Speakers

Get inspired by leaders in the world of software

November 1, 2022 - Copenhagen and online

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A carefully curated line-up of thought leaders and doers coming to Copenhagen in-person

Kelsey Hightower

Principal Engineer at Google

The Secure Software Supply Chain

After decades of gluing together software from a random set of libraries and frameworks, industry-wide attacks on the software supply chain have proven this approach is unsustainable, and it's time to shift our thinking on how we write and ship software. In this session, we will explore the various tools used to secure the software supply chain, and through a collection of live demos, learn how to put them to use in the real world.

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.

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Cheryl Hung

Engineering Manager at Apple

Infrastructure matters

With hyperscale cloud computing, we now have near-infinite computing resources at our fingertips. But data centres emit as much CO2 as the global airline industry, and that will only increase with the growing deployment of AI, smart cities, blockchain, and other compute-intensive technologies.

Sustainability, GreenOps, and Net Zero aren’t faraway concepts - what you build today directly impacts our planet and our future. How do you understand how to use resources most effectively, and will you create infrastructure that matters?

Cheryl Hung is a thought leader bringing the best of Kubernetes and cloud native infrastructure to Apple. She advises startups (Helio, Ondat and Permit.io) on developer-led growth and open source strategy.

Cheryl founded the 6000+ strong Cloud Native London meetup, was the first VP Ecosystem at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, and has deep technical expertise building distributed systems at Google. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Masters degree in Computer Science.

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Simon Rohrer

Head of Enterprise Technology Architecture and Ways of Working at Saxo Bank

Architecting for Outcomes

Simon will share some of his learnings over the last few years in radically modernising approaches to the principles and practices of Enterprise Architecture by incorporating concepts from DevOps, eXtreme Programming, Continuous Delivery, Systems Thinking, Team Topologies, Project to Product and more - all to achieve practical business value while delivering longer-term architecture and organisation transformation.

Simon contributed a chapter on this topic and the broader topic of technical excellence to Jonathan Smart’s IT Revolution Press book, Sooner Safer Happier.

Simon has spent his career advocating for modern ways of working, with roles in hands-on software engineering, agile coaching with a focus on technical excellence, and senior roles in enterprise architecture and strategy. He contributed a chapter to Jonathan Smart’s IT Revolution Press book, Sooner Safer Happier.

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Jason Walker

Director of Technology at American Airlines

Converging Developer Experience with Compliance

Let's discuss converging compliance, at scale, and accelerating better developer experiences by incorporating DevOps practice, principles, and behaviors across the organization. I've spent the last couple of decades in infrastructure, development, and business IT areas, and I've made a recent transition to our cyber security organization. I'm convinced, more than ever, that Dev-*-Ops isn't needed - we don't need the extra nuance. I'll get specific around building a culture rooted in trust, continuous improvement, and sincere desire to reduce friction/toil for the makers in your organization. The tactics lean on DevOps can be a great enabler to accomplishing lofty goals of boosting productivity, reducing delivery cycle time, and improving the cyber security concerns that continue to grow across industries.

Jason spends his time working with other engineering teams and management on ways they can incorporate DevOps principles, Agile approaches, and LEAN philosophies into their day-to-day workflow. This includes expressing and guiding key areas to focus on, like source code management, leveraging continuous integration, and emphasizing culture in the form of empathy, collaboration, and experiential learning. This extends into service-oriented focuses on delivering IT ... like customer value.

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Martin Villumsen

Staff Engineer at TV 2 Denmark

Startup mentality: How to build an internal platform that meets developer needs

Imagine being trusted with the possibility to build and shape a completely fresh Internal Developer Platform in one of Denmark's largest TV broadcasting companies. The bold ambition is to abstract away all the valueless infrastructural complexity. To help developers focus on what’s important to them, with the goal of making them both happier and more productive. How would you go about this? Is it possible for a platform team to create early wins while laying the tracks? Can a small platform team be developer-centric while having attention to scale, architecture, and tech stack?

In this talk, Martin and Dan will share some of the start-up challenges and how Martin and his team balance priorities. They will also share some of the hard-earned lessons, both where they surely did something wrong, but also where they got them just right.

Martin is a Staff Engineer in a newly established cloud platform team at TV 2 Denmark. He has been part of TV 2’s cloud journey since the beginning and played an active role in defining and implementing the platform on which TV 2 PLAY is hosted on today.

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Dan Grøndahl Glavind

DevOps Consultant at Eficode

Startup mentality: How to build an internal platform that meets developer needs

Imagine being trusted with the possibility to build and shape a completely fresh Internal Developer Platform in one of Denmark's largest TV broadcasting companies. The bold ambition is to abstract away all the valueless infrastructural complexity. To help developers focus on what’s important to them, with the goal of making them both happier and more productive. How would you go about this? Is it possible for a platform team to create early wins while laying the tracks? Can a small platform team be developer-centric while having attention to scale, architecture, and tech stack?

