This is your chance to meet experts, share work, and contribute to the future of software—together.

Day 1: Explore (Nov. 29)

Hear from the area's top tech and community leaders, and meet fellow builders at this one-of-kind community conference. We’ll spend an evening exploring what’s new, what’s to come, and how you can get involved.

Day 2: Align (Nov. 30)

This one-day event brings together team leaders from local agencies and enterprises to discuss what (and how) they’re using GitHub at work.

Register for the event that fits your interests—or join us for both!

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Day 1

Explore

Day 1 Speakers

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    Thomas Bachem

    Founder

    CODE University of Applied Sciences

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    Thomas Bachem

    Founder

    CODE University of Applied Sciences

    About

    Thomas “Tom” Bachem is a passionate entrepreneur, investor and founder of several startups and initiatives. Being an avid coder and designer since his early youth, he is currently building CODE, a private university educating the software developers, digital designers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

    Talk - Rethinking Higher Education – How We Build the University of the Future

    Day 1, 7:45pm

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    Jessica Binsch

    Head of Communications and Outreach

    Prototype Fund

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    Jessica Binsch

    Head of Communications and Outreach

    Prototype Fund

    About

    Jessica Binsch is the head of communications for Prototype Fund. She spreads the word about open source ideas and the awesome projects funded by Prototype Fund, and thus connects the open source community with the larger public. Before joining Prototype Fund, Jessica worked as a journalist covering digital activism and politics.

    Talk - Hacking the Funding System to Fund Open Source Projects

    Day 1, 8:00pm

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    Stefan Schimanski

    Senior Software Engineer

    Red Hat

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    Stefan Schimanski

    Senior Software Engineer

    Red Hat

    About

    Stefan is a passionate Software Engineering Professional with a Ph.D. in Mathematical Logic and two parallel University Degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, with 15 years of experience in Software Development. He has a strong interest in agile software development, microservice infrastructure, software quality through type-systems in programming languages, in teaching and mentoring, design thinking and lean. Stefan is a Senior Software Engineer at RedHat working as a core contributor to Kubernetes and was also a mentor in Google Summer of Code 2017 on Validation of CustomResourceDefinitions.

    Talk - Cutting the Kubernetes Monorepo in Pieces – Never Learnt More About Git

    Day 1, 8:30pm

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    Stefan Stölzle

    Services Engineer

    GitHub

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    Stefan Stölzle

    Services Engineer

    GitHub

    About

    Stefan has been a software developer, teacher and consultant for over 10 years. He believes that "code is beautiful" and in achieving it through collaboration. On the Professional Services team at GitHub his focus lies on helping companies migrate to Git and GitHub, learn about the GitHub Flow, and add Continuous Integration and Deployment to their development tools.

    Talk - Fine Tuning Your GitHub Flow – Let's Dive Into GitHub Workflows

    Day 1, 8:15pm

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    Bianca Wilk

    Customer Success

    Travis CI

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    Bianca Wilk

    Customer Success

    Travis CI

    About

    Bianca Wilk is working on customer success and marketing at Travis CI, GmbH. She assists support, works on educational projects and loves rewarding the Travis CI community and its amazing contributors with cool merchandise. Bianca is a digital nomad and learned to speak five (human) languages fluently along the way.

    Talk - Travis CI – Building a Company for Social Impact

    Day 1, 8:45pm

Day 2

Align

Day 2 Speakers

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    Bas Broek

    iOS Developer

    XING SE

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    Bas Broek

    iOS Developer

    XING SE

    About

    Bas is an iOS Developer working on mobile releases and infrastructure at XING. Currently Bas works on improving and unifying app release processes for Android & iOS. Bas blogs occasionally and works on Open Source projects, including Open Source apps, libraries, and tooling.

    Talk - Tackling Continuous Releases for XING's Mobile Apps

    Day 2, 11:45am

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    Henning Burow

    IT Project Manager

    R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG

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    Henning Burow

    IT Project Manager

    R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG

    About

    Henning is an IT Project Manager of the IT department at R+V. In his current project he reduces the time it takes from the idea to the customer. He worked with diverse technologies and their enthusiasts, like from Mainframe to cloud native.

