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About Velocity 2012
Web Performance & Operations Conference

Experience Velocity | Who Should Attend | Velocity Kudos | Program Committee

Most companies with outward-facing dynamic websites face the same challenges: pages must load quickly, infrastructure must scale efficiently, and sites and services must be reliable, without burning out the team or breaking the budget. Velocity is the best place on the planet for web ops and performance professionals like you to learn from your peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share best practices and lessons learned.

Why Attend

"Velocity is the conference where people talk about how to get things done in the real world - if you want to know how the best in the world handle their Operations, Velocity is the place to learn." —Adam Jacob, Opscode

Build Faster Web Apps
The Velocity Conference provides you with real-world best practices for optimizing your site's web pages, specifically the performance of Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, and images. Even sites that have already been optimized can benefit, making for both a better customer experience and a rock-solid bottom line.

Quality Time with Experts
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with a cadre of industry leaders who are taking web performance and operations to the next level. Bring your entire team to share ideas and get your toughest questions answered by the experts.

Three Intense Days Devoted to Web Performance and Operations
Velocity packs a wealth of big ideas, know-how, and connections into three concentrated days. You'll be able to apply what you've learned immediately and you'll be well prepared for what lies ahead.

Experience Velocity

  • Four in-depth tracks covering the key aspects of web performance, operations, mobile performance, and Velocity culture
  • Inspirational keynote presentations that bring clarity to thorny issues and new perspectives on the state of the art
  • Hundreds of web developers, sys admins, and experts under one roof
  • An Exhibit Hall featuring dozens of the latest tools and products
  • Fun evening events, Birds of a Feather sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities

Who Should Attend

  • Developers, engineers, and managers from companies of all sizes
  • Technical executives looking out for the bottom line
  • CTOs and CIOs seeking to streamline operations
  • Technology evangelists and entrepreneurs pushing enterprise boundaries
  • Researchers and academics
  • Companies and professionals engaged in the mobile development and performance ecosystem

Velocity 2011 brought people from companies and organizations such as AARP, Adobe Systems, ADP AdvancedMD, Akamai Technologies, Amazon, American Express, Ancestry.com, AOL, AppDynamics, Apple, Aptimize, AT&T, Audible.com, Baidu, Best Buy, Betfair, Bing, BrowserMob, Canonical, Carnival Cruise Lines, CBS Interactive, Cheezburger Network, CHIP Xonio Online GmbH, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Compuware, Cotendo, Dealnews.com, Demonware, Disney, Domino's Pizza, DTO Solutions, eBay, Edmunds.com, eHarmony, ESPN, Etsy, Facebook, FatWallet, Inc., Fidelity Investments, Flickr, Github, Google, Groupon, HBO, Hotwire, ImmobileinScout24, Intel, Intuit, Keynote Systems, Leapfrog, LinkedIn, Macy's, Meebo, Microsoft, Motorola, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NBC Universal, Netflix, Nike, Ning, Nokia, Opscode, Oracle, Orbitz, PayPal, Pingdom, Qualcomm, RightNow Technologies, Salesforce, Shazam Entertainment, Shopzilla, Shutterfly, SPIL Games, Square, Strangeloop, Stubhub, Taobao, Teradata, The Home Depot, Time Warner, TrendMicro, Turner Broadcasting System, Vanguard, Walmart, Workday, Yahoo!, YouTube

Velocity Kudos

"O'Reilly's Velocity conference is the only generalized Web ops and performance conference out there. We really like it; you can go to various other conferences and have 10-20% of the content useful to you as a Web Admin, or you can go here and have most of it be relevant!" —Web Admin Blog

"Velocity conference: development for the speed of light. For a performance nerd, this year's Velocity conference had to be Mecca. There was an abundance of great sessions, covering a wide variety of performance and operations topics." —Tom Hughes-Croucher, Yahoo! Developer Network Blog

