New York SRE Tech Talks

We began the SRE Tech Talk program in New York City in January 2016. Participants so far have come from over fifty different companies ranging from startups to large tech companies to finance firms, and students from area universities interested in learning about SRE are welcome. Over 100 people typically come to each event, capacity permitting.

Event information

Events are typically held at Google's campus in the Chelsea district of Manhattan, usually on the third Wednesday of each month.

We typically open the doors for networking and socializing at 5:30pm, with food arriving at 6pm and talks beginning at 6:30pm.

No recruiters or press are allowed at these events, in order to facilitate the event's focus on professional development and networking.

Google and our co-sponsors are dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive conference experience for everyone, and our Event Community Guidelines apply to this event.

Upcoming events


February 2017

The next talks will occur on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Pivotal's offices in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, located at 625 Avenue of the Americas on the second floor. Doors open at 6:30pm and talks will begin at 7pm.

RSVPs are requested by 6pm on Monday, February 27, 2017. Please help us make sure that there will be enough food for everyone and that you'll be notified of future events.

The speakers will be:

  • Xavier Nicollet, Stack Overflow on DevOps to NetworkOps
  • Paul Sastrasinh and Giannis Neokleous, Knewton on Kizceral and TDist: Dependency Discovery and Tracing

Call for presentations

You can email the event organizers at with a proposed topic, time length between 10-45 minutes, and future months you'll be available to speak. We especially look forward to hearing proposals from underrepresented voices in the tech community.

Past talks

January 2016

  • Mike Cugini, Dropbox on Automating Scary Things With Naoru
  • Tanya Reilly, Google on Past-You Says Hi! -- Gifts and Traps from Past-You
  • Tom Limoncelli, StackOverflow on If a process/procedure is risky, do it a lot

February 2016

  • Kristina Bennett, Google on Challenges of Data Integrity
  • Thaddeus Covert, Thesys on Low-Latency Trading Systems
  • Tony Rippy, Google on Why Scaling Monitoring Data is Hard

March 2016

  • Homin Lee, Datadog on Detecting Outliers and Anomalies
  • Carlos O'Ryan, Google on SLIs, SLOs, and SLAs

April 2016

  • Alexis Lê-Quôc, Datadog on A postmortem, blow-by-blow
  • Paul Holden and Matt Stern, Google on Coroner - Crash Reporting and Analysis at Google

May 2016

  • Sam Kottler, DigitalOcean on Reliability engineering for the public cloud
  • Madiha Irfan, Rutgers University on Being a Young Woman in Tech
  • Dmitriy Gromov, Knewton on Rolling out the Mesos Slave Roller

June 2016

  • Tanya Reilly, Google on Microservice Dependencies
  • Mark Henderson on Data Integrity Disaster Stories
  • Marc Berhault, Cockroach Labs on Productionizing CockroachDB

July 2016

  • John Tobin, Google on Running Disruptive Software Projects Affecting Multiple SRE Teams
  • Steven Kreuzer on Time Synchronization with IEEE 1588
  • Liz Fong-Jones, Google on Interrupt-Reduction Projects to Reduce Technical Debt

August 2016

Thanks to Squarespace for co-sponsoring this month's event!

  • Liz Frost, Heroku on How to be a good generalist SWE/SRE
  • Silvia Esparrachiari, Google on Managing Large Scale Pipelines
  • Thomas A. Limoncelli, on Teaching DevOps to Ops without Devs

October 2016

  • Joy Scharmen, Heroku on Getting Good Things out of Bad Failures
  • Chris Jones, Google on Service Levels and Error Budgets

November 2016

  • Jason Liang and Leo Cazares, Facebook on Facebook Hardware Lifecycle
  • Cindy Sridharan, Imgix on Prometheus Monitoring System
  • Hyang-ah Kim, Google on Debugging Performance Issues in Go Servers

January 2017

  • Tali Gutman, Google on Spreading the Love of Production Engineering
  • Mark Henderson, Stack Overflow on DNS Performance Measurement