Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, Slack and Apple tech leaders headline GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit


Peter Desantis, vice president of AWS global infrastructure, speaks at AWS re:Invent 2017. (GeekWire Photo / Tom Krazit)

Many of the advances in cloud computing over the past decade were about getting the people out of the way, automating the drudgery of running data centers with outsourced services and sophisticated software development techniques. But like everything else, the future of cloud computing will be shaped by the contributions of key individuals working to improve their companies and this industry, and we’re proud to showcase a few of them at our Cloud Tech Summit.

Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, and Apple will be well-represented at this year’s event, scheduled for June 27th in Bellevue, Wash. at the Meydenbauer Center. Representatives from upstarts like Cloudflare, Slack, Pulumi, Stackery, and Upbound will also be speaking over the course of the day, sharing technical and practical insights into the direction of this extremely fast-moving industry.

Whether you’re a developer, a tech marketing professional, a founder with a great idea, or a venture capitalist looking for great ideas, you’ll find something worth your time at the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit. Our early-bird rates end this Friday, so buy your tickets below to save some money for those reserved instances you’ll be needing from your cloud vendor.

In this world, so much can happen in a year, and we’re planning this year’s Cloud Tech Summit as a preview of what you can expect from this industry down the road.

In just a year since our last Cloud Tech Summit, we’ve seen the debate over container orchestration settle firmly on Kubernetes, and Aparna Sinha of Google will be on hand to discuss how another emerging technology — serverless computing — can be used along with Kubernetes. Cloud Tech Summit 2018 speaker Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare, had an interesting year as the role of cloud services in enabling hate speech came into focus thanks to The Daily Stormer.

All major cloud computing vendors are jockeying for position to provide the best and most widely used artificial intelligence services to their customers. But some of the most interesting work in AI is being done outside the cloud, and we’ll hear from Apple’s Carlos Guestrin, senior director of AI and machine learning, on the iPhone giant’s work embedding machine learning into everyday tasks.

Apple’s Carlos Guestrin (LinkedIn Photo)

We’re looking forward to having Peter DeSantis of Amazon Web Services explain how the cloud leader is building the infrastructure that will support its customers well into the future, as it continues to grow faster than the overall industry. And Mark Russinovich, operating system historian, author, and CTO of Microsoft Azure, will bring his unique perspective across more than a decade of changes at Microsoft to help others understand how to prepare for change.

Our goal with the Cloud Tech Summit is to host a platform-agnostic conference where top technology minds can exchange information, lessons and insights about the future of computing. We think the Seattle area is the best place in the world for this type of conference given the heavy concentration of developers, engineers and technical leaders who are pushing the envelope in these fields. And with this year’s lineup, we think we’ve assembled the very best non-vendor aligned cloud computing conference in the industry.

More than 600 people attended the inaugural Cloud Tech Summit last year, which you can read about here. A third of attendees are engineers, developers, designers or technical leaders. This year, we’re expecting a bigger turnout, and we are also excited to showcase a business track that will dive into the economics, sales and marketing of cloud computing services, featuring leading venture capitalists, CIOs and analysts.

Make sure to grab your tickets today at the early-bird rates before prices go up. If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s Cloud Tech Summit, please contact us at

A big thanks to the presenting sponsor of the 2018 GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit: Salesforce.

Also, thanks to platinum and gold sponsors: OfferUp, Stripe, Expedia, F5, and Skytap.

And to our silver, supporting and exhibitor sponsors: City of Bellevue, Moz, Acumatica, Colocation Northwest, Avalara, First Tech Federal Credit Union and Bellevue College.

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