Two full days on how to build, collaborate, and deploy great software, presented by GitHub
How do you decide what to build and how to build it? Hear from experts on what happens before they start writing code.
Software takes a team. Learn how engineers work together to overcome technical challenges and efficiently build software.
We’ll discuss how to maintain quality, ensure availability, collect feedback, and keep building products people love.
Join engineers, founders, product managers, and designers to talk about building better software, together.
Registration & Breakfast
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Chris Wanstrath, GitHub
Exploring the Solar System from wherever you are!
Joseph Minafra, NASA
Recognizing that science enables exploration, and exploration enables science, NASA created the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) to address basic and applied scientific questions fundamental to understanding the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, and the moons of Mars. Primarily using virtual tools to communicate has eliminated the need for a traditional bricks and mortar institute, allowing the hundreds of researchers across the U.S. and the nine international partners to easily communicate and collaborate, from wherever they are. The small, central office located at NASA Ames Research Center in the heart of Silicon Valley, coordinates the institute activities. Newly found synergies across the teams, the sharing of data and facilities, and the ease of communication increase the efficiencies of scientific discovery. More importantly, the birth of ideas formed at the intersection of disparate disciplines can readily be pursued by groups that might not otherwise have formed, or even met! SSERVI follows on the heels of the highly successful NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI), a virtual institute dedicated solely to studies of the Moon. Pendleton directed the NLSI from 2010-2013 when it was expanded to become SSERVI. The creation of SSERVI has not only expanded our knowledge of the Earth’s nearest neighbor to include other stepping-stones to Mars, but also furthered our ability to address the scientific and technological questions we need to know…before we go!
Five years, building a culture, and handing it off
Kellan Elliott-McCrea, Etsy
Using Git LFS
Traci Coffman, GitHub
Saeed Noursalehi, Microsoft
Rick Olson, GitHub
Allen Smith, GitHub
Steve Streeting, Atlassian
Open sourcing the Git LFS product paved away for vast improvements and the opportunity for others to take advantage of such great work. With speakers from GitHub, Microsoft and Atlassian, the session will give an overview of their contributions to Git LFS and the history behind this great product. But the session won't stop there. There will be a short training that will walk through a typical workflow with exploration at each step of what is happening to your large files and your repository.
Pull requests, code review, and the GitHub flow
Brent Beer, GitHub
Pull Requests are one of most essential workflow pieces of modern application development. If used effectively with proper code review and your existing workflow, they can not only help ensure high quality of written code, but do so without sacrificing the speed of development.
We'll start out by looking at what makes a great pull request, and what barriers people have with sending and receiving them. Next, we'll remove some of those barriers by discussing some code review best practices to ensure the code we're writing is well written and well tested. Lastly, we'll see how and why these pieces are a crucial part of a proper workflow, and what advantages the GitHub Flow has.
Democratic Deploys at Airbnb
Topher Lin, Airbnb
Igor Serebryany, Airbnb
As teams grow, there is often a temptation to add more process around shipping code in an effort to make it safer. We are attempting to build an alternate approach — use flexible tools to enable engineers who write the code to also ship their code quickly and safely. Our tooling deeply integrates SCM, builds, and deploys to guide engineers through the deploy process. Come see what we’ve built, how it’s working, and how we plan to continue improving it.
Building Communities Around Open Source Security Software
Christine Abernathy, Facebook
Teddy Reed, Facebook
Almost one year ago, Facebook released osquery, an open source Linux and OS X host-based intrusion detection tool. Since then, the Mac & Linux security communities offered an immeasurable amount of support and guidance. The project has delivered an amazing impact for many companies, including Facebook, thanks to these efforts. This session will guide the audience through the lesser known parts of designing security software: building community trust, managing build & deployment, dogfooding, and empathy. We will use security related features and capabilities as examples. Come learn about our journey, discover of some intrusion detection knowledge, host security experience, and how you can help us continue to support the outstanding open source communities!
GitHub Enterprise Primer and Deployment
Matt Colyer, GitHub
GitHub Enterprise is used by some of the most respected companies in the world. Find out how to bring GitHub Enterprise to your own company. We'll cover the basics of administration, what's possible and how you can get the most out of your GitHub Enterprise install. Led by Matt Colyer, the Product Manager for the GitHub Enterprise. Familiarity with GitHub and application administration is suggested.
CI in world of MicroServices
Surya Gaddipati, Groupon
CI in the brave new world Microservices is a different beast than CI from the old world. Setting up customized build environment for each build environment is not just tedious and inefficient, it results it frustrating developer CI experience.
