Where work in progress meets progress in work

September 12 – 13
Pier 27, San Francisco
Slack Frontiers 2017 Schedule & Agenda

Full Agenda

Day 1, September 12

8am

Registration and Breakfast

9:30am

Welcome Keynote

11:15am

Morning Breakouts

12:00pm

Lunch

1:15pm

Afternoon Breakouts

4:00pm

Afternoon Keynote

5:00pm

Networking Reception

Day 2, September 13

8:30am

Breakfast

10:00am

Opening Keynote

11:15am

Morning Breakouts

12:00pm

Lunch

1:10pm

Afternoon Breakouts

4:00pm

Closing Keynote

5:00pm

Frontiers Fest

Get ready for games, music and good eats as we celebrate the closing of the first ever Frontiers, and of course, you!

Breakout Sessions

The Frontiers agenda features 3 breakout tracks: Assemble, Contribute, Integrate.

Assemble

Teams work best when they know exactly how to get work done, together. Yet, with the fluid nature of today’s teams and the rapid pace of work, getting to that point can be hard. Assemble will explore how we structure our companies and teams, build networks, and allow people to do their best work.

Contribute

As individuals we work best when we know what we’re doing, and how to get it done. Contribute will focus on better defining the nature of what we do, understanding personal motivation, and empowering people to do their best work.

Integrate

Everyone works best when they have the resources and tools they need. A technology’s ecosystem of developers and partners is key to the success of its users. At Integrate, we’ll explore the ground developers cover in Slack today, and look toward what’s coming over the horizon.

September 12

  • Opening remarks by Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack
  • Fireside chat with Kelly Watkins Head of Global Marketing, Slack; Jen Rubio, Co-Founder, Away; and Nate Brown, Founder and Creative Director, Institute
  • Customer spotlights: 20th Century Fox & Oracle
  • Future of work keynote: Steven Johnson, PBS Host and Bestselling Author, “How We Got To Now”

  Keynote Session

Nick Dawson Executive Director of Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub, Johns Hopkins
Aaron Wickstrom Managing Partner, Valsigna Farms, Wickstrom Dairies
Sarah Rothenberg Operations and Innovations Lead, AltSchool
Janine Gianfredi Former CMO, US Digital Service

Schools, dairy farms, hospitals... they’re not tech companies, but they too can reap benefits from the most recent digital innovations. Learn how traditional sectors are overcoming their challenges – whether they’re technological or meteorological – using new tools.

  Assemble Track

Paul Rosania Head of Core Product, Slack
Ilan Frank Head of Enterprise Product, Slack
Buster Benson Head of Platform, Slack
Noah Weiss Head of Search, Learning, & Intelligence, Slack

What do the next 12 months hold? What new features are peeking over the horizon? Head of Core Product, Paul Rosania, Head of Enterprise Product, Ilan Frank, Head of Search, Learning, & Intelligence, Noah Weiss, and Head of Platform, Buster Benson, will talk you through what we’re building and how it’ll make your work day simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.

  Contribute Track

Michael Lopp VP of Engineering, Slack
Julia Grace Infrastructure Engineer Director, Slack

How do you keep pace at a company that doubles its user base nearly every year? With very strategic investments in your technology and your people. Slack’s Director of Infrastructure Engineering Julia Grace and VP of Engineering Michael Lopp will share practical lessons on how we’ve scaled our infrastructure and our organization to sustain rapid growth.

  Integrate Track

Andrew de Maar Head of Research, Deloitte Center for the Edge

We face a growing disconnect between the exponential world rapidly evolving around us and the linear practices and operations that dominate our institutions. Andrew de Maar, Head of Research for Deloitte’s Center for the Edge discusses new ways of working so that we can accelerate performance improvement in a world of mounting performance pressure.

  Assemble Track

Ken Norton Product Partner, GV

When Ken Norton of GV isn’t providing startups with valuable product and engineering advice, he keeps busy writing about the crafts and processes that make for better product management. In this talk, Ken shares his techniques for holding effective meetings, communicating with courtesy, and leading meaningful conversations.

