Check out our mainstage speakers and breakouts below.
Founder of Pulsra and former Chief Information Officer of Facebook
Tim Campos was one of the early executives at Facebook and served until last year as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. During his tenure at Facebook he was responsible for helping to double employee productivity while also supporting over 20x growth in Facebook’s business. Today, Facebook’s staff of more than 18,000 serves over 1.8 billion monthly users — about a quarter of the world’s population. Tim recently started a new venture – Pulsra - where he is applying his two decades of experience in enterprise software, big data, and machine learning to workforce productivity. Tim sits on the Board of Directors for both Viavi (NASDAQ:VIAV) and Rackspace, as well as at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. One of Tim’s personal passions is closing the opportunity divide. Tim has been a long advocate and board member for YearUp, a Bay Area nonprofit that serves urban youth.
Chief Executive Officer of Stack Overflow
Joel Spolsky, CEO and co-founder of Stack Overflow, is a globally recognized expert on software development and is known by developers around the world for his website, Joel on Software, which has been translated into over 30 languages. In 2000, he founded his first company, Fog Creek Software, which creates project management tools for software developers, including Trello, which was recently acquired by Atlassian. Previously, Joel worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he developed an Internet client used by millions. He has written three books, including Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Apress, 2007) and worked as a contributing editor for Inc.magazine. Joel graduated from Yale University with a computer science degree.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Solutions Technology at Nasdaq
Senior Vice President of Corporate Solutions Technology at Nasdaq
President and CEO of Pluralsight
Aaron is a co-founder of Pluralsight where he serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Aaron has spent years developing course materials and teaching professional developers throughout the world. He has presented at many popular developer conferences like PDC, TechEd, and VSLive! Microsoft recognized Aaron as an MVP in the "Connected Systems" developer community for eight years. Aaron has written numerous books, articles, and whitepapers including the Essential XML Quick Reference (Addison Wesley, 2001), Essential XML (Addison Wesley, 2000), and his popular columns in MSDN Magazine.
Executive Vice President, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group
Scott co-founded the .NET project and played a big role in creating Microsoft Azure. Currently, Scott leads the team responsible for Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure, server, database, developer tools and business apps.
CEO and Co-Founder of Andela
Jeremy Johnson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Andela, a company that recruits the most talented software engineers on the African continent and pairs them with global tech companies as full-time, distributed team members. Founded on the premise that brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not, Andela has built one of the most selective engineering institutions in the world, with headquarters in Lagos, Nairobi, and NYC. In the past two years, the company has grown into a full-blown movement around elite technical talent in Africa, and has placed developers with companies including Google, Facebook and IBM.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Adobe
Brad drives the strategic direction for Adobe Experience Cloud and leads the teams who works on this industry-leading technology.
Chief Marketing Officer at Pluralsight
As Chief Marketing Officer at Pluralsight, Heather Zynczak is focused on leading a data-driven marketing organization that delivers real qualitative results. She spends her time driving go-to-market strategy and increasing global brand visibility. Heather is a well-known thought leader whose writing has appeared in Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Inc. and other high-profile publications. She actively mentors other businesswomen, was named one of 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business magazine in 2014, and has been recognized by the Women Tech Awards for Professional Excellence.
Managing Partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education and passionate advocate of people reaching their full potential
Managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education and passionate advocate of people reaching their full potential
Microsoft MVP for Developer Security, ASPInsider and cybersecurity expert
Troy Hunt is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP for Developer Security, an ASPInsider, and a full time Author for Pluralsight—a leader in online training for technology and creative professionals. Troy has been building software for browsers since the very early days of the web and possesses an exceptional ability to distill complex subjects into relatable explanations. This has lead Troy to become an industry thought leader in the security space and produce more than twenty top-rated courses for Pluralsight. Currently, Troy is heavily involved in Have I been pwned? (HIBP) a free service that aggregates data breaches and helps people establish potential impacts from malicious web activity. Troy blogs regularly about web security and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences across the globe and throughout the media to discuss a wide range of technologies. Troy has been featured in a number of articles with publications including Forbes, TIME magazine, Mashable, PCWorld, ZDNet and Yahoo! Tech.