In this talk, Martin and Dan will share some of the start-up challenges and how Martin and his team balance priorities. They will also share some of the hard-earned lessons, both where they surely did something wrong, but also where they got them just right.

Dan is a seasoned DevOps Consultant at Eficode with 10+ years of experience working with software development. Dan has helped a wide variety of Danish companies become better at delivering software and is currently focussing on helping teams and organizations build platform engineering capabilities.

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Philipp Bormann

Platform Architect at Mercedes-Benz Group AG

1k Clusters and Beyond: Lessons Learned from Running Kubernetes for 7 Years at Mercedes-Benz

Years ago, software engineers faced hard times at Mercedes-Benz: spreadsheet operations, manual processes, grown infrastructure, and strict governance. A grassroots initiative of engineers accepted the challenge to change the game – and their silver bullet was Kubernetes.

Join us on our journey from introducing Kubernetes 0.9 on managed servers to an on-premises self-service cloud platform with close to 1000 clusters on Cluster API. You will learn about our stake in transforming a data center with a young team that mostly did not know enterprise processes before.

We will take you back on our journey, including some technical details about the challenges we faced, our solutions to those, and lessons learned on the way.

After 10 years as a Network Engineer, Philipp became a Platform Architect for on-premises cloud platforms at Mercedes-Benz Group. He is one of the founding members of the company’s largest Kubernetes platform that helps to transform Mercedes-Benz into a digital car manufacturer.

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Jens Erat

DevOps Engineer at Mercedes-Benz Tech Innovation

1k Clusters and Beyond: Lessons Learned from Running Kubernetes for 7 Years at Mercedes-Benz

Years ago, software engineers faced hard times at Mercedes-Benz: spreadsheet operations, manual processes, grown infrastructure, and strict governance. A grassroots initiative of engineers accepted the challenge to change the game – and their silver bullet was Kubernetes.

Join us on our journey from introducing Kubernetes 0.9 on managed servers to an on-premises self-service cloud platform with close to 1000 clusters on Cluster API. You will learn about our stake in transforming a data center with a young team that mostly did not know enterprise processes before.

We will take you back on our journey, including some technical details about the challenges we faced, our solutions to those, and lessons learned on the way.

Jens is a DevOps engineer and expert in advanced cloud wizardry. He has a strong passion for not only getting, but also keeping IT projects running. Having joined Mercedes-Benz's efforts in building a cloud-native platform in 2017, he experienced and formed the transition from enterprise processes to self-service and automation.

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Johan Abildskov

Software Engineer at Uber

Transparent infrastructure at Uber scale

At Uber, we have built the Odin platform for stateful workloads. We run more than one million containers on more than 70K hosts across multiple cloud providers and on-prem. This talk will cover how our graph database Grail enables both operators and automation to be effective at planet scale.

Johan Abildskov works at Uber in Aarhus. He helps build the stateful container orchestration platform Odin, enabling technology teams to run a diverse set of storage technologies across on-prem and cloud zones. Johan is passionate about DevOps and how we build and think about software.

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Cristina Vega

Senior Technical Executive Producer at IO Interactive

You are faking DevOps, and we know it

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck. Many companies are calling themselves as DevOps fueled organizations and use DevOps as a transformative solution. DevOps is the mantra of many companies and can serve as a great branding technique to attract talents and promote changes, but are all these organizations proclaiming their devotion to DevOps really true DevOps organizations? Let’s have a look at the fake DevOps signs and traps from very different companies.

Spanish and mother of 2 cute little monsters, Cris holds a Master in Computer Science. Throughout her career, she has worked as a programmer, project manager, director, VP of engineering and currently, she is working as a Senior Technical Executive Producer at IO Interactive. All this experience gives her a 360 view of what software development and technology are about. Most of her experiences are within the video game industry, but she has also worked in retail companies such as IKEA. She has been practicing Agile for more than 10 years, she became a certified scrum master back in 2010, and she is a firm believer in DevOps practices. Cris also engages in different volunteer initiatives and mentorship programs with the hope of making the world of technology more diverse, inclusive, and accessible.

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Anca Iordanescu

VP Engineering at IKEA Digital Group

YOU ARE FAKING DEVOPS, AND WE KNOW IT

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck. Many companies are calling themselves as DevOps fueled organizations and use DevOps as a transformative solution. DevOps is the mantra of many companies and can serve as a great branding technique to attract talents and promote changes, but are all these organizations proclaiming their devotion to DevOps really true DevOps organizations? Let’s have a look at the fake DevOps signs and traps from very different companies.

Anca Iordanescu is VP Engineering, at IKEA Digital Group. In this role, Anca is leading, together with her team, the design and delivery of tech solutions to create stores of the future at IKEA. By bringing in agility, simplicity, standardization, cutting-edge technologies and data-driven decisions, she is transforming Ikea into a leader furnishing retailer with the aim to reach many more people with the products and services they want, whenever and wherever they want them.

