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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Madhu Akula


Monitor your Infrastructure like Ninja !

Submitted Jan 20, 2016

This workshop contains how we can make ELK stack to replace the traditional SOC. Apart from ELK participants will create their own custom filters and parsers. We also integrate with alerting system for visibility and better understanding of attacks & statistics of infrastructure resources and attacks by kibana.

At the end of the workshop they will get customized templates, configs and best practices to deploy in production environments. This workshop benefits for individual to entrepreneur level.


As an Internal DevOps Network engineer / Incident Response team, I want to build an in-house free/Open-source centralized visualization and attack monitoring dashboard which co-relates all the logs from various devices (firewalls, routers, other security appliances) and servers and show you real-time analysis using ELK stack. Even if you manage to have such inventory, the other big challenge is to maintain such huge data and keep them updated. I would like to solve this problem by providing statistics and visual representation for the inventory and also provide intelligent recommendation for any future threats.

It Includes :

  • Understanding problems with traditional logging
  • Introduction to ELK Stack (Elastic Search, Log stash, Kibana)
  • Writing custom parsers using grok filters and scripts
  • Setting up the logstash for forwarding logs from different sources
  • Correlating the logs and centralized management
  • Elastic search clustering and configuration
  • Advanced custom plugins like (Head,HQ,Bigdesk,etc)
  • Configuring and setting up the Kibana3 and Kibana4
  • Creating dashboards with custom queries and visualizations
  • Making better understanding about infrastructure and attacks
  • Alerting for certain patterns and events
  • Best practices and production deployment tips

Many more…


  • Bring your laptop with admin privileges.
  • You will need at least 20 GB of free space for virtual machines.
  • The laptop should have a working wireless connection.
  • Your laptop should be capable of running Virtual Box.

Speaker bio

Madhu Akula is a Security Researcher, Chapter Lead & Regular Speaker at Null - The Open Security Community . Contributed to the open source community and found some severe vulnerabilities in Ntop-NG, OCS-NG, Opendocman, Wordpress and plugins,etc. Listed in Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Adobe, At&t, Cisco, Blackberry and more than 100+ giant companies for finding security vulnerabilities. Won first prize in DevOps Hackthon conducted by InMobi among 200 teams. Having good experience in Network, Web application security and worked in the variety of areas. Worked with Indian Navy, Qatar MOI and Oracle University to give trainings. Trained more than 3000 people in the field of Ethical Hacking by various workshops and trainings.

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