Speaker Line-Up 2018

ScaleConf New Zealand - Peter Sbarski

Peter Sbarski

VP of Engineering at A Cloud Guru - AWS Community Hero

Peter Sbarski is VP of Engineering at A Cloud Guru and the organizer of Serverlessconf, the world’s first conference dedicated entirely to serverless architectures and technologies. His work at A Cloud Guru allows him to work with, talk and write about serverless architectures, cloud computing, and AWS. He has written a book called Serverless Architectures on AWS and is currently collaborating on another book called Serverless Design Patterns with Tim Wagner and Yochay Kiriaty.

Peter is always happy to talk about cloud computing and AWS, and can be found at conferences and meetups throughout the year. He helps to organize Serverless Meetups in Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, and is always keen to share his experience working on interesting and innovative cloud projects.

Peter’s passions include serverless technologies, event-driven programming, back end architecture, microservices, and orchestration of systems. Peter holds a PhD in Computer Science from Monash University, Australia.


Serverless in Practice

ScaleConf New Zealand - Josh Kalderimis

Josh Kalderimis

Co-founder and VP of Product at Travis CI

Josh is the co-founder and VP of Product at Travis CI, the leading hosted Continuous Integration system. Born in Wellington, and now based in San Francisco, Josh spends his days playing with Post Its and drinking hipster coffee. While Travis CI is headquartered in Berlin, the team is highly distributed, just like its infrastructure. A Ruby developer at heart, Josh has done a little bit of everything, from coding to marketing to talking about himself in the third person, but at the end of the day, is mind is buzzing with everything related to user onboarding, pricing, and product.


When two platforms become one : the complexities of merging 6 years of data

Vinu Charanya

Senior Software Engineer at Twitter

Vinu Charanya is a Senior Software Engineer on the Cloud Infrastructure Management team at Twitter. In her 3+ years at Twitter, she has lead various projects such as Chargeback, Resource Provisioning, Identity Manager, Kite - Lifecycle Manager. She and her team focus on simplifying provisioning of platform resources while at the same time ensure efficient utilization of resources within Twitter.

She has presented at numerous technical conferences and is a regular speaker at community events. Vinu received her Masters in Computer Science and Engineering from University at Buffalo where she worked as a Research Assistant on Phone lab -- a large scale distributed smartphone testbed project.


How Twitter built a framework to improve infrastructure utilization and efficiency at scale

ScaleConf New Zealand - Josh Kalderimis

Mark Pascall

Co-founder & Director at Blockchainlabs.nz

Mark has spent the last twenty years immersed in complex internet-based technology solutions. He is passionate about helping organisations to understand emerging technology trends and their potential for business transformation. He has presented at conferences all over New Zealand on topics including the Internet of Things, digital disruption and the Blockchain.

He is currently director co-founder Blockchainlabs.nz and the President of the Blockchain Association of New Zealand. He has been Blockchain trainer at Tech Futures Lab and was part of the SingularityU New Zealand local faculty training.



Davey Cheney

Staff engineer at Heptio

David is a Staff Engineer at Heptio, a Seattle based company focused on helping developers become more productive using Kubernetes. Before to joining Heptio he worked at Atlassian, Canonical, and the Australian Government, in a variety of cloud infrastructure roles. Prior to these roles he had a long career in the operations and system administration space for Australian startups RedBubble, MailGuard, and Aconex.

He is an open source contributor and project member for the Go programming language. David is a well-respected voice within the tech community, speaking on a variety of topics such as software design, performance, and the Go programming language. He lives in Sydney, Australia and is damn proud of it!


Lesson learnt building Heptio Contour

ScaleConf New Zealand - Josh Kalderimis

Seth Vargo

Developer Advocate at Google

Seth Vargo is a Developer Advocate at Google. Previously he worked at HashiCorp, Chef Software, CustomInk, and a few Pittsburgh-based startups. He is the author of Learning Chef and is passionate about reducing inequality in technology. When he is not writing, working on open source, teaching, or speaking at conferences, Seth enjoys spending time with his friends and advising non-profits.


DevOps vs SRE - Get off my lawn

ScaleConf New Zealand - Maximiliano Firtman

Maximiliano Firtman

Founder & Director at ITMaster Academy

Maximiliano Firtman (@firt) is a mobile and web developer, trainer, speaker, and author. Max teaches mobile HTML5, PWAs and performance trainings for top companies around the world. The founder of ITMaster Academy, Max is a well-known professional in the mobile web community with dozens of articles and online courses published. He has authored many books, including Programming the Mobile Web and High Performance Mobile Web, published by O’Reilly Media. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and many other events around the world.


