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Speakers

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Alessandro Fael Garcia

Technical Marketing Manager at NGINX

About Alessandro Fael Garcia:

Alessandro Fael Garcia is a technical marketing engineer at NGINX (part of F5). He empowers engineers in their journey to stay ahead of the curve by using the latest NGINX tech offerings. In his free time, Alessandro enjoys travelling (currently on hold), cooking, and any and all outdoors exercise.

Sessions:

  • NGINX App Protect 101: August 25, 8:30AM
  • API Traffic Management and Security with NGINX Controller: August 25, 10:30 AM

Alessandro Fael Garcia

Technical Marketing Manager at NGINX

Amir Rawdat

Technical Marketing Engineer at NGINX

About Amir Rawdat:

Amir is a Technical Marketing Engineer for the NGINX business unit at F5. He started his career as a programmer, then moved to reproducing live customer networks in data centers and building software automation tools accelerating IT operations. Amir has a degree in Computer Engineering and hands-on experience with performance-tuning open source technologies on the Linux operating system.

Sessions:

  • Build, Deliver and Visualize Your Kubernetes App: August 24, 10:00 AM

Amir Rawdat

Technical Marketing Engineer at NGINX

Brian Ehlert

Sr Technical Product Manager at NGINX

About Brian Ehlert:

During this time Brian has filled roles from telecom, systems engineering, auditing, networking, systems hardening, disaster recovery, and a key in resolving complex, deep, and multi-faceted systems issues. Recently, Brian was a technically focused Product Manager in the Microsoft Solutions group at Citrix, specializing in Microsoft technology, where he began as a research test engineer. Currently Brian holds the title of Senior Product Manager at F5 Networks in the NGINX business unit.

Sessions:

  • Kubernetes Ingress 101: August 25, 9:00 AM

Brian Ehlert

Sr Technical Product Manager at NGINX

Chris Witeck

Dir of Product Management at NGINX

About Chris Witeck:

Chris Witeck is a Director of Product Management at NGINX, where his team is focused on the intersection of application security and application delivery within the NGINX product line. Prior to joining NGINX, Chris held leadership product management and product marketing roles at companies such as Citrix, iPass, and SonicWALL.

Sessions:

  • Automate Application Security with NGINX: August 24, 9:10 AM

Chris Witeck

Dir of Product Management at NGINX

Damian Curry

Business Development Technical Director at NGINX

About Damian Curry:

After many years of managing infrastructure for multiple companies, Damian now heads up all things technical for Partnerships and Alliances for NGINX. Damian is a long time NGINX user, and it has played a key role in almost every environment he has managed.

Sessions:

  • Bring an Adaptive App to Life with Ecosystem Partners: August 24, 9:35 AM

Damian Curry

Business Development Technical Director at NGINX

Dominic Lucia

Solutions Engineer III at NGINX

About Dominic Lucia:

Dominic Lucia is the Partner Solutions Engineer for North America at NGINX. Dom has a background in virtualization, networking, CI/CD, and web and mobile app test automation. He comes from Riverbed and Sauce Labs and now works with the NGINX Partner and reseller community to train and enable customers and partner solutions engineers alike. When not training the trainers, he enjoys motor racing of all types, listening to records, and nerding out about anything and everything worth nerding about.

Sessions:

  • NGINX Basics & Best Practices Workshop: August 25, 10:30 AM

Dominic Lucia

Solutions Engineer III at NGINX

Elijah Zupancic

Solutions Architect, Bus Dev at NGINX

About Elijah Zupancic:

Elijah Zupancic is a Solutions Architect for NGINX with experience as a software engineer, architect, and technical manager. Elijah has been leading software teams in architectural design, product development and holistic improvement for over ten years and loves to geek out about infrastructure, architecture, application composition, service design and psychology of making real world applications work.

Sessions:

  • Bringing an Adaptive App to Life with Ecosystem Partners: August 24, 9:35 AM
  • NGINX Unit: One tool to run them all (and in the app space bind them): August 25, 8:00 AM

Elijah Zupancic

Solutions Architect, Bus Dev at NGINX

Gus Robertson

EVP, NGINX and AI & Data at NGINX

About Gus Robertson:

Gus Robertson is EVP, NGINX and AI & Data of F5. Joining NGINX as CEO in 2012, Gus grew the company to more than 250 employees and raised over $100 million in venture capital from such investors as Goldman Sachs and NEA. Prior to joining NGINX, he worked at Red Hat for ten years in open source leadership roles.

