September 21-23, 2016

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The Surge Conference is the place where Web Infrastructure and Scalability experts gather, advance, and emerge. Meet and network with industry peers and attendees from all over the tech industry.

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Surge will deliver two days packed with presentations about Scalabilty & Performance at Gaylord National Harbor, MD.

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Learn more about the Surge Conference.

What is Surge 2016? Two days of mind-blowing, practitioner-oriented sessions presented by some of the most established professionals in our field. OmniTI has a reputation for scalable web applications and architectures and a history of sharing the knowledge we learn, working on some of the most critical web infrastructure you'll find anywhere.

Surge allows us to continue this mission, bringing the best and brightest in Web Operations to the East Coast. Now in its seventh year, Surge has become the place where thought leaders in scalability and performance gather.


Access the people and ideas that matter most to your company and career.

Wednesday, September 21
9:00Check In
10:00TRAINING - Nathen HarveyChefIntroduction to Application Automation with Habitat SLIDES
1:00pm - 5:00pmContinue Training
Thursday, September 22
9:00KEYNOTE - Adam SteltznerNASAThe Right Kind of Crazy VIDEO
10:30Will LeinweberCitus DataHow to Launch a Cloud Database Service in 3 Months SLIDES | VIDEO Nicole ForsgrenChefWhat We've Learned From Four Years Sciencing the Crap Out of DevOps SLIDES | VIDEO Brian Reavey & Aaron StahlAOLElastically Scaling Your Legacy
11:30Tanusree McCabeSevatecScaling Resilient Cloud Infrastructure SLIDES | VIDEO Ketan GangatirkarIndeedData-driven off a cliff: anti-patterns in evidence-based decision making SLIDES | VIDEO
1:30pmErin WillinghamKruxMo' metrics, mo' problems; when a million metrics per second isn’t enough anymore SLIDES | VIDEO Abel MathewBacktracePost-mortem Debugging: could you be the one? VIDEO
2:30pmBethany MacriEtsyScaling Infrastructure at Etsy SLIDES | VIDEO Allen WangNetflixKafka @Scale in Cloud SLIDES | VIDEO
4:00pmValerie ThomasSecuriconConfessions of a hacker: Why developers are my favorite target SLIDES | VIDEO Bruce WongTwilioBuilding and Operating a Global Multi-Region, Multi-Cloud architecturSLIDES | VIDEO
5:00pmLightning Talks - Bar opens
6:00pm - 8:00pmHappy Hour Sponsored by OmniTI
Friday, September 23
10:00Joel TosiMoving from 'What Architecture' to 'When' SLIDES | VIDEO Andrey SibiryovUberGo Runtime & Wishful Thinking SLIDES | VIDEO Andrew HarrisBraintree/PaypalEmpathy Scaling
11:00Mike BlandThe Convergence of Wills SLIDES | VIDEO Breandan Dezendorf42LinesHerding ELK: Scaling ELK Towards A Trillion Documents On Disk SLIDES | VIDEO
1:00pmCharles NgShopifyScaling Shopify's multi-tenant architecture across multiple datacenters SLIDES | VIDEO Heidi WaterhouseWaterhouse ConsultingThe Death of Data SLIDES | VIDEO
2:00pmJoe CrobakUnited States Digital ServiceScaling Digital Services in the Government John WilliamsBasecampMulti Data Center Deployments: The Basecamp Way SLIDES | VIDEO
3:30pmHooman BeheshtiFastlyHTTP/2: what no one is telling you SLIDES | VIDEO Bruce LowekampMicrosoftSeatbelt: A modular approach to reliable service-to-service communication VIDEO
4:30pmTheo SchlossnagleCirconusClosing Plenary SLIDES | VIDEO

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Meet and network in an intimate setting with industry peers and attendees from all over the tech industry, as well as from the media and publishing sectors.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Download the prospectus or contact us to get started!

SPEAKERS more coming soon!

Adam Steltzner
Keynote Speaker
Adam Steltzner
Team Leader & Chief Engineer EDL, NASA Mars Rover Curiosity & Author
The Right Kind of Crazy

With a rock star's presence, a storyteller's gift and a PhD in engineering physics, award-winning rocket scientist, Adam Steltzner is simultaneously recognized as one of NASA’s most brilliant engineers and most unique individuals.

With a unique, exciting and inspiring narrative, Steltzner discusses the power of human curiosity, the importance of fostering a culture of collaborative innovation and proves that with the "Right Kind of Crazy," we can significantly expand boundaries and achieve the impossible. His insight and journey are captured in his book, The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership and High Stakes Innovation, released in 2016.


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Surge 2016 will be hosted at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD.

Gaylord National Resort is the cornerstone of the 300 acre, National Harbor waterfront entertainment district, located 8 miles south of Washington DC. The resort offers visitors fine dining and casual restaurants, unique shopping experiences, an indoor pool, and 20,000 square foot spa and fitness center.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is now accepting hotel reservations for Surge 2016. Through their website you can book, modify, or cancel your hotel reservations at any time.


Give your getaway some character with The DreamWorks Experience at Gaylord National! Grab the family and make your Surge attendance a getaway, where you can experience new and exciting interactive adventures with the beloved characters from such DreamWorks Animation films as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar.

To find more things to do during your stay, check out the Gaylord National Entertainment Guide.


Gaylord National is just a 15-minute drive from Reagan National Airport (DCA) and a 45-minute drive from both Dulles (IAD) and Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airports. Shuttle and car service are available from either airport to the hotel.


Gaylord National is just 15 minutes due south of Washington, D.C. — right off the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495) — making it an easy drive from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia areas as well.

Here's a few methods of transportation to and from the hotel:


We're all about inclusive, friendly gatherings.

OmniTI is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Harassment may include but is not limited to offensive verbal comments, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, unwelcome following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately; conference staff will be happy to provide escorts or otherwise assist attendees to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events. Conference staff can be identified by special badges.