Serverless success at inaugural Belfast conference

  • Photo: Garth Gilmour, Instil, Gillian Armstrong, Liberty IT & Peter Farrell, Kainos

    The inaugural Belfast ServerlessDays conference held on 24 January was a sold-out success, and hosted 200 software engineers from across the island of Ireland.

    ServerlessDays is a series of community-focused, one-day events for those passionate about the future of software.

    AWS (Amazon Web Services) says that Serverless “is the native architecture of the cloud that enables you to shift more of your operational responsibilities to AWS, increasing your agility and innovation. Serverless allows you to build and run applications and services without thinking about servers.”

    The Belfast speaker line-up included AWS (Amazon Web Services) ‘heroes’ Yan Cui, Jeremy Daly and Stackery.io Ecosystems Director, Farrah Campbell.

    RELATED: Inaugural ServerlessDays Belfast conference announced for 2020

    The conference was held in Life Church Belfast, supported by headline sponsors AWS, Liberty IT and Workgrid Software, and jointly organised by community members David Anderson, Gillian Armstrong, Garth Gilmour and Peter Farrell.

    Gillian is a solutions engineer at Liberty IT and talked to Sync NI about the event: “We think that cloud and artificial intelligence are key. As part of Cloud, Serverless is key in solving the business problems directly.

    “Local volunteers organise the ServerlessDays conference. It involves countries worldwide. I had spoken at a few ServerlessDays in Hamburg, Copenhagen and Cardiff, and it was something that we talked about bringing here. Dave Anderson, who is the director of technology here [at Liberty IT] really wanted to make it happen. He asked me if I would come onboard the organising team because I had experience of both working with the technology and being involved in the community. I think it's exciting because we got a lot of people connected and we got a lot of people who haven't started working in it get excited about it. We had key speakers from Germany, England, the USA – here standing in Belfast talking to local developers.

    "I think it’s going to start to generate a lot more excitement and interest. Then people are going to start getting upskilled in that which I think is important. It's a great community to be a part of as well.”

    Follow Serverless Days Belfast on Twitter @BFSServerless for information on future serverless events and links to conference talks.

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