Diversity, Security and…IMPROV? Blackstone Rocks DevOpsDays DC 2017

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Blackstone Federal highlights inclusiveness, security and creativity as essential themes for the future of DevOps.

The Blackstone Federal team at DevOpsDays DC 2017

“We can’t thank Blackstone Federal enough for sharing their expertise with the local DevOps community," Holly Bazemore, DevOpsDays DC Organizer.

The third-annual DevOpsDays DC was a huge success, thanks in large part to a strong lineup of informative presentations and group discussions, including three dynamic presentations given by Blackstone Federal team members.

Hundreds of DevOps professionals, enthusiasts and newcomers joined in the two-day DevOps extravaganza hosted by Capital One at its Tysons Corner headquarters in mid-July. This year’s event was supported by over 30 sponsors from across the country, including media sponsor Blackstone Federal. Blackstone Federal’s communications team provided photography and video coverage of DevOpsDays DC presentations.

Blackstone Federal team members and improvisational theater veterans Melanie Harker and Sean Ellis woke up the room with their morning presentation “Change the Script: Deploy Improv, Not DevOps”. Harker and Ellis emphasized the importance of thinking outside the box in DevOps work by having attendees build “dramatographs”—physical interpretations of data sets.

Blackstone Federal mobile security experts Anthony Glynn and Anne Dalton drove home the importance of securing smartphones and mobile apps with their exciting talk “Securing the Death Star in Your Pocket”. And transformation specialist Khadijah Anderson got the DevOps community thinking a little more inclusively with her poignant take on “Diversity and Inclusion in Technology”.

“It’s an incredible experience to witness the personal and professional growth our talented employees are undergoing,” said Giles Kesteloot, Executive Director of Blackstone Federal. “Watching them take and 'own' the stage in front of hundreds and deliver compelling presentations and relevant content makes us all proud to be part of the Blackstone Federal family.”

“We can’t thank Blackstone Federal enough for sharing their expertise with the local DevOps community and for supporting awareness of DevOpsDays DC with their media sponsorship,” said DevOpsDays DC organizer Holly Bazemore. “Come join us. We have lots of knowledge that we share between all the practitioners in the area and lots of questions to ask. Everybody brings their own knowledge to the table, and we share it so we all can grow.”

If you missed this year’s DevOpsDays DC, stay tuned for the DevOpsDays DC recap videos on the Blackstone Federal YouTube channel. To learn more about the DevOpsDC community and DevOpsDays DC 2017, visit http://www.meetup.com/devopsdc

For more information about how Blackstone Federal can help transform your organization, or if you consider yourself a top engineer, please connect with us at level_up(at)blackstonefederal.com.

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