ContainerDays Boston 2016

The community container and dynamic infrastructure (un)conference returns to Boston for a second edition: May 24-25, 2016.

Learn, share, experiment

Looking to learn how to go from Container 101 to doing this 'for real'? What the technical story is behind containers? What it's like to run Docker, Kubernetes, Mesos, etc. in production? Where the experts see this technology going..?

Mark your calendars: May 24-25, 2016

What is ContainerDays Boston?

ContainerDays Boston is a community (un)conference to encourage discussion and learning on the subject of containers and dynamic infrastructure generally. The programme is a mix of OpenSpaces sessions, talks and workshops by users, contributors and extenders from all corners of the space.

Whether you're an expert or new to the space, there'll be plenty for you to learn and discuss. It's an unconference, so you get to pick the topics!

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Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge, MA

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What is an unconference?

If you've never been to an unconference or OpenSpaces event before, don't worry - it's a really easy format to get into. You may want to read this for some background.


From real-world implementation lessons to hands-on getting started workshops, we're trying to ensure there's something here for everyone - whether you're a container expert or are only just getting started, or can make both Tuesday and Wednesday or attend only one of the days.


We're looking forward to thought-provoking talks and discussions, but at some point you'll also want to get your hands dirty. That's why the second half of Wednesday is all about workshops, where you can team up and spend some keyboard time trying out interesting ideas and technologies.

We'd like to apply the unconference idea to the workshops, too. There'll certainly be some guided, step-by-step sessions if you're looking to get started. But we're also encouraging you to team up with a couple of other participants, get hold of one of the speakers, sponsors or other experts running around, and try out some of the tools and concepts that come up in discussion.

Please note that the programme is provisional and subject to change.

Tuesday, May 24th

Time Description Comment
09:00-09:30am Breakfast & registration Welcome to ContainerDays Boston 2016!
09:30-09:45am Welcome, introduction, OpenSpaces explanation
09:45-09:50am Sponsor shout-out
09:50-10:35am From Hello World to Real World: Creating a Production-Grade Container Environment slides video Bill Maxwell & Shannon Williams, Rancher Labs
10:35-10:40am Sponsor shout-out
10:40-11:10am OpenSpaces "ignite-off" Quick intro to OpenSpaces and pitches for topics
11:10-11:55am Docker For the Developer slides video Borja Burgos, Docker
11:10-11:55am Hiding in Plain Sight: Managing Secrets in a Container Environment slides video Jeff Mitchell, HashiCorp
11:55-12:40pm ComplianceOps: Containers in Regulated Environments slides video Elliot Murphy, Kindly Ops
11:55-12:40pm Layer-X: Globally-aware, Pluggable Scheduling for Mesos slides video Scott Weiss, EMC
12:40-01:20pm Lunch & exhibitor time Also time to think about OpenSpaces & workshop topic suggestions!
01:20-02:05pm Understanding Cluster Schedulers, and Why You'll Want a Better One slides video Ionel Gog, University of Cambridge & Malte Schwarzkopf, MIT
02:05-02:40pm OpenSpaces session
02:40-03:15pm OpenSpaces session
03:15-03:30pm Coffee break & exhibitor time Also time to think about OpenSpaces & workshop topic suggestions!
03:30-04:15pm Introduction to Overlay Networks: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly slides video Andrey Sibiryov, Uber Technologies
03:30-04:15pm Introducing Service Fabric: A Distributed Services Platform slides video James Sturtevant, Microsoft
04:15-04:50pm OpenSpaces session
04:50-05:00pm Day 1 wrap-up
05:00pm Day 1 close
evening Tuesday night drinks At Meadhall around the corner

