Vapor IO is a US-based edge computing company that co-founded the State of the Edge

Vapor IO’s Edgecon is a series of events designed to gather the world’s leading-edge computing executives for visionary presentations, brainstorming, and high-impact networking. Edgecon travels the world delivering a unique and intimate gathering of the most visionary builders, dealmakers, and decision-makers in edge computing.

Following successful Edgecon events in Aspen, Las Vegas, Barcelona, Los Angeles and Monaco.

Attendance is open only to Registered Gold Ticket holders.

Venue: 7CO, 1501 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702



  • 14:30
  • Check-in
  • 14:45
  • Welcome and Intro - by Matt Trifiro
    The edge computing ecosystem is evolving rapidly, as many organizations are in the process of real-world deployments. For this Edgecon, we wanted to focus on what are currently the key topics at the edge: the state of real-world deployments, how we as an industry can solve the challenges of the middle mile and evolve the internet into its third act, and how software development can adapt to an edge-native world. By bringing together the key players in the edge computing ecosystem with industry-leading talks on the issues that really matter at the edge, Edgecon Austin is the place to be to stay connected to the edge.
  • 15:00
  • Real-World Deployment at the Edge (lightning presentations)
    Today the edge is much more than diagrams on a whiteboard. Many companies large and small are actively deploying or looking to deploy their devices, applications and infrastructure at the edge, and in this collection of short presentations we will hear from some of the leading companies in the edge computing ecosystem on their end-to-end use cases and real-world deployments happening today.
    10 min lightning presentations (around real deployment)
      ■ Brian Kartstetter- Packet “War Stories from the Edge” (3:00 PM)
      ■ Ben Gabler - Chief Product Officer, Stackpath “45 Vems, networking across multi city” (3:10 PM)
  • 15:25
  • Short Break
  • 15:45
  • Solving for the Middle Mile: The Third Act of the Internet (panel)
    The development of the internet over time follows the classic three act structure, and the edge is the vital third act: resolution. But how can we get there? To make the edge a practical reality, the so-called middle mile network infrastructure needs to be reworked for a world of 5G, city-scale IoT and real-time AR and VR. Today’s middle mile is often overextended, inflexible and expensive to maintain; how can the advent of infrastructure edge computing, and the edge exchanges built on top of it, solve these issues?
      ■ Matt Trifiro - CMO, Vapor IO (moderator)
      ■ Cole Crawford - CEO and Founder, Vapor IO
      ■ Wen Temitim - CTO, Stackpath
      ■ Shashi Mariputtana - Director, Strategy And Business Planning, Intel

    Panel Questions
    1. How do you see the middle mile network developing over the next five years?
    2. What are the factors that will drive change across the middle mile network?
    3. Why is the middle mile a challenge for network operators and applications?
    4. How does the last mile connect to the middle mile in an edge-first world?
    5. Does the type of last mile network impact how the middle mile operates?
    6. How can edge exchanges help to reduce the strain on the middle mile?
    7. What role does the middle mile play in the third act of the internet?
    8. Does an edge exchange replace an internet exchange?
  • 17:00
  • Software Development in an Edge-native World (panel)
    The edge poses a new set of challenges for developers and the applications they create. More than an extension of the centralized cloud, infrastructure edge computing prioritizes workload placement and environmental contextualization to optimize costs, latency and the user experience for a new range of applications. As well as new edge-native applications, edge-enhanced applications will also benefit from the edge and need their own methods of adapting from centralized architectures. How will these work?
      ■ Steve Starbuck - CEO, Seagate (moderator)
      ■ Wesley Reisz - Vice President of Technology, Section IO
      ■ Todd Landry - Corporate Vice President, Product and Market Strategy at JMA Wireless
      ■ Jason Shepard - CTO, IoT and Edge Computing, Dell
      ■ John Wilson - Founder and CEO, Aether Innovation

    Panel Questions
    1. What are some examples of edge-to-core workloads?
    2. What differentiates edge native applications from other applications?
    3. How do you see core-to-edge workloads developing?
    4. Describe some of the challenges with workflow migration in an edge-first world.
    5. Can traditional orchestration systems span both core and edge?
    6. Does the need for multiple edge locations in a city complicate applications?
    7. How can a modern application be made ‘edge friendly’?
    8. Will legacy applications be cut off from the edge?
  • 18:00
  • Cocktail Reception


  • Cole Crawford
    Cole Crawford
    CEO and Founder
    Vapor IO
  • Mathieu Duperre
    Mathieu Duperre
  • Melissa Evers-Hood
    Melissa Evers-Hood
    SR. Dir. Google OS, System Software Product
    Intel Corporation
  • Ben Gabler
    Ben Gabler
    Chief Product Officer
  • Brian Karstetter
    Brian Karstetter
    Senior Director Product + Strategy
  • Todd Landry
    Todd Landry
    Corporate Vice President, Product and Market Strategy
  • Wesley Reisz
    Wesley Reisz
    VP of Technology
  • Jason Shepherd
    Jason Shepherd
    CTO, IoT and Edge Computing
    Dell Technologies
  • Wen Temitim
    Wen Temitim
  • Matt Trifiro
    Matt Trifiro
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Vapor IO