Rootconf 2016

Rootconf is India's principal conference where systems and operations engineers share real world knowledge about building resilient and scalable systems.

Rootconf is India’s principal conference where systems and operations engineers share real world knowledge about building resilient and scalable systems.

We are now accepting submissions for our next edition which will take place in Bangalore 14-15 April 2016.


The theme for this edition will be learning from failure. We are keen to explore how devops think about failure when designing, building and scaling their systems. We invite presentations related to failure in database systems, servers and network infrastructure.

We encourage presentations that relate to failure not only in terms of avoidance but also in terms of mitigation and education. How do we decide which parts of our systems cannot fail? What measures do we take to mitigate failure when it does inevitably happen? And most importantly: what lessons can be learned from failure?


This year’s edition spans two days of hands-on workshops and conference. We are inviting proposals for:

  • Full-length 40 minute talks.
  • Crisp 15-minute talks.
  • Sponsored sessions, 15 minute duration (limited slots available; subject to editorial scrutiny and approval).
  • Hands-on Workshop sessions, 3 and 6 hour duration.

Selection process

Proposals will be filtered and shortlisted by an Editorial Panel. We urge you to add links to videos / slide decks when submitting proposals. This will help us understand your past speaking experience. Blurbs or blog posts covering the relevance of a particular problem statement and how it is tackled will help the Editorial Panel better judge your proposals.

We expect you to submit an outline of your proposed talk – either in the form of a mind map or a text document or draft slides within two weeks of submitting your proposal.

We will notify you about the status of your proposal within three weeks of submission.

Selected speakers must participate in one-two rounds of rehearsals before the conference. This is mandatory and helps you to prepare well for the conference.

There is only one speaker per session. Entry is free for selected speakers. As our budget is limited, we will prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. HasGeek will provide a grant to cover part of your travel and accommodation in Bangalore. Grants are limited and made available to speakers delivering full sessions (40 minutes or longer).

Commitment to open source

HasGeek believes in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a codebase for developers to work with, we’d like it to be available under a permissive open source licence. If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licences (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognise that there are valid reasons for commercial licensing, but ask that you support us in return for giving you an audience. Your session will be marked on the schedule as a sponsored session.

Key dates and deadlines

  • Paper submission deadline: 31 January 2016
  • Schedule announcement: 29 February 2016
  • Conference dates: 14-15 April 2016

Rootconf will be held at the MLR Convention Centre, J P Nagar.

For more information about speaking proposals, tickets and sponsorships, contact or call +91-7676332020.

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Saprative Jana

Saprative Jana


Hackathon Nightmares

Submitted Feb 1, 2016

Disussing the problem that I faced in making webservices go live in a hackathon and the workflows I adopted to push apps to the server really fast. I mean really really really fast !!!!!!


Have you ever been to a hackathon and if yes then tell me a truth , how much time have you wasted in making a webapp go live. I don’t know about you but I have wasted a lot of time in hackathon doing devops jobs rather than coding. Moreover if the hackathon is platform specific like Blumix or Azure and if you are not accustomed with the platform then most pobably you will waste at least 2 to 3 hours of you time writing config files and googling out stuffs. If you have ever faced this kind of problem then this talk is something that you sould defintely look at.

What I will talking in this session ?

My talk will be divided into 4 small parts

  1. Hackathon Daries: Here I will talk about various problems that I faced in different hackathon while making the webservice go live and talk about mistakes that I made in various hackathon due to which I lost them how I tackled similar probler in hackathons after that (For example in a Blumemix hackathon we had a issue with the mongodb database or in a hackathon in Rachi how due a a silly mistake in a config file we were not able to make our webapp online. Now this might not seem as an issue for advanced dev but for a beginer in a hackathon when your adrenaline is at its peak these are the mistakes that you trend to do.).
  2. Fasten devops task: If you are doing a devops job in hackathon then trust me you are never going to win. So here I will tell you how to minimise your devops jobs to almost zero and concentrate on coding. I will taking you though a tour of various Paas platfrom and telling you how to manage your webservice in hackathon.
  3. Mananging small free webservices: After the hackathon is over most porobly you would like your webservice to stay live show that you can show them to your friends. But again however small your webservice or backend is you need to manage them but preferably for free (Who wants to waste money anyway). Moreover I will be talking a little bit about managaing small fest websites or similar kind of sites that sometime face a lot of sudden spikes.
  4. Scaling hackathon apps: Now when you see that friends are really liking the product that you made on a weekend then most probabay you would want to scale and migrate to different platform. I am also going to give some basic insides about what things you sould keep in your mind when you want to your weekend project to scale. I well also share with you some problems that I faced while migrating them to a different platform in order to scale.

Platform I will taking about?

I will be talking mostly about Paas Platforms about on the scaling and migration section I will be talking a little bit about Iaas platform(AWS only).

  1. Heroku
  2. Opensift
  3. Azure
  4. Bluemix
  5. AWS

Frameworks and tools I will using for example?

I will going though some of the most popular backend combination that are used in hackathon like MEAN stack, Django with mysql, ROR , Php with mysql database and explain various automating tecniques and tools that you can use while hosting and managing these framework.

What to expect form the talk?

The session is moslty focsed towards college students and wanabe devops. It going to teach you how to manage small webservices for free in hackathon or how to manage college fest website or things like that.

What you should not expect?

If you are are pro devops then pobably this session is not for you. Don’t expect me talk about zookeeper or kafka or advanced spam filtering techinques cause no one uses these in project in such nascent stage. I am basically going to talk about some of the problem that I faced while managing small hackathon pojects or college fest sites and share my college level backend managing exprience.


Nothing as such. But if you what tend to forget almost everything then most probably you need a note app.

Speaker bio

I am a nodejs, python developer, tor contributer and a vim freak and yes occationally a 4th year student. But for this talk I am a Hackathon expert !! (Ok not an expert but yes I have been into many hackathon since I was in my 1st year.) I have won different kind of hackathon starting from platform dependent hackathon like IBM Bluemix to different flavoured hackathon link Hackforhire.



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Rootconf is a community-funded platform for activities and discussions on the following topics: Site Reliability Engineering (SRE). Infrastructure costs, including Cloud Costs - and optimization. Security - including Cloud Security. more