Sessions:

  • The Acceleration of Digital Transformation, and Impact on Modern App Architectures: August 23, 8:05 AM

Gus Robertson

EVP, NGINX and AI & Data at NGINX

Jenn Gile

Manager, Product Marketing at NGINX

About Jenn Gile:

Jenn is a Manager of Product Marketing for F5’s NGINX product group. She leads the go-to-market strategy and execution for NGINX microservices solutions, including NGINX Ingress Controller and NGINX Service Mesh.

Sessions:

  • Build, Deliver and Visualize Your Kubernetes App: August 24, 10:00 AM
  • Master Microservices with End-to-End Encryption: August 24, 10:25 AM
  • Kubernetes Ingress 101: August 25, 9:00 AM
  • Are You Service Mesh Ready?: August 25, 9:30 AM

Jenn Gile

Manager, Product Marketing at NGINX

Karthik Krishnaswamy

Dir of Product Marketing at NGINX

About Karthik Krishnaswamy:

Karthik heads Product Marketing for NGINX solutions at F5. He is an experienced product marketer with a proven track record as an advocate for cutting-edge IT solutions. Prior to F5, Karthik held similar positions at Fluke Networks, Cisco Systems and Nimble Storage, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.

Sessions:

  • Manage Apps and APIs at Scale: August 24, 8:30 AM

Karthik Krishnaswamy

Dir of Product Marketing at NGINX

Kevin Jones

Sr Product Manager at NGINX

About Kevin Jones:

Kevin Jones is Sr. Product Manager at NGINX. As an artist and geek-turned-engineer, he's passionate about technology, teaching others, and helping businesses increase their architectural acumen. At NGINX he is responsible for creating solutions which help customers achieve digital transformation and is heavily involved in the NGINX community as a technical evangelist.

Sessions:

  • Now Arriving: An Immersive Experience Built on NGINX Open Source: August 24, 11:00 AM

Kevin Jones

Sr Product Manager at NGINX

Liam Crilly

Sr Dir of Product Management at NGINX

About Liam Crilly:

Liam Crilly, a Sr Dir, Product Management at NGINX, has 20 years of experience in the Internet industry. He knew it was going to be a big deal when he wrote his first web app in 1993, at the dawn of the graphical Internet. Liam has held various product management roles at organizations of all sizes.

Sessions:

  • Move from Initial Deployment to Enterprise Ready with NGINX: August 24, 8:05 AM

Liam Crilly

Sr Dir of Product Management at NGINX

Lindsay Shaw

Dir of Digital Marketing at NGINX

About Lindsay Shaw:

A Director of Digital Marketing at NGINX, Lindsay has been marketing cloud native tech for almost a decade, the last 4 at NGINX. She is their self-proclaimed defender of open source, killer of boring content, and social media butterfly. Share your cat photos and also your feelings with her on Twitter at @lindsayofsf.

Sessions:

  • Welcome to NGINX Sprint!: August 23, 8:00 AM
  • Welcome back to Day 2 of Sprint!: August 24, 8:00 AM

Lindsay Shaw

Dir of Digital Marketing at NGINX

Rob Whiteley

VP, GM at NGINX

About Rob Whiteley:

Rob is the VP, GM of NGINX, now part of F5. Overseeing engineering, product management, and marketing for the NGINX Product Group at F5. Maintaining dotted-line responsibility for NGINX sales, support, professional services, finance, HR, and legal resources within corporate F5. Rob joins NGINX from Hedvig, where he built the marketing function and helped launch the company from stealth. Prior to that, Rob was at Riverbed, where he held various marketing and operations roles, including GM of Riverbed’s Storage Delivery Business Unit. Before Rob got started in marketing, he spent 10 years in various analyst and executive roles at Forrester Research. When he left in 2012, Rob was responsible for 400 members of the research staff.

Sessions:

  • Bring Modern Apps to Life with the F5 NGINX Application Platform: August 23, 9:20 AM

Rob Whiteley

VP, GM at NGINX

Rajiv Kapoor

Manager, Product Marketing at NGINX

About Rajiv Kapoor:

Rajiv Kapoor leads product marketing for NGINX Security and ADC offerings. Prior to joining NGINX/F5, Rajiv spent several years at Cisco systems and Microsoft taking various enterprise products to market. Rajiv holds an MBA from University College Dublin and completed his executive marketing training at Stanford University.

