optional data tools according to several factors. These factors will reflect the requirements looking forward.
At this session, we will share such use case, of evaluating data solution, when we redesigned one of Oribi features from scratch. Our goal was to avoid a data explosion crisis, while the system kept scaling up. Having so many solutions out there - we needed to make sure that we are choosing the one that will support the increasing load farthest.
Eventually we picked up ten criteria factors, which we used to compare and choose the best solution effectively. Join the session to hear what were these factors, and get prepared for choosing the next data solution for your system.
BIO: Eynav is a fan of the combination of technology and people - bringing technical visions into implementation. For the past 2 years she has been leading the R&D group at Oribi, a big-data based product, that handles billions of events a day, while scaling both the system and the engineering group. Her main focus is to create processes that support high scale & high standards; striving to maintain scalable R&D groups and infrastructure environments, while investing in personal growth and deployments quality.
STATSCRAFT TALK: PRINCIPLES OF OBSERVABILITY
The word observable entered the English language roughly 400 years ago, but the concepts of what it means to see, comprehend, and understand something have been debated since time immemorial. Starting in the 19th century, a series of postulates and criteria coalesced into control theory, and it is from this body of knowledge that we gained the word “observability”. Today, with the advent of complex, interconnected computer systems, that word has taken on new meanings and connotations—some useful, some detrimental, and some just plain confusing.
In this talk, we’ll mix a little history, a touch of philosophy, and a healthy dose of reality, to demystify what observability means to us as professional computer people. We’ll tear through the marketing material and unearth foundational principles that will help us to build better infrastructure, write better software, and promote healthier business practices. Finally, we’ll explore some potential new avenues for discussion and understanding.
BIO: Dan is a veteran of the dotcom bubble, and has been variously a system administrator, university lecturer, start-up founder, and day labourer. As a member of the Devopsdays Core team, he has had the privilege of speaking and keynoting at events around the world. Today, he is a Developer Evangelist at Datadog, a role that mixes two of his great passions: measuring things, and talking about measuring things.