AutomaCon 1.0 Release Notes
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AutomaCon 1.0 Release Notes

by Caleb Hailey | Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Greeting fellow automators! I want to thank everyone who joined us for the first ever AutomaCon (a.k.a. AutomaCon 2015 or AutomaCon 1.0). We are so grateful for all of our sponsors, presenters, and attendees who came out and helped make AutomaCon 1.0 an overwhelming success.

TL;DR: videos for all of the presentations from the main stage at AutomaCon 2015 are now available for your viewing enjoyment as a YouTube Playlist.

Why AutomaCon?

As I explained in my opening statements, Heavy Water’s goal in bringing AutomaCon to life was to create a conversation that spanned across the various disparate communities that so many of us — as devops practitioners — are members of. We love vendor–, tooling–, and platform–conferences (e.g. PuppetConf, ChefConf, HashiConf, AWS re:Invent, etc), and we derive a great amount of value from attending these events. We also appreciate community conferences (e.g. DevOpsDays, Chef Summit, etc) which are useful for different reasons. However, none of these events have satisfied our desire to discuss how we leverage these tools together in our day-to-day operations.

Other vendor-neutral conferences exist to discuss any of the things related to our craft (e.g. DevOpsDays), and some exist to discuss very specific things (e.g. Monitorama), but we’ve been looking for a discussion to talk about all of the things — and for all the things to be considered in context of one another.

I went on to state a few basic assumptions, ultimately arriving at the conclusion that every business has an infrastructure delivery problem. This is the assumption that helped us arrive upon Infrastructure as Code, and continuous provisioning as the high level topics that provided a basis for our discussion.


If our initial release (AutomaCon 1.0) is any indication, this event was long overdue. We couldn’t have asked for a better lineup of presenters, or a better audience. Also, feedback like this gives us the feels (and there was a lot of it):

We can’t wait to share what we have in store for AutomaCon 2.0. In the interim, we’re very happy to share the complete list of presentations from the main stage at AutomaCon as a YouTube playlist for your viewing enjoyment.

NOTE: we’ll be updating the individual YouTube videos with links to their corresponding slide decks over the coming weeks. In the interim, please don’t hesitate to let us know if you can’t find them by contacting us on Twitter ( @AutomaCon).

Day 1 (September 15, 2015)

Day 2 (September 16, 2015)

Next Steps

Now what? Now that we’ve had time to let some of the ideas from AutomaCon 1.0 marinate for a bit — and now that we’ve finally published the videos — we will try to follow-up with a blog post or two highlighting our favorite moments. What are our key takeaways from AutomaCon 1.0 — what did we learn, what questions remain unanswered, etc? Stay tuned for more.

AutomaCon 2.0

I’m very excited to announce that plans are already well underway for AutomaCon 2.0! We will begin contacting AutomaCon 2.0 presenters & sponsors within the next 30-days and announce the dates & initial lineup in December. We’re currently planning on opening early bird registration in January, with a special pre–sale event for all AutomaCon 1.0 attendees. If you haven’t already signed up for the AutomaCon mailing list, please make sure to do so — that’s where you can stay up-to-date with the latest announcements.

If you want to get involved as a presenter, sponsor, emcee, organizer, or otherwise — please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

PS: one more thing… we’ll be creating a collection of all of the cat pictures from all of the AutomaCon 1.0 presentations and sharing them from our new mascot account. Because you need more cats in your life.