In “How To Organize Customer-Driven Product Development”, Pluralsight CXO Nate Walkingshaw, a pioneer and catalyst in the industry, will lead you through directed discovery. He’ll cover everything from what makes it different, why it works, how to adopt it for your organization.
Chief People Officer at Pluralsight
Anita Grantham is the Chief People Officer at Pluralsight and is driven by its mission to democratize professional learning – an unmet need she has seen in companies throughout her career. Anita firmly believes that culture is strategy, and she works tirelessly to create a purpose-driven work environment at Pluralsight. She oversees the entire employee journey, from recruiting and acquisition to employee growth and retention. Whether she’s negotiating better benefits or helping design workspaces to better serve Pluralsight’s teams, Anita loves creating an environment where people can do their best work.
Strengthen your skills
From Han Solo to Jean-Luc Picard: A Nerd's Guide to Technical Leadership & Career Growth
Whether you realize it or not, every company is a software company and,... for all the computers, software is a human endeavor. So how do you strengthen your leadership skills to evolve and compete? In this session, we're going to talk about technical leadership and career growth using two fictional characters from sci-fi: Han Solo, the heroic leader of a very small team and Jean-Luc Picard, the understated & thoughtful (but perhaps more boring) leader of a large organization. Along the way, we'll talk about the strengths and weaknesses of each, the idea of leader vs. manager, and the role of fear, motivation, and delegation inside of tech organizations. (Oh and also why Han Solo would stink at DevOps.) Careers have an arc. In software development, it often goes something like junior developer to senior developer to tech team lead. It might even continue on to director of engineering, CTO, or even CEO. But the skills and habits that helped us succeed in one role might not help us in the next. Which one you are determines much of what you can achieve.
Turning Your Design Off and On Again: Designing for Future Devices
The design of modern devices and applications is being reevaluated and reinvented... constantly. The next step from Microsoft is called Fluent and will shape experiences across all devices and all platforms. With the recent advances in cross-platform development for devices of all sizes and all operating systems, having a universal design language will be critical. Get a sense for what is required and what the impact will be on existing as well as new experiences when it comes to user experiences.
30 Terrible Habits of Server and Cloud Administrators
Non expiring admin accounts. Over privileged accounts. Personal hotmail.com accounts... used as the administrator account for the company’s Azure subscription. Everything in the same resource group. The same service account credentials used for every service in the organization. Disabled firewalls and help desk technicians with domain admin accounts. The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. In this session, learn about 30 Windows Server and Cloud Administrator terrible, bad and just plain lazy habits, the steps you can take to determine if they are present in your environment, and what you can do to get over them.
CAD in the Cloud May Change the Way You Do Business
In this breakout, we'll explore cloud-based 3D CAD and dive into the... advantages of using this solution for your organization. Using real-life business examples, we'll showcase how this solution can boost collaboration, work mobility, cost efficiency and security.
Within today’s evolving environment of collaboration tools and techniques and ubiquitous... access to online resources, the process of setting up an effective space for mentoring has evolved into several success patterns. This session will look at a few of these mentoring patterns, highlighting their benefits and challenges so that you can set up mentoring process for your own team. Whether you are looking to be a mentor or are interested in finding effective mentoring within your own team environment, then this session will have something for you.
How to Organize Human-Centered Product Development
Mitch Dumke, Mariah Hay, David Platt, Gilbert Lee
It's time to stop building product teams around features and start organizing teams... around the experiences your customers want and need. Hear how to build a product experience team from the ground up, including which roles you need, how they function and what steps they can take to make sure your customers are heard.
Data science is the practice of transforming data into actionable insight. This set of... skills is currently in high demand and commanding significant increases in salary as data science is fundamentally changing the world around us. However, most of us have not yet learned this valuable set of skills. In this session, you will learn what data science is and why it’s important. In addition, you’ll learn what you need to know to prepare for our new data-driven economy. Expect to learn about the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, machine learning, and how they are converging to create fully-autonomous intelligent systems.
