Ben Watson
Principal Software Engineer @Microsoft focused on High-Performance .NET

Ben Watson has been a software engineer at Microsoft since 2008. As a core developer of the Bing platform, he has been integral in building one of the world’s leading .NET-based, high-performance server applications, handling high-volume, low-latency requests across tens of thousands of machines for millions of customers. He is passionate about performance and spends much of his time educating teams on best-practices in high-performance .NET. In his spare time, he enjoys geocaching, LEGO, reading, classical music, and spending time with his wife and children outdoors in the beautiful Pacific northwest. He is the author of the books Writing High-Performance .NET Code and C# 4.0 How-To.

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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)