    Talk - Changing How We Develop Software at R+V with Github

    Day 2, 11:15am

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    Peter Grosskopf

    CTO

    solarisBank AG

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    Peter Grosskopf

    CTO

    solarisBank AG

    About

    Peter Grosskopf lives in Berlin. He is CTO at solarisBank, a 2015 founded challenger bank that offers digital solutions to finance pioneers. Before he worked as Chief Development Officer at HitFox Group and the Berlin-based Fintech Company Builder Finleap. He founded a software engineering company in Münster during university in 2008 and grew it profitably to 27 engineers in 5 years. Peter has a MSc in Information Systems from the University of Münster and is a former lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Münster.

    Talk - Bank vs. Cloud – Tales from Our Ride on the Edge of Combining Both Worlds

    Day 2, 12:15am

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    Rasha Malek

    Software Engineer

    Zalando SE

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    Rasha Malek

    Software Engineer

    Zalando SE

    About

    Rasha Malek joined Zalando in 2016, as a part of Zalando's machinery team focusing on automation and tooling. He is an IT expert in *nix/Linux platforms and open source technologies. Rasha is also the maintainer of Zalando’s Github Enterprise setup.

    Talk - Zalando Code at Speed

    Day 2, 10:15am

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    Johannes Nicolai

    Enterprise Solutions Engineer

    GitHub

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    Johannes Nicolai

    Enterprise Solutions Engineer

    GitHub

    About

    Johannes is an Open Source enthusiast working for GitHub as Enterprise Solutions Engineer. In his current role, he is helping large companies in the DACH and Eastern European region to build and ship software better with GitHub Enterprise. Before his career at GitHub, he was leading multiple Java development teams across the world building large Git backends and integration platforms as Director of Engineering for CollabNet. Johannes holds a Master of Science from Hasso Plattner Institute Potsdam and is a certified Scrum Master, Product Owner and Jenkins Engineer.

    Talk - DevOps @ GitHub

    Day 2, 9:40am

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    Lothar Schulz

    Engineering Lead

    Zalando SE

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    Lothar Schulz

    Engineering Lead

    Zalando SE

    About

    Lothar Schulz joined Zalando in 2013, focusing first on purchasing subjects. Currently he serves the Continuous Delivery engineering teams and is accountable for source code management systems, deployments to both data center and cloud environments as well as Continuous Integration and Delivery as a service to Zalando Tech. Earlier he held positions at Deutsche Telekom and Nokia focussing on management of tech teams. With an agile mindset he fosters all initiatives that help teams to perform better. Lothar likes to code and loves to contribute to open source code.

    Talk - Zalando Code at Speed

    Day 2, 10:15am

Schedule

Wed

November 29

6:30pm

Doors Open

Doors Open

7:30pm

Welcome

Welcome

7:45pm

Rethinking Higher Education – How We Build the University of the Future

Thomas Bachem, CODE University of Applied Sciences

Higher education needs an update. Most universities are stuck with traditional lecture-based, linear and grade-oriented ways of learning, despite the fact that educational concepts like challenge-based, competency-based and project-based learning, flipped classroom, mastery learning and P2P learning are proven to be better ways to learn for human brains. I will show how we implement these methodologies to create a superior learning experience for everyone.

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Thomas Bachem

Founder

CODE University of Applied Sciences

Rethinking Higher Education – How We Build the University of the Future

Higher education needs an update. Most universities are stuck with traditional lecture-based, linear and grade-oriented ways of learning, despite the fact that educational concepts like challenge-based, competency-based and project-based learning, flipped classroom, mastery learning and P2P learning are proven to be better ways to learn for human brains. I will show how we implement these methodologies to create a superior learning experience for everyone.

8:00pm

Hacking the Funding System to Fund Open Source Projects

Jessica Binsch, Prototype Fund

Many open source tools tackle important issues and benefit their communities, but funding open source work can be difficult. The Prototype Fund seeks to challenge that. With public funding from the German Federal Ministry for Education, we set out to support open source projects. We want to encourage the development of new tools and grow sustainable and diverse communities. Here, we'll talk about challenges, genius ideas, bureaucracy, community building and more.

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Jessica Binsch

Head of Communications and Outreach

Prototype Fund

Hacking the Funding System to Fund Open Source Projects

Many open source tools tackle important issues and benefit their communities, but funding open source work can be difficult. The Prototype Fund seeks to challenge that. With public funding from the German Federal Ministry for Education, we set out to support open source projects. We want to encourage the development of new tools and grow sustainable and diverse communities. Here, we'll talk about challenges, genius ideas, bureaucracy, community building and more.

