Keynote Speakers

Salvatore Sanfilippo

Creator of Redis
Salvatore Sanfilippo

Salvatore started his career in 1997 as a security researcher, writing the hping (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hping) security tool and inventing the Idle Scan. Later he worked on embedded systems, focusing on programming languages research and creating a small footprint Tcl interpreter, which is still in active development. With a colleague, Salvatore created the first two Italian social applications in partnership with Telecom Italia. After this experience, he decided to explore new ways to improve web app development, and ended up writing the first alpha version of Redis and open sourcing it. Since 2009, he has dedicated most of his time to developing Redis open source code.

Over the years, Salvatore has also created a number of other open source projects ranging from software defined radio, to line editing tools, to children development environments. He lives in Sicily, Italy.

Ofer Bengal

Co-Founder & CEO, Redis Labs
Ofer Bengal

Ofer is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and led several companies in the areas of data communications, telecommunications, Internet, homeland security and medical devices. Ofer was founder & CEO of RIT Technologies (NASDAQ: RITT), a provider of sophisticated telecommunications and data communications systems to major world carriers. He began his career as an aerospace engineer in the Israeli Air Force and then built his own aerospace engineering consulting firm. As a hobby, he has also invented, developed and licensed toy concepts to companies such as Milton Bradley, Hasbro and Tomy.

Ofer holds a Bachelor of Science (cum laude) in aerospace engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Scott McNealy

Chairman, Wayin
Scott McNealy

Scott McNealy, Co-Founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 and served as CEO and Chairman of the Board for 22 years during which he piloted the company from startup to legendary Silicon Valley giant in computing infrastructure, network computing, and open source software. Under his watch, Sun Microsystems employed approximately 235,000 worldwide. Sun was sold to Oracle in 2010 for $7.4 billion.

McNealy is committed to innovation in technology and education and is an outspoken advocate for personal liberty and responsibility, small government, and free-market competition. He is heavily involved in advisory roles for companies that range from startup stage to large corporations. McNealy believes in the philosophy that “Without choice, you have no innovation. Without innovation, you have nothing."

Abby Kearns

Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation
Abby Kearns

With nearly twenty years in the tech world, Abby Kearns is a true veteran of the industry. Her lengthy career has spanned product marketing, product management and consulting across Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. As Executive Director of Cloud Foundry Foundation, Abby helms the ecosystem of developers, users and applications running on Cloud Foundry, and works closely with the Board to drive the Foundation’s vision and grow the open source project. Prior to Cloud Foundry Foundation, Abby focused on Pivotal Cloud Foundry as part of the Product Management team at Pivotal. She spent eight years at Verizon where she led Product Management and Product Marketing teams dedicated to the early days of cloud services. In her free time, Abby enjoys indulging in food and wine, and spending time with her husband and son.

Yiftach Shoolman

CTO, Redis Labs
Yiftach Shoolman

Yiftach is an experienced technologist, having held leadership engineering and product roles in diverse fields from application acceleration, cloud computing and software-as-a-service (SaaS), to broadband networks and metro networks. He was the founder, president and CTO of Crescendo Networks (acquired by F5, NASDAQ:FFIV), the vice president of software development at Native Networks (acquired by Alcatel, NASDAQ: ALU) and part of the founding team at ECI Telecom broadband division, where he served as vice president of software engineering.

Yiftach holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science and has completed studies for Master of Science in Computer Science at Tel-Aviv University.

Joel Spolsky

CEO, Stack Overflow
Joel Spolsky

Joel Spolsky is a globally recognized expert on software development and is known by developers around the world for his website Joel on Software. In 2000, he founded his first company, Fog Creek Software, which creates project management tools for software developers, including Trello, which recently spun out into its own company. Previously, Joel worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he developed an Internet client used by millions. He has written three books, including Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Apress, 2007) and worked as a contributing editor for Inc.magazine. Joel graduated from Yale University with a computer science degree. Before college, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a paratrooper and helped found Kibbutz Hanaton.



Session Speakers

Erik Brandsberg

CTO,Heimdall Data
Erik Brandsberg

Erik Brandsberg is CTO at Heimdall Data. He specializes in application-networking technologies for web and backend data. Whether it's coding, testing or installing, he has been involved. His diverse experience at Alteon, Citrix, and Juniper Networks gave him a solid understanding of operational complexities in a modern infrastructure, which led to the founding of Heimdall Data.

