New Relic took more than a few bites out of the Big Apple this week as we celebrated the fifth year of our annual tech and user conference, FutureStack, with our exciting two-day flagship event taking place in Manhattan this year. Hundreds of developers, operations leaders, solution architects, and business leaders gathered in Times Square for FutureStack17: New York to learn more about this year’s conference theme, “Digital Intelligence at Cloud Scale,” as well as get hands-on training, network with their peers, and find out what’s new with the New Relic Digital Intelligence Platform.

Wednesday morning started off with New Relic founder and CEO Lew Cirne’s opening presentation announcing a slew of exciting new features for our customers. He also shared his vision of instrumentation, intelligence, and interconnectivity to help companies move faster. The two days were jam-packed with dozens of fascinating and insightful presentations, including a keynote by best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, a presentation by Constellation Research’s Ray Wang, and talks from companies such as Google, Airbnb, AWS, GE Digital, REI, and many others.

At the official FutureStack party on Wednesday evening, attendees were treated to a special performance by the futuristic dance troupe iLuminate (think “Tron takes Broadway”). Our perennial attendee favorite “Celebrity Dashboards,” hosted by New Relic Developer Evangelist Tori Wieldt, closed out the event with a splash. But nobody was ready to leave until they’d had their chance to sit upon the Throne of Code for one final regal photo opp.

Here’s a peek at some of the highlights from FutureStack17: New York:

Just in time for New York Fashion Week, the official FutureStack T-shirt made its debut.

futurestack tshirt

New Relic founder and CEO Lew Cirne opens the event with his keynote speech.

lew cirne futurestack new york keynote

Microsoft’s Gabe Monroy joined Lew on stage to discuss New Relic’s announced support for Microsoft .NET Core 2.0 (beta) and new integrations with the five most popular Microsoft Azure services.

gabe monroy microsoft

Attendees had the opportunity to attend presentation for tracks such as DevOps and Reliability at Scale, Digital Moments of Truth, and Observability and Analytics.

futurestack keynote audience

Besides great presentations, another thing FutureStack is known for is great food. Sweet treats served after lunch gave attendees a little sugar boost to keep going through the jam-packed days.

tarts at futurestack

Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, captivated the audience with fascinating stories, and urged them to think carefully about the meaning of the data they work with.

malcolm gladwell on stage at futurestack

Early party-goers gather in the Sony Playstation Theater and the end of Day 1 for drinks, snacks, and networking in neon.

futurestack new york party

Lew Cirne was absolutely glowing after being invited on stage to perform with iLuminate.

Lew cirne on stage with iluminate

Industry analyst and Constellation Research founder Ray Wang got attendees pumped up at the start of Day 2 with his entertaining and energetic opening keynote speech.

ray wang on stage at futurestack

Google’s Liz Fong-Jones sat down with New Relic’s Matthew Flaming for their highly anticipated presentation, “Between Two SREs: An Inside View of Google’s Reliability Practices.”

liz fong jones and matthew flaming on stage at futurestack

AWS Solutions Architect Kevin Cochran presented on the topic of “Reliable Cloud Migration.”

kevin cochran of AWS on stage at futurestack

“A Relic always pays his [technical] debts.” King Lew, first of his name, takes his seat upon the Throne of Code.

lew cirne upon the throne of code

Check out more photos from Day 1 and Day 2 of the event on Storify.

FutureStack goes Down Under!

Feeling bummed you missed FutureStack in New York? Good news—there’s more events to come! The next stop on our world tour is Sydney, Australia, on October 24, 2017. (Submit your speaking proposals for FutureStack: Sydney here.)

 

Note: Event dates, speakers, and schedules are subject to change without notice. FutureStack: New York photos by Andres Otero.

David Hennessy is New Relic’s blog editor. Prior to joining the company, he served as senior editor for AllBusiness.com. Way back in the days of paper books, David held positions at HarperCollins Publishers and Little, Brown & Company.

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