  Contribute Track

Sean Rose Product Manager, Slack

Get an insider’s view of what’s next for the Slack Platform. Learn more about new opportunities coming soon for developers building on Slack, and how to best utilize them for your app.

  Integrate Track

Duretti Hirpa Senior Engineer, Integrations, Slack
Jimena Almendares VP Business Leader of Payments, Intuit
Nicole Sanchez CEO & Founder, Vaya Consulting
Arlan Hamilton Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

Diverse and inclusive workplaces are more than just numbers in an annual report. What real-life systems and structures can you put in place to help the humans in your organization grow, thrive, and ultimately, deliver the best results? Hear from leaders such as Jimena Almendares from Intuit, Arlan Hamilton from Backstage Capital, and Nicole Sanchez from Vaya Consulting on how they approach inclusion and why diversity is a must-have competitive advantage.

  Assemble Track

Wayne Kurtzman Research Director at IDC
Will Soupcoff Head of CRM, Optimizely
Yousuf Khan CIO, Pure Storage
Andrew Berger Head of Sales & Business Development, Square

In this panel, leaders from diverse companies will discuss Slack’s impact on their Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support teams. They’ll also share role-based tips and tricks on how to optimize your work and team performance, both internal and customer-facing.

  Contribute Track

Alvina Antar CIO, Zuora
Michael Shane Global Head of Digital Innovation, Bloomberg LP
Aimee Cardwell Vice President and Unit CIO, American Express

One founder at a time. One stage. One panel of IT leads from many industries. Just minutes to pitch their app. The prize? Getting their product rolled out to real teams at really successful companies. See if these talented founders have what it takes in this one-of-a-kind session.

  Integrate Track

Jennifer Manry Managing Vice President, Workforce Technology, Capital One Financial Corporation
Ali Rayl Head of Global Customer Experience, Slack

Capital One uses Slack Enterprise Grid as part of its commitment to being a technology company leading in the financial services industry. Managing Vice President, Workforce Technology, Jennifer Manry, will be joined by Ali Rayl, Head of Global Customer Exprience with Slack, to discuss the future of digital innovation and the role of Slack within a large enterprise.

  Assemble Track

Christina Janzer Head of User Research, Slack

Christina Janzer, Head of User Research at Slack, speaks about the nature of teams, organizational transformation, and how technology should be built around the intricacies and fluidity of human communication. She walks through three design principles (borrowed from the consumer world) that help enterprise software encourage productivity.

  Contribute Track

Sachin Ranchod Developer Advocate, Slack
John Arthorne Production Engineering Lead, Shopify

Build the most in-sync engineering force you’ve ever been in. John Arthorne, production engineering lead at Shopify, will discuss how to leverage chatops in Slack to advance your engineering culture. Plus, examples of how Shopify has used chatops to transform its ability to build, ship, and maintain first-class code.

  Integrate Track

Fireside chat with Andre Iguodala and Stewart Butterfield

  Keynote Session

September 13

  • Opening remarks by Cal Henderson, CTO of Slack and Julia Grace, Head of Infrastructure Engineering at Slack
  • Security Spotlight hosted by Geoff Belknap, Chief Security Officer at Slack, featuring Netflix and 21st Century Fox
  • Search Learning and Intelligence Product Spotlight with Noah Weiss
  • Fireside chat with Edith Cooper of Goldman Sachs

  Keynote Session

Molly Graham VP of Operations, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Molly Graham knows hypergrowth well. She’s currently VP of Operations at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative after being an early employee at Facebook and COO at Quip (acquired by Salesforce). She’ll share her experiences scaling organizations, and why sometimes “giving up your Legos” is necessary to build something bigger.

