by Datadog

Call for Proposals

Let’s imagine the future together: faster applications, information instantly available from any device, and global communities using it all to create connections as easily as people sitting side-by-side today.

But getting there from here will require us to build systems and applications that are fast, scalable, and resilient. And that will, in turn, require businesses to operate even faster and more nimbly—all in an environment where security and compliance are more important than ever.

At Dash, we want to hear your stories of speed and scalability as you build the next generation of infrastructure, applications, and teams. We’ll bring together over 2,000 of the world’s top developers, systems engineers, and business leaders to share how they accelerate and scale out their teams and systems, how they maintain visibility and focus, and how their work today aligns with their visions for the future.

If you have a success story or a cautionary tale of missteps and lessons learned, this is your opportunity to share it!

Our themes are listed below with some suggested topics, but they are only suggestions. Your stories are unique, and we’d love to hear them. The deadline for submissions is March 19th at 11:59 PM EDT.

Accepted speakers will receive a complimentary conference pass, and participate in a networking reception. Speakers will also receive help in preparing their session and the opportunity to share their experiences with the Datadog community.



In our pursuit to push our systems to do more, both applications and infrastructure are growing more complex. As this happens, we're running into a common problem: performance. Share what you're doing to build faster applications and systems that deliver better user experiences.


  • Shesh Patel of the New York Times (video)
    covered how the New York Times used stress testing in preparation for a known high traffic event—the 2018 Midterm Elections.
  • DraftKings CTO Travis Dunn (video)
    explained how his company used circuit breakers to prevent non-critical systems and minor features from causing outages as they moved to a complex, microservices-based architecture.

Scaling Systems

Dash is about scaling up and speeding up, but we can't do that with the tools and architectures of the past. We've moved from monoliths to microservices, and from servers to containers, but what's next? Share how you're architecting the applications and infrastructure of the future.


  • Aaron Brady of Shopify (video)
    spoke about the unique challenges in building and scaling Shopify, their heavy use of MySQL and database sharding, and how they worked to simplify customer onboarding.
  • Bonnie Rhee of Flatiron Health (video)
    shared what happened when Flatiron Health introduced brand new technology to maintain developer happiness and how, despite their rigorous release plan, the rollout caused issues ranging from exposing brittle ecosystems and processes, to causing internal server failures. Hear about missteps and mistakes, the lessons learned from these incidents, and the introduction of a celebrated product.


Brooks's Law tells us that we can't simply add more people to get more done. Scaling teams is a delicate balance of adding new members while managing work, mentoring teammates, building processes, and growing culture. Share how you're building your team and setting them up for success.


  • Segment’s Calvin French-Owen (video)
    mapped out patterns for effective teamwork during outages.
  • Blake Scrivner of Zendesk (video)
    discussed how Zendesk scales quickly without losing alignment and keeps talented people passionate and engaged.

Transformations & Case Studies

Organizations and technical systems aren’t static. As we encounter new challenges, we have to adapt our approach and our technologies to solve them. Share your first hand experiences of technical and organizational evolutions so that others can follow your path to success (or avoid your mistakes).


  • Damian Schenkelman of Auth0 (video)
    shared Auth0’s experiences in creating and rolling out SRE.
  • Tiffany Low and Willie Yao of Airbnb (video)
    shared the story of how Airbnb failed to migrate to microservices on their first attempt—at the time, they didn’t have an urgent need, so the costs outweighed the benefits. As they scaled their developer team, however, deployments slowed and the migration became necessary. The lessons from their first attempt helped them successfully migrate to microservices when it mattered most.

Security and Compliance

Applications and infrastructure are growing more complex, and DevOps practices distribute data across services and teams. The desire to scale and speed up doesn't obviate the need to build with security in mind from day one, causing new challenges for security teams as they adjust to this new normal. Compliance and privacy requirements in regulated industries often complicate matters even further. Share how you're building security and compliance into your systems and culture, without compromising velocity.

Surprise Us

Dash is focused on the future of technical applications and systems, and the teams that build and support them. The future is unknown, but will certainly bring surprises. If you have a talk that fits Dash’s theme, but may not fit into one of our tracks, we encourage you to submit it!

Tips for submitting

  • Sessions will be 40 minutes in length, and you should plan to reserve at least 5 minutes at the end for questions.
  • Choose the most appropriate theme for your talk. This will ensure it is reviewed by the right people.
  • Keep the audience in mind. You’ll be presenting to professional developers, engineers, and technically-oriented business leaders.
  • Explain why your story matters and include details of what the audience will learn.
  • Datadog will provide travel and accommodations for selected speakers. We don’t want travel logistics to prevent you from sharing.
  • Explain why your story matters and include details of what the audience will learn.
  • Datadog will provide travel and accommodations for selected speakers. We don’t want travel logistics preventing you from sharing.