I am going to explore some strategies for setting up smooth, modern and scalable CI environment using software like kubernetes, docker, mesos, DotCi.
Every Company is a Software Company
Kakul Srivastava, GitHub
Michael Davis, John Deere
Dragos Maciuca, Ford
Hima Mukkamala, GE
Samir Shah, Target
We already know that software is eating the world. The real question has quickly become: how will companies use software to win? Hear from technologists from Ford Motor Company, GE Software, Bloomberg, and Target about how they are embracing software in unexpected parts of their companies. In a conversation moderated by GitHub Vice President of Product Kakul Srivastava, the panelists will discuss how their teams are using modern software-building tools to improve their businesses, why it's critical to build a world-class engineering team, and ultimately how to use software to deliver world class products and services.
Collaboration, Innovation, and Modernization in the Enterprise
David Mittman, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory traces its history to the 1930s, and has been involved, along with NASA, in some of the world’s most iconic space moments, including the first Mars landing, first spacecraft to exit the Solar System, and the first people to walk on the Moon. So it seems contradictory to say that an organization that has been involved in such innovative endeavors needs help innovating, or that an organization that values teamwork as part of mission success needs help collaborating. Come learn how the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is using the lessons of the open source community and the innovation economy to change its culture of software development.
FIDO U2F: The next step in the evolution of account security
Ben Toews, GitHub
Jerrod Chong, Yubico
Enabling two-factor authentication is an important step in securing your accounts on the web. Traditional two-factor technologies, requiring you to type in a code from your phone, are a hassle and have numerous security shortcomings. A recently published standard from the FIDO Alliance, Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) is the next step in the evolution of account security. Through tightly integrating hardware tokens like the YubiKey, the web browser, and websites like GitHub, U2F provides an easier and more secure way to lock down your web accounts. Speakers from Yubico and GitHub will discuss how U2F works, how it improves the security and user experience of two-factor authentication, and why and how GitHub chose to adopt this new standard.
Open Source Principles for Internal Engineering Teams
Brandon Keepers, GitHub
Open source has changed and will continue to change the way the world builds software, not only by creating high-quality reusable components, but by giving us a model for producing software that is maintainable and adaptable at scale. This talk will examine how 'inner-sourcing', adopting open source philosophies and workflows, can improve internal engineering teams.
Training the Team
Peter Bell, Wheelhouse.io
You’ve adopted GitHub and picked just the right set of workflows. What’s next? How do you make sure your team is really comfortable with Git, understands the importance of your workflows and has the skills to get themselves out of trouble when they accidentally commit in the middle of a rebase, reset —hard one too many commits or force push the wrong changes to GitHub? In this session we’ll look at a range of strategies for knowledge sharing, support and practice to ensure your team builds and practices the skills required to succeed.
10 ways people are (mis)using GitHub Pages for fun and profit
Ben Balter, GitHub
GitHub Pages may not quite be the Geocities of our generation, but that doesn't mean it's only used for technical documentation. With nearly a million sites, today, Github Pages hosts everything from APIs to White House policy. Hear from the GitHub Pages team about some of the more unique uses, and walk away with ten advanced tricks that can help improve your own content publishing workflow. No technical background necessary, but some familiarity with Jekyll and GitHub Pages recommended.
Making Movies is Harder than it Looks: Building Tools for Telling Stories
Dr. Michael B. Johnson, Pixar
Making movies is a complex, collaborative, creative activity. At Pixar, they don't pretend to know exactly what they're doing, but they do have a process. They trust the process, but they constantly test and refine it, based on the stories they want to tell, the resources they have to tell them, and most importantly - the people who want to tell them.
Technology and art go hand in hand at Pixar - each challenges and reinforces the other. Technologist Michael B. Johnson, a Pixarian since he joined as an intern in 1993, has been involved in most of Pixar's feature films and short films. He will share his perspective on the Pixar film-making process; one which involves both creative story tellers that want things they don't understand how to make and flexible technologists who are more concerned with empowering their users than winning an argument with them.
Come along as Michael tells stories from inside their process; sharing the how and the why. Join him as he tries to explain how Pixar always manages to keep their eye on the big prize - a compelling story, well told.
Dinner on your own
Afterparty at The Village
969 Market St, San Francisco
Registration & Breakfast
Nicole Sanchez, GitHub
Tiffani Ashley Bell, Detroit Water Project
Anil Dash, Founder, makerba.se
Marianna Tessel, SVP of Engineering, Docker
From Perforce To Git: Lessons Learned
Lars Schneider, Autodesk
Autodesk is moving hundreds of Perforce repositories to GitHub. I present the process how we move these repositories, what problems we encountered so far and how we solved them.