Wednesday, May 25th

Time Description Comment
09:00-09:30am Breakfast
09:30-09:40am Day 2 kickoff
09:40-09:45am Sponsor shout-out
09:45-10:30am Kubernetes in Production, From the Ground Up slides code video Mike Splain, Barkly
09:45-10:30am Your Database and Other Stateful Applications in Containers? You Betcha! slides video Jonas Rosland, EMC {code}
10:30-10:50am Workshop "ignite-off" Quick intro to "unworkshops" and pitches for topics
10:50-11:35am Yelp's Journey Into Containers slides video Chris Kuehl, Yelp
10:50-11:35am Clair: The Container Image Security Analyzer slides video Joey Schorr & Quentin Machu, CoreOS
11:35-12:20pm Autopilot: Running Real-world Applications in Containers slides video Tim Gross, Joyent
11:35-12:20pm Managing Your IT Stack to Assure Performance of Containerized Applications slides video Endre Sara & Enlin Xu, VMTurbo
12:20-01:00pm Lunch & exhibitor time Last chance to think about workshop topic suggestions!
01:00-02:50pm Workshops Multi-machine Docker: Getting to Grips With Docker Compose and Swarm more info
UniK: Unikernels Made Simple slides
Any other tool/framework of your choice!
02:50-03:05pm Coffee break & exhibitor time
03:05-04:50pm Workshops ctd. Kubernetes Deep Dive: From Basics to Advanced Features more info
Using and Extending Apache Mesos
Any other tool/framework of your choice!
04:50-05:00pm Thanks & closing discussion
05:00pm Close


Borja Burgos

Borja leads the product direction of Docker's commercial services and solutions in the cloud.

Ionel Gog

Ionel co-leads the development of Firmament and worked with the Borg team at Google and the cluster infrastructure team at Facebook.

Tim Gross

Tim is a product manager for Joyent, providers of the Triton Elastic Container Service.

Chris Kuehl

Chris is a Software Engineer at Yelp.

Quentin Machu

Quentin is an engineer on the team.

Bill Maxwell

Bill is DevOps Manager at Rancher Labs.

Jeff Mitchell

Jeff is the project lead on HashiCorp's Vault and has hacked on dozens of open-source projects.

Elliot Murphy

Elliot is the CEO of DevOps and security firm Kindly Ops.

Jonas Rosland

Jonas is a Developer Advocate at EMC {code} and a Docker Captain.

Endre Sara

Endre is the VP of Advanced Solutions at VMTurbo.

Joey Schorr

Joey is a lead software engineer on the Quay container registry team at CoreOS.

Malte Schwarzkopf

Malte co-leads the development of Firmament and worked with the Borg and Omega teams at Google.

Andrey Sibiryov

Andrey is a Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Uber Technologies.

Mike Splain

Mike is the Lead DevOps engineer at Barkly.

James Sturtevant

James is a Tech Evangelist for Microsoft.

Scott Weiss

Scott is a Software Engineer working on advanced development projects at EMC.

Shannon Williams

Shannon heads up marketing and field efforts at Rancher Labs.

Enlin Xu

Enlin is a software engineer at VMTurbo.


Platinum sponsor

Gold sponsors

Silver sponsors
Tuesday breakfast & lunch sponsor
Wednesday lunch sponsor
Tuesday night party sponsors

There are still sponsorship packages for this event available. See the sponsorship tiers for details.

If you're interesting in taking part, please get in touch!


Very special thanks to Lookout and XebiaLabs for giving the organizers time to put this event together.

A big thank you also goes to Microsoft New England for hosting this event.

Microsoft New England (MSNE) is a major center for technical innovation and research. Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the MSNE campus includes two buildings - One Memorial Drive and the recently renovated One Cambridge Center. At the core of MSNE is the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD). NERD is a world-renowned research and software development center, and is home to teams working on critical products and services like Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft SQL. NERD also serves as a center of gravity for the local tech community, having hosted more than 1,000 events and welcomed more than 100,000 visitors since opening in 2008.


ContainerDays Boston is a genuine community event, organized by a group of committed volunteers. Check out our code of conduct, and meet the people who are putting in a lot of spare time to make the event happen:

Anastas Dancha

Edwin Henneken

Andrew Phillips

Jarrod Pooler

Stay in touch

You can also follow @DynInfraDays on Twitter for updates, find us on Lanyrd and, check out our YouTube channel or of course reach us via email. ContainerDays Boston 2016 is a DynamicInfraDays event