Hacking Web Performance & Progressive Web Apps workshop (basic)

ScaleConf New Zealand - Anthony Leverington

Anthony Leverington

Country Manager for ANZ at NGINX

Anthony Leverington is the Country Manager for ANZ for NGINX based in Melbourne. Anthony brings with him over 20 years of experience in sales and pre-sales from companies like Amazon Web Services, VMWare, Telstra, and ANZ Bank, to name a few. His extensive experience in business development, account management, corporate infrastructure analysis, architecture, design and implementation plays a vital role in growing NGINX’s market share in the Australia market, particularly with enterprise customers, and strategic cloud-based systems integrators.


High Availability Microservices: Load Balancing In The World of Ingress and Service Mesh

Kumar Srinivasamurthy

Principal Group Engineering Manager at Bing - Microsoft Corp

Kumar works at Microsoft and has been in the online services world for several years. He currently runs the Bing and Cortana Live site/Production team. For the last several years, he has focused on growing the culture around live site quality, incident response and management, service hardening, availability, performance, capacity, SLA metrics, DRI/SRE development and educating teams on how to build services that run at scale.


My service runs at 99.999%. Tweets about outages are fake: It's our competition trying to malign us!

ScaleConf New Zealand - Ado Kukic

Ado Kukic

Full-stack developer and developer evangelist at Auth0

Ado is a full-stack developer and developer evangelist at Auth0. Mixing his passion of programming and education, he creates tutorials, courses, gives talks and workshops, and creates other educational content focusing on security, authentication, and much more. On the front-end, he prefers Angular, while on the backend he flip-flops between Node.js and Golang.


A Token Walks Into a SPA...

Hugh Walcott

CTO at StrataMap.io

Hugh is the creator of StrataMap.io, a platform for navigating complex systems used by government, enterprises and ICT vendors. As a former consulting architect and engineer, Hugh now looks to disrupt the way human and technology systems are viewed and maintained to help solve the biggest problems we face.


Scaling the clouds - a design approach

ScaleConf New Zealand - Regan Murphy

Regan Murphy

Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft NZ

Regan is part of the worldwide Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) team at Microsoft, but based in Auckland, NZ. The CSE team has a focus across all development areas, with Regan specialising in Data Platform and Machine Learning. Like the rest of the CSE Team, Regan loves technology, gadgets, and the promise of new things to come - including #mixedreality. Regan also likes beer. Craft beer. Wine too. To offset the beer and wine, Regan runs. Running is also a nice way to sightsee when travelling.


Move legacy apps to Windows Containers to take advantage of modern infrastructure and orchestration

ScaleConf New Zealand - Shumin Zhou

Shumin Zhou

Database administrator & Developer at FMG

Shumin Zhou is a database administrator/developer at FMG. She has many years of experience working as an Oracle and SQL Server DBA across several industries. She likes to write scripts to automate tasks to help her manage large number of environments effectively and efficiently, and also to enable others to help themselves. A colleague once said she would automate herself out of her job one day. Well, if only it were that easy!


How we automated our test database restores

ScaleConf New Zealand - Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones

Lead Consultant at ThoughtWorks

Andrew Jones is a self-taught software developer and consultant, currently based in Melbourne. He has worked in startups, non-profits and enterprise environments in a variety of roles, with his most recent roles requiring cloud and data architecture specialties so as to help organisations unlock the value in their data.

Andrew has skills and interests across a wide variety of languages including Clojure, Javascript, Golang, and Ruby, tools like Ansible and Puppet, and platforms like AWS. He is equally comfortable working with infrastructure or on front-end code. He is very active in the Melbourne Devops community as organiser of, and regular presenter at the DevOps Melbourne Meetup and a member of the devopsdays Melbourne 2015 conference organising committee.


Data patterns catalogue: simplifying the journey from monolith to modern data architectures

ScaleConf New Zealand - Daniel McClelland

Daniel McClelland

Technical Lead at Trade Me

Daniel is a Technical Lead at Trade Me. He loves automating things, and doing whatever it takes to accelerate the delivery of shippable software. In past roles, he's tested enterprise software, mobile apps, wearables, TVs and much more. He's also a semi-professional musician, look him up on your favourite streaming services to check out his Beach Boys-inspired pop/rock.


Making test automation observable

ScaleConf New Zealand - Diana Omuoyo

Diana Omuoyo

Performance Engineering Specialist

I am a specialist in applicationand systems architecture - with a specialty in Performance Engineering and Application / Systems Tuning, System / Infrastructure Optimization and an avid advocate for DevOps initiatives supporting Continuous Delivery. Over the last few years I have been focussing on Research && delivery of CI for Performance and introducing open source tooling as well as DevOps methodologies into the Performance Engineering space. I have and continue to work on the implementation of Performance Testing/Engineering Technical practices aimed at providing quality, efficiency and cost-effective ways to clients' software Performance requirements – including but not limited to risk analysis, test execution, application & system tuning and application monitoring solutions.


Architecting for Performance in the Cloud

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