I will cover how I discovered and fixed issues with paths and encodings. In addition I will present new function that I came up with, such as the option to migrate huge binaries directly to Git LFS. I also will present our best practices how to split repositories, how to deal with 3rd party components, how to migrate branches, and how to deal with UTF-16/Unicode text files in a cross platform Git environment as Git can only handle UTF-8 text files by default.
The audience will get an extensive overview how to migrate source code from Perforce to GitHub. Equipped with this knowledge they will be able to estimate the risk for a Perforce to Git migration and their own migration will be a breeze.
From No Git to 3000 GitHub Enterprise Users and How to Keep Them Happy
Dan Cundiff, Target
Target¹s journey going from no git to GitHub Enterprise with 3,000 users in less than 3 years. We¹ll explain anecdotes to overcoming large organization barriers introducing and growing GitHub Enterprise in a company, and share useful administrator pro-tips we¹ve learned over the years. We¹ll also share how we make GHE an awesome experience for its users so they love it just as much as they do github.com.
Rethinking Production Monitoring
James Smith, Bugsnag
Your team has been tasked with releasing new and better versions of your product at record speed. But the risk of moving this quickly is that things break in production and users abandon your buggy application. To stay competitive, you can't just ship fast - you also have to solve for quality.
In this session, we'll help you rethink what it means to actively monitor your application in production so your team can ship fast with confidence. With the right tooling, workflow, and organizational structures in place, you don't have to sacrifice release times or stability. When things break, you'll be able to fix errors before they impact your users.
Beyond Saas: Building for Enterprise
Josh Kalderimis, Travis CI
Travis CI found itself growing a great SaaS product, when Enterprise users began unexpectedly asking to use our product on-premise. Our small team had to quickly understand:
This talk is the story of how we added an Enterprise offering to our existing hosted Continuous Integration service, the bumps we hit along the way, and what we would do differently now.
Changing Lives with Open Data
Hidenori Fujimura, Geospatial Information Authority of Japan
Danny Whalen, Remix
Hear how technologists all over the world are leveraging open data to improve people's lives, whether it's through designing more efficient transit routes to get people to work faster, improving access to city resources for four million people in Los Angeles, or relaying critical information about a volcanic eruption to affected citizens in Japan. Hear from speakers from across the public and private sectors about how they're using open data to drive the next wave of civic innovation.
Integrating with the GitHub API
Kyle Daigle, GitHub
GitHub’s API is used by organizations around the world to integrate their tools and processes with GitHub. During this session, I’ll focus on how GitHub and other organizations use the GitHub's API and webhooks to enhance their existing workflows within GitHub and allow for some new ones too.
Examples of how GitHub uses our own platform that we’ll work through:
Electron: Desktop Apps with Web Languages
Jessica Lord, GitHub
Electron is an open source library from GitHub that allows you to create desktop applications on three operating systems with HTML, CSS and JS rather than system-specific languages. This session will be two-part: an introduction to Electron and its ecosystem, followed by a talk and demonstration from Jibo, a team using Electron to animate a first-of-its-kind home robot.
The Importance of Positive Feedback
Enrique Mogollan, One Medical Group
How often do you get a good code review? How often do you give a good review in a pull request? What is a good code review?
In the tech community, giving positive and constructive feedback is the foundation in which we build a safe environment to learn, teach, and get better on writing code. It has been these environments which has made the Ruby community attractive for many people.
This talk will explain how to best give valuable feedback while pairing, in formal code reviews or in the pull request process. All audience levels are welcome.
GitHub Security Best Practices
Matt Duff, GitHub
GitHub Enterprise comes with numerous levers to pull to secure your installation in the way that works best for your organization. Matt will bring his experience from the field setting up GitHub Enterprise for companies of all sizes to guide you in setting up your installation to be both collaborative and secure.
Lynn Root, Spotify
At Spotify, my team struggled to be awesome. We had a very loose understanding of what product/service our squad was responsible for, and even less so of the expectations our internal and external customers had for those services. Other than “does our Facebook login work?”, we had no understanding of how our services we’re responsible for were doing. How many users actually sign up or log in with Facebook? How many users have connected their Spotify account with their Uber account? Do folks even use Spotify with Uber?
With a 2-month challenge period, my squad and I focused inward to establish those unanswered questions and to establish feedback loops and always-on dashboards. This talk will tell the story of how we chose which metrics are important for us to focus on, what technologies we have used and are using, and how we’ve iterated over our feedback loops to fine-tune what metrics we care about.
