ServerlessDays Auckland 2018 logo

5 June, ASB Waterfront Theatre

2018/04/06 - Call for Papers opens

2018/04/26 - Tickets go on sale

2018/05/18 - CFP closes

2018/05/21 - Final speaker announcement

2018/06/05 - ServerlessDays Auckland

Kia ora and welcome to ServerlessDays Auckland!

One Day. One Track. One Community.


Serverless is a recent addition to the long list of technologies that promise to accelerate software delivery, reduce the cost of solutions ownership and provide unicorns and rainbows for all. And like all industry buzzwords, it generates enthusiasm and scepticism in equal measure. But how to move beyond the hype?

JeffConf was born in the spirit of Paul Johnston's blog post, 'Serverless is just a name. We could have called it Jeff', an attempt to move beyond the Serverless buzzword and focus on the practical use of enabling platforms and the value they provide.

ServerlessDays is the evolution of JeffConf - a successful event series that started in July 2017 in London and continued in Milan and Hamburg. It is a one day, community-focused, single track event centred on real-world Serverless based solutions. It is about fostering a community and helping all of us learn from each other as we embrace a new way of building applications.

ServerlessDays Auckland will be the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere and builds on the groundswell of serverless communities and meetups including Serverless Auckland by providing an event focused on the sharing of real-world experiences in an accessible environment.


Tickets to ServerlessDays Auckland allow full access to all keynotes, lightning talks and the panel. The entry includes also lunch and a drinks reception at the end of the conference. During that as well as throughout the breaks, there will be plenty of time to chat and network with experts.

Additionally, each attendee will also receive a ServerlessDays Auckland conference t-shirt featuring a unique design specifically made for this event!

We have made a concerted effort to offer tickets at a very affordable price: Early Bird pricing for ServerlessDays Auckland is NZ$79 and available until the 6th of May. Standard pricing of NZ$99 applies thereafter.

We aim to make it an inclusive conference welcoming people from diverse backgrounds as well as underrepresented and marginalised groups in tech. Please contact us directly if you wish to apply for a diversity ticket.

ServerlessDays Auckland tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and can be purchased now.


from 08:00 registration Registration
9:00 Andreas Mueller Andreas Mueller

Opening remarks

9:15 Randall Hunt Randall Hunt
Technical Evangelist at AWS, Seattle

Serverless: Everywhere!    more info    video

10:15 Matt Brown Matt Brown
Tech Lead for Customer Reliability Engineering at Google, NZ

Focus on the user: SLOs and Error Budgets    more info    video

10:30 Morning break Morning break
11:00 Aurynn Shaw Aurynn Shaw
Founder at Eiara, Wellington

Serverless Cannot Save Us - At Least, Not By Itself    more info    video

12:30 Lunch Lunch
14:00 Anna Spyker Anna Spyker
Software Engineer at Orion Health, Auckland

Providing serverless capabilities to
solve Healthcare Problems    more info

14:20 Mike McDonald Mike McDonald
Product Manager at Firebase, San Francisco

Zero to App: Serverless Development with Firebase    more info    video

14:50 Vanessa Thornton Vanessa Thornton
API Developer/Tech lead at Xero, Wellington

Serverless - a panel discussion with guests    more info    video

15:30 Afternoon break Afternoon break
16:00 Rhiannon Fletcher-Gallop Rhiannon Fletcher-Gallop
AI Engineer at Deloitte, Wellington

From problem to built: The Hitchhiker's Guide to
Serverless experimentation    more info

16:15 Mehul Patel Mehul Patel
Engineer at Zimbra | Mozilla Reps Mentor | Auth0 Ambassador, India

Serverless Authentication with JWT    more info    video

16:30 Ben Chartrand Ben Chartrand
Development Lead at Timely, Wellington

WolfTracker: How I mocked, hosted, debugged, deployed
and monitored my SPA with Azure Functions    more info

16:45 Adam Larter Adam Larter
Developer Specialist SA for AWS AU/NZ, Melbourne

Orchestration and Insight into Your Distributed Apps
with AWS X-Ray and AWS Step Functions    more info

17:30 Closing notes and drinks reception Closing notes and drinks reception


ServerlessDays Auckland will be held at the ASB Waterfront Theatre - an exciting waterfront location in the Innovation Precinct in New Zealand's largest city.

ASB Waterfront Theatre

The venue in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter has been selected as an easily accessible, modern and functional event space with outstanding acoustics and state-of-the-art staging and production facilities that provides theatre style seating for up to 675 seats.

It has multiple breakout areas and an expansive and light filled atrium for sponsor booths next to an in-house vibrant cafe at street level. The venue is surrounded by excellent public infrastructure that caters for all entertainment needs such as restaurants, bars and eateries.

Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

tl;dr: Jeff says be excellent with each other

The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they will be wearing branded t-shirts.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.



Serverless: Everywhere!

Randall Hunt - Technical Evangelist at AWS

Software Engineer, Python lover and total space nerd. Formerly of NASA, SpaceX and MongoDB. Now focusing mostly on the @jeffbarr AWS Blogs full time.