8:15pm

Fine Tuning Your GitHub Flow – Let's Dive Into GitHub Workflows

Stefan Stölzle, GitHub

Workflows come in all shapes and sizes. Teams developing web apps have slightly different needs than those working with embedded software, and you have probably heard more than one recommendation on the "best" workflow. In working with hundreds of teams, we have learned that the best workflow is the simplest workflow. It is easier to teach and easier to follow – and both results in more consistent applications. In this session, Stefan will break out the markers and learn how you can trim the fluff from your workflows.

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Stefan Stölzle

Services Engineer

GitHub

Fine Tuning Your GitHub Flow – Let's Dive Into GitHub Workflows

Workflows come in all shapes and sizes. Teams developing web apps have slightly different needs than those working with embedded software, and you have probably heard more than one recommendation on the "best" workflow. In working with hundreds of teams, we have learned that the best workflow is the simplest workflow. It is easier to teach and easier to follow – and both results in more consistent applications. In this session, Stefan will break out the markers and learn how you can trim the fluff from your workflows.

8:30pm

Cutting the Kubernetes Monorepo in Pieces – Never Learnt More About Git

Stefan Schimanski, Red Hat

Kubernetes uses a monorepo approach for development and testing. For Golang vendoring by 3rdparties we publish subdirectories as separate Github repositories (like k8s.io/client-go, k8s.io/apimachinery, k8s.io/api, etc.) continuously every night, while keeping all history, all Github merge commits and while rewriting commits with Godep-save updates to express dependencies. Sounds easy? It's not! Implementing this was the best learning experience of git and git internals and the topic of this talk.

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Stefan Schimanski

Senior Software Engineer

Red Hat

Cutting the Kubernetes Monorepo in Pieces – Never Learnt More About Git

Kubernetes uses a monorepo approach for development and testing. For Golang vendoring by 3rdparties we publish subdirectories as separate Github repositories (like k8s.io/client-go, k8s.io/apimachinery, k8s.io/api, etc.) continuously every night, while keeping all history, all Github merge commits and while rewriting commits with Godep-save updates to express dependencies. Sounds easy? It's not! Implementing this was the best learning experience of git and git internals and the topic of this talk.

8:45pm

Travis CI – Building a Company for Social Impact

Bianca Wilk, Travis CI

Travis CI started out as an open source project on GitHub 6 years ago and has grown from a small idea to a 50-person company. The company's mission is to empower people to build and ship great software. This guiding light has led Travis CI to build a remote, diverse company trying to make a positive change in tech.

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Bianca Wilk

Customer Success

Travis CI

Travis CI – Building a Company for Social Impact

Travis CI started out as an open source project on GitHub 6 years ago and has grown from a small idea to a 50-person company. The company's mission is to empower people to build and ship great software. This guiding light has led Travis CI to build a remote, diverse company trying to make a positive change in tech.

9:00pm

Networking and Explore Showcase

Networking and Explore Showcase

11:00pm

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Thurs

November 30

8:30am

Doors Open

Doors Open

9:30am

Welcome

Welcome

9:40am

DevOps @ GitHub

Johannes Nicolai, GitHub

Learn how GitHub's globally distributed teams use GitHub tooling to develop GitHub, collaborate with engineering, sales, marketing, services and legal and deploy more than 500 times a week. Experience ChatOps, a great way to reduce friction between development and operations and enable DevOps at scale. Learn more about GitHub's vision to automatically assist you in every coding related activity.

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Johannes Nicolai

Enterprise Solutions Engineer

GitHub

DevOps @ GitHub

Learn how GitHub's globally distributed teams use GitHub tooling to develop GitHub, collaborate with engineering, sales, marketing, services and legal and deploy more than 500 times a week. Experience ChatOps, a great way to reduce friction between development and operations and enable DevOps at scale. Learn more about GitHub's vision to automatically assist you in every coding related activity.

10:15am

Zalando Code at Speed

Rasha Malek, Zalando SE

Lothar Schulz, Zalando SE

At the end of 2016, the source code engineering team at Zalando – Europe’s leading online fashion platform for men, women and children – made Github Enterprise the only source code management system at Zalando Tech. The team was able to flip the switch because voluntary adoption rate was outstanding. In this talk, Software Engineer Rasha Malek and Engineering Lead Lothar Schulz will describe how the team successfully supported the voluntary adoption and still managed around 100 new seats every month. They will talk about advantages and disadvantages of this approach and share insights about the initiatives that were triggered by Github Enterprise at @ZalandoTech. They will share challenges they were experiencing and why such an approach makes sense for a company (+15 million users) and tech team (2000+ members and growing) of Zalando’s size. Finally, they will share projects you may want to leverage in your organisation.

