2020 Keynotes


Wednesday, February 12 • 6:00pm – 6:30pm
DeveloperWeek Main Stage (Exhibit West Hall)

KEYNOTE: LaunchDarkly — What Developers Need to Know: Testing in Production

In this Keynote Fireside Chat, journalist & former software developer TC Currie sits down with Edith Harbaugh, co-founder and CEO of LaunchDarkly ($44M raised), to talk about testing in production. Why does testing now need to happen in production environments, and what can you do to make such testing safe and secure? How can you test in production without inconveniencing your clients/users? What are feature flags and how to use them effectively? What tips, tricks, and insights can this CEO of a developer-focused company that specializes in feature flags share to make your life easier?

Edith Harbaugh

CEO and Cofounder, LaunchDarkly

Leader for software and hardware products from concept to launched multi-million dollar success at both consumer and enterprise startups.

TC Currie



Thursday, February 13 • 9:30am – 10:00am
DeveloperWeek Main Stage (Exhibit West Hall)

KEYNOTE: LiveRamp — The Secret to Scaling a Team? Strategic Architecture

Projects often fail due to the people rather than the technology—this is why the key to any organization’s technological transformation starts with team strength and proper architecture. Leaders build strong and successful teams by giving context for success, creating actionable strategies, and casting visions. In this session, Andrew McVeigh, Chief Architect at LiveRamp, will discuss the secrets of strategically scaling a system to encourage team growth and how to organize teams to ensure they scale seamlessly. Drawing from his experience from growing a team from 80 to 800 as a Technical Lead at Riot Games, Andrew will share insights on how technical leaders can structure their system and architecture to make rapid progress that can scale, attract, and keep top talent.

Andrew McVeigh

Chief Architect, LiveRamp

Andrew McVeigh is the Chief Architect at LiveRamp, and is an experienced technical leader & architect, with a background in many different languages, platforms and technologies. Andrew has worked successfully at the highest level across a number of domains including gaming, investment… Read More →


Thursday, February 13 • 10:00am – 10:30am
DeveloperWeek Main Stage (Exhibit West Hall)

KEYNOTE: Twilio — Save Weeks of Coding: The Strategy, Design and Functional Value of Engineering Blueprints

The inherent objective for engineering is to enable and support the business/product goals and strategies by developing, delivering and supporting services for our customers. Yet as businesses grow, in terms of customer base, products, engineers/teams and inherent technological complexity, this task becomes increasingly difficult. While the Agile Manifesto values “individuals and interactions over processes and tools” and “working software over comprehensive documentation,” this approach is less effective at scale.

Enter the Blueprint, a shared document that captures the key problem to be solved, requirements from product and other stakeholders, and a high level design focused on things that could be expensive to change later. Blueprints can save weeks of coding by creating a shared architectural mindset, streamlining cross-organizational knowledge sharing, eliminating redundancy and creating new communications paths. One of the most useful sections of a Blueprint, counterintuitively, is “rejected alternatives,” and the rationale for these, saving valuable time and increasing engineering productivity.

The speaker examines the elements of a good Blueprint, at what points in the engineering process to use and modify them, and why better, more visual communications tools and techniques are one of the best investments you can make.

J.R. Jasperson

Chief Architect, Twilio

J.R. Jasperson is the Chief Architect at Twilio. He has more than 20 years of experience working at Internet Services and SaaS companies, and is a senior technology leader and strategist with a focus on architecture and engineering. In addition to SendGrid, JR has Fortune 50 experience… Read More →


Thursday, February 13 • 10:30am – 11:00am
DeveloperWeek Main Stage (Exhibit West Hall)

KEYNOTE: Ripple — Money Moves: Breaking Barriers with Blockchain and Payments Tech

Payments today are hard – they’re antiquated, siloed and disconnected, and yet a fundamental component of every service, app, and platform that we use. The rise of blockchain and digital assets has the power to fundamentally improve this, but building with these nascent technologies is still challenging for the 23 million+ developers worldwide. In this talk, David Schwartz, CTO of Ripple and co-creator of the XRP Ledger, one of the largest blockchains in the world, will discuss how building with blockchain and digital assets can bring about the change today’s fragmented payments infrastructure so desperately craves.

