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8/13 Heads Of X Series: Heads of Engineering Conference

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Heads of X Series: Heads of Engineering Conference

Heads of X is a new global virtual technology conference series bringing top minds and highly sought after world and industry leaders across a wide array of disciplines and subject matter expertise.

The second event in the Heads of X series is Heads of Engineering, the most exciting engineering conference in the near term to bring together top practitioners of engineering. It is organized by Epic Events based in San Francisco, CA. The speaker lineup features engineering leaders from Google, Uber, Amazon, Airbnb, Oracle, Facebook and more.

This is a virtual event, and you will be able to join us online from the comfort of your own home to learn from the greatest minds in engineering. You’ll hear what is top of mind for industry leaders, grasp the best practices behind the most successful engineering, and learn about new trends in engineering. Prepare yourself to sharpen your engineering skills, network with a global community of fellow engineering leaders, and leverage the best part of a COVID-induced virtual world: being able to connect with and hear from your esteemed peers where distance is no longer relevant!

 

Check out the other events in our series:

 

Conference Breakdown

Starting at 9:00 AM PDT, Heads of Engineering will be broken up into three sections with two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch break. Our keynote speakers will receive 15 minutes each to share their most impactful insights. We will end the event with an exclusive 45-minute VIP Virtual Networking Session (must purchase ticket with VIP).

 

Agenda (All Times Are PDT)

  • 9:00 AM - Arun Nagarajan - Chief Technology Officer - BigSpring; Former Director of Engineering, Uber

Arun is the Chief Technology Officer at BigSpring. Previously, Arun was Director of Engineering at Uber and Site Lead for the NYC office. He helped build and scale Uber Eats which is now a large global business.

At Google, Arun was a tech lead on the Developer Platform team that enabled external developers to build compelling experiences. Prior to Google, Arun spent almost a decade at a Boston area company leading a team building a cross-platform mobile application development framework for large enterprises.

Arun has a BS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

  • 9:15 AM - Bisera Ferrero - Director of Engineering - Verizon Media/Flurry Analytics

Bisera Ferrero leads the teams of Flurry’s (flurry.com) engineers as they build out the mobile analytics platform that measures end user behavior across 1 million of Android and iOS apps. Her core belief is that individual and the team's high-performance are tightly related, her efforts are focused on improving collaboration within the engineering teams well as coordination with Product and GTM teams. In her years as a technologist Bisera has straddled the gap between the strategy and execution, relishing the play on both ends. Prior to joining Flurry, Bisera spent 4 years as the technical architect for frog, an innovation consultancy, bringing the innovations to life.

  • 9:30 AM - Donald Sumbry - Head of Reliability Engineering - Airbnb (Ex-Uber)

Sumbry currently leads Reliability Engineering @ Airbnb. His team is responsible for the overall reliability of the Airbnb Platform. This is a group that builds tooling, automates operational processes, ensures the quality of all products, and provides production engineering expertise to all of Airbnb.

Sumbry has almost two decades of experience working in the platform, infrastructure, and reliability engineering space but comes from a non-traditional background. Having started his career as a software engineer, Sumbry pivoted to network engineering because he wanted to learn more about the core technology that enabled the Internet and other distributed systems.

Sumbry joined several startups afterward as the Internet grew in popularity and quickly learned how to build and scale infrastructure, striving to strike the right balance between perfection and growth. Sumbry eventually started several of his own businesses because he thought he had some good ideas but he also wanted to learn more about problem-solving from a product and customer perspective. Some great (and expensive) lessons were learned here are a big reason why Sumbry is heavily customer focused today even from the infrastructure and reliability side of development.

A random bit of trivia is that Sumbry is an Electronic Music DJ and producer in his free time, as getting away from platforms and infrastructure actually helps preserve his sanity. Well, that was mostly true until computers heavily invaded the music scene eventually as well.

  • 9:45 AM - Lars Bergstrom - Senior Director of Engineering - Mozilla (Ex-Microsoft)

As the Senior Director of Engineering for Mixed Reality at Mozilla, Lars is responsible for building teams, products, and technologies that ensure virtual and augmented reality devices are fun, useful, and safe on the internet.

At Mozilla, he led the creation of the Firefox Reality suite of browsers for virtual and augmented reality devices and the creation of the Mozilla Hubs project to enable people to get together in virtual spaces from any web browser. Before that at Mozilla, he worked on the Servo project on cross-organizational efforts to make it feasible to use Rust code in Firefox.