Sessions:

  • Audi Harnesses the Full Potential of Kubernetes with NGINX App Protect: August 23, 8:30 AM

Rajiv Kapoor

Manager, Product Marketing at NGINX

Tom Gamull

Product Manager at NGINX

About Tom Gamull:

Tom is a Product Manager at NGINX responsible for Instance Manager. He started as a solutions architect and is based out of Atlanta, GA. Tom covers many technologies with a focus on Kubernetes, containers, Linux and virtualization.  With a strong focus on DevOps and CI/CD pipelines, he is often automating functions with technologies like Ansible or implementing security to existing processes, such as selinux.  Prior to NGINX, Tom worked as a solutions architect for Red Hat, covering southeastern enterprise accounts. He has presented at many vendor and industry events, and you can follow him on twitter @magicalyak or his blog magicalyak.org.

Sessions:

  • Move from Initial Deployment to Enterprise Ready with NGINX: August 24, 8:05 AM

Tom Gamull

Product Manager at NGINX

Vicki Shreiner

Sr Technical Trainer at NGINX

About Vicki Shreiner:

Vicki Shreiner is a Sr Technical Trainer at NGINX with 20+ years of service in the technical training industry. She's trained users from beginner to developer, from Linux to 3D graphics programming and beyond. Hidden talent: Adopting and caring for senior kitties many with special needs!

Sessions:

  • API Traffic Management and Security with NGINX Controller: August 25, 10:30 AM

Vicki Shreiner

Sr Technical Trainer at NGINX

Libby Meren

Sr Mgr, OSS at NGINX

About Libby Meren:

Libby is the product marketing manager and evangelist for Open Source in the NGINX team. Prior to joining F5 in 2018, she provided for startups and large enterprise companies in the US and in Australia, where she hails from originally. In her 20 years in technology she has extensive developer and product management experience in networking and security. She holds patents in networking security technologies, and is a graduate of Swinburne University of Technology.

Sessions:

  • NGINX Unit: One tool to run them all (and in the app space bind them): August 25, 8:00 AM

Libby Meren

Sr Mgr, OSS at NGINX

Ken Araujo

Principal Product Manager at NGINX

About Ken Araujo:

Ken Araujo is a Principal Product Manager focused on the ADC functionality in Controller. Previously, Ken has worked on Unified Communications/RTC products, SSL VPN products, and broadband architectures and products. Ken’s roles have spanned product and program management, engineering management, and architect. Ken enjoys taking new products and ideas from the conception stage to market success.

Sessions:

  • Manage Apps and APIs at Scale: August 24, 8:30 AM

Ken Araujo

Principal Product Manager at NGINX

Ken Bauernfreund

Sr Product Manager at NGINX

About Ken Bauernfreund:

Ken Bauernfreund is on the product management team for NGINX Controller API Management. He’s been with F5 since December 2017. Prior to that he worked for companies including Concur and Microsoft.

Sessions:

  • Manage Apps and APIs at Scale: August 24, 8:30 AM

Ken Bauernfreund

Sr Product Manager at NGINX

Aidan Carson

Software Engineer II at NGINX

About Aidan Carson:

Aidan Carson is a software engineer on the NGINX service mesh project at F5 Networks. He has led the creation of several functions within the project, including Traffic Split, Traffic Metrics, Rate Limit, and Access Control functions, and is responsible for the current data plane networking architecture.

Sessions:

  • Master Microservices with End-to-End Encryption: August 24, 11:20 AM

Aidan Carson

Software Engineer II at NGINX

Ben Chaykin

New Media Designer at VSuS (Very Suspicious Projects)

About Ben Chaykin:

Ben Chaykin is a creative technologist, award-winning new media experience designer, and internationally-exhibited artist. Playing in the sandbox between digital and physical, he conceptualizes and hand-builds connected spaces, public events, and tech-enchanted objects with notable brands and agencies like HBO, Red Bull, Twitter, Microsoft, Adidas, The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, NHL, LinkedIn, Whole Foods Market, and Dell.

Sessions:

  • Now Arriving: An Immersive Experience Built on NGINX Open Source: August 24, 11:00 AM

Ben Chaykin

New Media Designer at VSuS (Very Suspicious Projects)

Daniel Edgar

Sr Technical Product Manager at NGINX

About Daniel Edgar:

Daniel Edgar is a Sr. Technical Product Manager Engineer at NGINX, focused on the delivery of application security products. He brings 20+ years of application development experience to the role, helping customers deliver their applications in a secure and operationally sustainable manner.

