I am giving two talks this year at the Techwell Mobile Dev+Test and IoT Dev+Test conferences in April. Last year I had a great time at this conference and am really looking forward to it again this year.

Thursday, April 27th at 11am Real Time IoT and Mobile Data: Put It to Work for Your Users

This talk discusses the ways which we as developers can think about and use our user's events to enrich their experiences. This is not about big data, this is about enabling real-time (well, near real-time) based experiences.

Every app is producing huge amounts of data, recording everything from location changes and button taps to data usage and acceleration. But what do you do with this flood of data? How can you make historical data a powerful tool for your users? How do you store it, let alone process it? How do you scale so that it doesn't all come to a grinding halt when your app is featured on Google Play and iTunes? Siva Katir discusses some scenarios facing developers who want to use this data to customize and improve their apps. Explore real-world pitfalls and best practices discovered while building PlayFab's real-time analytics and eventing platform for some of the biggest games out there. Learn how real time data is used to improve both the software and the user's experience. And most importantly learn how to think about harnessing your user's data to delight them.

Friday, April 28th at 1pm Can Your Mobile Infrastructure Survive 1 Million Concurrent Users?

I was asked to give two talks this year so this is a variant on the talk I gave at Mobile Dev+Test with Melissa Benua in 2016.

When you’re building the next killer mobile app, how can you ensure that your app is both stable and capable of near-instant data updates? The answer: Build a backend! Siva Katir says that there’s much more to building a backend than standing up a SQL server in your datacenter and calling it a day. Since different types of apps demand different backend services, how do you know what sort of backend you need? And, more importantly, how can you ensure that your backend scales so you can survive an explosion of users when you are featured in the app store? Siva discusses the common scenarios facing mobile app developers looking to expand beyond just the device. He’ll share best practices learned while building the PlayFab and other companies’ backends. Join Siva to learn how you can ensure that your app can scale safely and affordably into the millions of concurrent users and across multiple platforms.

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Siva Katir

Siva Katir

Senior Software Engineer working at PlayFab in Seattle Washington.