Git and GitHub Secrets
Patrick McKenna, GitHub
What do these secrets look like to someone who works at GitHub? There are a few ways to answer. In teaching others how to use Git and GitHub, we have found certain useful, well-documented features remain under-appreciated and under-used. In building GitHub, we have developed a few techniques for using the platform with maximum efficiency. This session aims to cover both "types" of secrets, with a bias for the practical over the esoteric.
Offline Web Apps on GitHub Pages
Myk Melez, Mozilla
GitHub Pages is a simple web host for static assets. And Offline Web Apps are designed to work well on devices without persistent network connections (and thus no hard dependencies on dynamic server-side logic).
Which means GitHub Pages would be a great place to host Offline Web Apps, if there was a way for them to ensure they'll be cached despite not having control over the web server configuration. Service Workers provides that missing piece.
Come see how Offline Web Apps hosted on GitHub Pages can use Service Workers to cache themselves consistently and persistently, including automatic, silent, and incremental updates, with graceful degradation on browsers that don't support them.
You'll learn what Service Workers are, find out how to integrate them into Grunt and Gulp toolchains, and see demos of Offline Web Apps on GitHub Pages surviving page reloads and browser restarts on disconnected devices.
Marco Annunziata, Chief Economist, GE
Co-founder & CEO
Chris Wanstrath co-founded GitHub in 2008 to make it easier to build software. Prior to GitHub, Chris briefly attended the University of Cincinnati before moving to San Francisco to work as a software developer at CNET Networks on GameSpot, TV.com, and Chow. He left CNET in 2007 to start his own business, which eventually led to GitHub.
A self-taught programmer, Chris has contributed to and published dozen of open source projects, written extensively about technical topics, and given talks at conferences all around the world. When he's not thinking about code or octocats he's probably making music or reading.
VP, Social Impact
Nicole Sanchez is GitHub's VP of Social Impact. She an organizational culture and management expert with over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining GitHub, she was CEO of Vaya Consulting, a firm focused on supporting tech companies on diversity and inclusion efforts.
Nicole holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. A self-described "people and culture geek," Nicole has worked in both the public and private sectors on issues of engaging communities in education access, technology, and civic participation.
Marco Annunziata is the Chief Economist of General Electric, responsible for the global economic analysis that guides GE’s business strategy. A member of the European Central Bank's Shadow Council and of the European Council of Economists, Annunziata has been featured on Bloomberg, CNBC, and in The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Annunziata arrived at GE in 2011 with a long track record in the financial sector, previously working at Unicredit, Deutsche Bank and the International Monetary Fund, where he researched emerging markets and the Eurozone. Annunziata confesses that he is "childishly proud" of his first book, The Economics of the Financial Crisis (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011). The book traces the global fiscal crisis back to a failure of common sense, in which so many of us played a part, and offers guidance for learning the right lessons from the outcomes.
Co-founder & Executive Director
Detroit Water Project
Tiffani Ashley Bell is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Water Project, a platform connecting donors from around the world to people in Detroit and Baltimore needing assistance with water bills.
Since its founding in late July 2014, the platform has collected over $230,000 in payments and is a Y Combinator-backed non-profit.
She was also a 2014 Code for America Fellow working with the City of Atlanta, GA and previously, was the CEO + founder of Pencil You In, enabling operate more efficiently by accepting appointments online.
Tiffani is a front and back-end developer working primarily with Ruby on Rails and iOS. Tiffani holds a BS in Computer Science from Howard University.
Chief Technology Officer
Kellan Elliott-McCrea ran engineering at Etsy for 5 years where he pioneered the company's widely respected learning-oriented engineering organization. During his tenure engineering grew 10x and the company grew from a tiny site to a billion dollar publicly traded B-corp. Previously he was Flickr's architect and helped scale the site during it's 5 years of explosive growth. He's passionate about software, social change, and chasing his toddler daughter around.
Pre-Production Software Architect, R&D
Dr. Michael B. Johnson has been at Pixar for over 20 years - he started as an intern in 1993 while working on his PhD at the MIT Media Lab.
He's a lead in Pixar's Studio Tools R&D department, where he has led groups responsible for the design, implementation and support of the pre-production pipeline for Pixar features and shorts. These areas includes Story, Editorial, Art, Production Management, and the Review process. His teams worked directly with the directors, editors, producers, production designers, art directors, artists and production groups who start the process of bringing Pixar stories to the screen.
As an individual contributor, Dr. Johnson wrote tools for all of Pixar's feature films (and many of their short films), including storyboarding, pre-viz, layout, animation, modeling, lighting, rendering, and editorial tools.
