Burr Sutter – Speaker interview

by | Oct 17, 2019 | Voxxed Days Cluj-Napoca 2019

A lifelong developer advocate, community organizer, and technology evangelist, Burr Sutter is a featured speaker at technology events around the globe—from Bangalore to Brussels and Berlin to Beijing (and most parts in between)—he is currently Red Hat’s Director of Developer Experience. A Java Champion since 2005 and former president of the Atlanta Java User Group, Burr founded the DevNexus conference—now the second largest Java event in the U.S.—with the aim of making access to the world’s leading developers affordable to the developer community. When not speaking abroad, Burr is also the passionate creator and orchestrator of highly-interactive live demo keynotes at Red Hat Summit, the company’s premier annual event.

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself. What are your hobbies and interests?

I spend most of my waking hours in Kubernetes and Java 🙂
But I do love science fiction and fantasy in book and movie form. Back in the 70’s when I started voraciously consuming Tolkien and Marvel, it was not cool – now these are mainstream topics for the masses.

 

Q. Why did you select this topic for your session at Voxxed Days Cluj 2019?

My research and teaching areas focus on Kubernetes ecosystem players like Istio, Knative and Tekton. And my primary concern is how to make all of this applicable to the developer who is under growing pressure to deliver more, faster and needs to build new Web Apps and APIs for their own organization. This means a focus on Java as it is the #1 solution for building “business applications”. The focus now is on optimizing Java for Kubernetes-based deployments.

 

Q. Who should attend your session?

Hands-on software professionals. Especially those that think Java is not cool any longer.

 

Q. What are the key things attendees will take away from your session?

Java does NOT have to be huge and slow

 

Q. Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Cluj, what does the year review look like for you?

Traveling & Teaching

2019 Developer Events

Q. What are your plans for the next year?

More Traveling & Teaching!
Back on Safari in Tanzania in 2020. I love wildlife and those populations continue to shrink globally. Trying to spend a bit more time enjoying natural environments. Dozens of big cats, elephants, several thousand wildebeests and hundreds of other species, off the grid, is a great way to immerse oneself in “the real”. Likely back to Scotland in 2020 for the Fringe as well – https://www.edfringe.com/. Spending time with creative humans is also awesomely inspiring and energizing.