In the past, he worked at Microsoft on the Visual Studio suite of products, focused on the core environment, academic suite of tools, and build systems. He also managed the innovation team rebuilding the developer tools suite.

Lars grew up in the Chicago area, and holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University, a professional M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Washington, and both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago. His areas of academic interest include parallel and functional programming language implementation.

  • 10:00 AM - Adrian Ng - Director of Engineering - Oracle (Ex-Cloudera)

Adrian Ng is Director of Engineering at Oracle. In his current role, he leads a team that is building a new cloud service from the ground up. Adrian is a hands-on, results-driven technical leader. He has a proven track record of leading high-performance teams and delivering innovative products for customers. In 2016, he was featured in a Business Insider news article - “26 Oracle rock-star engineers changing the company.” He takes pride in high customer satisfaction with all the products that he has built. When not working, Adrian loves to travel and learn about different people and cultures.

  • 10:15 AM - Nirmal Srinivasan - Director of Software Engineering - Paypal (Ex-Apple, Netflix)

Nirmal Srinivasan is Director of Engineering at PayPal. I have been in the Bay Area for around 20 years, and am passionate about building high-performance engineering teams and bringing great products to the customers I serve. Prior to PayPal I spent close to two decades at Netflix and Apple.

In my roles as an engineer and engineering leader at Netflix I have led and been part of various teams including Customer Engineering, Marketing, e-commerce platform, and Billing & Payments. Amongst my various accomplishments at Netflix, my leadership in migrating account infrastructure from on-prem data center to AWS and subsequent work around billing, compliance initiatives for services in the cloud are noteworthy. At Apple I built and lead a team to create a new user generated content platform for Apple Care and Apple Developers. After several years of working on end user facing product engineering teams, I took on my first adventure on working for the Platforms team supporting our greatest assets - our developer. My journey continues in bringing great products and services and it has been educational and rewarding so far.

I am an audio books junkie, love Classical Carnatic music and gardening and traveling.

  • 10:30 AM - BREAK (15 MINUTES)
  • 10:45 AM - Swapnil Patel - Director of Software Engineering, Head of Mobile Platforms & SDKs - Verizon Media/Yahoo (Ex-Microsoft, Qualcomm)

Swapnil has 14 years of relevant technology and leadership experience building large scale mobile and web applications. In his current role, he is heading mobile platforms teams at Verizon Media to deliver key platforms services scaled to 60+ mobile apps. He is passionate about continuously learning more on cultivating business acumen, enhance organizational skills, leading high performing teams and increase executive presence.

  • 11:00 AM - PANEL (30 MINUTES)

-Alex Wiesen - Director of Engineering, Google Voice - Google

Alex leads engineering for Google Voice and Google Voice for G Suite. Alex has been with Google since 2011, where he’s also worked on Android Phone, Google Meet, Google Hangouts, Google Fi, and Google’s telephony platform. In addition to engineering, Alex is actively involved with management development and organization development at Google, including work on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs and building healthy teams and orgs. In his time at Google he has been a hands-on, full stack engineer, as well as a manager and organizational leader.

Alex also participates in regulatory and standards working groups for the NANC and FCC among others.

Prior to Google, Alex’s career has been focused on enterprise software applications, working for companies ranging in size from 25 employees to 12,000. He has worked as a UX lead, technical lead and engineer on backend and frontend projects. He received a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

-Jossie Haines - Senior Director of Platform Engineering - Tile (Ex-Apple, Zynga)

Jossie Haines has spent 20 years in the tech industry as a software engineer, tech lead, and engineering leader at the forefront of emerging technology across Silicon Valley, including engineering manager on Siri at Apple, and both Principal Software Engineer and Director of Engineering at Zynga for a variety of teams. She is currently the Sr Director of Platform Engineering at Tile, where she is integrating the Tile technology into the 5 billion bluetooth devices released every year. She is also an advocate for women in the tech industry, and actively mentors on the Plato and WEST platforms. Jossie started Women at Siri, and leads the Belonging at Tile employee resource group, and mentorship program.Here’s more about Tile - Founded in 2012 and headquartered in San Mateo, CA, Tile is building a world where everything that matters can be found. Our services empower the Tile community to help each other find millions of lost belongings every day.