Jongyeol Choi

Software Engineer,LINE+ Corporation
Jongyeol Choi

Jongyeol is a software engineer for a messenger server team at LINE, a popular messenger application that is widely used in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia. As a matter of fact, he also works on the Redis Unit at LINE. It is a small team that develops an internal Redis client, Redis monitoring system, and maintains many Redis clusters for LINE messaging. Jongyeol is also a Netty contributor and a Lettuce contributor. He wrote a netty-codec-redis module in Netty. He has contributed features and bug fixes to Lettuce which is an asynchronous Java Redis client.

Flavio Clésio

Core Machine Learning, Movile
Flavio Clésio

Flavio Clésio is specialist in machine learning and database engineering at Movile, where he helps build core intelligent applications to exploit revenue opportunities and automation in decision making. Prior to Movile, Flavio was a business intelligence consultant in financial markets, specifically in credit derivatives. He holds a master’s degree in computational intelligence applied in financial markets.

Loris Cro

Loris Cro

Loris lives in Milan, Italy where he studied CS and currently works for 4ward Srl as a fullstack developer. Before that, he worked on a few research projects with the local universities as Data Engineer (NLP, financial data and bioinformatics). His language of choice is Python and his main interest is recommender systems.

Kinane Domloje

Data Developer, Vinelab
Kinane Domloje

Kinane is a NoSQL advocate and a co-organiser of the Graph Databases Meetup - Beirut (https://www.meetup.com/Graph-Databases-Beirut), keen on sharing his experience with the opens source community. Collaborator on multiple projects related to OGMs and messaging queues. Interested in data modeling, machine learning and analytics. Currently the data owner at Vinelab.

Glenn Edgar

Open Source Developer / Farmer, Lacima Ranch
Glenn Edgar

Retired Embedded Developer. Moved to an avocado farm. Spent last 4 years developing automation for my farm. About 3 years ago, redis played a major role, by accident in my farm automation system. I discovered that redis could play a major role in the IOT edge devices. Would like to present this use of redis.

Steven Faulkner

Director of Engineering, Bustle
Steven Faulkner

Steve Faulkner is the Director of Platform Engineering at Bustle, where he is championing all things "serverless". Previously he co-founded the streaming music startup Murfie. He lives in Philadelphia.

Stefano Fratini

VP Engineering, Siteminder
Stefano Fratini

Stefano is an experienced developer and solution architect that likes to play with Redis to build amazing user experiences.

Gonzalo Garcia

CTO, Etermax
Gonzalo Garcia

Passionate about teams and technology, Gonzalo has been working at Etermax since the beginning of his career. Redis was the best tool to cope with the success of Trivia Crack, an app that went from 1,000 to 25,000,000 users per day in a few months. He will share his experience working with both Redis open source and then RedisLabs and how ROF helped decrease infrastructure costs almost 70%.

Iddo Gino

CEO, RapidAPI
Iddo Gino

Daniel Hochman

Platform Engineer, Lyft
Daniel Hochman

Daniel Hochman is a senior platform engineer at Lyft. He's passionate about scaling innovative products and processes to improve quality of life for those inside and outside of the company. During his time at Lyft, he has successfully guided the platform through the explosion of product and organizational growth. He wrote one of the first and highest-throughput microservices and introduced several critical storage technologies. In addition, he implemented several key patterns to make it easy engineering teams to build scalable systems without hindering their ability to deliver new features quickly.

Sankalp Jonna

Ad Delivery Back end Architect, GreedyGame
Sankalp Jonna

Sankalp is a lead back-end engineer at GreedyGame media, a native ad-network for games. He is responsible for delivery of campaigns at the scale of 200 million monthly. With four years of experience in back-end development, he focuses on building an economical yet scalable modern state of the art ad-network with sophisticated targeting rules and an image processing pipeline. In the process of achieving this goal, Redis has played a major role and through this talk, we hope to give back to the Redis community.

Leena Joshi

VP Product Marketing, Redis Labs
Leena Joshi

Leena has spent over fifteen years in the high tech industry in a variety of product marketing and product management roles. Most recently, she spent five years leading the Splunk solutions marketing team for IT operations, application management and application development. Prior to Splunk, she led product marketing for VMware’s flagship product VMware vSphere. She has also held product management and business operations roles at VMware, Intel and Accenture. Leena has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in computer technology from VJTI (the University of Mumbai), and a post graduate degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.

