Speaker Details

Whitney Lee


Whitney is a Staff Developer Advocate at VMware. She traveled the scenic route but is chuffed to have found her way to Kubernetes & cloud technologies. Whitney began her professional career as a fine artist before owning her own photography business for over a decade. After a year-long tour playing in the band Mutual Benefit, Whitney went back to school in 2019 to learn full-stack web development. After graduation, Whitney was employed by IBM as a cloud developer, using none of the skills she had just learned. She developed an insatiable appetite for all things cloud, and a passion for teaching others as she acquired knowledge herself. Whitney has made many cloud-related lightboard videos that together have 300,000+ views. Whitney’s contagious excitement drives her to collaborate and play!

Live Diagramming of Knative Core Concepts

Build & Deploy

Although Knative has been community-maintained since 2018, there has been buzz around the project lately because Google has recently submitted Knative to the CNCF for consideration as an incubating project.

Cool! But what is Knative, exactly?

Simply put, Knative is a technology that streamlines and enhances the way that applications run on Kubernetes.

This talk is for people who are excited about this value proposition and want to dig deeper. How does it work? What components are at play? In what ways is running an app on Knative superior to running it directly on Kubernetes?

Instead of presenting slides, Whitney will draw out the fundamental concepts of Knative, explaining how they work in simple, relatable terms. She will then drive deeper understanding by giving context to the main points with real-life, straightforward use cases. 

Attend this talk to gain a high-level understanding of Knative, its main components, and how it simplifies and improves the way that apps run on Kubernetes. 

Codezillas: The Universal Truths of Building Trust

People & Culture

Despite our best efforts, many software projects don’t end with champagne and cake. While some blame a bad technology choice, more often than not, the issues boil down to people problems. Traditional computer science education focuses on algorithms and languages while largely ignoring the human aspect of software and the sociology of organizations. Fear not friends, there are patterns and approaches that can help you win trust quickly, create allies, set expectations and effectively communicate during the ups and downs of project life!

Dodging the pitfalls of software implementation can be taxing. How do we navigate the existing social complexity and interpersonal dynamics found in every organization? How do we earn trust, maintain rapport and turn clients into advocates? This talk will explore the challenges of building and maintaining software using examples from within and beyond the software industry to help give you the tools to chart a path to more than just a successful launch but a team that speaks highly of the journey.