QCon (the international software conference for senior developers, architects, and tech leads) recently celebrated its twelfth year in London. Located at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference just steps from Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, this year’s event attracted 1,350 tech leaders in software and offered 136 technical deep dives, open spaces, and AMAs (Ask Me Anything) to attendees.
InfoQ had a number of editors at this year’s QCon London (you can read the coverage online). This email summarizes the key takeaways and highlights from the conference as blogged and tweeted directly by attendees that attended.
While the conference featured 18 curated tracks that covered nearly all of the major trends in software today, there were three that seemed to thread throughout the conference: Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, Microservices, and Ethics.
Andrew Ng famously called “AI the new electricity”. Dave Snowden discussed building Neural networks with DL4J, Tim Kadlec asked us to consider the role our algorithms play in important life decisions for our users, and Eric Horesny led a full day track that covered the full spectrum of how AI is affecting each of our lives.
Microservices has moved from the stage of figuring out how to decompose the monolith to actually operating them. Sam Newman’s day one track on Microservices covered scaling, debugging, observing, and security with a Microservice architecture. In the Architecture’s You’ve Always Wondered About track, Expedia’s Mariano Albera discussed how the company replatformed their B2B APIs while continuing to support their $5 billion business.
Everywhere we look in software, we are starting to see larger and more pressing ethical concerns. Anne Currie (Chief Strategist Container Solutions) and Gareth Rushgrove (Product Manager @Docker) led one of the first ethics tracks we’ve seen in software. This all-star lineup featured talks like A Young Profession Coping With Ethical Debt from Editorial Board Member of the ACM Queue Theo Schlossnagle and Tim Kadlec’s Focusing on What Matters (where Tim challenged the audience with “It’s up to us to build web that truly is for everyone”).
QCon London 2018 featured over 140 speakers from innovative software shops like Google, Sky Bet, Honeycomb.io, Data Artisans, Mozilla, UBA, Uber and more, the keynote lineup this year was especially noteworthy. @RealMrGloverman: I have attended the last 4 @qconlondon and I can honestly say the closing keynote from @RichardWiseman is the highlight of them all. Outstanding. Thanks for another great year #qconlondon team.
Opening the 2018 conference, Rob Harrop (CEO @SkipJaq and Co-Founder SpringSource) delivered a motivational talk for developers to open the black box of machine learning. Harrop’s talk illustrated that artificial intelligence and machine learning are approachable by all of us (it even spawned an infographic on the topic). Additionally, Laura Bell (Founder of New Zealand’s SafeStack), Randy Shoup (VP Engineering @WeWork), and Richard Wiseman rounded out the 2018 keynote lineup with talks on culture+security, imposter syndrome, and a recipe book for changing your luck surface.
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InfoQ produces QCons in 5 cities around the globe. Our focus on practitioner-driven content is reflected in the fact that the program committee that selects the talks and speakers is itself comprised of technical practitioners from the software development community. This week QCon will be in Sao Paulo. We're then in New York in June, Shanghai in October and San Francisco in November. We'll be back in London on March 4th 2019.
QCon London Key Takeaways
Read the key takeaways and highlights from QCon London 2018 as blogged and tweeted directly by attendees that attended.
- Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for the SWE
- Attitude Determines Altitude- Engineering Yourself
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Architecting a Culture of Secure Software
Tracks & Talks
- How Events Are Reshaping Modern Systems
- Inside a Self-driving Uber
- Lambda Architectures: a Snapshot, a Stream, & a Bunch of Deltas
- Logistics as a Service: Building the Ocado Smart Platform
- An Engineering-led Culture at Scale
- Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement
- Building Great Engineering Cultures Panel
- Engineering Culture Revived
- It's People, Stupid (People Are Stupid?)
- Kubernetes: Crossing the Chasm
- Taking Back “Software Engineering”.
- Cloud-native and Scalable Kafka Architecture
- Real-Time Decisions Using ML on the Google Cloud Platform
- Taming Distributed Stateful Pets With Kubernetes
- Modular Java Development in Action
- Serverless and Java in the Real World
- Rust 2018: An Epoch Release!
- Insecure Transit – Microservice Security
- Microservices Lessons Learned From a Startup
- Microservices & Scaling of Rational Interactions
- Securing Serverless – By Breaking In
- Formal Methods at Amazon Web Services
- Java at Speed
- Disrupting the Banking Experience: Building a Mobile-Only Bank
- FlexiTime Token: Building dApps with Ethereum
- ID Crisis! Take Back Control with Self-sovereign
- How to Build Observable Distributed Systems
- Observability and Emerging Infrastructures
- Observability Panel
- Testing Observability
- The Present and Future of Serverless Observability
- Making the Windows Command-Line Great Again!
- The Modern Operating System in 2018.
- Attack Trees, Security Modeling for Agile Teams
- Bigger, Faster and More Secure
- Encryption Without Magic, Risk Management Without Pain
- Security Champions: Only YOU Can Prevent File Forgery
- Drivetribe: A Social Network on Streams
- A Young Profession Coping With Ethical Debt
- Ethical Tech - A Psychologist's Perspective
- Responsibly Smashing Pandora’s Box
- Explaining Artificial Intelligence to Schoolchildren
- The Extraordinary World of Quantum Computing
- JDK 9: Mission Accomplished. What Next for Java?
QCon London 2018 Publishing Schedule
Check out full videos on InfoQ.com
The video schedule for QCon London 2018 has also been posted. Over the course of the next 4 months, InfoQ will be publishing most of the conference sessions online. The publishing schedule can be found on the QCon London web site, and on Facebook you can see numerous photos from QCon.
Week of April 16
The Modern Operating System in 2018
Modular Java Development in Action
Focusing On What Matters
Microservices & Scaling of Rational Interactions
Debugging Microservices Applications w/ Service Mesh, openTracing & Squash
Securing Serverless – By Breaking In
Week of April 23
Microservices Lessons Learned From a Startup
Inside a Self-Driving Uber
Insecure Transit - Microservice Security
Idit Levine & Guy Podjarny & Sam Newman & Susanne Kaiser & Mark Burgess
Develop Your Development Experience
Taking Back "Software Engineering"
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