Martin B Smith

Title: Reaping the rewards of remote-friendly DevOps


This talk will discuss some of the difficulties and benefits of being a remote worker on a DevOps team. I will tell the story of my experience of being a DevOps Engineer at Rackspace, fully remote, for the last 3 years. I will also talk about how I have been living the digital nomad lifestyle since January of 2016, as a participant in the Remote Year program, living and working with 75 remote workers across three continents, in a different city each month. With these two narratives, I will present tips & tricks, share failures & successes (especially how contributing to open source has been useful as a remote worker), and give attendees a list of concrete takeaways they can use to work smarter, work remotely, and be successful.


Martin B. Smith

Martin B. Smith


It’s one thing to say you want to make the world a better place, but as an engineer I feel I have an opportunity to put those words into action. With over 15 years of experience in infrastructure automation, software development, and systems administration for large scale public cloud providers and top public universities, my mission is to solve for real-world business problems with technical solutions that scale.

For me, it’s important to share the lessons I’ve learned with local technical communities, particularly by mentoring minority college students in STEM fields. I strongly believe in open source and actively contribute to automation projects like Chef. When I’m not writing a technical talk or reviewing pull requests, I enjoy traveling the world, sharing my skills with other like-minded professionals who want to make the world more awesome.