Nerd Island Sessions

  • - PT
    Nerd Island
    Introducing Skittish: A Playful Space for Virtual Events

    Andy Baio offers reflections on a 20 year career in creative technology, including lessons learned as a festival organizer, developer, and writer. He'll share the story of his most recent creation, Skittish, and how recent circumstances highlighted the need for safe, playful community spaces that allow for organic human connection.

    We're very excited to say that we'll share this session, along with all of Nerd Island, in the debut demonstration of Skittish, his new virtual event space.

    (Join this session for live chat OR watch on-demand the following day)

    Andy Baio
    Skittish
  • - PT
    Nerd Island
    Fireside Chat with Kelsey Hightower: Lighting The Fire

    Join Kelsey Hightower and Jonan Scheffler as they take a look back through the annals of Observability to find the “wow” moments. Kelsey recalls working at Puppet Labs in the age of Nagios, when the monitoring for downtime occasionally became the source of the downtime itself, and how it felt to open New Relic for the first time. Installing a single library and having instant access to an entire world of information was a game changer. We’ll walk through that moment and then carry the torch on to the present and future of Kubernetes, the Linux kernel and serverless technology. We’re going to relive those moments of excitement that brought us here, highlight the places we find that joy today and illuminate those gems lying just beyond the edges of what’s possible. The future is bright and we’re on our way, come join us as we light the fire.

    (Join this session for live chat OR watch on-demand the following day)

    Kelsey Hightower
    Google
  • - PT
    Nerd Island
    Making Code Sing: Programming Music in Ruby

    Sam Aaron provides an introduction to Sonic Pi, a code-based music creation and performance tool. Sonic Pi was initially developed to help children learn to code in schools and has since evolved into a powerful musical instrument. Sam will walk us through the goals and history of the project before demonstrating the expressive potential of live code by performing a DJ set live using just Sonic Pi. Come enjoy some music and learn more about this brilliant intersection of art, code and education. No prior knowledge of either code or music is necessary to join and follow along.

    (Join this session for live chat OR watch on-demand the following day)

    Sam Aaron
    Sonic Pi
  • - PT
    Nerd Island
    Pelicans in Orbit: Buckle Up Nerds, We’re Going to Space

    Ever wonder what life as a space pelican might be like? How do they even breathe? Do they eat freeze-dried fish? Jonan Scheffler is here to answer all of your questions. Some about pelicans, but many more about developer relations and how we do it here at New Relic.

    We’re going to talk about the past, present and future of devrel and how it came to pass that rather a lot of developers started getting up to mischief on the internet under the banner of The Relicans.

    If you’ve imagined getting into developer relations yourself or are interested in what motivates all these loud people to keep hopping up on stages you’ll likely find value here. At the very least you’ll walk away with a fresh perspective on the topic of astro-ornithology and the blueprints to design your very own pelican spacesuit.

    Come join us as we learn to fly in the vacuum of space, we can’t wait to see you there.

    (Join this session for live chat OR watch on-demand the following day)

    Jonan Scheffler
    New Relic
  • - PT
    Nerd Island
    Observability
    Pelicans on Parade: The Relicans Showcase

    Join our Developer Relations team, The Relicans, for talks on topics like Why Docker Isn't Magic, Rust for JavaScript Developers, Furby Hacking and DevOps for High Schoolers . More details to come on therelicans.com.

    (Join this session for live chat OR watch on-demand the following day)

    Jonan Scheffler
    New Relic