the essence of development

August 8-9, 2013 The Winery SF, Treasure Island San Francisco, CA

Distill is a developer conference featuring over 25 speakers showcasing best practices from application architecture and user experience to testing and security. Learn more...

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Distill is a developer conference featuring over 25 speakers showcasing best practices from application architecture and user experience to testing and security. By attending, you will gain a deeper understanding of new technologies and progressive methods currently on the rise in software development. You will hear from such luminaries as Hampton Catlin (inventor of Sass), Konstantin Haase (maintainer of Sinatra and Travis.CI), Matthew Weier O'Phinney (project lead on the Zend Framework), John Paul (lead architect at Conde Nast) and many more.

The conference will take place on Treasure Island in San Francisco where you will experience stellar content supplemented by gorgeous views of the skyline and bay. Distill is about education, cross-pollination and community--for you to forge new relationships with your fellow attendees and leave the event feeling enriched, edified and inspired.

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Code of Conduct

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Speakers

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brent

Brent Bushnell

CEO · Two Bit Circus

Keynote

james

James Whelton

Co-Founder · CoderDojo

Keynote

michael

Michael Lopp

Director of Engineering · Palantir

Keynote

nolan

Nolan Bushnell

Founder · Atari, Chuck E. Cheese's

Keynote

fred

Fred George

Co-founder · Outpace Systems

Implementing Programmer Anarchy

jim

Jim Weirich

Chief Scientist · Neo

Connascence Examined

johnpaul

John Paul

Lead Architect · Conde Nast

Javascript - The Real Bad Parts

kerri

Kerri Miller

Senior Software Developer · NIRD

Failure For Fun and Profit!

konstantin

Konstantin Haase

Open Source Developer · Travis CI

Death to Cookies

matthew

Matthew Weier O'Phinney

Project Lead · Zend Framework

Beautiful Software

richardw

Richard Watson

Developer Evangelist · Engine Yard

Designing Cloud Aware Applications

August 7: Pre-Conference Workshop

Cloud Development 101

Join the DevOps experts from the Engine Yard support team at the Microsoft offices in San Francisco for a free half day workshop to get you ready for deploying your applications in the cloud one day before Distill. This workshop is open to everyone, but space is limited.

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August 8

DAY 1

Time Track One Track Two
8:30 am Registration & Breakfast A delicious assortment of fresh fruits and artisanal breakfast foods
10:00 am Keynote: Brent & Nolan Bushnell Founder of Atari, Chuck E. Cheese's and Two Bit Circus
11:00 am Ruby On Robots Using Artoo: A New Platform For Robotics, Physical Computing, and the Real World Web Ron Evans Realigning & Refactoring UI Jina Bolton
11:45 am Connascence Examined Jim Weirich Open Sourcing Mental Illness Ed Finkler
12:30 pm Lunch and Lawn Games Gourmet lunch outside with a view of the bay and games including giant chess and bocce ball
2:00 pm Keynote: James Whelton Co-Founder of CoderDojo
3:00 pm History of Women in Programming Elise Worthy & Jessica Lynn Suttles Anti-Spam & Anti-Gaming Tactics Eli White
3:45 pm Smitten Ice Cream Break Smitten Ice Cream mixing their sweets, infused with liquid nitrogen, on the spot
4:15 pm Four Web Technologies You Should be Looking at Now! John Mertic Failure for Fun and Profit! Kerri Miller
5:00 pm Lightning Talks Get ready for lightning talks and slide roulette
6:00 pm Fini
8:00 pm Moonshine World-class DJs kicking out the jams as you enjoy a distillation-themed smorgasboard of libations, hors d’oeuvres and the company of fellow conference-goers

August 9

DAY 2

Time Track One Track Two
9:00 am Breakfast A delicious assortment of fresh fruits and artisanal breakfast foods
10:00 am Keynote: Michael Lopp Rands in Repose
11:00 am Death to Cookies Konstantin Haase Fitter! Happier! Chart your team's health with Fitbit, Github, and R Patti Chan
11:45 am Function and Dysfunction in Engineering-Driven Cultures Shanley Kane Implementing Programmer Anarchy Fred George
12:30 pm Lunch and Lawn Games Gourmet lunch outside with a view of the bay and games including giant chess and bocce ball
1:30 pm Leaner, Meaner Design David Hendee Making Things that Work with Us Matteo Collina
2:15 pm How to Write Big Apps Richard Rodger Full Stack Documentation: A holistic approach to documentation, testing, development and deployment Ana Nelson
3:00 pm Break Enjoy copious amounts of Ritual coffee and sweet treats
3:30 pm Hampton's 6 Rules of Mobile Design Hampton Catlin Designing Cloud Aware Applications Richard Watson
4:15 pm Beautiful Software Matthew Weier O'Phinney JavaScript - The Real Bad Parts John Paul
5:00 pm Fireside Chat and Libations An intimate chat with heroes in our community talking about what excites them
6:00 pm Fini

Logistics

Distill will take place on Treasure Island in San Francisco where you will experience stellar content supplemented by gorgeous views of the skyline and bay. In addition to amazing content, we want you to have an unforgettable time hanging out on the island - picnicking, playing games and enjoying local delicacies and libations. Shuttles will transport you to and from the venue daily and while you're on Treasure Island, stay connected and responsive with great WiFi.

Bites & Sips

Breakfast

Your day will start with the famous Berkeley Bowl (an assortment of fresh, seasonal fruits for the un-indoctrinated) as well as a variety of other local, artisanal breakfast foods.

Nom on San Francisco's
food & coffee

We are excited to have Ritual Coffee Roasters doing pour over coffee demos as well as Smitten Ice Cream mixing their sweets on the spot.

Lunch & Lawn Games

Picnic on the water

Enjoy gourmet lunches outside with a view of the San Francisco skyline across the bay.

On the first day, grab a picnic basket filled with Southern comfort food. On the second day, treat yourself to a farm fresh Italian lunch.

After eating practice some giant chess and bocce with new friends while you soak in the scenery.

Moonshine

Kick-off Party

Our kick-off soiree, Moonshine, is a nod to the tasty beverages that we will be providing at the Old Mint in San Francisco on August 8th from 8 PM to 11 PM.

World-class DJs will kick out the jams as you enjoy our distillation-themed smorgasboard of hors d’oeuvres and the company of your fellow conference-goers.

The Old Mint
88 5th St
San Francisco, California, 94103

Venue

Distill will be held at The Winery SF on Treasure Island.

The Winery SF
200 California Ave, Building 180 North
Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA, 94130

Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Click here for directions to Winery SF from San Francisco.

Hotel

The Hilton San Francisco Union Square is the hotel of choice for Distill. We have negotiated a special rate of $219/night for attendees. The hotel block with this special rate has ended but the Hilton has offered to honor our rate if there is still availability. If you need a room for Distill, please contact us at distill@engineyard.com and we will find out if there's space. If there is, it's yours!

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, California, 94102

Transportation

Shuttle service will be provided throughout the conference. There will also be parking at the conference venue and hotel if you wish to drive.

Shuttle Schedule

8:15 AM Shuttle loading zone at the Taylor Street entrance of the hotel (between Ellis and O'Farrell)
8:15 AM Shuttle departs Hilton Union Square
9:00 AM Shuttle departs Hilton Union Square
9:45 AM Shuttle departs Hilton Union Square
6:15 PM Shuttle departs Winery SF for transport to Hilton Union Square
6:30 PM Shuttle departs Winery SF for transport to Hilton Union Square

Have questions? Email distill@engineyard.com for answers.

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