Before that, he led an early effort at Pixar in the Interactive Division to explore possibilities for storytelling and character construction.
Prior to Pixar, he attended the University of Illinois where he earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering. He studied abroad for a year in Swansea, Wales and also worked for NCSA, Thinking Machines, IBM and MIT’s Media Lab.
He completed his Masters of Science in Visual Studies and his PhD in Computer Graphics and Animation at the MIT Media Lab, where Dr. Edwin Catmull (founder of Pixar) was on his thesis committee. He lives in Oakland CA with his wife and daughter.
Dr. Yvonne Pendleton is an astrophysicist and the Director of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) headquartered at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. The institute coordinates the activities of 9 U.S. research teams (~300 scientists) and 9 international partners, proving that science teams need not reside int he same physical space.
Yvonne holds degrees in both Aerospace Engineering (B.A.E., Georgia Institute of Technology; M.S., Stanford University) and Astrophysics (M.S. and Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz). She has published more than 100 scientific papers, is an elected fellow of the California Academy of Science and has an asteroid named in honor of her research contributions (7165Pendleton).
Marianna runs the engineering organization at Docker, which actively contributes to the open source project and is also responsible for Docker’s commercial product offerings. Prior to Docker, she was a VP of engineering at VMware, where she led an engineering team developing various VMware vSphere subsystems as well as working with VMware’s tech ecosystem. Prior to VMware, Marianna was the VP of engineering for Ariba (now part of SAP). Before Ariba, Tessel was part of General Magic, starting there as an engineer and rising to vice president. Marianna holds a few technology patents.
Open Source Developer Advocate
Christine is a Developer Advocate on the Open Source team at Facebook, with previous Developer Advocacy roles with Parse and Facebook Platform. Prior to Facebook, Christine headed up engineering at Mshift, a mobile banking software provider, delivering iOS apps and mobile browser-based products. Prior experiences include co-founding Clickmarks, a mobile and enterprise middleware provider.
Named one of the top 25 most influential people in government and technology and Fed 50's Disruptor of the Year, described by the US Chief Technology Officer as one of "the baddest of the badass innovators," and winner of the Open Source People's Choice Award, Ben Balter is the Government Evangelist at GitHub — the world's largest software development network — where he leads the efforts to encourage adoption of open source philosophies, making all levels of government better, one repository at a time.
Previously, Ben was a member of the inaugural class of Presidential Innovation Fellows where he served as entrepreneur in residence reimagining the role of technology in brokering the relationship between citizens and government. Before that, he was a Fellow in the Office of the US Chief Information Officer within the Executive Office of the President where he was instrumental in drafting the President's Digital Strategy and Open Data Policy, on the SoftWare Automation and Technology (SWAT) Team, the White House’s first and only agile development team, and as a New Media Fellow, in the Federal Communications Commission's Office of the Managing Director where he played a central role in shaping the agency's reimagined web presence. His paper, Towards a More Agile Government was published in the Public Contract Law Journal, arguing that Federal IT Procurement should be more amenable to modern, agile development methods.
As an attorney passionate about the disruptive potential of technology, Ben holds a J.D. and an M.B.A. from the George Washington University and is a member of the DC Bar. When not trying to change the world, he enjoys tackling otherwise-impossible challenges to sharing information using nothing more than duct tape, version control, and occasionally a pack of bubblegum.
Brent Beer has used Git and GitHub for over 6 years through university classes, contributions to open source projects, and professionally as a web developer. While working as a trainer for GitHub, he also became a published author for O'Reilly. He now works as a sales engineer for GitHub and lives in San Francisco.
Peter is the founder of Wheelhouse.io - a company that is automating mentoring and delivering training solutions for GitHub clients. He wrote Introducing GitHub for O’Reilly with Brent Beer, created the Git and GitHub video series for Pearson and created the Mastering GitHub course on code school. He has also created or is creating content for Pluralsight, Udemy, Thinkful and OneMonth. He teaches Digital Literacy at Columbia Business School, co-founded the NY CTO School and founded the CTO Summit series for connecting top engineering leaders - including the upcoming NASDAQ CTO Summit in NY on 12/1/2015 (including a bell ringing ceremony!)
Product Marketing Manager
Traci Coffman is one of GitHub's Product Marketing Managers. She is an advocate for the coding community and has a heart for women in tech. In her spare time, she dabbles in excelorating her coding skills, converting her agile knowledge into GitHub flow and teaching ballroom dance.
Traci holds an undergraduate degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma. She is also a certified ScrumMaster and is working on her PMP certification.
