Marc Hildenbrand

Developer Advocate, Red Hat

A lifelong software engineer, Marc has over 20 years of experience in software development and is a recent convert to the world of open source software.

During the course of his varied career he has been involved in the development of projects including large scale video games (such as Lord of the Rings Online), mobile applications (such as 7-Eleven’s Fuel App), and the middleware that supports Public Transport Victoria’s mobile app.

Prior to joining Red Hat, Marc worked for seven years at the award-winning digital consulting firm Tigerspike where he held various engineering and leadership roles culminating in setting the consultancy's technical growth strategy as their global CTO. Due to his experience in product and services companies, he has a broad perspective on how development gets done (or not done).

Despite being a private person, Marc has a counterintuitive flair for the dramatic having been part of ImproMelbourne’s rookie troupe.


Talks on Wurreka:

When Amazon introduced its Lambda product in November 2014 many saw it as a revolution in computing, and they weren't wrong. But for all the benefits that Lambda and other similar products have brought to software development it also distorted the concept of "serverless computing" and buried the chain of computing innovations that led to that point. Nowadays, for most of us, the term "serverless" is just a progressive but nebulous buzzword meaning "programming...but more futuristic"

In this talk we look at the conditions that gave rise to so-called "serverless computing" and apply those first principles to modernise a small microservice-based website running on Kubernetes. Along the way we'll dispel some myths on what serverless isn't, reveal the surprisingly simple heart of what serverless actually is, and explain why you might want to think about making your own serverless solution using existing and proven open source software.

This talk is ideal for those that want to have a better contextual understanding of serverless and how it actually works behind the scenes.

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