by Datadog

Call for Proposals

Let’s imagine the future together: faster applications, information available instantaneously 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 and scalable. And that will, in turn, require businesses to operate even faster and be more nimble than ever before.

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 1,200 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 as they do so, and how their work today aligns with their vision 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 tracks are listed below with some suggested topics, but keep in mind that they are only suggestions. Your story is unique, and we’d love to hear it. The deadline for submissions is March 16 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Accepted speakers 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 experience with the Datadog community.

Tracks

Performance

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.

Examples:

  • DraftKings CTO Travis Dunn (video)
    explained how his company uses circuit breakers to prevent non-critical systems and minor features from causing outages as they moved to a complex, microservices-based architecture.
  • Brian Lucas of Optimizely (video)
    explained how leading tech companies are using experimentation built into CD to efficiently test releases before making them generally available.

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, servers to containers; but what's next? Share how you're architecting the applications and infrastructure of the future.

Examples:

  • Aaron Brady of Shopify (video)
    who 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.
  • Johan Mjönes from EA DICE (video)
    described how his organization manages AAA game launches, which require quickly scaling from zero to millions of users.

Teams

Brook'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.

Examples:

  • Segment’s Calvin French-Owen (video)
    mapped out patterns for effective teamwork during outages.
  • Intercom’s Brian Scanlan (video)
    explained how Intercom transitioned their on-call rotation to a virtual team of volunteers in an effort to improve the quality of on-call as well as the quality of life for engineers.

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 experience of technical and organizational evolutions and revolutions so that others can follow your success (or avoid your mistakes).

Examples:

  • 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.

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 track 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 preventing you from sharing.