Matt Colyer is a Product Manager at GitHub. He works on GitHub Enterprise where he translates customer needs into shippable product. Before GitHub, he was a founder of Easel a Y-Combinator backed startup that was acquired by GitHub in 2013. He has spent time as an engineer and systems administrator giving him perspective of what it's like to build and ship across the entire stack.
Lead Engineering Consultant
Dan Cundiff (@pmotch) is a Lead Engineering Consultant at Target Corporation working on api.target.com. He also started and continues to run GitHub Enterprise for Target. Dan enjoys automating everything and likes to exchange pro tips on infra automation, continuous integration, and continuous deployment.
Senior Platform Engineer
Kyle Daigle is an engineer at GitHub and helps build its API and webhooks. Before GitHub, he built and integrated APIs for banks, credit unions, realtors, and small businesses. Kyle is passionate about using APIs to enable teams to collaborate more effectively. Kyle lives in Connecticut with his wife and son and enjoys a crisp New England apple on a fall day.
Software Engineer and Tech Lead
Michael is a Software Engineer and Tech Lead at John Deere based in the European Technological Innovation Center (ETIC) in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
While at John Deere, Michael has worked on embedded displays for agricultural vehicles at several stages of product lifecycle. This includes prototyping and proof of concept work for next generation display features, production development as both member and Scrum master of a Scrum team, and a role as software integrator managing contributions from European, Indian and US based teams. Currently, he is the Tech Lead for a mobile development team.
Michael cares deeply about developer wellbeing and has been involved in driving the adoption of new developer centric technologies to John Deere, one of those being GitHub Enterprise.
Prior to joining John Deere, Michael worked as Software Engineer at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), in the Knowledge Management group. While there, he worked on the development of mobile apps for the semantic desktop, sensor data collection for academia, industry projects and generally lent a hand when he could.
After graduating from Durham University and before escaping to the Rhineland-Pfalz, Michael served a brief stint as a project manager for a Financial Services company in the City of London where he worked on a website focused on Ethical Investment.”
Matt joins us from the Implementations team at GitHub. Matt helps GitHub's Enterprise customers strike the right balance between diverse security needs and facilitating collaboration on GitHub's platform. Matt often finds himself finding the best french fries in each city he visits and spending time with his wife and four children in Utah.
Surya Gaddipati is DevOps engineer at Groupon. He has written software for large corporations, startups and everything in between over the past decade. He is excited to participate in developer tools revolution which is transforming software development from a dark art to a commodity accessible to everyone. He is also a Siberian cat enthusiast.
Director, Information Access Division
Geospatial Information Authority of Japan
Director of a division of the National Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, a national organization that conducts basic survey and mapping and instructs related organizations to clarify the conditions of land in Japan and that provides the results of surveys to promote the application of geospatial information, including further survey and mapping in municipal level.
His division has been operating a tile-based web map site titled “GSI Maps” (http://maps.gsi.go.jp/) since 2003. GSI Maps has been providing topographic maps, orthophotos, control point information, thematic maps so on, as GSI Tiles, open data in line with the open data strategy of the Government of Japan. GSI Maps are also used to share disaster information, such as conditions of land after and before disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, flood, volcano eruptions and so on, and are used for disaster relief. These days he is especially interested in vector tiles and open innovation, to increase the societal value of the service he is engaged in.
Hidenori received his Master’s degree in Mathematical Engineering and Information Physics from the University of Tokyo.
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer
Coder turned Post-It notes manager by day, craft beer and whiskey snob by night. Hailing from New Zealand, Josh has been with Travis CI since the beginning, when shite shirts and onsies were barely thought about. Now he helps place post-it notes on carefully crafted product roadmaps, while listening to only the best German polka music.
Open Source Lead
GitHub has changed the way open source is built, and Brandon is changing the way GitHub builds open source. An engineer by trade, he believes open source is a fundamental to building great products, and great products sustain healthy open source projects. He shares his endeavors on twitter as @bkeepers and on his blog at opensoul.org.
Developer Happiness Engineer
Christopher Lin is a Developer Happiness Engineer at Airbnb. He joined the company in 2011, when the team was small, there was zero structure, and everyone ran around like chickens with their heads cut off. Since then, he has helped scale the team to its current place, where chickens run around slightly more calmly and with somewhat more refined trajectories.
After working on many aspects of Airbnb's product and infrastructure, he now focuses on making Airbnb a great place to work as an engineer, writing and maintaining tools that enable an ever-expanding engineering team to work together without sacrificing prized cultural values like autonomy, speed, collaboration, celebration, and meme generation. He also led the organization of Airbnb's first three hackathons, which respectively featured a mariachi band, synchronized swimming team, and petting zoo.
