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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Abhishek Tiwari


On when we opened RESTful APIs to houses OR stories around devOps on the tiniest of scale

Submitted Feb 6, 2016

While developing systems, we make assumptions about the environment that the system would run in. These are stories about how the real world broke our assumptions, the road(s) to debugging and how my server side devOps experience fit right into fixing low power wireless IPv6 mesh networks so that we could eventually-

curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST -d '{"payload":"1", "speed": 60}'

And we did! This is basically about what devOps feels like in really constrained low power networks with nodes having 24MHz of compute and 32KB of memory right into the real world. A bit about the $ENVIRONMENT_VARIABLES on the side, how they break code, trade-offs and system design.


Stories around how my experience as a devOps engineer came into rescue when as an IoT startup, we tried to make all the appliances of the house accessible and controllable via APIs.

We connected all appliances to relays/actuators, wrote firmware that interfaced them with tiny event driven linux-like OSes running on small ARM based SOCs. We then hooked the whole thing up with an IPv6 stack and exposed it over 2.4 GHz radios running 6lowpan. The mesh topology allowed the packets to hop through each other into a gateway and then our cloud. All this put a house on the command line– all ready to be programmed and played around with. Cron, anyone?

  1. How we arrived at more robust, failsafe system design by testing our assumptions in the real world.
  2. How devOps culture came into rescue in debugging and understanding some very unforseen and unimagined problems.
  3. Finally, how the 15 months at this broke my assumptions about devOps being applicable to just massive 20K node clusters across 6 datacenters. How i realized that it is rather a way of thinking and how better devOps can create a very important feedback loop for approaching system design.

Speaker bio

Stint at CloudMagic as one of the youngest members in their devOps team. Moved on to this early stage stealth startup called Thinqbot where we were trying to open APIs to houses using IoT.

As eventually the VP for Software Engg, I got the opportunity to work with some amazingly talented folks at the hardware, firmware, middleware and the cloud teams. We designed some interesting systems and debugged even more interesting problems that they threw right back at us.

I am right now an Associate Product Manager with Reverie where we are trying to bring language democracy to the Internet via our Language as a Service platform. 300M Internet users in India, <90M speak english.


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