If you're minimalist who doesn't want to buy 14,000 accessories for your cameras and such..., this session is for you. Technology has made tools lighter and smaller, with almost as much utility as their 800-pound counterparts. This session will talk through how to work and travel lightly to become a portable production company.
So You Are Already a Technical Expert. Where Should You Go Next?
Working in IT is very challenging. Technologies are constantly evolving. For years..., you proved that you were able to keep up, and you're now a true expert of your domain. All this experience you've acquired over the years makes it easier for you to learn new things, and you wonder what to learn to reach the next level. Making things work is of great value to your employers and clients, but what about making them better? Improving the quality of what you deliver through software craftsmanship may be a real challenge, outside of what you've done so far. Using test-driven development and behavior-driven development. Learning to work with analysts to drive development by value, and learning the value of delivering readable code. This is what this session is all about: You'll get a path to follow that will take you from software expert to a software craftsman.
The Role of Certification in 2017’s IT: A Guided Conversation
No matter what kind of IT professional you are, certification is an oft-debated... topic with a void of good answers. Some believe certification is detrimental to proving a person’s knowledge; others see it as an unnecessary distraction from actual work. Sitting on the side of the debate are those who manage, train and hire IT operations and developer talent. For this group, certification has an entirely different storyline that continues to evolve even today.
Project Management for Everyone – How PM Skills Can Be Applied to Any Job
You don’t have to be a project manager to benefit from project management skills. In... this session, author of Pluralsight’s PMP, PMI-PBA, and CompTIA Project+ learning paths, Casey Ayers, will show you how adapting a PM’s mindset and focus on results can help you thrive in any field, and continuously improve your performance.
Every IT Superhero’s Security Kryptonite: Overexposure
To quote Uncle Ben from Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” ... Social networking is great, unless your company or someone at your company “overshares” information. This is our “Kryptonite.” In fact, (hold on to your seats) IT professionals are probably one of the top culprits in oversharing. Don’t believe it? We’ll prove it to you in in this session, which will focus on what to look for as far as company information is concerned. We’ll talk about some guidelines that you and your company should consider before posting your next tweet or status.
“When it All Falls Apart”: Information Technology and the Changing Face of Crisis Communication
As end-users become increasingly aware of the implications of technology in... their everyday lives, it is becoming increasingly critical for specialists to understand how to effectively communicate about technology—particularly in moments of crisis. This session will focus on high profile communication from recent technical crises, including the Sony network hack, the WannaCry ransomware exploit, and the 2016 Yahoo data breach. It will showcase some of the most successful elements of this communication as well as its failures, emphasizing how these new kinds of crises modify prior understanding of crisis communication, and also emphasizing what insights IT managers and practitioners of all levels can apply to their own communication with their stakeholders.
Wired to Learn: Tactics for Being a Better Learner
Learning is an active process. It's something in which you take part, not something that "just happens"... to you. As with anything that requires limited resources, there are ways you can get a bigger return from your investment. This session will convey specific tactics that individuals can employ to get more effective at learning and retaining information — techniques gleaned from disciplines like psychology, cognitive science, machine learning, physics, forensics and even metallurgy.
From Average Joe to Salesforce Pro: How to Advance Your Coding Career with Salesforce
In this session, David Liu — an Average Joe who taught himself how to code in Salesforce... and eventually got a developer job at Google — highlights the growing opportunities within the Salesforce developer community and shares his tips on how he leveraged his Salesforce coding skills to skyrocket his career.
Upgrade Yourself: Strategies and Techniques to Keep Your Skills Strong
Someone is coming. They're going to make you and your current skillset obsolete. So: decide... to be that someone, and do it to yourself. New skills can be acquired quickly and competently. But yet: people often won't take two minutes to consider—or reconsider—their day-to-day techniques to be truly proficient in a new language, framework or skill. If any part of your learning strategy can be described with "underline important passages with a yellow highlighter," you need this session. It focuses on practical, pragmatic, real-world learning—and making it a constant part of your daily routine. We'll explore different approaches when the skills you need are in new frameworks, programming languages, patterns and practices, or in subject areas like finance, VR or machine learning. We'll cover frameworks like inquiry-based learning, and leveraging methods like spaced repetition. How to create your own powerful, compelling problems — so you can pull your brain into helping you solve them.
