Sensu Summit

August 22-23, 2018

Thank you for joining us at the 2018 Sensu Summit

We had a blast at the second year of Sensu Summit in Portland, OR. Check out our YouTube channel to see the talks.

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Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 22

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast


9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Welcome to the Sensu Summit

Caleb Hailey - Sensu

9:05 AM - 9:30 AM

7 Years of Sensu: Then, Now, and Soon

Sean Porter - Sensu

9:30 AM - 10:05 AM

Fireside chat with Kelsey, Sean, and Caleb

Kelsey Hightower - Google Cloud Platform

10:05 AM - 10:40 AM

Morning Break

10:40 AM - 11:15 AM

The success story: migrating 350K Nagios objects to Sensu

Trent Baker - Box, Inc.

11:15 AM - 11:50 AM

Herding Cats & Catching Fire

David Beaurpere - Workday Ltd

11:50 AM - 12:25 PM

Project 3M: Meaningful Monitoring and Messaging

Christopher J. Caillouet - Industrial, Light & Magic

12:25 PM - 2:00 PM



2:00 PM - 2:25 PM

Where's My Beer: Building a Better Kegerator with a Raspberry Pi & Sensu

Aaron Sachs - Sensu

2:25 PM - 3:00 PM

Clientless Monitoring with Sensu

Chris Chandler - T-Mobile

3:00 PM - 3:35 PM

Afternoon Break


3:35 PM - 4:00 PM

Assets in Sensu 2.0

Greg Poirier - Sensu

4:00 PM - 4:35 PM

Sensu and Kubernetes 1.x

Lee Briggs - Apptio

4:35 PM - 5:00 PM

Pull, don’t push: Architectures for monitoring and configuration in a microservices era

Julian Dunn , Fletcher Nichol - Chef Software Inc.

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Reimagining Sensu

Caleb Hailey - Sensu

5:30 PM - 5:35 PM

Closing Remarks

5:35 PM

After Party!


Thursday, August 23

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM



9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

G'morning Welcome

9:45 AM - 10:35 AM

Failure as Success - the mindset the methods and the landmines

Paul Reed - Release Engineering Approaches

10:35 AM - 11:10 AM

Alert Fatigue: Avoidance and Course Correction

Ben Abrams - Doximity

11:10 AM - 11:45 AM


11:45 AM - 12:05 PM

Sensu and Puppet

Garrett Honeycutt - GH Solutions

12:05 PM - 12:25 PM

Sharing Sensu w/ multiple teams using Ansible

David Schroeder - Viasat, Inc.

12:25 PM - 1:30 PM



1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Unconference Kickoff

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Grafana tutorial by Brian Gann, Grafana

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Unconference

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

InfluxDB tutorial by Noah Crowley, Influxdata

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM


4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Lightning Talks

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks - Thank You #Monitoringlove

Keynote Speakers

Sean porter

Sean Porter

CTO, Sensu

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Caleb hailey

Caleb Hailey

CEO, Sensu

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Kelsey hightower

Kelsey Hightower

Staff Developer Advocate, Google Cloud Platform

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Paul reed

Paul Reed

Consultant, Release Engineering Approaches

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Ben abrams

Ben Abrams

Supreme Unicorn Hunter of Planet Earth and the Entire Galaxy Besides, Doximity

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Session Speakers

Mercedes coyle

Mercedes Coyle

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Greg poirier

Greg Poirier

SVP of Engineering, Sensu

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David beaurpere

David Beaurpere

Principal Software Engineer for the Observability Group, Workday Ltd

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Eric heydrick

Eric Heydrick

DevOps Engineer, DefenseStorm

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Chris chandler

Chris Chandler

Principal Engineer, T-Mobile

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David schroeder

David Schroeder

Software Engineer, Viasat, Inc.

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Garrett honeycutt

Garrett Honeycutt

Principal Consultant, GH Solutions

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Julian dunn

Julian Dunn

Director of Product Marketing, Chef Software Inc.

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Fletcher nichol

Fletcher Nichol

Principal Software Engineer, Habitat, Chef Software Inc.

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Lee briggs

Lee Briggs

Senior Infrastructure Engineer, Apptio

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Trent baker

Trent Baker

Senior Infrastructure Site Reliability Engineer, Box, Inc.

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Christopher caillouet

Christopher J. Caillouet

Senior Dev|Ops Production Engineer, Industrial, Light & Magic

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Aaron sachs

Aaron Sachs

Customer Success Engineer, Sensu

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A thoughtful, single-track collection of Sensu talks on day one including keynote presentations from Kelsey Hightower, Staff Developer Advocate for Google Cloud Platform, Sean Porter (original author of the Sensu monitoring framework, and CTO & Co-founder of Sensu, Inc.), Paul Reed, a seasoned build release engineer and expert on incident management, and Caleb Hailey, CEO at Sensu. You'll also hear from Sensu Core and Enterprise users, including folks from T-Mobile, Workday, Box, and more on how they are using Sensu at scale. We'll also have lightning talks from Sensu community members and plenty of time for hallway track conversations.

Day two is a special Community unconference. We’ll break out for our community unconference, with hands-on tutorials, discussions around our stickiest monitoring challenges, and lightning talks for our community of maintainers, users and partners. Sensu engineers will be on hand to talk through what you’re working on and lend help when needed.

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Sensu Summit venue


Sensu Summit 2018 will be held at the historic Portland Art Museum — the seventh oldest art museum in the United States. The unique collection of historic and modern art will provide a fitting atmosphere for a lively discussion of Sensu's past, present, and future. Come enjoy Portland in the summer!


Downtown Portland Oregon is located approximately 12 miles from the Porland International Airport (PDX) — about 20 minutes by car, or 45 minutes via public transportation. The Portland Art Museum itself is situated within walking distance of several highly recommended hotels, including The Paramount Hotel, Hotel Modera, The Sentinel Hotel, and The Westin Portland.

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All attendees are expected to read and follow our Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event and can be reached at

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