We are excited to announce today our keynote for tek13. It will be titled “Practicing Failure” and will be co-presented by Harper Reed (former CTO for Obama for America) and Dylan Richard (former VP of Engineering for Obama for America). They will chronicle their experiences working on the technology behind the 2012 re-election campaign including how they had to build a team (fast), create products that had to scale to massive levels, and all of this had to ‘just work’. They had a hard deadline, as you can’t just push off a code release deadline when that deadline is election day. Of specific note: they will be discussing the disaster drills that they ran to prepare themselves for anything that could (and did) happen.
Harper and Dylan are both long time Chicago residents, and have been seen in the hallways of tek in years past. We think it’s great that they’ve agreed to be our opening keynote for tek this year, and share the unique experience that they had and lessons that they learned.