About Devopsdays Austin

- May 2016

DevOpsDays Austin is in its fifth year! Every year has been bigger than the last - more DevOps luminaries, great talks, fun attendees, and general awesomeness. And this year is no exception. In fact, the event is moving to the ultimate "everything's bigger in Texas" venue, the Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium on the University of Texas campus. We're adding a third content track and a hackathon (see below) to make sure there's an intense amount of things for the developers of DevOps to do! And so that DevOpsDays isn't just a one-time-a-year event, we are inviting all the local technical user groups (also see below) and giving them space to present something uniquely from their area or just connect with more people.

At DevOpsDays, the mornings are for keynotes and presentations, panels, and lightning talks from experienced DevOps practitioners from here in Austin as well as leading minds from around the world. Then the afternoons are run as openspaces, where we talk about what YOU want to talk about! And in the evenings, you can bet there will be some great fun events.

Please consider having your company sponsor DevOpsDays Austin. Sponsorships get you great exposure and help us provide all the food, drink, giveaways, shirts, and fun events we can to the attendees and speakers of the DevOps world. You get some free tickets and a booth to interact with the conference goers. And this year, sponsors can even get luxury box suites, or the ultimate branding opportunity, their name up on the stadium's "Godzillatron!"

We <3 User Groups

We are shaking things up with a new venue, and that means more possibilities! Not only will we open the program up to 3 tracks, we want to provide local user groups with an opportunity to engage with many people in the local tech community.

We will have a suite dedicated just for User Groups to publicize their existence and mingle/present with attendees of Devopsdays Austin! For more information about having your favorite user group be involved, contact Katelyn at: organizers-austin-2016@devopsdays.org.

"Make DevOps Better" Hackathon

We are pleased to announce a new addition to DevOpsDays Austin 2016: a hackathon. Join developers, ops engineers and others from around the country to show off your mad tech skills while earning bragging rights and lots of sweet prizes (think $$$$). Hackathon participation is limited, so indicate interest when registering for DevOpsDays and receive updates from the hackathon organizers.


Hacking will start after lunch on Day 1 and we'll have final presentations during the afternoon of Day 2. Final presentations will consist of a 3 minute demo from each team and winners will get announced after that.

Sign Up for the Hackathon!

  • Team size: 2-4
  • Fresh code (we trust you on this, honor system)
  • You are encouraged to use open source projects, libraries and frameworks
  • No PowerPoint slides, just the working demo
  • Be awesome and have fun
Judging criteria
  • Significance of DevOps problem addressed and solved
  • How common is the problem
  • How much time is lost due to the problem
  • How difficult is it to solve the problem
  • Originality & Innovation
  • Working demo!!

$2000 in cash prizes

Contact Joe and Revanth for more hackathon details by emailing: organizers-austin-2016@devopsdays.org.

Devopsdays Austin 2016 will be held at

Darrell K. Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium

The conference facilities at Darrell K. Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium offer large rooms for the keynotes and the ability to have multiple concurrent tracks. Additionally, breakout sessions can be more isolated and will have better noise control that previous years at the Marchesa.

Enter the stadium at gate 16 (north entrance). Registration will be at the entrance of gate 16.

Need a place to stay? Take a look at:

Hampton Inn & Suites Austin @ The University/Capitol
1701 Lavaca Street
Austin, Texas, 78701

Looking for a place to park?

Manor Garage
2017 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712
$18/day, $15 for 4-8 hours (see more rates)

San Jacinto Garage
2401 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78705
$18/day, $15 for 4-8 hours (see more rates)

For more parking garage options on the UT campus, click here.

2016 Videos/Slides

Day 1

Day 1 Keynote: 2016 State of DevOps

Speaker: Ernest Mueller
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Core Track Talk: The Best Infrastructure is the One That Doesn't Exist: Building Serverless Apps

Speaker: Jeff Nunn
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Culture Track Talk: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Empathy: You’re a DevOps Natural

Speaker: Dave Magnot
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Containers Track Talk: Mesos in Production

Speaker: Alan Scherger
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Core Track Talk: 10 questions you should answer before building a new microservice

Speaker: Brian Kelly
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Culture Track Talk: Community, the secret ingredient for DevOps

Speaker: Nathen Harvey
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Containers Track Talk: Sk8ting on Thin Ice: Crash Course in Kubernetes & Security

Speaker: Matt Johansen
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Core Track Talk: DevOps Meets APIs - Model once. Benefit everywhere.

Speaker: Marc MacLeod
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Culture Track Talk: The Ops Must Be Crazy - Hack Your Team's Ops Culture With One Weird Trick

Speaker: Nick Silkey
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Containers Track Talk: Continuously Delivering Microservices in Kubernetes using Jenkins

Speaker: Sandeep Parikh
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Ignite: A Developer's Progress: The mistaeks that have made me who I am

Speaker: Chris Edwards
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Ignite: Being an introvert and at a conference, not as hellish as you think it is.

