Talk 1: Gant Laborde
Gant Laborde is a New Orleans native, born and raised. He grew up with hurricanes (not the drink), rich New Orleans culture, and as a free tour guide for all his out-of-state friends. Over the years he’s seen his city experience corruption, flooding, heartbreak, and most importantly, revived-determination. “New Orleans doesn’t know how to quit” Gant says, “that’s why I love it.” Gant firmly believes conflict abets passion, a fire always moves fastest uphill.
As Chief Technology Strategist for the San Francisco company Infinite Red, Gant works remotely from his home and uses his self-managed autonomy to explore a variety of leadership arts. Besides managing the all-remote team from around the world, Gant has become a published author, adjunct professor, volunteer mentor, and a speaker at conferences worldwide.
Talk 2: Ray Gesualdo
Title: GraphQL in a Serverless World
Description: “GraphQL” and “Serverless” generate a lot of industry buzz separately. Combining slick serverless paradigms with the statically-typed goodness of GraphQL may just break the internet...but that’s what we’re going to do. Together, we’ll briefly cover what “serverless” means and how GraphQL works. Then, we’ll construct a simple GraphQL API from scratch using open-source tools and deploy the API to multiple serverless environments. Finally, we’ll discuss the benefits and tradeoffs of deploying a GraphQL API in a serverless fashion.