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Thought-Provoking Keynotes from Industry Luminaries

Wednesday – Thursday, May 4 & 5, 2016

Wake up and be inspired by technology peers forging our future. 

Find more information about each keynote in our Wednesday and Thursday agendas.

Wednesday Solo Keynotes

Cathy Polinsky

VP of Engineering for Search


Cathy Polinsky is VP of Engineering for Search at Salesforce. She is responsible for the large scale search infrastructure that powers the world’s #1 CRM company. Polinsky joined Salesforce in 2009 and brings more than a dozen years of advertising technology, platform and search engineering experience in consumer and enterprise software.  

Prior to leading Search, Polinsky held a variety of software engineering leadership roles at Salesforce in the platform engineering and emerging businesses organizations. Prior to Salesforce, Polinsky led software development teams at Yahoo! in their search and advertising technologies group. Prior to Yahoo!, Polinsky was a senior software developer at Oracle. Before joining Oracle, Polinsky worked as a software engineer at

Polinsky holds a degree in computer science from the Swarthmore College.

Martin Casado

General Partner

Andreessen Horowitz

Martin Casado is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He was previously the cofounder and chief technology officer at Nicira, which was acquired by VMware in 2012. While at VMware, Martin served as senior vice president and general manager of the Networking and Security Business Unit.

Martin started his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he worked on large-scale simulations for the Department of Defense before moving over to work with the intelligence community on networking and cybersecurity. These experiences inspired his work at Stanford where he created the software-defined networking (SDN) movement, leading to a new paradigm of network virtualization. While at Stanford he also cofounded Illuminics Systems, an IP analytics company, which was acquired by Quova Inc. in 2006.

For his work, Martin was awarded both the ACM Grace Murray Hopper award and the NEC C&C award, and he’s an inductee of the Lawrence Livermore Lab’s Entrepreneur’s Hall of Fame. He holds both a PhD and Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Matt Eclavea

Vice President of Technology

Sacramento Kings

Matt Eclavea serves as Vice President of Technology for the the Sacramento Kings. In this role he is responsible for all technology operations at Sleep Train Arena and leads the technology selection, development and implementation at Golden 1 Center – the world-class sports and entertainment venue opening in downtown Sacramento in October.  

Before to joining the Kings in 2015, Matt was with the San Francisco 49ers where he was in charge of designing and implementing the network and technology infrastructure at Levi’s Stadium. Matt has over 18 years experience in network engineering, having worked for numerous leading Silicon Valley technology vendors including Brocade Communications, Foundry Networks, Nortel Networks and Bay Networks as well as the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. 

Matt holds two patents in networking technology and served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for over 20 years, including two overseas deployments. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from San Jose State University and resides in Pleasanton, California with his wife and three children. 

Wednesday Panelists

Dan Roberts


Ouellette & Associates

Dan Roberts has authored and is a contributing author of numerous books. His latest, Unleashing the Power of IT and Confessions of a Successful CIO, were on Amazon's list of top rated books for months, and are being leveraged by IT Leadership Teams as a model for moving IT up the maturity curve.

Dan is also a frequent contributor to and often quoted in leading industry publications. Collaborating with co-author Brian Watson, their latest article series on continues to profile the "confessions," the game changing philosophies and the proven practices of the top CIOs across all industries.

Dan is considered one of the best connected thought leaders in the CIO space. He is a keynote speaker and panel moderator at frequent industry conferences and corporate events. Dan has a passion for bringing CIOs together to learn and benefit from one another's experiences. Each year, he works and meets with more than 100 CIOs and IT Leadership Teams across the globe.

Manjit Singh



Manjit Singh was named senior vice president and chief information officer of The Clorox Company in November 2014. In this role, he is responsible for Clorox's information technology organization and directing the company's strategic technology initiatives. 

Prior to assuming this position, Manjit led the industry solutions group at Box, Inc and was responsible for aligning strategies with key customers across different industries. He was also CIO for Las Vegas Sands and Chiquita Brand International as well as regional CIO for Gillette in Singapore. Early in his career he worked with P&G where he pioneered the company's digital marketing footprint along with setting up early e-commerce capabilities.

Singh has been honored as an InformationWeek Top 50 Global CIO, InformationWeek Top Innovator and Influencer, ComputerWorld Premiere 100 Leader, and Consumer Goods Technology Magazine Visionary.

Lakshmi Eleswarpu

Sr. Director, Cloud and Network Engineering

The Coca-Cola Company

Information coming soon.

Jim Rinaldi


Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jim Rinaldi is JPL's Chief Information Officer. He has direct management responsibility over JPL's Institutional Computing and Information Services Office and works closely with information technology management, supporting end users of the engineering, interplanetary network and finance/business operations.