Atom Software Engineer
Jessica Lord is a developer on the Atom team at GitHub. A former urban designer, Jessica came into open source by way of Code for America where she built open source tools for cities.
Technical Director, Palo Alto Research and Innovation Center
Ford Motor Company
Dragos Maciuca is the Technical Director & Senior Technical Leader at Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto. He is an experienced engineer and management professional, with more than 15 years of professional experience in Silicon Valley spanning a breadth of industries including automotive (BMW and Nissan), consumer electronics (Apple), semiconductor manufacturing (KLA-Tencor) and aerospace (Lockheed Martin). He has extensive experience advising startups, developing and commercializing products, collaborating with universities and leading cross-functional teams. Dragos holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Haas School of Business.
Patrick started with Git and GitHub while developing software for a neutrino physics lab. In prior years, he spent a great deal of time tutoring high school and college students in a variety of subjects. Now, as a member of GitHub's Training team, he enjoys helping others understand the power and beauty of Git and GitHub.
Principal Software Architect
Myk is a Principal Software Architect and in-house entrepreneur at Mozilla, where he nurtures nascent initiatives and bridges the gap between promising experiments and shipping products. He's been a Mozillian since 1999 and has contributed to PluotSorbet, Open Web Apps, Firefox OS Simulator, Jetpack, Raindrop, Snowl, Personas, Firefox, Thunderbird, and Bugzilla. He's just a cook. He's all out of bubblegum.
Deputy Section Manager
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
David has been developing software for over 30 years, and is currently co-managing an organization of 200 engineers and scientists involved in operating some of NASA’s most successful robotic spacecraft exploring the Solar System and beyond. His software helped plan the Mars Pathfinder mission that put the first ever rover on Mars in the late 1990s, and is planning observations for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope today. David is a developer advocate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, where he is helping to change the culture of collaboration across the organization, and is working to modernize the state of software development for the Lab’s eleven hundred software developers.
One Medical Group
Enrique has been passionate about writing code since high school. His experience as software engineer ranges from backend and web applications to integrations and open source projects. He is a big fan of pair programming and believes that collaborative environments are the key to promote quality code and improve software design. Enrique was born and raised in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, he received his Master’s degree from the University of Valencia, Spain. He enjoys traveling, reading, running and he’s learning how to juggle.
Executive Director of Software Engineering
Himagiri (Hima) Mukkamala is Executive Director of Software Engineering in GE Software. He is responsible for leading the Predix™ engineering organization to deliver high quality software iteratively using Agile & Scrum principles. Predix™ is GE’s software platform for Industrial Internet and includes horizontal components and application frameworks for building customer facing solutions. In his previous role at Sybase, Hima led various groups in the Mobile Platform organization and played a significant part in the successful acquisition by SAP.
Abhi Nemani is a writer, speaker, organizer, and technologist. He most recently served as the first Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles, where he led the city's efforts to build an open and data-driven LA.
Before joining the city, he helped build, launch, and run the national non-profit, Code for America, a technology organization dedicated to reinventing government for the 21st century. Abhi led CfA’s product strategy as its teams tackled local government challenges ranging from transparency and business licensing to food stamps and public safety. He also led the organization's efforts to scale through building multiple new programs: a first-of-its-kind civic startup accelerator, an international volunteer corps, and a collaborative network for hundreds of government innovators. Additionally, Abhi developed the organization’s policy portfolio — working hand-in-hand with area experts and local leaders — to enact over 30 municipal policy reforms on topics including open data, healthcare, and procurement.
Abhi is a Member of the Board of Directors for the OpenGov Foundation, a member of the Board of Advisors of Significance Labs, and has served as Innovator-in-Residence at GovDelivery.
Previously, Abhi worked for Google, developing social engagement strategies, the Rose Institute, managing multiple local government transparency research teams, and the Center for American Progress, focusing on connecting a national network of public-minded advocates. He graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with a honors degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), and studied political philosophy and rhetoric as the University of Oxford.
Abhi's work has been featured in the New York Times, Government Technology, Government Executive, and Forbes, and he has been featured as a speaker at SxSW, the World Bank, and various universities and conferences around the world.
Program Manager, Visual Studio Online
Saeed has been writing software for 20 years, using a variety of version control systems: Visual SourceSafe, Source Depot, Perforce, TFVC, Mercurial, and Git. He is currently a program manager on the Visual Studio Online team at Microsoft, focused on making the Git service scale for VSO’s largest enterprise customers. He is very passionate about engineering systems, and bringing the best engineering tools to some of the largest and most complex codebases in the world. Outside of work, he enjoys rock climbing, road biking, and music.