More specifically, David will discuss new tools developers can take advantage of for the first time to address these problems head on, and make moving money instantly across any payments network a reality. This session will showcase how all developers – not just those specific to blockchain – can make their mark to change the payments game and enable a future of easy transactions between anyone, anywhere and using any currency. Welcome to the open platform for money.

David Schwartz

CTO, Ripple

David Schwartz is Chief Technology Officer at Ripple. David is one of the original architects of the Ripple consensus network. Prior to joining Ripple, David Schwartz was Chief Technical Officer for WebMaster Incorporated, a Santa Clara software developer. He developed encrypted cloud… Read More →


Thursday, February 13 • 11:00am – 11:30am
DeveloperWeek Main Stage (Exhibit West Hall)

KEYNOTE: Evernote — Having the Courage to Go Back to Basics

Inventing the future requires being able to stand on a solid foundation — and sometimes, that means focusing on the basics before progressing further. Evernote CEO Ian Small discusses his decision and process to rebuild the brand from the bottom up and what it takes.

Ian Small

CEO, Evernote

Ian Small is CEO at Evernote, the app that launched a personal productivity movement for knowledge workers around the world. Under Ian’s leadership, Evernote has found the courage to get back to basics, launching a new era for the company and building upon a decade of growth.Ian… Read More →


Thursday, February 13 • 1:00pm – 1:30pm
DeveloperWeek Main Stage (Exhibit West Hall)

Keynote: Atlassian — How Dunbar, Conway, and the Mythical Man Month Can Help You Solve Scale

As R&D teams scale, well-known phenomena and inescapable truths about team dynamics and system design come into play. Knowing how to use research-backed principles like Conway’s Law, Dunbar’s Number, and the Mythical Man Month will help your team achieve better outcomes, and be happier while doing so. While applicable to any domain, these principles are especially powerful in the context of R&D teams to help you lead through scale, change, and optimal organization design.

In this session, attendees will see real-world examples of how Atlassian experienced the effects of these principles, and used tools to monitor and improve team health.

Steve Deasy

Head of Engineering, Atlassian

Steve is the Head of Engineering at Atlassian, where he oversees cloud engineering for cross-product infrastructure and integrations. He has a long history with Atlassian, even when he was working for other companies. In 2005, he brought Jira to EMC, where he held a variety of engineering… Read More →


Thursday, February 13 • 1:30pm – 2:00pm
DeveloperWeek Main Stage (Exhibit West Hall)

KEYNOTE: Scoop — Simple Over Sexy: Why Complex Challenges Require Simple Solutions

In Silicon Valley, disruption has long been a synonym for success. Industry disruptors who develop complex, risky, and completely unique solutions that change the dynamics of their markets have received the biggest buzz and largest investments.


Jon Sadow

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Scoop

Jonathan Sadow is co-founder and chief product officer of Scoop, the largest carpooling solution in the country. Scoop partners with some of the world’s most forward-thinking companies, including LinkedIn, T-Mobile, and Workday to offer convenient, enjoyable carpooling to their employees… Read More →


Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:30pm – 4:00pm
DeveloperWeek Main Stage (Exhibit West Hall)

KEYNOTE: Intuit — The Code Dreams are Made of: Ideals, Innovation, Inclusion

Get a rare up-close look at how innovation works as a sustainable practice within the fabric of Intuit’s culture. Alex will share key insights, lessons learned, and real-world examples of how we and our developer partners are powering prosperity for more than 50 million consumers, self-employed and small business customers around the world with QuickBooks, TurboTax, Mint and our open source projects.


Alex Balazs

Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Intuit

Alex Balazs is Senior Vice President and Chief Architect for Intuit, a mission-driven, global financial platform company and proud maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint and Turbo. Alex leads business and technical architecture, drives engineering and operational excellence, heads up… Read More →


Friday, February 14 • 10:00am – 10:30am
DeveloperWeek Main Stage (Exhibit West Hall)

KEYNOTE: Open JS Foundation — The First 25 Years of JavaScript – and Why the Next 25 Will Be Even Better

The present and the future of the web is in JavaScript. 1.7 billion websites, 95% of all sites, depend on JavaScript. How did this unlikely Number One programming language end up embedded in server-side web servers and databases, and in runtime environments for building mobile and desktop applications?


