Speaker:
Julian Guthrie
Author of "How to Make a Spaceship"

Julian Guthrie is an award-winning journalist who spent twenty years at the San Francisco Chronicle and has been published by The Wall Street Journal, Time, The Huffington Post, and others. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller, How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight, with a foreword by Richard Branson and an afterword by Stephen Hawking. The book, just out in paperback, tells the story of Peter Diamandis and his dream of creating a private path to space, the launch of the XPRIZE, and the teams that joined in the hunt to try to make history and launch an industry. The WSJ wrote of the book, “If you admire those who aim really high, How to Make a Spaceship belongs on your bookshelf. [It] offers a rousing anthem to the urge to explore.” How to Make A Spaceship has been optioned for television, and will be produced by Danny Strong and Fox.

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Last Year's Tracks

Monday, 13 November

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Architectural practices from the world's most well-known properties, featuring startups, massive scale, evolving architectures, and software tools used by nearly all of us.

  • DevOps: You Build It, You Run It

    Pushing DevOps beyond adoption into cultural change. Hear about designing resilience, managing alerting, CI/CD lessons, & security. Features lessons from open source, Linkedin, Netflix, Financial Times, & more. 

  • Performance Mythbusting

    Real world, applied performance proofs across stacks. Hear performance consideratiosn for .NET, Python, & Java. Learn performance use cases with OpenJ9, Instagram, and Netflix. 

  • 21st Century Languages

    Compile to Native, Microservices, Machine learning... tailor-made languages solving modern challenges, featuring use cases around Go, Rust, C#, and Elm.

  • Beyond Being an Individual Contributor

    Beyond being an individual contributor. Building and Evolving managers and tech leadership.

  • The Practice & Frontiers of AI

    Learn about machine learning in practice and on the horizon. Learn about ML at Quora, Uber's Michelangelo, ML workflow with Netflix Meson and topics on Bots, Conversational interfaces, automation, and deployment practices in the space.

  • Speaker AMAs (Ask Me Anything)

Tuesday, 14 November

Wednesday, 15 November

  • The Art of Chaos Engineering

    Failure is going to happen - Are you ready? Chaos engineering is an emerging discipline - What is the state of the art?

  • Going Serverless

    Learn about the state of Serverless & how to successfully leverage it! Lessons learned in the track hit on security, scalability, IoT, and offer warnings to watch out for.

  • Security: Attacking and Defending

    Offense and defensive security evolution that application developers should know about including SGX Enclaves, effects of AI, software exploitation techniques, & crowd defense

  • Modern CS in the Real World

    Applied trends in Computer Science that are likely to affect Software Engineers today. Topics include category theory, crypto, CRDT's, logic-based automated reasoning, and more.

  • Web as Platform

    All things Browser, from JavaScript Frameworks for animation and AR / VR to Web Assembly and from protocol work to open standards evolution.

  • Building Great Engineering Cultures

    Why engineering culture matters. Track features org scaling, memes as a culture tool, Ally skills, and panels on diversity / inclusion. 

  • Speaker AMAs (Ask Me Anything)

Conference for Professional Software Developers