Before joining Ikea, Anca has been leading IT transformations at Maersk Line in Copenhagen, modernizing the IT landscape from a monolithic architecture into a decoupled, microservice-based architecture. To enable efficiency in shipping, she also led the modernization of the IT platform for the entire Maersk Line vessel fleet by designing a new vessel IT solution with GPS, Satellite connection, mobile network, servers, and PCs.

Previously Anca worked 15 years in the telecom industry, at Ericsson and Sony Mobile, in different roles from SW engineer to SW Manager. Having a strong technical background (PhD in Computer Science), working in telecom, she found her passion in developing and implementing the most cutting-edge technologies that have changed people's life for good.  

Before joining the IT world, she worked as Teaching Assistant at University of Bucharest, holding courses in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer science.

To help develop the next generation of technologists and leaders, Anca is working with schools and universities to inspire and attract young women to join the tech world. She is representing Ikea as a keynote speaker at different tech events to attract talents.

Her favorite saying is "Eyes on the stars, feet on the ground!".

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Kaspar von Grünberg

Founder and CEO of Humanitec

DevOps is dead. Embrace platform engineering.

DevOps is dead. Developers don’t want to deal with operational concerns, companies need control of their infra as they grow, and it becomes increasingly difficult for a human to reason about the impact a change might have on the system. Platform engineering enables these two facts to coexist.

In this session, I will cover where and how to start the platform journey to enable real developer self-service.

Kaspar is the founder of Humanitec. He has spent the last 10 years building and running software companies from retail-applications and door-to-door campaigning technology to monitoring and evaluation for NGOs. His observations of common startup development challenges during this time ultimately became Humanitec’s founding vision.

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Ewelina Wilkosz

DevOps Engineer at Kosli

Lightning talk: Moving towards a DevOps culture with ensemble work
Culture is incredibly important for DevOps, probably more important than tools. It is also more difficult to enact. In this lightning talk, I will share Kosli's experience of working with ensemble programming practices and how we worked to overcome the challenges we faced. I’ll explain why we believe in ensemble work and how we ensemble in a fully remote team.
I will cover:
- Fostering a trust-based culture 
- Improving psychological safety through open and honest communication
- Efficiency aspect of ensemble work
Ewelina is a DevOps Engineer at Kosli, responsible for Customer Success and Developer Relations. She began her career in tech as a web developer before moving into software development and from there to CI/CD consultancy. Ewelina is a Jenkins governance board member and co-creator of the popular Jenkins Configuration as Code plugin. Based in Malmö, Ewelina enjoys exploring the great Swedish outdoors when she’s not developing software.
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Marko Klemetti

CTO of Eficode

Lightning talk: Improve your Developer Experience with DevOps

Modern Developer Experience (DX) is built on healthy culture and continuous improvement. It requires a high level of automation, team independence, and less time spent on learning, configuring, and maintaining toolchains. In this lightning talk, I will show how DevOps builds a foundation for great Developer Experience.

Marko is the CTO of Eficode. He is also a founder and advisor in many tech startups. Marko is a passionate programmer who believes that design systems and continuous deployment are the enablers of a modern development organization.

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Henrik Høegh

Platform Engineer at Lunar

Lightning talk: Making the right abstractions when building a platform

Platform engineering is the new word in town. Companies are trying to find the right abstractions that both give teams enough decision power but also hide what needs to be hidden. In this lightning talk, I will talk about abstractions in relation to platform engineering, and where we placed them in Lunar.

Henrik is a Cloud Native Co-organizer in Cloud Native Aarhus, where he contributes to the community with event planning and talks. He works as a Platform Engineer at Lunar where he is maturing and developing the platform and giving support to its users. He has been using Kubernetes since early 2016 and has done countless talks on Kubernetes for beginners. Before joining Lunar, Henrik worked as a consultant for Eficode.

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Your hosts for the day

Marc Dillon

Marc Dillon

Lead Consultant at Eficode

Conference Host

Marc will guide us through the program and share his learnings from the different talks along the way.

Marc Dillon is interested in how people work together to build products. A natural storyteller, he aims to link safe and sane practices with high-performing teams to make a great business. Marc has worked in leading development teams creating hardware and software products for over 30 years and is delighted to have recently joined Europe’s leading DevOps company.
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Zander Havgaard

DevOps Consultant & Trainer at Eficode

Host of the tech track

Zander will make sure everyone is having a great time on the technical track

Zander is a Consultant and trainer for Eficode in Copenhagen. He helps clients with all things DevOps and Cloud-Native and teaches courses in Docker and Kubernetes. When he’s not working, he’s building mechanical keyboards and trying to brew the perfect cup of filter coffee.