  Assemble Track

Sachin Ranchod Enterprise Developer Advocate, Slack
John Arthorne Production Engineering Lead, Shopify
Shelby Wolpa Vice President of People Operations, InVision
Anuradha Muralidharan Engineering Operations Lead, Expensify

Too often, “work” can mean jumping between multiple tabs, windows, and logins, inside various systems. The cost? Your time and productivity. Slack’s platform brings all your tools together, in one place, to let work flow. Hear from companies who’ve improved their workflows, and leave with practical tips on how to start integrating your own tools into Slack.

  Contribute Track

Rio Akasaka Product Manager, Google
Apoorv Saxena Product Manager, Google Cloud AI and ML

From Google Calendar to Google Docs, the G Suite team integrates artificial intelligence and machine learning in every aspect of their productivity suite. Hear how they use AI and ML throughout their product offerings, and how they approached building Drive Bot for Slack with this in mind.

  Integrate Track

Chris Marsh Research Director, Workforce Productivity and Compliance, 451 Research

Chris Marsh from 451 Research discusses ways to re-think “value” when purchasing products… and how these decisions affect organizational health. Learn how (and why) new technologies are changing the modern workforce and what it means for your teams’ daily workflows.

  Assemble Track

Karishma Kothari Manager, Solutions Engineering, Slack

In this live demo, Slack’s Karishma Kothari walks you through ways you can use Slack to reduce the organizational drag that slows down many companies today. Come discover efficient ways to do everything: from coordinating with cross-functional teams, to catching up after a day of meetings, to searching for (and finding!) whatever you need quickly. We’ll show you how Slack can empower you — and your teams — to do your best work every day.

  Contribute Track

Amir Shevat Head of Developer Relations, Slack

Big companies have big security requirements – no big surprise there. Slack Head of Developer Relations Amir Shevat talks through how some of our most complex enterprise customers streamline their workflows with apps, while keeping their business data safe and secure.

  Integrate Track

Larkin Ryder Director, Risk and Compliance, Slack

Ever wonder how security is built into Slack? Wonder no more. Slack’s Director of Risk and Compliance Larkin Ryder will share how Slack incorporates security into its product and its culture, and how it can help you better meet your commitments to security and compliance.

  Assemble Track

Isaiah Greene Product Manager, Search, Learning & Intelligence, Slack

As more and more information is opened up to us by new workplace technologies, we spend more and more time managing it. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Hear from Isaiah Greene from our Search, Learning, and Intelligence team on how Slack can save you time by helping you prioritize what’s critical to your work, instantly find answers to your questions, or simply stay on top of it all.

  Contribute Track

Salman Suhail Platform Product Manager

From intuitive onboarding flows to one-click interactions that actively move work forward, we want Slack to feel almost magical in how it supports work seamlessly and reliably. Learn what new additions Slack is bringing to your interactive tool set, and hear from app founders whose companies will expand the boundaries of what’s possible in Slack.

  Integrate Track

Deano Roberts Director Global Facilities and Real Estate, Slack

Prior to leading Global Facilities at Slack, Deano Roberts served 20 years in the US Army. He’ll explain how the military changed how siloed teams communicate, and how businesses can apply these principles to thrive in times of uncertainty.

  Assemble Track

Celeste LeCompte Director of Business Development, ProPublica
Simon Rogers Data Editor, Google News Lab
John Keefe Senior Editor Data News, WNYC/Quartz

Slack is a staple for many media organizations, helping them collaborate more closely and break news. The people behind the ElectionLand voter data project and reporters at ProPublica show you how dozens of media organizations came together on Slack to produce high-impact, investigative journalism.

  Contribute Track

Rick Nucci CEO, Guru
Larry Gadea CEO, Envoy
Megan Quinn General Partner, Spark Capital
Brad Armstrong Head of Global Business Development, Slack

You’ve built a product that could change the nature of work as we know it. Now you need to get customers using it – at scale. How do you go about getting started? We’ll hear how CEOs and co-founders won their first ten, hundred, and thousand customers through both self-service and high-touch distribution models.

  Integrate Track

Featuring Welby Altidor

  Keynote Session