How to Avoid an Outdated Skillset: Don't Let the Digital Transformation Leave You in the Dust
Digital transformation is inevitable and has been occurring for decades, but we now... have a label for it. As your company and industry forge forward, how can you make sure you aren’t left clutching your college diploma and outdated skillset, wondering at which point you became obsolete? This breakout will explore how the main characteristics of digital transformation serve as personal measurements for remaining relevant in the bigger picture. We’ll explore why this transformation matters, and we’ll learn where to put our attention so you will be able to find and seize unexpected opportunities that will keep you landing on top.
The “Retrospectives: Where It Went Wrong” panel will feature... stories from industry veterans of all backgrounds reflecting on the biggest fails of their careers. (We’ve all been there!) You’ll hear about how to avoid the most common pitfalls, like waiting too long to advocate for technical hires and missing deadlines for critical business objectives. And best of all, you’ll leave with practical ideas about how to implement best practices within your organization.
Thwarting Security Threats in a Dynamic Digital World
Troy Hunt, Dale Meredith, John Elliott
Ransomware. Viruses. Espionage. It seems like the threats to IT security are growing... in number, breadth and sophistication. What can you do to better protect your entire IT estate, identify breaches and recovery quickly? Our panel of renowned industry experts offer advice, perspective and insight.
Deborah Kurata, Jonathan Mills, Jake Trent, Tod Gentille
In the beginning there were the registers, and programmers filled them with bits... and said it was good. Then assembly languages begot procedural languages, procedural languages begot object-oriented languages, and OOP begot functional languages. With the explosion of cloud computing and automatic scale, new directions in language design are blooming to take full advantage of what these next generation execution platforms have to offer. What are these trends? How do they affect you as a programmer or a software development lead? Is programming the next blue-collar job? This panel of experts will discuss these topics and more.
Deep Learning: The Future of Artificial Intelligence
Deep learning is vital to improving prediction and accuracy capabilities thr...ough machine learning and predictive analytics. In this session, you'll learn about the ecosystem of deep learning tools and their future business impact.
Virtual Reality and immersive experiences are game changing technologies... that bring a whole new dimension to visualization. At Autodesk, we see the huge potential of these technologies and are committed in providing best in class software solutions to meet today’s and tomorrow’s VR artists and developer needs. Join us at Pluralight Live where Jose Elizardo will walk us through existing Virtual Reality technology as well as Autodesk’s role in this eco-system. Autodesk 3ds Max, the Stingray Game Engine and the LIVE Design family of products and services is your one stop shop for all things immersive, interactive and virtual. All the cool kids are doing it, are you?
Beating the Competition Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
We all know about headline grabbing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine... Learning (ML) applications, like self-driving cars, robots and drones. But even if you are not building these devices, AI and ML technologies can be applied to many of the businesses processes you work with every day. In this talk, you'll see how developers and companies are applying these technologies in new and novel ways, and getting a leg up on the competition. Get a look at strategies to identify appropriate uses of AI/ML in applications, how to add AI/ML to applications, and the impact of making these changes. By the end of this talk, you will understand how and why AI and ML can improve your business process and give you a competitive edge.
Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks, Greg Shields, Jason Helmick
There's little question that the data center management techniques of a decade ago are less... applicable than ever. Today, the need for sudden scale, broad agility, and baked-in security demand a new set of techniques and approaches. We'll explore emerging trends and evidence of change in this insightful panel.