Khalid Lafi

Software Engineer, Misk Innovation Lab
Khalid Lafi

Khalid is part of an industrial R&D lab, where he focuses on distributed systems. Before that he worked for multiple Internet companies, where he helped A1:AC75 and build mission-critical systems.

Ryan Luecke

Senior Software Engineer, Box, Inc.
Ryan Luecke

Ryan Luecke is a software engineer at Box. His experience includes application security, optimizing upload+download performance, and high performance distributed key/value systems. As a member of the Caching Team at Box, he helps build reliable, scalable key/value systems for engineers to build new capabilities and experiences for Box.

Ajay Kemparaj

Sr Computer Scientist, Adobe Systems
Ajay Kemparaj

Ajay works as Senior Computer Scientist, His experiences are building highly scalable distributed systems , His recent experience has been building an Events platform for Adobe , delivering millions of events for customers, His past experiences involved building an API Platform

Sripathi Krishnan

CTO, HashedIn
Sripathi Krishnan

Sripathi is the CTO at HashedIn Technologies, a consulting and product development shop based in India. HashedIn provides consulting and training to both redis open source and redis enterprise customers. Sripathi is also the primary author of redis-rdb-tools, and has been a fairly regular contributor to redis related questions on stackoverflow.

Roland Lee

Head of Products, HeimdallData
Roland Lee

Roland brings over 20 years of product development experience in the application-networking industry. Roland started as a development engineer of network switching products, and moved to heading up product management teams at Cisco Systems, Citrix and Riverbed. He has managed products lines up to $650M in annual revenue. He is passionate about creating world-class teams and building businesses that provide solutions, which solve customer problems. Roland holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Cal Poly and an MBA from Columbia University.

Adam Lev-Libfeld

Chief Architect, Tamar Technological Solutions
Adam Lev-Libfeld

Adam is the chief engineer of Tamar Labs - a scale-up consultancy based in Tel-Aviv, and the author of NullTerminator.org, a blog about our conceptions, coding habits and how they influence the systems we build. He started working in the field of High-Performance Computing in 2006 as a researcher in HUJI's MOSIX lab and was later enlisted to a major state-owned research centre where he helped build and operate one of Israel's biggest supercomputer clusters.

Ben Malec

Principal Engineer, Paylocity
Ben Malec

Ben Malec is a Principal Engineer at Paylocity, and has been on a quest for high-performing software since his first days writing 6502 assembler on the Apple II. Over the past 26 years Ben has worked in Consulting, Healthcare, Retail, and Commercial Nuclear Power industries. Mr. Malec holds a BSME degree from Michigan Technological University.

Balaji Mariyappan

Solutions Engineer, RCI
Balaji Mariyappan

Balaji has 18 years of IT experience on various domains like hospitality, finance and supply chain. He is passionate about open source technology, web architecture and is also an artist.

Esteban Masoero

Technical Owner of the Platform team, Etermax
Esteban Masoero

Esteban is a Systems Engineer with more than 10 years of experience in the field, working as a Software Developer and as Project Manager / ScrumMaster. This experience allowed him to develop both soft and hard skills, which he considers mandatory for proper team working these days. He has broad experience in object-oriented programming, mainly in Java but also in other languages as Javascript or Ruby. He has worked with many rdbms, and has also been working with no-sql databases. He would love to move to the functional programming world, especially with Scala.

Jim Nelson

Cluster Operations Engineer, Internet Archive
Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson is a Cluster Operations Engineer at the Internet Archive. He's worked in the industry since 1989 developing Web, desktop, and client-server software. He lives in San Francisco.

Sandro Pasquali

Devops Engineer, RCI
Sandro Pasquali

In 1997 Sandro Pasquali founded Simple, which invented the first enterprise-grade JavaScript framework. The company was sold along with several patents which anticipated behavior-based advertising and composable, modular interfaces for browser-based software. Sandro has led design and engineering for some of the largest companies in the world, including Nintendo, Penthouse, Major League Baseball, LimeWire, AppNexus, Conde Nast, and others, often evangelizing for Redis. He has displayed interactive media exhibits during the Venice Biennial and knowledge management tools for research institutes and schools, and started and run several start-ups. He has written two books on Node.js.

Dmitry Polyakovsky

Software Developer, Zumobi
Dmitry Polyakovsky

Dmitry Polyakovsky is an experienced Software Developer and DevOps engineer. He has used Redis for over 7 years as cache, queue and DB to store / search volatile data. Dmitry also has extensive experience with various RDBMSs and NoSQL DBs. He loves Redis because it's a great tool to effectively scale software systems.

