by George Fairbanks and Michael Keeling, SATURN 2015 Co-Technical Chairs
When we attend technical conferences, the sessions we appreciate most and remember long after the conference ends are those in which influential, creative thinkers share and explore ideas that excite them. If you have had this experience at conferences you have attended, you’ll agree: when a gifted speaker expands minds by challenging well-worn assumptions and articulating groundbreaking ideas, you can feel the energy in the room.
Because we wanted this experience at SATURN 2015, both for ourselves and for our attendees, we invited some of the most influential thinkers in the field of software architecture to participate in the conference program. And not only did we invite a collection of people we knew would electrify a room with their ideas; we also asked them to curate their own sessions by inviting additional speakers who have inspired them.
The result: we are pleased to introduce the Invited Speakers Series, new this year at SATURN 2015.
- Ariadna Font Litjós of IBM Watson Group, with Jonathan Berger (Pivotal Labs) and Jeff Patton, will tell why design thinking is for you.
- Forrest Shull will lead a panel of Mike McLendon (SEI), Doug Schmidt (Vanderbilt University), Thomas Dubois (Boeing), and Nick Guertin (Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation), to explore the progress and challenges of open systems architecture.
- Ian Maung of Citi, with Richard Beatch (Bloomberg LP) and Mike Bennett (EDM Council), will discuss methods and lessons on applying ontologies to software architecture.
- Jeromy Carriere along with his colleagues at Google, Rick Buskens and Jack Greenfield, will explore perspectives on the modern practice of software architecture.
- Len Bass, with Sascha Bates (Chef) and Sam Newman (ThoughtWorks), will discuss DevOps essentials for software architects.
- Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, with Atzmon Hen-Tov (Pointis), Jordan Menzin (Boston Health Economics), and Joseph Yoder (The Refactory), will explore how to sustainably support data variability.
- Simon Brown will talk about software architecture as code.
SATURN invited speakers will also host open-space-style “office hours” during the conference to give attendees a chance to talk with them directly and explore their ideas in greater depth.
The Invited Speaker Series will augment a full schedule of tech talks and the insight-rich experience reports that SATURN attendees have come to appreciate and value. We will provide details about these exciting sessions in a future post.
– George Fairbanks, Google
– Michael Keeling, IBM