Our program committee take responsibility for planning and shaping the program of Flink Forward. They make sure to rate talks in different dimensions to create a balanced program including deeply technical talks and high-level use cases. Diversity is also a crucial aspect for the program committee - they strive to improve and support the presence of underrepresented groups at the conference.
Co-founder, Software Engineer at data Artisans
Program Committee Chair
Fabian is a committer and PMC member of the Apache Flink® project and has been contributing to Flink since its earliest days. Fabian is a co-founder of data Artisans, a Berlin-based startup devoted to fostering Flink, where he works as a software engineer and contributes to Apache Flink®. He holds a PhD in computer science from TU Berlin and is currently writing a book about “Stream Processing with Apache Flink®”.
Software Engineer at Google
Tyler Akidau is a software engineer at Google, where he is the technical lead for the Data Processing Languages & Systems group, responsible for Google's Apache Beam efforts, Google Cloud Dataflow, and internal data processing tools like Google Flume, MapReduce, and MillWheel.
Tech Lead, Streaming Platform Team at Lyft
Jamie Grier is the tech lead of the Streaming Platform Team at Lyft and has been involved with Apache Flink for a few years now. Jamie was previously the Director of Applications Engineering at data Artisans and has been working on stream processing for the last decade at companies such as Twitter, Gnip and Boulder Imaging. This has spanned everything from ultra-high-performance video stream processing to social media analytics.
Software Engineer at data Artisans
Stefan is an Apache Flink committer and works as a software engineer at data Artisans. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Saarland University where he worked as a researcher in the field of information systems. His research focus was on indexing, big data, and main memory databases.
Distinguished Engineer at Splunk
Eric was an early employee at Cloudera before he founded Rocana which was acquired by Splunk. Today, he is a Distinguished Engineer at Splunk working on platform services including stream processing. He's the author of "Hadoop Operations" and is involved in a number of open source projects.
Senior Data Engineer at Netflix
VP Fast Data Engineering at Lightbend
Dean is Lightbend's VP for Fast Data Engineering. His team is developing the Lightbend Fast Data Platform (FDP) which includes Flink among other streaming systems. Dean wrote a few books on Scala functional programming and Hive.