Speaker: Alan Blount

Software Engineer @Google

Alan Blount has been a web application developer since 2000 and loves learning and teaching tech skill (aka. superpowers).   

Before starting at Google as a Sr. Technical Solutions Consultant, Alan worked as a Tech Lead (and a variety of other titles) for eltoro.com and alliedhealtmedia.com - helping build startups into successful companies and working in many different technologies and infrastructures.  Development was mostly web-based scripting languages, monoliths, microservices, and ETL. Infrastructure became DevOps with configuration management, cloud deployments, and containerized orchestration.
Alan cares about “the craft of software development” and firmly believes that anyone who wants to, can learn the tools of the trade.  The most important traits are enthusiasm, curiosity, and imagination.  

Current topics Alan is excited about are Elixir/Go, Docker+Kubernetes, and machine learning w/ TensorFlow.  He is an evangelist for many technologies and processes including git, React, Node, Docker, DevOps / CI / CD, microservices & serverless, ETL, Testing / TDD / BDD.   

When not on a computer, Alan and family like to hike, camp, rock climb, and play ultimate frisbee, ping-pong, and board games. Alan recently moved to Boulder Colorado, and is looking forward to snowboarding this winter.

Tracks

  • Practices of DevOps & Lean Thinking

    Practical approaches using DevOps and a lean approach to delivering software.

  • Microservices Patterns & Practices

    What's the last mile for deploying your service? Learn techniques from the world's most innovative shops on managing and operating Microservices at scale.

  • Bare Knuckle Performance

    Killing latency and getting the most out of your hardware

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Next-gen architectures from the most admired companies in software, such as Netflix, Google, Facebook, Twitter, & more

  • Machine Learning for Developers

    AI/ML is more approachable than ever. Discover how deep learning and ML is being used in practice. Topics include: TensorFlow, TPUs, Keras, PyTorch & more. No PhD required.

  • Production Readiness: Building Resilient Systems

    Making systems resilient involves people and tech. Learn about strategies being used from chaos testing to distributed systems clustering.

  • Regulation, Risk and Compliance

    With so much uncertainty, how do you bulkhead your organization and technology choices? Learn strategies for dealing with uncertainty.

  • Languages of Infrastructure

    This track explores languages being used to code the infrastructure. Expect practices on toolkits and languages like Cloudformation, Terraform, Python, Go, Rust, Erlang.

  • Building & Scaling High-Performing Teams

    To have a high-performing team, everybody on it has to feel and act like an owner. Organizational health and psychological safety are foundational underpinnings to support ownership.

  • Evolving the JVM

    The JVM continues to evolve. We’ll look at how things are evolving. Covering Kotlin, Clojure, Java, OpenJDK, and Graal. Expect polyglot, multi-VM, performance, and more.

  • Trust, Safety & Security

    Privacy, confidentiality, safety and security: learning from the frontlines.

  • JavaScript & Transpiler/WebAssembly Track

    JavaScript is the language of the web. Latest practices for JavaScript development in and how transpilers are affecting the way we work. We’ll also look at the work being done with WebAssembly.

  • Living on the Edge: The World of Edge Compute From Device to Application Edge

    Applied, practical & real-world deep-dive into industry adoption of OS, containers and virtualization, including Linux on.

  • Software Supply Chain

    Securing the container image supply chain (containers + orchestration + security + DevOps).

  • Modern CS in the Real World

    Thoughts pushing software forward, including consensus, CRDT's, formal methods & probabilistic programming.

  • Tech Ethics: The Intersection of Human Welfare & STEM

    What does it mean to be ethical in software? Hear how the discussion is evolving and what is being said in ethics.

  • Optimizing Yourself: Human Skills for Individuals

    Better teams start with a better self. Learn practical skills for IC.

  • Modern Data Architectures

    Today’s systems move huge volumes of data. Hear how places like LinkedIn, Facebook, Uber and more built their systems and learn from their mistakes.