This breakout will challenge popular misconceptions about OSS software.... Open Source Software is about freedom but it does not have to be free. The Open Source business model allows support to be charged for and that is a great way to generate revenue to develop products. Many commercial companies that sell closed-source software often have OSS software too (Microsoft and Azure for example). But if everyone knows the code they know how to break it. Right? Yes, but they also know how to fix it. With the Heartblead virus on OpenSSL, Google was able to assign a team of developers to rapidly find a solution that the small OpenSSL team would have taken time in resolving. The more people that know the code the more eyes you have looking to make it better. Opening your software to outsiders also gives you insight into how others may use your software and the needs of the user base. Developers may be suggesting or adding features that you had not considered.
Don't Build That Smartphone App: It's Already Too Late
The iOS and Android platforms are now 10 years old. The most familiar devices that... we associate with these platforms, smartphones, are now legacy devices. Although smartphones are familiar and widespread, their time as the single dominant device type will soon come to an end. Newer, more compact, and more specialized devices are on the horizon thanks to the IoT. So, what is an app engineering team to do? In this session, we take on this question. We'll look at available and upcoming technologies (i.e., devices, wearables, IoT, etc.) and design practices that enable engineering teams to deploy applications that take advantage of the wide spread availability of smartphones today. You'll learn how your development efforts can position your organization to capitalize on new devices and platforms as they become available.
Navigating the High Seas of Data Analytics & Visualization
Jim Christopher, Matthew Renze, Bill Saltmarsh, Mike Roberts, Dan Appleman
Your organization has never had access to more information about your users, products... and the general populace. You drown in a sea of data, yet thirst for insight as traditional analytics and business intelligence workflows fail to cope with the size and speed of these data streams. What tools and skills are necessary to navigate these new data waters? What trends and disruptions await us as we sail off the map? Aye, there be dragons, friend - but this panel of experienced analysts and data scientists will pilot you true.
“The Modern Web” is here, but what is it really and why is it important?... How will it affect web development for your teams in the near-term future and farther down the road? What's needed of you as a manager? This panel will discuss the implications so you can prepare your team whatever is in store.
Container technologies are coming. You can’t run; you can’t hide.... You can either stand and fight against them, or embrace them and take your career and business to the next level. This talk will introduce the idea of containers and other emerging technologies such as Unikernels, and will get your mind buzzing about how they will shape the future.
Digital Transformation has always been about inspired individuals who believe in turning their... innovative passions into action. These are people who believe in standing out in all that they do from how they work to how they live. Companies who get this are creating leaders and cultures that facilitate flight for their people, and are innovating like never before. So how do great companies and great people stay fresh and continue to stand out in all that they do? We call this Red Shoes Living! Join us for this inspiring and impactful session where we will give you a simple and powerful framework you can use daily to keep your edge and stand out both personally and professionally.
Why a Happiness Engineer Bridges the Gap Between HR and Development Teams
In a startup a long way away, a dev team was formed. As it doubled in size every year and... spread to 7 cities around the world, a functional gap was identified. Hear how an experimental role that maintained a human face while organizing a large development teams, and keeping connections intimate and people engaged, has resulted in awards for culture and onboarding new starters. A talk about the pillars of happiness in a product team, and the challenges of scaling culture.
Hadoop revolutionized the world, offering Big Data for the masses.... Since then, the ecosystem has exploded with storage and analytics options. What changes got us to the state-of-the-art? What decisions await those moving into this rapidly expanding space? What kind of problems are being solved today with Big Data and what problems await us in the future? Come and get inspired!
Data Science is Too Important to Be Left to Just the Data Scientists
Discover how Pluralsight uses data and domain expertise to build symbiotic relationships... between different teams across the organization. In this session, Pluralsight's head of data science will highlight learnings from the product dev, engineering, data and data science teams. You'll hear first-hand from the teams behind Pluralsight's technology learning platform about how they've integrated functions and adapted to the growing need to develop skills in other domains.
Jim Christopher, Matthew Renze, Bill Saltmarsh, Mike Roberts, Michelle Keim
What does it mean to make “data-driven” decisions? Is being “data-driven” just the... next hip industry buzz-phrase, shouldering for mindshare alongside “microservices” and “user-centered design”? Does it mean you hire a bunch of data scientists and analysts and …… say “go drive decision-making?” The truth is, an organization that wants to be “data-driven” needs to have buy-in and participation at every level. The major obstacles tend not to be technical, but psychological and social. In this panel, we will discuss how modern data-driven organizations operate, not just with the data itself, but across the organization. We’ll explore issues of security, trust and communication in the modern, open data organization.
