Why Attend LISA18?

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Get Out of Your Bubble

Spending time outside of your usual work bubble opens up opportunities for networking and collaboration: with peer systems engineering and operations professionals at other organizations, with specific technology experts, and with leaders in your field. "Hallway Track" opportunities, plus evening activities are designed to facilitate these connections, and you'll find this time outside of sessions just as valuable as time spent listening to formal presentations.

Learn It Today, Apply It Tomorrow

LISA provides an unparalleled opportunity to gain real-world knowledge on a multitude of topics—including containers and microservices, systems management, security, coding, and soft skills—that you can take back to work and use immediately. These topics are covered in two formats:

  • Invited Talks
    Speakers cover a wide range of topics over three days in the areas of engineering, architecture, and culture. USENIX's vendor neutral policy ensures that you'll hear from real professionals, not sales and marketing representatives.
  • Hands-On Training
    Got your sights set on some new technology you'd love to implement? Want to boost your knowledge for the benefit of your organization or your career? Top-notch training opportunities abound throughout the conference.

Got Problems? We've Got Solutions to Explore.

Hands-on time with vendors is the best way to assess available solutions for your organization's latest challenges. The LISA Expo offers the opportunity to do exactly this: from open source software, to physical storage and server options, browse all of our vendors' offerings, ask questions, and find what works for you.

A Welcoming Environment

Past LISA attendees have noted the strong diversity of LISA speakers, as well as diversity among those who choose to attend LISA. The LISA organizers are committed to creating a program that represents and celebrates the diversity of the LISA community itself. The USENIX Conference Code of Conduct reinforces the intentional creation of the safe and welcoming conference environment.