-Vijji Suryadevara - Chief Information Officer, Head of Engineering - Phizzle

Vijji Suryadevara, CIO & Head of Engineering. Vijji is an accomplished entrepreneur and executive, passionate about using technology to make a difference. Vijji brings her technical and management skills to the role of CIO & Head of Engineering to build a scalable technology organization and innovation culture to enable rapid growth of Phizzle. Vijji was the Founder, CEO & CTO of CareerWaze a Future of Work startup. CareerWaze is an AI driven Career and Learning advisor helping users acquire in-demand skills. Vijji was also the Founder & CEO of BPA Technologies a VC funded Technology Services startup focused on Content Management Solutions for Fortune 500 Companies. BPA was acquired by a Moody’s group company ICRA in 2012. ​ Prior to this she held technology leadership positions and architected and built enterprise solutions in Content Management and Telecommunications domains. Vijji has a Bachelor’s in Computer science, Mathematics & Physics and a Master of Computer Applications from NIT Warangal.

-Or Weizman (Moderator) - Engineering Manager, Uber

Or is an Engineering Manager at Uber where he leads Rider Recommendation helping personalize people's trip experience. Prior to Uber, Or has led teams focused on building experiences to delight and engage customers and professionals. Outside of work, he can be found with a camera in hand (usually in the hills of Berkeley) trying to improve his craft.

  • 11:30 AM - Vidal Graupera - Engineering Manager - Linkedin (Ex-Uber, Autodesk, Walmart Labs)

Vidal Graupera is an experienced engineering leader. He hosts the popular "Managers Club" website and podcast, where you will find interviews with successful engineering leaders and managers at https://www.managersclub.com. Vidal is an Engineering Manager at LinkedIn. Previously he was an Engineering Manager at Uber, Autodesk, and WalmartLabs. Vidal holds engineering degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern CA, and also an MBA from Santa Clara University. He served in the US Navy Reserve as an Engineering Duty Officer. A son of Cuban immigrants, Vidal was born in Miami, FL.

  • 11:45 AM - Shui Hu - Engineering Manager, Alexa AI - Amazon (Ex-Uber, Twitter, Palantir Technologies)

Shui Hu is an engineering manager for an NLP team within Alexa AI at Amazon. Before joining Amazon, he had worked as a software engineer at Palantir, Twitter, and Uber as well as a Research Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Shui was initially drawn to machine learning due to his interest in applications of mathematics. This eventually led him to NLP. From time to time, he finds that chatting with a conversational assistant is not such a bad way to unwind.

  • 12:00 PM - BREAK (30 MINUTES)
  • 12:30 PM - John Thomas - Director of Engineering, Google Cloud - Google (Ex-Uber, Youtube, Google, Oracle)

As a seasoned technology leader, John has almost 20 years of experience in consumer and enterprise domains, building and running successful engineering organizations.

Currently, John is Director of Engineering at Google Cloud, where he leads the GSuite’s Enterprise Platform, including products like GSuite Essentials and Cloud Identity. Prior to that he was a Director of Engineering at Uber where he built and led Uber's pricing, fares and incentives orgs, and designed systems to scale globally and manage a multi-billion dollar annual spend. Prior to Uber, he spent a decade running engineering teams at Google, most recently at YouTube (where he incubated and ran YouTube's paid video initiatives like YouTube Red and YouTube TV), Infrastructure, AdWords and Wallet. Prior to Google, he did a short stint in enterprise software at Siebel Systems. He has an MS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Mumbai.

John is also an active angel investor and advisor in a number of startups, like DoorDash, AirHelp and HipCamp. He’s also an Advisory Board Member of FootHill College's Computer Science Department.

  • 12:45 PM - PANEL (30 MINUTES)

-Sebastiano Armeli (Moderator) - Former Engineering Manager - Snap (Ex-Spotify)

Sebastiano Armeli is a seasoned engineering manager who has managed multiple teams at Snapchat (in LA) and Spotify (in NYC) in the last 7 years. Sebastiano has also worked as engineers for many years in Melbourne, Australia and Italy. Sebastiano is passionate about leading and coaching teams and enjoys participating in conferences.

-Nina Chen - Engineering Manager - Twitter (Ex-LinkedIn, Turn, Expedia, Oracle)

Nina Chen is an engineering manager at Twitter, currently working on the awareness team and focusing on video and promoted trend ads. She studied for her bachelor’s degree in China and graduated with a master’s degree in E-business Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. Outside of work, she is a fashionista and runs her fashion blog on Weibo and RED.

-Jose Angel Castillo - Engineering Manager - Airbnb (Ex-Apple, Microsoft)

I am originally from Mexico but have been living in the US for 14 years. I am an Engineering Manager at Airbnb in the Marketplace Dynamics team where or over a year have been leading the platform and monetization teams. Before joining Airbnb I spend 5 years helping to build the personal assistant Siri in multiple roles. And before that I spent 8 years at Microsoft on multiple organizations from Windows to Microsoft Research.

