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Track: Speaker AMAs (Ask Me Anything)

Location: Boardroom C

Day of week: Tuesday

QCon has 18 technical and 4 sponsored tracks across the three conference days. 

Each of the technical tracks represents a vertical conference focused on a technology or trend in software. Often times, important concentrations develop at the conference outside of those tracks. The AMAs are a way to address these microtracks or just to get your questions answered with popular speakers. The idea with the AMAs is to create a space for general Q&A around these topics and speakers. 

AMA are an informal gathering for Q&A. Bring your questions for in-depth conversations with QCon speakers.

Track Host: Wes Reisz

QCon SF Chair, Host of the InfoQ Podcast, & VP of Technology @SectionIO

Wesley Reisz is the VP of Technology at Section (an Edge Compute Platform focused on rethinking how the edge is used in DevOps-focused application development). Wes also chairs the LFEdge Landscape Working Group and the San Francisco edition of QCon.

Before joining Section, Wes served as the product owner for all of the English speaking QCon conferences worldwide, was a principal architect with HP Enterprise Systems, and, for over 13 years, taught as an adjunct professor for the University of Louisville (Go Cards!).

At HPE, Wes’ primary roles supported the US Army’s Human Resources (HRC), Recruiting, and Cadet Support Commands based at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Wes was the Principal Architect for US Army Cadet Command and was known for championing, building, and deploying enterprise portal and identity solutions used by Army Recruiting.

In addition to Wes’ current roles, he co-hosts a weekly podcast called The InfoQ Podcast. The InfoQ Podcast serves senior early adopter/early majority developers and architects with interviews from some of software’s most important thought leaders. The podcast has been downloaded over 1.5 million times and has a weekly listener base of around 14K.

10:35am - 11:25am

AMA w/ Grady Booch

Grady Booch, Co-Creator of UML & Chief Scientist for Software Engineering @IBMResearch

11:50am - 12:40pm

AMA w/ Charles Humble & the InfoQ Editors

Charles Humble, Editor-in-chief,

1:40pm - 2:30pm

Data Consistency Considerations AMA

Sugu Sougoumarane, Co-Founder / CTO @planetscaledata & Co-Creator @vitessio
Chris Anderson, Director of Developer Evangelism @fauna

2:55pm - 3:45pm

Decomposing the Monolith AMA w/ McVeigh & Kaiser

Andrew McVeigh, Former VP Architecture @hulu
Susanne Kaiser, Independent Tech Consultant, previously CTO @JustSocialApps

4:10pm - 5:00pm

Mob Programming Mini-workshop

Mob Programming is the whole team working on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer. In this session, we will live code using mob programming. You’ll leave with enough knowledge to mob program when you get back to work.

Richard Kasperowski, Author of The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness

5:25pm - 6:15pm

Deep Learning AMA w/ Ameisen, Tiwari, & Cherukuri

Emmanuel Ameisen, Head of AI @InsightDataSci
Mitul Tiwari, CTO @PassageAI
Chakri Cherukuri, Senior Researcher in the Quantitative Financial Research Group @Bloomberg

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