Vivek Rajput

Devops Engineer, RCI
Vivek Rajput

I am having 7 years of experience into IT. Presently I am working as a Devops Engineer at RCI. I am passionate about new technologies and love exploring them.

Srinivasan Rangarajan

Head of Product Engineering, Mad Street Den
Srinivasan Rangarajan

Srini is a FOSS Enthusiast and a python programmer who has helped multiple startups create highly scalable and reliable products. Currently he heads the Product Engineering team at Mad Street Den, a Computer Vision and AI startup, where he has built an enterprise suite of products to automate the retail domain.

Luciano Sabenca

Sr Software Developer, Movile
Luciano Sabenca

Luciano is a Software Engineer at Movile for more than 5 years and works as a developer and architect of distributed systems. His main interest areas are: Computer Theory, Machine Learning and Distributed System. Luciano has a BS degree with praise in Computer Science by University of Campinas.

Eran Sandler

Co-Founder & CTO, AppSharp
Eran Sandler

Eran's is the CTO of AppSharp LLC - a small bootstrapped company helping small and micro businesses online. Eran has been in the tech industry since he was 16 and the main connectivity was dial up modems. He has worked in startups for a long and has extensive knowledge in the cloud, in debugging and in creating bugs.

Hardeep Sangha

Sr. Staff Software Engineer, ThermoFisher Scientific
Hardeep Sangha

Bachelor in Computer Science & Engineering. Masters in Software Engineering. Extensive experience building scientific applications. Applications range from embedded, desktop-based, to AWS hosted, from single user to thousands of users.

Bill Sommers

Bill Sommers

Bill Sommers has a broad background in computer systems administration and software engineering. Presently, he specializes in cloud-native architecture and modernizing traditional architectures with a container and microservices architectures. One of his current projects is modernizing legacy web infrastructure using NGINX, PHP, Redis. He is leading technical efforts in his team building high capacity, high performance, composable infrastructure stacks using Docker, Rancher, Kuberenetes.

Aditya Vaidya

Senior Software Dev Engineer, Oath Inc
Aditya Vaidya

Senior Backend Engineer with experience in scalable platforms.

Vijay Vangapandu

Software Architect, eHarmony
Vijay Vangapandu

Vijay Vangapandu is a Software Architect at eHarmony, the leading dating and relationship service provider in the United States. Vijay has 14 years of experience in building reliable, scalable, low latency and high traffic user facing websites. He is part of eHarmony's platform team, where his responsibilities include designing scalable services. Most recently he led the efforts to migrate eHarmony's monolithic web application to a microservices-based architecture.

Piyush Verma

Chief Technology Officer, Oogway
Vijay Vangapandu

Piyush Verma is a Platform and Infrastructure consultant. He is an ex-KDE developer and created Siminars.com. He likes Multiprocessing, Distributed systems, APIs and automating everything. When not coding he can be found cycling around the town.

Jiaqi Wang

Senior Software Engineer, Redfin
Jiaqi Wang

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in CS and EE from the University of Washington, Jiaqi joined Redfin in 2013 as a full stack engineer, building software to redefine the modern real estate experience. Today, she's focused on features that help homeowners better understand their home value and track activity in their neighborhood. She has extensive experience working with AWS, Kafka, and React.js.

Leo Wei

Tech Lead / Solution Architect, Siteminder
Leo Wei

Solution architect and hands on developer with 20+ years of experience working with high performance systems in the banking and IoT space, between China and Australia. From backend (Java, C++) to frontend (Ng2, Vue.js, React).

Jesse Willett

Principal Architect, ProsperWorks, Inc.
Jesse Willett

Jesse is a Software Architect focusing on infrastructure at Prosperworks, Inc., the #1 CRM for Google. Jesse has been working with software for 34 years, online services for 18 years, large distributed systems for 8 years, and Redis for 4 years.

Jean Winget

Owner/Analyst, Wgdesign
Jean Winget

Wgdesign is a project developed by Jean Winget-Gibson to accelerate technology transfer to areas that are not technology advanced through United Nations project #2668.

Saroj Yadav

Staff Software Engineer, Slack, Inc.
Saroj Yadav

A software engineer and Unix aficionado with the Infrastructure group at Slack.