Rethinking Development: What If Compute, Storage and Networking are No Longer a Concern?
What happens when compute, networking and storage are no longer your... concern? What if you can just write your app, package it up into an image and run it anywhere? Maybe on a VM. Maybe a container. Maybe a microkernel. It's networking that just works as you scale and compose complex architectures. With storage that just works even for databases. Without filesystem conflicts. What if you could simply focus on describing what to run and something else worries about how it runs? That future is possible now, but one challenge you'll face is how to remove the shackles of traditional development mentalities. For example, the need for ports, filesystem permissions, shared libraries, configuration management, etc. In this session, learn about how to shift mindsets to exploit a hyper-converged future of accelerated application development, where the execution environment abstracts the hard stuff. O.S. and infrastructure concerns no longer have to leak into your application.
Interconnectivity: The Key to Changing the Future of Creativity and Design
This session is about how the interconnectivity of the creative tools that we... use today are affecting the future of creativity and design. Not just in the way that creatives work and collaborate with each other, but also in how it affects the work that you produce. Through the Creative Cloud, Adobe has created a connected digital workspace, which allows creatives to work quickly and more efficiently between multidisciplinary apps. Unfortunately, not all creatives are aware of the power of having all their apps connected into one ecosystem. This session will demonstrate workflow examples of how using multiple creative apps through the Creative Cloud can make producing more stunning work easier and faster. You'll learn about the possibilities that are available through the different apps, and how you no longer have to stay within one or two apps to create your work.
Tech-nomics: The Odd Economics of Learning and Deploying Technology in Your Organization
As technologists, we tend to focus heavily on the problems we are trying to solve and... the technologies and methodologies we use to solve them. And we tend to be good at it. Where we often get into trouble, and where most projects fail, is in the economics of technology – assessing costs and risks. Technology is the only space where costs decrease and risks increase as time passes. The consequences of this can be strange, and impact every aspect of what we do. This session won’t turn you into an economist – but you won’t look at technology quite the same way again.
What a Functioning DevOps Team Actually Looks like
Feeling like this "DevOps stuff" might just be marketing smoke? It isn't.... It's a real thing, successfully running products for hundreds, if not thousands, of companies worldwide. Pluralsight Director of Technial Curriculum and Microsoft MVP Don Jones shares a look at what really-for-real DevOps teams look like, what they definitely do NOT look like, and how companies looking to make the shift can start to make DevOps a cultural and org-chart reality.
You have a lot of tools to help guide teams to gain new perspective on their problem domain, learn how... to break down problems and organize software flow. But often you are faced with team members who are fearful of the new and reluctant to let go of what's worked for them for years. To best help everyone on the team you need to be kind, leave your ego at the door, be able to read people and figure out, on the fly, what's going to work. Julie has had great success working with teams that are replacing legacy software and helping even the most legacy minds get excited about new beginnings. She'll share her techniques and experiences so that you can help your own teams and clients grow and benefit from DDD thinking.
What web technologies and strategies should we commit to learning and engaging... with in 2018? This is an important question we need to be asking — and answer for ourselves. Our choice of language, platform, frameworks, target devices and user experience all affect the user satisfaction and adoption of Web apps. How do we design and deliver products that provide great experiences, on time and on budget? Which technologies should we learn now that will shape the web's landscape? Where will cloud services and mobile fit into the web prominently? As we prepare for next year, let's take a look at the broad landscape and learn how to focus on the technologies that will shape the Web and our lives in 2018.
Many organizations use the cloud to exchange capital spending on infrastructure with... predictable operating expenses, but the cloud has more to offer. In this session, we will look at a variey of system designs for cloud environments, starting with the classic "lift and shift model" and moving towards more cloud native design that takes advantage of the services and platforms today's cloud has to offer.