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Kelsey Hightower

Principal Engineer, Google

Kelsey Hightower is a Principal Engineer at Google working on Google’s Cloud Platform. He has helped develop and refine many Google Cloud Products including Google’s Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Functions, and Apigees’s API Gateway. Kelsey spends most of his time with executives and developers spanning the global fortune 1000 helping them understand and leverage Google technologies and platforms to grow their businesses.

Kelsey is also a huge open source contributor and currently maintains multiple projects that aid software developers and operations professionals in building and shipping cloud native applications. He is also an accomplished author and keynote speaker with a knack for demystifying complex topics and enabling others to succeed.

Kelsey is also known for his work in the community and was the inaugural winner of the CNCF Top Ambassador award for his work in helping bootstrap the Kubernetes community. He is also a mentor and technical advisor helping founders turn their visions into reality.

Sessions with Kelsey Hightower

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm PT
    | Wednesday, May 26 | 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)

  • 9:00 am - 10:15 am PT
    | Thursday, May 27 | Keynote

    Day 2 Keynote

    Hear about emerging software development practices and techniques from industry experts.

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