Focus on the user: SLOs and Error Budgets

Forget about whether Serverless is DevOps, NoOps or whatever. User happiness is what matters! To measure that you need a Service Level Objective.

Come and learn how an SLO and error budget will give you a framework to guide your work while limiting the need for discussion about what name to use.

Matt Brown - Tech Lead for Customer Reliability Engineering at Google

Matt is the Tech Lead of the Customer Reliability Engineering team at Google - pioneering how to apply SRE practices across organisations to address the challenges posed by today's world where the traditional boundaries between platforms and their customers are being blurred.
Matt begun his SRE career with Google in Dublin in 2007 and after 4 years in London (2012 - 2016) now works remotely for Google SRE from Cambridge, NZ. During this time Matt has worked on or led a range of diverse SRE teams with responsibilities ranging from Google's internal corporate infrastructure, through to the Internet facing load-balancing infrastructure responsible for keeping Google fast and always available.


Serverless Cannot Save Us - At Least, Not By Itself

In this session, Aurynn breaks down the nature of technology and how our development and operational cultures diverge from business culture, and why Serverless can't save us from this.

But it's not all doom and gloom - we can learn from culture, we can learn to listen, and how to use communicate Serverless to the people who need to listen, and in so doing open new doors and new conversations, and bring our companies into the Serverless Revolution.

Aurynn Shaw - Founder at Eiara

DevOps culturalist. Author of Contempt Culture. Previously professional software developer, now Principal consultant and speaker. Maker of photographs.


End to end serverless: from IoT smart cities, data intelligence and more

Bret McGowen - Developer Advocate at Google

Serverless aficionado and still aspiring Node.js developer. Worked at Rackspace, led engineering teams and tried his hand at creating two startups.


Providing serverless capabilities to solve Healthcare Problems

How do you provide serverless capabilities in HealthTech where you need to support on-premise and multi-cloud, to solve each customer's unique needs?

We are embarking on a mission to solve this with our new Smart Data Platform that is capable of running in a customers datacenter and in the cloud.

Anna Spyker - Software Engineer, together with Kevin Bayes, Senior Lead Software Engineer at Orion Health

Anna and Kevin are embarking on a mission with a small team to build a future-focused HealthTech system.


Zero to App: Serverless Development with Firebase

Do you like not managing infrastructure? What about machine learning? And live coding?

In this talk, we'll combine Firebase and GCP to quickly build a serverless mobile app that leverages Google Cloud's machine learning APIs.

Mike McDonald - Product Manager at Firebase

Mike helps developers build secure mobile and web apps as a product manager on the App Engine and Cloud Functions team. Prior to Serverless compute, Mike was the first PM on Firebase, and has worked developing iOS apps at the Omni Group and building microprocessors at Texas Instruments. In his free time, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors, cooking, and hacking on embedded hardware.


Serverless - a panel discussion with guests

Vanessa Thornton - API Developer/Tech lead at Xero

Previously an Integration developer at Kiwibank, now working for Xero in the API Ecosystem team. Active serverless community member and avid conference speaker.


Serverless Authentication with JWT

Authentication is one of the big parts of every application. Security is always something that is changing and evolving. In this talk, I will cover what JSON Web Tokens (JWTs) are and why using JWTs in your applications when it comes to security is awesome.

Mehul Patel - Engineer at Zimbra | Mozilla Reps Mentor | Auth0 Ambassador


From problem to built: The Hitchhiker's Guide to Serverless experimentation

Rhiannon Fletcher-Gallop - AI Engineer at Deloitte

Builder of solutions: Serverless, AI, ML, VUIs & other acronyms. Cloud connoisseur. Student of new technologies, Software Engineering and AWS.


WolfTracker: How I mocked, hosted, debugged, deployed and monitored my SPA with Azure Functions

Explore the world of Azure Functions via the Wolf Tracker application, a highly scalable, intelligent application that costs virtually nothing.

We'll be discussing Azure Function Proxies, how to write and debug your functions, how to setup a CI/CD pipeline, monitor the functions (in real time as well!) and more AF goodness.

We'll also discuss the dreaded cold-start issue, how we integrated with other services such as Auth0 and how the app was designed (architecture) to make the most of serverless.

Ben Chartrand - Development Lead at Timely


Orchestration and Insight into Your Distributed Apps with AWS X-Ray and AWS Step Functions

In this session we implement a multi-step business workflow in terms of a state machine using AWS Step Functions and AWS Lambda functions - both part of the AWS Serverless Platform.

Step Functions make it easier for you to build distributed applications with complex business workflows implemented using multiple serverless microservices, with various features such as exception handling, making choices and manual intervention steps.

We also look at how we can gain valuable insights into the performance of our distributed application using AWS X-Ray.

Adam Larter - Developer Specialist SA for AWS AU/NZ

Recovering systems/applications developer now helping builders build complex, decoupled software architectures on AWS.