Rick Olson is a GitHub engineer, working on a better way to build software. When not obsessing over REST APIs, he pretends to be a DJ for his friends and coworkers. Rick lives in Boulder, CO with his wife, son, and two cats.
Teddy is a Security Engineer at Facebook developing production security tools. He is very passionate about trustworthy, safe, and secure code development. He loves open source and collaborative engineering when scale, resiliency, and performance enable defensive and protective software design. Teddy has published at security conferences on trusted computing, hardware trusted systems, UAVs, competition game theory, and other security-related research.
Lynn is an insomniac software engineer for Spotify, founder of the San Francisco Chapter of PyLadies as well as the BDFL for PyLadies, board member of the Python Software Foundation, and member of the Django Software Foundation.
Senior Group Manager
Samir Shah is a Senior Group Manager at Target where he is responsible for building Data Science Platform enabling data scientist to run machine-learning algorithms at scale. Prior to Target, he worked at DemandTec where he led platform and architecture team on which award winning pricing management system was built. IBM acquired DemandTec in 2011.
Technical Lead GitHub Solutions
Lars holds the position "Technical Lead GitHub Solutions" at Autodesk and works out of Berlin, Germany. Just recently he took the challenging task to move source code written by more than 4000 engineers over the last 20 years to GitHub. He also is the author of the ShowInGitHub Xcode plugin and added Git LFS support to the Git-Perforce importer "git-p4". Lars is a blogger-to-be, an avid kiteboarder, and would be happy to get in touch with you on Twitter (@kit3bus).
Developer Happiness Engineer
Igor is a Developer Happiness Engineer at Airbnb. As part of this role, he has spent a lot of time thinking about how to improve developer tooling to keep a rapidly-scaling team shipping with as little friction as possible. Prior to this current stint, he has helped to create the monitoring, configuration management, and service connectivity components of Airbnb.
Allen, a seasoned educator with a background in web development and creative services, delights in uncovering new ways version control empowers content authors. He brings his knack for connecting the proverbial dots in educating on all thing Git and GitHub.
Co-founder & CEO
James is the co-founder and CEO of Bugsnag, the leading active error monitoring service for web, mobile, and desktop applications. Bugsnag processes more than 250 milllion events per day for companies like Slack, Square, CBS, Pandora, and Shopify.
James was born in London, UK, and attended the University of Bath. He previously co-founded and built Sponsor-Me, the first social donation application for the Facebook platform, and later created WeGot.tv, a media discovery website that was acquired in 2009. From 2009 to 2012, James led the product team as the CTO of Heyzap, helping scale the company to more than 8 million users.
Kakul Srivastava is VP of Product Management at GitHub. She is a tech entrepreneur focused on building companies that empower people and create community. Kakul has helped build some of the best loved consumer tech products -- Adobe's Photoshop line of software, Flickr, Yahoo! Messenger, and Yahoo! Mail. She was the founder and CEO of Tomfoolery, Inc., a start-up dedicated to making beautiful social apps for work. Tomfoolery was bought by Yahoo in 2014. Kakul is a graduate of MIT with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, and also holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. She serves as Co-Chair on the Board of Cure Violence, a non-profit dedicated to stopping violence in some of the world’s most high-risk communities, and is an active volunteer, advising in official and unofficial roles, to a number of start-ups and non-profits. She lives in SF with her husband and two children.
Steve works for Atlassian and has been a developer for over 20 years, a mix of commercial and open source. Currently a contributor to Git LFS, prior projects included creating SourceTree for Mac & Windows, 3D graphics development (founded open source engine Ogre3D), enterprise software, early devops systems, and originally mainframes. Happy to bore you with stories of publishing code on FTP sites in the 90s.
Ben Toews is an application security engineer at GitHub. He works on security features in addition to identifying and fixing security vulnerabilities in GitHub.com. Prior to GitHub, Ben worked in software development as well as in security consulting, performing application and network pentests.
Co-founder & VP, Engineering
Danny is a engineer, data geek, and friendly human. He is co-founder and VP Engineering at Remix, helping cities around the world plan better public transit. Previously, Danny was a fellow at Code for America working with the GIS group in the city of Charlotte, NC. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with him if you want to chat about bus systems, software development, or data visualization.
Join us at Pier 70—the perfect spot for a celebration. Pier 70 is located at 420 22nd Street in San Francisco’s rapidly growing Dogpatch neighborhood.
Attendees are encouraged to use public transit, taxis, ride shares, or bikes. Bike valet will be available free of charge at Pier 70. There is no parking provided at Pier 70.
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