Sessions:

  • Automate Application Security with NGINX: August 24, 9:15 AM

Daniel Edgar

Sr Technical Product Manager at NGINX

Jason Williams

Product Management Engineer at NGINX

About Jason Williams:

Jason has been in Information Technology for 20 years. He started his career working at a small ISP, as a Linux and Network administrator. After several years working as a Linux Admin, he moved into a role as a InfoSec Engineer for a Private defense contractor in San Diego. Jason was in the role for 7 years before taking a Solutions Architect role for the past 8 years. His current role at NGINX is a Product Management Engineer, helping customers design and implement solutions with NGINX technology for on Prem and cloud deployments.

Sessions:

  • NGINX Ingress Controller for Kubernetes: August 25, 10:30 AM

Jason Williams

Product Management Engineer at NGINX

Kate Osborn

Software Engineer II at NGINX

About Kate Osborn:

Kate Osborn is a Software Engineer based out of Boulder, Colorado. In her spare time, Kate teaches English to adult immigrants in Boulder and surrounding communities to help form a supportive and informative intercultural community.

Sessions:

  • Are You Service Mesh Ready?: August 25, 9:30 AM

Kate Osborn

Software Engineer II at NGINX

Stephen Foskett

Organizer in Chief at Tech Field Day

About Stephen Foskett:

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at TechFieldDay.com, blog.FoskettS.net, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

Sessions:

  • Sprint Day 1 Wrap Up with Tech Field Day: August 23, 10:15 AM
  • Tech Field Day Interview with Panelists + Delegates: August 24, 8:55 AM
  • Tech Field Day Interview with Panelists + Delegates: August 24, 10:55 AM
  • Tech Field Day Interview with Panelists + Delegates: August 24, 11:40 AM

Stephen Foskett

Organizer in Chief at Tech Field Day

Mark Church

Product Manager at Google

About Mark Church:

Mark Church is a Product Manager at Google Cloud for Google Kubernetes Engine. He counts his time in the container ecosystem by the Docker engine version that he started on (1.6 in 2015). Prior to that he was helping build datacenter networks at Cisco Systems. Today he focuses on expanding the network outside of the cluster through multi-cluster and multi-cloud container networking.

Sessions:

  • Customer Spotlight: Google: August 23, 9:40 AM

Mark Church

Product Manager at Google

Jaspal Singh

Dir of Global Web Operations at BlackRock

About Jaspal Singh:

Jaspal Singh leads Web Operations and Engineering team in BlackRock. Mr. Singh's team is responsible for operating and engineering various web platforms for BlackRock and its clients. He is based out of New York and loves to explore new technologies in web space for modernization of the platforms.

Sessions:

  • Customer Spotlight: BlackRock: August 23, 8:50 AM

Jaspal Singh

Dir of Global Web Operations at BlackRock

Sebastian Kister

Product Team Lead at Audi

About Sebastian Kister:

Sebastian Kister is a start-up professional and agile native who guided products from genesis to market leader. As team lead of Audi’s Kubernetes Competence Center his team contributes to the strategic independence from hyperscalers, changes the culture and drives the digitalization in the VW Group. Future is an attitude.

Sessions:

  • Audi Harnesses the Full Potential of Kubernetes with NGINX App Protect: August 23, 8:30 AM

Sebastian Kister

Product Team Lead at Audi

Chris Wright

SVP and CTO at Red Hat

About Chris Wright:

Chris Wright is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Red Hat. He leads the Office of the CTO, which is responsible for incubating emerging technologies and developing forward-looking perspectives on innovations like artificial intelligence, cloud and edge computing, distributed storage, software-defined networking and network functions virtualization, containers, automation and continuous delivery, and distributed ledgers. During his 25 years as a software engineer, Wright has worked in the telecommunications industry and beyond on high-availability and distributed systems. He also has experience in the Linux® industry on security, virtualization, and networking. Wright has been a Linux developer for more than 15 years, with most of this time spent working deep in the Linux kernel. He is passionate about open source software serving as the foundation for next-generation IT systems.

Sessions:

  • The Road to Application Modernization: Challenges and Opportunities: August 23, 10:00 AM

Chris Wright

SVP and CTO at Red Hat