Speaker: JJ Asghar
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Ignite: 17th Century Shipbuild and Your Failed Software Project

Speaker: Pete Cheslock
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Ignite: ChatOps for Developers and Everyone Else, Too

Speaker: Lee Fox
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Ignite: How Do I Even Swarm?

Speaker: Everett Toews
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Ignite: Rugged Enterprise DevSecNetQAGovOps

Speaker: Nathen Harvey
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Day 2

Day 2 Keynote: The R.O.A.D. to DevOps

Speaker: Dan Glass
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Core Track Talk: Safely Removing the Last Roadblock to Continuous Delivery

Speaker: Shannon Lietz
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Culture Track Talk: DevOps for Normals - what’s happening as donkeys adopt DevOps

Speaker: Michael Coté
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Containers Track Talk: Easing Your Way Into Docker: Lessons From a Journey to Production

Speaker: Steve Woodruff
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Core Track Talk: Compliance as Code

Speaker: Matt Ray
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Culture Track Talk: You Don't Belong Here: Dealing with Impostor Syndrome

Speaker: Jody Wolfborn
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Containers Track Talk: Serverless Microservices on AWS with API Gateway and Lambda

Speaker: Matt Barlow
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Core Track Talk: Why Analytics Fail

Speaker: Elizabeth (Betsy) A. Nichols
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Culture Track Talk: Fail Proof Ways to Run Beautiful Tests Regardless Of Browser Choice

Speaker: Kevin Berg
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Containers Track Talk: Orchestrating multi-container apps: How I came to love the pod

Speaker: Bill Maxwell
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Ignite: DevOps or NoOps

Speaker: RC Johnson
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Ignite: The Cynefin Model for Operational Transformation

Speaker: Dave Mangot
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Ignite: Blameless System Design

Speaker: Douglas Land
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Ignite: Real Heroes Draw Pictures

Speaker: Derek E. Weeks
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Ignite: No Assholes

Speaker: Boyd Hemphill
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Ignite: Terraform to go from Zero to Prod in less than 1 month and THEN ...

Speaker: Satish Kumar
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Ignite: An ElasticSearch Cluster Named George Armstrong Custer

Speaker: Will Button
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Open Mic Ignite: The Power of #DadOps for women in tech

Speaker: Amanda Whaley
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Open Mic Ignite: This is a Tire Fire

Speaker: Shaun Mouton
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Open Mic Ignite: Open Infrastructure = ANY Infrastructure

Speaker: Rob Hirschfield


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Austin hosts one of the leading annual DevOpsDays events, now in its fifth year. With 500+ attendees in 2015, it was one of the best attended DevOpsDays events ever. Sponsoring DevOpsDays connects your company to local technical and business minds who influence decisions in security, monitoring, operations, engineering, quality, and product development. DevOpsDays Austin offers the following sponsorship packages for 2016, held May 2-3 in the Texas Memorial Stadium on the University of Texas campus. For more questions on sponsorships, please email us at sponsors-austin-2016@devopsdays.org

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Code of Conduct

Important Contact Information

  • Email address for organizers: organizers-austin-2016@devopsdays.org
  • Local law enforcement: City of Austin Police - call 911
  • Sexual assault hotline: SafePlace - (512) 267-7233
  • Medical Emergency: Call 911
  • Local taxi company: Yellow Cab Austin - (512) 452-9999, Austin Cab (512) 478-2222

Anti-Harassment Policy

DevOpsDays Austin is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately.

Conference staff can be identified by distinct staff t-shirts. Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to adhere to the code of conduct at all conference venues and conference-related social events.

Code of Conduct

I. I am an attendee at devopsdays, learning from and sharing with other devopsdays attendees in an effort to better myself and my industry. I co-create the experience with fellow attendees. I am prepared to give my energy, presence and sensitivity to creating the best possible experience for myself and others.

II. I am coming to devopsdays to interact with people. I understand that imagery and language which is suggestive or derogatory will offend and make people uncomfortable. I also understand that people may have boundaries and sensibilities different from my own. I will accept without question when informed that something is offensive or unacceptable in the context of the devopsdays event.

III. I will never intentionally harass or offend another attendee regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, appearance, size, race or religion and will not abide another attendee being harassed or offended. If I am aware that anyone is uncomfortable or unsafe, I will notify those giving offense and the devopsdays event organizers.

IV. If I am offended or harassed, I will inform people around me who make me feel safe and the event organizers. If I feel safe, at my discretion, I will inform those giving offense of the specific actions with the hope that the other party is well-intentioned and ignorant, but I am under no obligation to do so.

V. I understand that people are different and I attempt to be forgiving of others actions at the level of their sincere intent, but my priority is protecting my safety and the safety of others. I will act without hesitation or reservation until there are no question of the safety of all parties.

VI. I trust the devopsdays organizers and attendees will co-create the best possible experience for everyone involved, as I will. I believe devopsdays is about empowering people and I will not forget I am empowered to create a safe and nurturing environment. If I or any other attendee violates this aspect of the event, I expect the conference organizers to protect the attendees by direct action, including expelling those in violation and contacting the proper authorities.

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