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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Jeff Hodges is a distributed systems engineer who sometimes helps with crypto. He’s previously worked at Twitter, helped ship Let’s Encrypt, and is currently consulting.
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.
Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft Azure, focusing on the open source cloud native ecosystem. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After years on call for production (from enterprise to research to startups) and a couple of customer-facing adventures, she now herds cats and wrangles docs on the product side of engineering. In the wider tech community, she has done much conference speaking and organizing, and advises the global devopsdays organization after leading it for over five years. Living in Minneapolis, she enjoys snowshoeing in the winter and bicycling in the summer (with winter cycling as a stretch goal).