Keeping the Lights On @Scale

Virtual 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, people around the world were sheltering in place and counting on the internet to connect more than ever.

Facebook’s engineering teams dealt with capacity levels that have no parallel in our company’s history, and perhaps in the history of the internet. You would think it would have been good enough for Facebook to simply “keep the lights on,” but what we saw from our engineering teams tells a different story.

Please join us for a four-week, virtual series, Keeping the Lights On @Scale, to openly discuss the challenges, breakthroughs, and learnings of Facebook’s engineering teams during the first few months that COVID-19 struck.

In weeks 1-3, we’ll feature an inside look from our engineering teams on their work across our infrastructure, video and remote work vision. In the final week, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer will moderate a panel discussion with leaders across our company to break down, uncover and challenge the work we did and our plans for the future. During each session, we’ll welcome questions from you.

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November 24 - Infrastructure @Scale

This presentation will take a technical deep dive into how our teams took an "all hands on deck" approach to ensure our infrastructure was going to be able to support unprecedented capacity level in a sustainable, long-term way.

December 1 - Video @Scale

When countries began to implement social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, people around the world embraced live video in new and innovative ways - attending worship services, connecting with customers, checking in with friends and family and much more. In this presentation, the Facebook Live engineering team will take a look back at this unique time and share how they rapidly adjusted to changing user behavior in the face of the global pandemic.

December 8 - Remote Work @Scale

On March 6, Facebook closed its global offices and employees began working from home. It was the start of the largest remote work experiment ever created. This presentation will provide an inside look at how we enabled our engineers to take on this unprecedented challenge from their home and how this moment will shape tech innovation moving forward.

December 15 - Panel Discussion

This panel discussion will explore how our global engineering team immediately came together as one at the start of the pandemic. Through it all, Facebook wasn’t just “keeping the lights on.” Our team was ushering in the future of work, uncovering cutting edge ways to make our infra more resilient and efficient, and looking around corners at the future challenges that await us.

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