Robin Ginn

Executive Director, OpenJS Foundation

Robin Bender Ginn is the Executive Director of the OpenJS Foundation, the neutral home to drive adoption and ensure sustainability in the JavaScript and web development ecosystem. She has led major initiatives advancing open source technologies, community development, and open standards… Read More →


Friday, February 14 • 10:30am – 11:00am
DeveloperWeek Main Stage (Exhibit West Hall)

KEYNOTE: HackerRank — Developer Trends in 2020 and Beyond; Research from the World’s Most Trusted Source

Trends in the developer community can be hard to spot. Do developers feel they’re being paid fairly? What programming language competencies do employers need the most? What’s the best source to find new talent? Find out during this interactive session, what to expect in 2020 and beyond through the most comprehensive survey of developers ever conducted. HackerRank conducted its 3rd annual developer skills survey to identify trends in the developer community. A total of 116,648 developers and students responded to the 15-minute online survey from November 12 to December 11, 2019. HackerRank recruited respondents via email (community members, customers, and prospects) and through social media sites. Respondents came from 162 countries. Results were analyzed using Q Research.

Vivek Ravisankar

Co-Founder and CEO, HackerRank

Vivek Ravisankar, Co-Founder and CEO at HackerRankHackerRank is the world’s leading developer skills platform, more than 7 million developers (over 25 percent of the global developer population) trust HackerRank to learn and practice coding. Every eight seconds, someone around the… Read More →


Friday, February 14 • 11:00am – 11:30am
DeveloperWeek Main Stage (Exhibit West Hall)

KEYNOTE: StubHub — Can the CPO and CTO Exist as One? He Does at Stubhub

The CTO and CPO are often thought about as distinct positions; but when it comes to modernizing a company’s technology and serving digital customers, Arnie Katz, CTO and CPO of StubHub, believes that the two roles should be aligned together within an organization, rather than live separately. When the two departments are together, they can move much faster, and can focus on innovation and taking bigger bets. As the lead for product and technology, Arnie is not only tasked with providing a working platform where customers can purchase tickets, but also enabling other groups within StubHub to be productive. Arnie’s emphasis on data-driven and customer-focused decision making, extensive experience modernizing platforms, and increasing development velocity has already been an immediate asset to StubHub since he joined in April 2019.


Arnie Katz

Chief Product & Technology Officer, StubHub

Arnie’s emphasis on data-driven and customer-focused decision making, extensive experience modernizing platforms, and increasing development velocity is an asset to StubHub in his role as chief product and technology officer. Arnie most recently served as vice president of International… Read More →


Friday, February 14 • 1:00pm – 1:30pm
DeveloperWeek Main Stage (Exhibit West Hall)

KEYNOTE: Shopify — Lessons in Building a Platform: How to Grow and Scale a Commerce Platform

As developers, we build on platforms every day to create new features and tools to make consumer experiences better. At Shopify, we’ve been uniquely positioned in building a platform to help entrepreneurs all over the world start and grow their businesses online and offline. Over the last 8 years since we first launched the Shopify API in 2011, we’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons about how to build a platform that is optimized for growth. Giuliano Bossi, Director of Engenireering of Platform at Shopify is going to share some of the key lessons that Shopify has learned over the years while building this community of developers. She’ll talk about API design, how the team has built a framework to enable apps to plugin to Shopify’s UI and how machine learning algorithms power the Shopify App Store.

Giuliano Bossi

Director of Engineering, Platform Team, Shopify

Giuliano is a Director of Engineering on Shopify’s Platform Team. In his role, he manages teams of backend, frontend and mobile engineers dealing with Application Platform used by internally built and 3rd party applications, as well as the Shopify App Store advertising infrastructure… Read More →


Friday, February 14 • 3:00pm – 3:30pm
DeveloperWeek Main Stage (Exhibit West Hall)

KEYNOTE: GitHub — The Interconnected Developer Community: Now, Then, and Beyond

GitHub’s VP of Engineering Rachel Potvin will discuss recent trends in software development over the last decade, and provide an overview of how the next decade will continue to shape an interconnected community predicated on increasing trust, safety and resiliency for the world’s digital infrastructure.

Rachel Potvin

VP of Engineering, GitHub

Rachel Potvin is GitHub’s VP of Engineering for the Data organization. In this role she oversees GitHub’s Analytics, Data Engineering, Machine Learning, Productivity Systems and Security Products groups— all working to make it easier for developers to be developers: to work… Read More →