Kilter tickets, AMAs, weekly meetup, poll results, Icinga open house, Rootconf tickets, CfP and more

The HasGeek Newsletter ✉️ — Feb 15th

This week’s newsletter is (relatively) short for a change 😅
Prefer this in your inbox? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.


  • You seem to prefer conferences on Fri-Sat over Thu-Fri. We’ll keep that in mind.
  • Kilter tickets are now on sale. Buy them here.
  • Kilter is also looking for proposals. Submit your talk here.
  • We are hosting a weekly Kilter meetup alongside our open house on Friday.
  • This week’s Kilter AMA is today and is on exercise and fitness. Read more and join.
  • Rootconf tickets are on sale. Buy them here.
  • This Friday’s open house is Icinga. RSVP here.
  • FinTech Friday (and 50p) are organising a talk on designing payment apps this Friday. RSVP here.

We ran a poll on which days of the week do you prefer HasGeek conferences to be held on

Back in November, we ran a poll (via email) with all our past conference attendees on which days of the week you prefer the conferences to be scheduled on.

To give you some context, between 2012 and 2015, most of our two-day conferences were conducted on Friday-Saturday. This left the HasGeek team with a Sunday to recover from the event fatigue and report back to work on Monday. So in 2016 we moved all two-day conferences to Thursday-Friday so that the HasGeek team has a weekend to recover from post-event stress.

However, we learned that these days don’t work for our attendees because it affects leave at work, especially for those attendees who buy conference tickets on their own, with no reimbursement from employers.

This is when we decided to run a poll and understand which days of the week work best for attendees.
With the exception of Deep Learning Conf and The Fifth Elephant, attendees mostly prefer events to be held on Friday-Saturday.

We have taken note of this need, and have started scheduling events accordingly. Unfortunately, we could not schedule Rootconf on Friday-Saturday because all the venues we work with weren’t unavailable either on Friday or Saturday in May. Hence, Rootconf will be scheduled on Thursday-Friday — 11–12 May.

If you’d like us to make a presentation to your team or company about HasGeek conferences and help them understand why community events are learning experiences and opportunities to network, let us know. We’d be happy to drop by. You can reply to this post or drop a mail to

Tickets for Kilter, our new conference on diet, nutrition, fitness and more, are now on sale

The conference is on 1 and 2 April, at the MLR Convention Centre, J P Nagar.

Buy tickets:

If you are interested in speaking about diet, nutrition, fitness and more, (or know someone who should speak at Kilter):

Submit a proposal:

We are accepting proposals for workshops (30–60 mins), talks (15–40 mins) and Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions (60–90 mins).

We are hosting a weekly Kilter meetup at HasGeek every Friday. Last week we did our first one and it was about cauliflower rice. Check out the recap here. This week’s meetup is about exercise and fitness.

It starts at 6pm every Friday. Our office address is:

As a precursor to the weekly meetup, we do an online AMA session on the #kilter channel in the Friends of HasGeek Slack. Last week, Kiran Jonnalagadda and Suman Bolar hosted the AMA on the Ketogenic and Low Carb diet. This week, we have Gautam John and Kristen McQuillin aka Tink, hosting an AMA on exercise and fitness. It happens today between 5 and 6 pm in the evening. More details here.
Join the AMA on #kilter:


Have you tried automating alarms to alert project teams about any performance problems and security threats?
Manan Bharara explains the performance and error monitoring setup at (a hugely successful e-commerce application in Germany)
His talk at Rootconf 2017 will also cover data mining concepts of Anomaly/Outlier detection and how these can be applied to granularly identify potential risks with the fastest feedback possible.

We are confirming proposals every week and will have a draft schedule out by 28 February. If you are excited by systems engineering, service reliability engineering, and want to develop the chops to manage your infrastructure, come to Rootconf 2017!

Buy Tickets:

We are closing the Call for Proposals (CfP), tonight, at midnight.

We have received several interesting proposals. If you are a systems engineer, SRE, DevOps practitioner and/or planning on attending Rootconf, you should do one or more of the following:

  1. Vote on the proposals submitted so far.
  2. Suggest topics for more proposals. We are still seeking talks on capacity planning, open tracing, deploying microservices, among others. Which other topics do you want covered at this year’s edition?
  3. Submit a proposal to speak or teach a workshop.
  4. Refer Rootconf to others who should speak at the conference.
  5. Suggest a potential speaker. Better still, make an introduction!

Submit a talk:

Icinga Open House

At Rootconf 2015, Bernd Erk, co-founder of Icinga, delivered a talk on “Why favour Icinga over Nagios”. Adoption for Icinga was gradually gaining traction at that time. Over the years, the number of organizations and individuals who use Icinga for monitoring have increased.

If you’re interested in learning more about Icinga — an open source tool for monitoring — the come over to HasGeek house on Friday, 17 February.

You can RSVP here:

50p FinTech Friday on designing payment apps

The Zone Startups team in Bangalore organizes talks every Friday under the banner FinTech Friday.

Continuing our partnership with Zone Startups, 50p will curate talks for one FinTech Friday, each month.

This Friday, 17 February, we have organised two talks to discuss design of payment apps.

Arunkumar S Jadhav and Abhinit Tiwari will touch on the art and science of improving payment conversions and how design plays an important role in enabling users to switch to digital payments seamlessly. Both talks will be of 30 mins duration, followed by Q&A.

You can RSVP here:

…and that’s it.

Thanks for taking the time out to read this. Have a stellar week!

P.S. — Friends of HasGeek is our community Slack team where we discuss everything from our conferences to deals on electronics on AliExpress.

You can join the community here.

Prefer this in your inbox? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.