"Velocity is the best conf for web engineers I've been to so far. Solid talks and invaluable info. Worth every penny!" —Ismail Elshareef, via Twitter

"I can say without hyperbole that this was the best conference I've attended. The presentations were from people doing real large-scale web development and included a fair amount of real data and some of their solutions to hard problems." —robcee

"...an eye opener in terms of improving and maintaining performance on very large web sites." —Mike Brunt, Musings from a ColdFusion Aficionado

"Velocity is the conference I always wanted. Instead of focusing on one particular product or technology, it focuses on the true problem of keeping websites fast and available, which a lot of us have to deal with" —Peter Zaitsev, CEO Percona Inc., co-author of High Performance MySQL

The Velocity conference is the best ops focused event I've been to, the content was highly technical and not just teaser." —Ezra Zygmuntowicz, Engine Yard

"Performance is one of the difficult frontiers that web developers must push against. Velocity is a good forum for exchanging sightings and explorations." —Douglas Crockford, Yahoo!, Author of JavaScript: The Good Parts

"Velocity is the conference where people talk about how to get things done in the real world - if you want to know how the best in the world handle their Operations, Velocity is the place to learn." —Adam Jacob, Opscode

2012 Velocity Program Committee

Program Chairs

Steve SoudersSteve Souders works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. His books High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites explain his best practices for performance along with the research and real-world results behind them. Steve is the creator of YSlow, Cuzillion, and SpriteMe. He is co-chair of Velocity and co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He taught CS193H High Performance Web Sites at Stanford, and frequently speaks at conferences including OSCON, The Ajax Experience, SXSW, and Web 2.0 Expo.

John AllspawJohn Allspaw has worked in systems operations for over fourteen years in biotech, government and online media. He started out tuning parallel clusters running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government, and then moved on to the Internet in 1997. He built the backing infrastructures at Salon, InfoWorld, Friendster, and Flickr. He is now VP of Tech Operations at Etsy, and is the author of The Art of Capacity Planning published by O'Reilly.

Committee Members

Jon JenkinsJon Jenkins is the Director of Platform Analysis at Amazon.com. He leads a team focused on designing and implementing highly-available architectures capable of operating within tight performance requirements at massive scale with minimal human intervention. Jon still loves getting his hands dirty and can’t resist the thrill of solving emergent problems. Prior to joining Amazon Jon spent time at several startups and he has a strong background in personalization technologies.

Dion AlmaerDion Almaer is a technologist who loves to code and build. He and his long time partner-in-crime Ben Galbraith recently brought their team to Walmart to power the mobile engineering efforts. He enjoys sharing his passion for software production across various communities, including a new property called FunctionSource.com.

Dion has been writing Web applications since it took over from Gopher. He has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, has published many articles, a book, and of course covers life the universe and everything on his blog.

He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter @dalmaer.

Stoyan StefanovStoyan Stefanov (phpied.com, @stoyanstefanov) is a Facebook engineer. Previously at Yahoo! he was the creator of the smush.it online image optimization tool and architect of YSlow 2.0 performance tool. Book author (JavaScript Patterns, Object-Oriented JavaScript), contributor (Even Faster Web Sites, High-Performance JavaScript) and speaker (Velocity, JSConf, Fronteers, Ajax Experience).

Mark ImbriacoMark Imbriaco has spent the last 17 years working for companies like Bank of America, America Online, Heroku, 37signals, and a number of smaller startups doing operations, system architecture, and software development. He currently works for LivingSocial.

Alex LinesAlex Lines loves a good scalability crisis and solves architecture and performance problems for betaworks companies including bitly and chartbeat. He previously co-founded startups in new york after working in finance and physics.

Sean TreadwaySean Treadway Sean currently leads the engineering of SoundCloud and has a diverse background of development on desktop, server and web applications. He primarily tackles the challenges of scaling while maintaining rapid development at SoundCloud - an application for sound enthusiasts to share their audio.

Sponsors

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