Facilitating the Spread of Knowledge and Innovation in Professional Software Development

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How Slack Works



Keith Adams takes a tour of Slack's infrastructure, from native and web clients, through the edge, into the Slack datacenter, and around the various services that provide real-time messaging, search, voice calls, and custom emoji.


Keith Adams is Chief Architect at Slack. Before Slack, he was an engineer at Facebook, where he contributed to search infrastructure, led work on the HipHop Virtual Machine, and helped start Facebook AI Research. He was also an early engineer at VMware.

About the conference

Software is changing the world. QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community. A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.

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Dec 09, 2016