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Nerd Island at FutureStack

I'm pleased to share with you all our full agenda for Nerd Island at FutureStack! FutureStack starts tomorrow, May 25 so be sure to register if you haven't already!

Tuesday, May 25


First, on Tuesday, The Relicans will be helping out with FutureHack, a hackathon for Data Nerds.

Learn more about the hackathon, tracks and prizes (including a $10,000 grand prize) here!

Wednesday, May 26

Introducing Skittish: A Playful Space for Virtual Events with Andy Baio

10:15 am - 11:15 am PT
Andy Baio offers reflections on a 20 year career in creative technology, including lessons learned as a festival organizer, developer, and writer. He'll share the story of his most recent creation, Skittish, and how recent circumstances highlighted the need for safe, playful community spaces that allow for organic human connection.

We're very excited to say that we'll share this session, along with all of Nerd Island, in a demonstration of Skittish, his new virtual event space.

A Fireside Chat with Kelsey Hightower: Lighting the Fire

11:15 am - 12:15 pm PT
Join Kelsey Hightower and Jonan Scheffler as they take a look back through the annals of Observability to find the “wow” moments. Kelsey recalls working at Puppet Labs in the age of Nagios, when the monitoring for downtime occasionally became the source of the downtime itself, and how it felt to open New Relic for the first time. Installing a single library and having instant access to an entire world of information was a game changer. We’ll walk through that moment and then carry the torch on to the present and future of Kubernetes, the Linux kernel and serverless technology. We’re going to relive those moments of excitement that brought us here, highlight the places we find that joy today and illuminate those gems lying just beyond the edges of what’s possible. The future is bright and we’re on our way, come join us as we light the fire.

Making Code Sing: Programming Music in Ruby

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm PT
Sam Aaron provides an introduction to Sonic Pi, a code-based music creation and performance tool. Sonic Pi was initially developed to help children learn to code in schools and has since evolved into a powerful musical instrument. Sam will walk us through the goals and history of the project before demonstrating the expressive potential of live code by performing a DJ set live using just Sonic Pi. Come enjoy some music and learn more about this brilliant intersection of art, code and education. No prior knowledge of either code or music is necessary to join and follow along.

Thursday, May 27

Pelicans in Orbit: Buckle Up Nerds, We’re Going to Space with Jonan Scheffler

10:15 am - 10:35 am PT
Ever wonder what life as a space pelican might be like? How do they even breathe? Do they eat freeze-dried fish? Jonan Scheffler is here to answer all of your questions. Some about pelicans, but many more about developer relations and how we do it here at New Relic.

We’re going to talk about the past, present and future of devrel and how it came to pass that rather a lot of developers started getting up to mischief on the internet under the banner of The Relicans.

If you’ve imagined getting into developer relations yourself or are interested in what motivates all these loud people to keep hopping up on stages you’ll likely find value here. At the very least you’ll walk away with a fresh perspective on the topic of astro-ornithology and the blueprints to design your very own pelican spacesuit.

Come join us as we learn to fly in the vacuum of space, we can’t wait to see you there.

Pelicans on Parade: The Relicans Showcase

Relicans' Roost: Building an Online Game Show Studio with Aaron Bassett

10:35 - 10:45 am PT
Mashing together a pub quiz, TV game show, and Zoom requires a surprising amount of Python and WebSockets. Join me in this session as we look at the code behind Relicans' Roost, the online quiz show from The Relicans.

Move Fast without Breaking Things: Rust for JavaScript Developers with Aisha Blake

10:45 - 10:55 am PT
When you start programming in Rust, you get the crunchy, low-level goodness that you get with a language like C++ but with guardrails that make it more difficult to make costly mistakes. If you primarily consider yourself a JavaScript developer, a language like Rust might feel irrelevant or even intimidating. Let's explore what you can actually do with Rust as well as address the language features that may be unfamiliar territory!

Cultivating Digital Team Culture as a Team Member with Ali Diamond

10:55 - 11:05 am PT
As we ride the wave of the pandemic, companies are transforming from in person to online, and teams are moving from being together to being remote. As a team member, how can you help promote a strong culture in your digital team? In this talk I'll share with you some of my actionable secrets, like authentic team events and game days - as a culture maker, a trouble maker, and an active team member.

Mentor Anyone Into a Developer with Chris Sean

11:05 am - 11:15 am PT
I'm fortunate to have been able to mentor quite a few people into getting their first job as a developer in the industry. In this session I share exactly what I've done to see a success rate of 100% and how you can do it as well.

DevOps for High Schoolers? with Daniel Kim

11:15 am - 11:25 am PT
DevOps as a field is intimidating, and when you search for more information you’re inundated with results for corporate webinars, jargon filled tutorials, and complex diagrams. Bit Project, a tech education nonprofit, built an interactive game called Error in Prod, an immersive learning experience simulating an on-call scenario for a SRE, to make DevOps friendly and accessible. Students are guided through the experience by a series of video clues featuring Buddy, the On-Call Captain, and Francine, the Police Officer, played by high school and college students around the world. Thanks to the misguided adventures of D. Bug, the villainous hacker infiltrating a simulated app, students use various DevOps tooling to pinpoint various errors, learning the fundamentals of site reliability engineering.

In this talk, learn why you should incorporate theatre, skits, and many many wigs to make hard, complex technical things fun and accessible!

Beer Bellies and Bombing: Building Resilience with Danny Ramos

11:25 am - 11:35 am PT
I walked into an old dingy dive bar two years ago to try stand up comedy for the first time and I was terrible… but I was hooked. There would be nights I’d go up and tell the best joke I’d ever written only to be met with complete silence, but I learned from those crickets! Without even realizing it, I was gaining the skills and the resilience to transition into a career in tech. After eight years in retail and comedy, those same skills got me through code school. It’s never too late to pivot, to take your life or your work in a new direction. You can work through the fear (and reality) of failure by thinking critically, changing your approach, and working towards achievable goals. Whether you do it by scratching out one-liners on a piece of paper or by commenting out a line of code, you can use your failures to take that next step in the right direction.

Putting Some AI Into Your Code with Kirk Haines

11:35 am - 11:45 am PT
Let's take a look at GPT-2, GPT-3, T5, BERT, and maybe some other freely available AI and natural language processing systems, see what they can do, and see how you might be able to drop them into your own projects.

Learning in Public with Furby Hacking with Mia Moore

11:45 am - 11:55 am PT
The creepy-cute 1998 Furby toy has a long history of being taken apart, hacked, and modified. For my first-ever hardware and software project, I decided to join the ranks of the Furby hackers. Let's explore the hobby of hacking Furbys, the (many) obstacles encountered along the way, and surprising things I've learned while learning in public.

Leveling up as a Dev with Content Creation with Pachi Carlson

11:55 am - 12:05 pm PT
We developers are always learning. So in this talk, I will tell you how you can use our "forever learning nature" to teach others, give back to our communities and be better professionals, all at the same time. How, you ask? Creating great content.

Docker isn't Magic with Rachael Wright-Munn

12:05 pm - 12:15 pm PT
An exploration of 5 different approaches to containerizing Rails development environments and where they fell short. We'll start with why you should use Docker, and then discuss what it can't do.

Discussion (2)

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Looking forward to meeting everyone!

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Pachi 🪐 (she/her/ela)