-Richa Khandelwal - Engineering Manager - Facebook (Ex-Coursera, Amazon)

Richa is an Engineering Manager at Facebook leading the Core team building the foundation on the Facebook Watch (Videos) product at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, She has been at companies like Coursera, Amazon, Microsoft, MapR Technologies with 10 years of industry experience.

  • 1:15 PM - Jossie Haines - Senior Director of Platform Engineering - Tile (Ex-Apple, Zynga)

Jossie Haines has spent 20 years in the tech industry as a software engineer, tech lead, and engineering leader at the forefront of emerging technology across Silicon Valley, including engineering manager on Siri at Apple, and both Principal Software Engineer and Director of Engineering at Zynga for a variety of teams. She is currently the Sr Director of Platform Engineering at Tile, where she is integrating the Tile technology into the 5 billion bluetooth devices released every year. She is also an advocate for women in the tech industry, and actively mentors on the Plato and WEST platforms. Jossie started Women at Siri, and leads the Belonging at Tile employee resource group, and mentorship program.Here’s more about Tile - Founded in 2012 and headquartered in San Mateo, CA, Tile is building a world where everything that matters can be found. Our services empower the Tile community to help each other find millions of lost belongings every day.

  • 1:30 PM - Ricky Kurniawan - Sr. Engineering Manager - Dropbox (Ex-Microsoft, Cisco)

Richa is an Engineering Manager at Facebook leading the Core team building the foundation on the Facebook Watch (Videos) product at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, She has been at companies like Coursera, Amazon, Microsoft, MapR Technologies with 10 years of industry experience.

  • 1:45 PM - Julian Warszawski - VP of Engineering - Goldman Sachs

Julian is a technology leader at Goldman Sachs delivering high-impact consumer finance products. He also drove a successful credit card launch for an SF based fintech startup - LendUp. Throughout his 17 years of professional work in tech, Julian designed and implemented systems in fields such as trading, virtualization, geospatial and IoT. He is passionate about social dynamics of tech organizations and discovering how behavioral patterns impact team morale and performance. He is active in the engineering community speaking at conferences, local user groups, blogging and advancing the cause of women in tech through RewritingTheCode.org mentorship.

Beyond his profession, Julian enjoys retro gaming, skateboarding and songwriting.

  • 2:00 PM - BREAK (15 MINUTES)
  • 2:15 PM - Exclusive VIP Virtual Networking (45 MINUTES)

 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

-John Thomas - Director of Engineering, Google Cloud - Google; Former Director of Engineering, Price and Fares, Uber

-Arun Nagarajan - CTO, BigSpring; Former Director of Engineering, Uber

-Donald Sumbry - Head of Reliability Engineering - Airbnb; Former Head of Production Engineering, Uber; Former Director of Cloud Services, Twilio

-Lars Bergstrom - Senior Director of Engineering - Mozilla

-Shui Hu - Engineering Manager, Alexa AI - Amazon

-Alex Wiesen - Director of Engineering, Google Voice - Google

-Julian Warszawski - VP of Engineering - Goldman Sachs

-Adrian Ng - Director of Engineering - Oracle

-Ricky Kurniawan - Sr. Engineering Manager - Dropbox

-Nirmal Srinivasan - Director of Software Engineering - PayPal

-Swapnil Patel - Director of Software Engineering, Head of Mobile Platforms & SDKs - Verizon Media/Yahoo

-Jossie Haines - Senior Director of Platform Engineering - Tile (Ex-Apple, Zynga, American Express)

-Vijji Suryadevara - Chief Information Officer, Head of Engineering - Phizzle

-Bisera Ferrero - Director of Engineering - Verizon Media/Flurry

-Vidal Graupera - Engineering Manager - Linkedin (Ex-Uber, Autodesk, Walmart Labs)

-Nina Chen - Engineering Manager - Twitter (Ex-LinkedIn, Turn, Expedia, Oracle)

-Jose Angel Castillo - Engineering Manager - Airbnb (Ex-Apple, Microsoft)

-Sebastiano Armeli - Former Engineering Manager - Snap (Ex-Spotify)

-Ricky Kurniawan - Sr Engineering Manager - Dropbox

-Richa Khandelwal - Engineering Manager - Facebook

-Or Weizman (Moderator) - Engineering Manager, Uber

 

CONFIRMED VIP ATTENDEES:

-Satish Viswanatham - Senior Director of Engineering, Skillz; Former Head of Risk Infrastructure, Airbnb

-Sanjay Sundararajan - Director of Engineering, Box

-Vasanth Krishnamoorthy - Senior Engineering Manager, Walmart Labs

-Manas Chhabra - Senior Engineering Manager, Levi Strauss & Co.