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Rasha Malek

Software Engineer

Zalando SE

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Lothar Schulz

Engineering Lead

Zalando SE

Zalando Code at Speed

At the end of 2016, the source code engineering team at Zalando – Europe’s leading online fashion platform for men, women and children – made Github Enterprise the only source code management system at Zalando Tech. The team was able to flip the switch because voluntary adoption rate was outstanding. In this talk, Software Engineer Rasha Malek and Engineering Lead Lothar Schulz will describe how the team successfully supported the voluntary adoption and still managed around 100 new seats every month. They will talk about advantages and disadvantages of this approach and share insights about the initiatives that were triggered by Github Enterprise at @ZalandoTech. They will share challenges they were experiencing and why such an approach makes sense for a company (+15 million users) and tech team (2000+ members and growing) of Zalando’s size. Finally, they will share projects you may want to leverage in your organisation.

10:45am

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

11:15am

Changing How We Develop Software at R+V with Github

Henning Burow, R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG

The switch to git and the „hub“ changes how software is developed. In this talk you will learn from a project manager perspective what you gain, why we believe it is worth it and what we have learned so far.

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Henning Burow

IT Project Manager

R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG

Changing How We Develop Software at R+V with Github

The switch to git and the „hub“ changes how software is developed. In this talk you will learn from a project manager perspective what you gain, why we believe it is worth it and what we have learned so far.

11:45am

Tackling Continuous Releases for XING's Mobile Apps

Bas Broek, XING SE

The final stage of submitting an app is simple – you press the button. But before arriving at that point, a lot has happened. At XING we are working on optimizing this process and have created a team dedicated to the task. Unifying the process for both Android & iOS, we are building powerful tools to manage releaseing apps on all mobile platforms.

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Bas Broek

iOS Developer

XING SE

Tackling Continuous Releases for XING's Mobile Apps

The final stage of submitting an app is simple – you press the button. But before arriving at that point, a lot has happened. At XING we are working on optimizing this process and have created a team dedicated to the task. Unifying the process for both Android & iOS, we are building powerful tools to manage releaseing apps on all mobile platforms.

12:15am

Bank vs. Cloud – Tales from Our Ride on the Edge of Combining Both Worlds

Peter Grosskopf, solarisBank AG

As a bank you have special requirements for your systems and deployment processes. Many companies use on-premise solutions exclusively. As a tech company with a banking license we strive to be as modern as possible. This talk gives insights from our journey within the last 2,5 years, how we deal with our infrastructure and deployment processes and how we continuously improve.

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Peter Grosskopf

CTO

solarisBank AG

Bank vs. Cloud – Tales from Our Ride on the Edge of Combining Both Worlds

As a bank you have special requirements for your systems and deployment processes. Many companies use on-premise solutions exclusively. As a tech company with a banking license we strive to be as modern as possible. This talk gives insights from our journey within the last 2,5 years, how we deal with our infrastructure and deployment processes and how we continuously improve.

12:45pm

Lunch and Partner Showcase

Lunch and Partner Showcase

2:30pm

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FAQ

  • Do I need my ID for entry?

    An email confirmation is all you need to check you in.

  • What language will the events be in?

    Constellation Berlin presenters will be speaking in English.

  • Will parking be available?

    We highly encourage attendees to take public transportation or ridesharing services to events. Parking is not provided at the venue but can be found in the general area.

  • Will there be a place for me to store things?

    Yes, we’ll have a coat check area. Please don’t leave any valuables.

  • Where do I go if I lose something?

    Find a GitHub team member if you lose something while at the event. Email events@github.com if you realize you lost something after.

  • Do you provide meals?

    We’ll provide light bites and beverages at Explore, and breakfast and lunch will be served at Align.

  • Do you accommodate special dietary needs?

    Gluten free and vegetarian options are always provided at our events. If you have additional dietary needs, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

  • Will non-alcoholic options be available at the meetup?

    Yes.

  • What if I don’t want my picture taken?

    Please let a GitHub team member know upon check-in. You’ll be provided with a red lanyard to let our photographer know.

  • I have a question which isn't answered here?

    Email it to constellation@github.com