SREcon Europe 2017: impressions

Earlier this month I went to SREcon Europe in Dublin. This was my first SRE and non-Ruby conference, and it was quite different from the conferences I attended before. I decided to write a quick post about with my impressions and the talks that I liked the most.

The conference takes three days and each day has 4-5 tracks. That’s almost as huge as RailsConf (which is up to 7 tracks). Sometimes I found it hard to choose between talks, especially when you had to forgo three talks to attend a two hour workshop.

Speaking of them, SREcon was full of workshops! Even that I couldn’t stay for all of them, I think the variety of workshops was quite diverse: statistics for engineers, mastering Linux performance tools, introduction to gRPC and technical writing. I was told that at least two of them take place on every SREcon which is pretty cool.

Overall, the conference was not as technical heavy as I expected. There were maybe a couple presentations with the code, and the rest were either about system design (e.g. load balancing) either about about soft skills like communication and incident management.

Dublin seemed like a great place for conferences. Thanks to many tech companies based there, there were many local engineers at the conference. It was fun to hang out with locals and visit Facebook and Intercom offices (thanks Javier and Anatoly!).

Some of my favourite talks:

And of course, talks by my colleagues at Shopify:

I’d recommend you to go to SREcon especially if you interested in learning about Site Reliability Engineering practices. The conference is a great fit for someone from a relatively small, fast-growing company, who’d like to establish SRE culture in a startup.

Thanks to Shopify Engineering for sponsoring my trip.


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