-Wei Hai - Head Of Engineering, Jeepers Treepers (Treep)

-Haseeb Khan - Director of Engineering, Apttus

-Jan Linden - Head Of Engineering, Whisper.ai

-Elaine Liu - Senior Backend Software Engineer, Atlassian

-Mark Lu - Founding Engineer, Trace Data

-Syed Salman Qadri - Head of Engineering, Seeloz

-Venkat Sivasubramanian - Head of Platform Engineering, Walmart Labs

-Tao Wang - VP & Head Of Engineering, Trace Data

-David Yoon - Head of Engineering, Antara Health

-Lawrence Valenti - Co-Founder | Product & Creative Lead - Skillprint

-Vasanth Krishnamoorthy - Senior Engineering Manager - Walmart Labs

-Manas Chhabra - Senior Engineering Manager - Levi Strauss & Co.

-Daniel Kador - Director of Engineering - Handshake

-Chris Scholz - Director Of Engineering, Infra & SRE - Electric

-Atanu Mishra - Director Engineering - ESGYN Corporation

-Barry Young - Director of Engineering, Adobe Lightroom - Adobe

-Jyothi Thondepu - Director, Software Engineering - Walmart Labs

-Yann Gregoire - Senior Director Of Engineering - Flatiron School

-Robin Lim - Director Of Engineering - Handshake

-Hafiz M Hamid - Engineering Manager - Lyft

-Shinjani Gaur - Senior Engineering Manager - Uber

-Philip James - Head of Engineering - Trim

-Nadav Cohen - CTO - Dugri

-Prashant Palsokar - Director Of Engineering - Ciitizen

-Isaac Palka - Senior Engineering Manager - Cigna

-Dhaval Shah - Senior Director Of Engineering - Bloomberg

-Noah Appel - Director Of Engineering - INTURN

-Nidhi Vichare - Head of Data Engineering - Cisco

-Srini Gopisetti - Director of Engineering - Sincro

-Many More

 

What is #HeadsOfX?

Heads of X is a new global virtual technology conference series bringing top minds and highly sought after world and industry leaders across a wide array of disciplines and subject matter expertise.

What is #HeadsOfEngineering?

Heads Of Engineering is the second conference in the Heads of X conference series by Epic Events where attendees can delve into the future of Engineering. It will feature a mix of keynotes, breakout sessions, and panel discussions, all with the aim to provide actionable insights around how to build engineering.

Why should I attend?

Whether you’re a startup or a Fortune 500, an individual contributor or leading a team, what you learn during Heads Of Engineering will transform the way you go about building engineering. You’ll come away with concrete ideas you can apply in your company right away, along with fresh contacts that may become customers or partners in the future.

What does my FREE Heads Of Engineering ticket include?

It includes access to the conference to the livestream and you will be able to download the slides during the conference.

Where is the conference?

Heads Of Engineering will take place live, online on August 13th, 2020. We will send you the instructions in the confirmation email. The best part is you can watch the conference from the comfort of your own home, wherever in the world you are!

Who is attending?

Attendees of Heads Of Engineering are Senior Engineering leaders: Sr. Engineering Manager, Director of Engineering, Head of Engineering, VP of Engineering, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Information Officer.

Will Heads Of Engineering be recorded?

Yes. Make sure to get your free online ticket in order to receive all the recordings and slides.

How do I become a Sponsor?

Get in touch with us at hi@daringlyepic.com.

I want to send my team. Are there group discounts?

Yes, we offer a Group Discount with 5 tickets for the price of 3! If you have a group of more than 5 attendees from the same company, please email hi@daringlyepic.com to request a special group discount.

Do you provide any discounts for students, non-profits, startups, etc?

Yes, we provide a limited amount of early-bird tickets. We also provide free tickets to watch the conference live online and receive all the recordings and slides afterwards.

What's the cancellation/refund policy?

Sorry, no refunds are allowed, but you can transfer the ticket to a colleague or a friend. Any ticket transfers must be made at least 48 hours before the event starts.

Can you advise me on how to convince my boss that Heads Of Engineering is worth the investment?

Yes, you can download our template (click here) for convincing your boss.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

hi@daringlyepic.com

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