Bridget curated the distributed systems track at GOTO Chicago 2018. In the last timeslot of the day, she gathered all the speakers from the track to discuss their topics.
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Jordan Hendricks is an engineer at Joyent, where she works on Manta, Joyent’s distributed and highly-scalable object store. In a past life, she studied chemistry and did college journalism before switching to computer science as a grad student. She lives in Berkeley, California, and enjoys cooking, hiking and all forms of gym-going.
Erik St. Martin spent the last decade building distributed systems for large enterprises such as cable providers, credit bureaus, and fraud detection companies, and now works for Microsoft as a Cloud Developer Advocate. He co-authored a book on the Go programming language, podcasts with GoTimeFM, and co-organizes GopherCon, the annual conference for the Go community.
Alena Hall is a Senior Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. She previously worked on a security fuzzing project at Microsoft Research. Alena has more than ten years of experience in the software engineering industry with a focus on distributed cloud programming, real-time system modeling, high load and performance, big data analysis, data science, functional programming, and machine learning. She is an elected member of the F# Software Foundation’s board of trustees. You can find her on Twitter as @lenadroid.
Kyle Kingsbury, a.k.a “Aphyr”, is a computer safety researcher working as an independent consultant. He’s the author of the Riemann monitoring system, the Clojure from the Ground Up introduction to programming, and the Jepsen series on distributed systems correctness. He grills databases in the American Midwest.