Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM PST





4:00pm - Welcome + Networking
4:15pm - 4:45pm - Melissa McKay
4:45pm - 5:15pm - Robin Horton
5:15pm - Wrap up

** Times are approximate

Melissa McKay

Melissa McKay


Melissa is a long-time developer turned international speaker and is currently a Developer Advocate for JFrog, Inc., with a mission to improve the developer experience of DevOps methodologies. Her background and experience as a software engineer span a slew of languages, technologies, and tools used in the development and operation of enterprise products and services. She is a mom, software engineer, Java geek, huge fan of UNconferences, and is always on the lookout for ways to grow and learn. She has a passion for teaching, sharing, and inspiring fellow practitioners and you are more than likely to run into her in the conference circuit.

DevOps that Matters: Demystifying CI/CD and Build Pipelines

DevOps is here to stay, and the terminology and concepts involved are now permeating the market. New products have been launched right and left that promise the benefits of DevOps - operational efficiency improvements and ultimately faster delivery timelines. Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery/Deployment and Build Pipelines that accelerate every step of the Software Development Life Cycle are all advertised as idyllic solutions, but for exactly what problems? During this session, Melissa will take a step back and answer the question that should be at the top of your mind: What is the problem we are trying to solve? She will discuss, from a developer’s perspective, the considerations you should take in order to effectively incorporate DevOps concepts into your existing environment. You will come away with a solid understanding of why these concepts are important, how to steer clear of the hype, and how to make the promised benefits of DevOps a reality for your team.

Robin Horton

Robin Horton

Senior SRE and a lead within the Seattle CoffeeOps meetup group

Robin has had a long history in technology, often in the field of telecommunications and education. He enjoys working with others, often playing a supportive role on larger projects that involve complexity. Robin is a firm believer that work should be a source of joy to a person’s life and being productive at work can result in deep satisfaction. He feels that equipping others with the skills and tools to be productive can also be deeply satisfying. Currently you’ll find Robin at Zillow as a Senior SRE and a lead within the Seattle CoffeeOps meetup group.

Talk Title: My disability - The dilemma to disclose

The Americans with Disabilities Act was meant to protect employees. Can it really do so within technical roles? What if I’m not disabled - does the ADA still affect me? Does working on-site or remotely even matter anymore? This talk will discuss these issues and why the environment that we work in as technical engineers is hard to navigate, even despite having a disability. Looking at some historical examples, we’ll see how some problems we thought were in the past still seem to linger. This talk is meant to provide an entertaining and thoughtful discussion of the challenge many face - who do I disclose my disability to and how much do I tell them?