Jim has more than 25 years of experience with information systems in government and industry. He was the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where he had overall responsibility for the planning, development and delivery of information systems across the FDA. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Information Technology Services at the IRS and Chief of Business Systems Integration. 

Thursday Solo Keynotes

Amin Vahdat

Google Fellow & Networking Technical Lead


Amin Vahdat is a Google Fellow and Technical Lead for networking at Google. He has contributed to Google's data center, wide area, edge/CDN, and cloud networking infrastructure, with a particular focus on driving vertical integration across large-scale compute, networking, and storage. Vahdat has made fundamental research contributions to cloud computing, data consistency, energy-efficient computing, data center architecture, and optical networking.

In the past, he served as the SAIC Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego and the Director of UCSD's Center for Networked Systems. Vahdat received his PhD from UC Berkeley in Computer Science, is an ACM Fellow and a past recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the Duke University David and Janet Vaughn Teaching Award.


Jeff Reed

SVP, Enterprise Infrastructure and Solutions


Jeff Reed leads Cisco's Enterprise Infrastructure and Solutions Group (EISG), which is transforming the network to deliver more value to users and make it easier for enterprises to consume and operate Cisco solutions. 

EISG's portfolio supports the company's vision for Fast ITa simplified, more intelligent and secure IT model that enables organizations to move with speed at scale. His teams combine product management for Cisco's enterprise routing, switching, and wireless platform businesses with driving innovation for application-centric infrastructure (ACI), controllers, and software defined networks (SDN). EISG is developing modern technology building blockssuch as cloud, mobility, analytics, and securitythat deliver transformational business outcomes for enterprises.

David Guzmán


H. D. Smith

David Guzmán is chief information officer for H. D. Smith. In this role, David is responsible for developing and implementing information technology initiatives to enhance the customer experience as well as advance H. D. Smith's supply-chain and cost-management systems.David is an information technology veteran with nearly 30 years of service at Fortune 500 companies in finance, retail, consumer-product and health-service industries. He joined H. D. Smith in 2011 from Acxiom, one of the country's largest information service providers, where he was the chief information and technology officer.

Thursday Panelists

Colin McNamara

Director, Cloud Practice/Chief Cloud Architect

Nexus IS

Colin McNamara is a seasoned leader with 18 years experience with network, systems and application technologies. As the Director of the DevOps Practice for Dimension Data Americas, he manages an organization consisting of a DevOps team as well as an Agile software development team with a primary focus of SDN and open source cloud platforms for North and South America.

He is a firm believer in the evolving role that community, educational and corporate Open Source contribution have to play in today's technology marketplace. Through his efforts in his own company, the community and projects like OpenStack, OpenDaylight, and others his goal is to define what next generation DevOps organizations look like.

Greg Ferro

Network Architect and Engineer

Packet Pushers

Greg Ferro is a freelance Network Architect and Engineer working in the UK. Over the last 25 years or so he has worked across the industry for FTSE 250 companies, and previously across Australia and Asia Pacific. Today, Greg specialises in the design, security and deployment of data centres including Network Fabrics, Data Security, Cloud and Internet. He has worked as a consultant for well-known companies throughout Asia and Europe and now lives in the UK.

He is widely known for his weekly "Packet Pushers Podcast" at where he interviews network engineers, vendors and industry figures on a range of highly technical topics where the motto is "Too Much Networking Would Never Be Enough." Greg writes for and is widely known for his blog at where he writes regularly about many aspects of Data Networking. Find Greg on Twitter: @EtherealMind.

Jono Bacon

Director of Community


Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, speaker, and author. He is Director of Community at GitHub and previously led community at Canonical and XPRIZE.

Bacon is a prominent author and speaker on community management and best practice, and wrote the best-selling The Art of Community (O'Reilly), is the founder of the primary annual conference for community managers and leaders, the Community Leadership Summit, founder of the Community Leadership Forum, and is a regular keynote speaker at events about community management, leadership, and best practice. He also writes columns for Forbes and

Sean Roberts

Director, Technical Program Management

Walmart Labs

Sean manages the data center, infrastructure, and platform initiatives for Walmart, shepherding the evolution of a traditional brick and mortar retailer into a online retail competitor. Walmart is making heavy investments in agile infrastructure and implementing new network stacks, OpenStack infrastructure, OneOps platform orchestration, CI/CD pipelines, open source contributions, and many other important changes are being implemented. 

Sean has been involved with OpenStack for more than three years, serving for two years as an OpenStack Board Director. He has been elected three times to represent the OpenStack Foundation Gold Membership and was formerly the Akanda and Training-Guides PTL, as well as a member of DefCore, Product, and Ambassador groups. The OpenStack Foundation has recognized Sean as an OpenStack Ambassador, and he leads the San Francisco OpenStack user group of over 4000 members. Sean has also held positions in R&D and infrastructure management at VMware, Yahoo! and ADP.