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About Velocity 2013
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

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
  • Over 2,000 developers, engineers, managers, sys admins, programmers, 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 2012 brought people from companies and organizations such as 37signals, Adobe Systems, Akamai Technologies, Amazon, American Express, Ancestry.com, AOL, AppDynamics, Apple, Aptimize, AT&T, Athena Health, Baidu, Basho, Best Buy, Betfair, Bing, Blue State Digital, Boundary, Box, Canonical, Cars.com, CBS Interactive, Cheezburger Network, Cisco Systems, Citrix, Cognizant, Comcast, Compuware, Constant Contact, DeviantArt, Demonware, Dropbox, Dyn, eBay, Edmunds.com, eHarmony, Etsy, F5 Networks, Facebook, Flickr, Globo.com, Google, HBO, HP, IBM, ING Direct, Intel, Intuit, Keynote Systems, Limelight Networks, LinkedIn, Loggly, Martha Stewart Living, Meebo, Microsoft, MLB Advanced Media, NetDNA, Netflix, New Relic, Nike, Nokia, Opscode, Oracle, Orbitz, PayPal, Pingdom, Pinterest, Puppet Labs, Qualcomm, Rackspace, Salesforce, Shazam Entertainment, Shopzilla, Shutterfly, SoundCloud, St. Jude Medical, Strangeloop, Stubhub, Symantec, Terra Networks, The Home Depot, Time Warner, TrendMicro, Turner Broadcasting System, Twitter, Vanguard, Verisign, VMWare, Walmart, Walt Disney Company, WebMD, The White House, 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

"With a great line up of speakers, this conference is a gathering of hundreds of web ops and performance professionals that get together to share their ideas and expertise. Without a doubt, this is one of my favourite conferences… I thoroughly recommend attending this conference!" —Dean Hume, Coding Tips & Tricks

2013 Velocity Program Committee

Program Chairs

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.

 

Steve SoudersSteve Souders works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. He previously served as Chief Performance Yahoo!. Steve is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites. He is the creator of YSlow, one of the top 25 of 2 billion Firefox add-ons. He's created many other performance tools and services including Cuzillion, Jdrop, ControlJS, and Browserscope. He serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O'Reilly, and is co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford University.

 

Committee Members

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.

 

Patrick MeenanPatrick Meenan created WebPagetest while at AOL and now works at Google with a team that is working to make the web faster. He has been working on optimizing low-level networking performance for various applications (among other responsibilities) over the last 15 years.

 

Michael NygardMichael Nygard has been a professional programmer and architect for over 15 years. In that time, he has delivered systems to the U. S. Government, the military, banking, finance, agriculture, and retail industries. Along the way, he has shared his painfully-won experience by mentoring, writing, and speaking.

 

Guy PodjarnyGuy Podjarny, or Guypo, is a Chief Product Architect at Akamai. Guy works on Automated Front-End Optimization, and was the co-founder and CTO of Blaze.io, later acquired by Akamai. Guy has been in the web application field for over a decade, moving from Web Application Security to Web Application Performance, but keeping his focus on deep analysis of web pages. Guy is also a self admitted efficiency fanatic, looking to extract the most out of everything, from a packed suitcase to a complex web 2.0 app.

 

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).

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Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Gloria Lombardo at (203) 381-9245 or glombardo@oreilly.com

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For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at maureen@oreilly.com

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