Tech Talks: The story you don’t read + k8s, helm and config connector

GDG Cloud London
Wed, Feb 19, 2020, 6:00 PM (GMT)

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About this event

General Monthly Meetup of GDG Cloud London for February 2020.

Tentative agenda:

18:20 - 18:30 - Check in and welcome.

18:40 - Talks

- Networking, drinks, pizzas, sweets and snacks.


1) Paolo Taticchi - The story you don’t read: semi-structured reflections and tips about dreams, personal branding, career & sacrifice.

Elevator pitch:
All of us of a story, this keynote is about mine.
2018 and 2019 were, professionally, incredible years for me.
In 2018, Poets & Quants’ and Forbes featured me as one of the top 40 under 40 business school professors in the world.
The same year, I received the title of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for the impact of my work.
In 2019, I received the “Talented Young Italian Award” from the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK.
With these achievements, reflection was mandatory. Am I happy? Is this success? What did I do right? What did I do wrong? What I wish I could have done differently? Have I got something to share with others? Can I inspire others? What is next?
In this keynote I go over my journey and share a number of reflections that would probably be of interest to dreamers, achievers, hard-workers and change-makers.
Professor Paolo Taticchi is Principal Teaching Fellow in Management & Sustainability (professorial) and Executive Director of Global Student Experience at Imperial College Business School.
He teaches modules on sustainability and competitive advantage, strategy, global operations and projects, and the future of cities. Paolo formerly served as Director of the school’s top-ranked MSc Management and Global Online MBA.


Twitter: @taticchipaolo

2) Lorenzo Turrino - Managing infrastructure with k8s, helm and config connector.

Elevator pitch:
Using Terraform to manage infrastructure is an estabilished best practice. Yet, integrating provisioned resources with services deployed on K8s still require glue code and automation.
I've recently been researching Config Connector, which allows Google Cloud resources to be managed as a set of Custom Resource Definitions. By integrating infrastructure-defining CRDs in custom Helm charts, it is possible to tie the lifecycle of cloud resources to the app making use of them, reducing the need for extra code. It also allows teams to more easily specify requirements for a new service in a single file/language.
Lorenzo has been working as a SRE for the last year, developing and maintaining an internal platform based on GCP and Kubernetes for his company, Oddschecker.
He has a background as software developer and likes to experiment with new technology.

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