RedisConf 2020 Training Day: Brush Up on Your Redis Skills

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RedisConf 2020 Takeaway is just around the corner, and free registration is still open to attend the world’s largest annual gathering of the Redis community—online and on demand. This year we’re inviting you to Rediscover Redis and leverage developers’ favorite database to its full potential beyond caching use cases. 

The main conference, with more than 50 breakout sessions from experts and active community members, is on May 12. (Learn more about seven RedisConf speakers).

But that’s just the beginning for RedisConf 2020. On our May 13 Training Day, you’ll be able to watch more than a dozen technical workshops and tune in to livestream Q&As with Redis experts. And don’t miss the chance to use those skills in the Redis ‘Beyond Cache’ Hackathon, where you could win $5,000!

Training Day

For Training Day, we’re premiering 15 on-demand videos, many covering important topics for the first time, including security, advanced RediSearch, and a special 90-minute Redis Developer Certification Cram course. Here’s a sample of what will be on tap:

Intro to RedisGraph
Speaker: Guy Royse, Developer Advocate at Redis Labs
A great introduction to graph databases, demonstrating the unique set of problems graph databases are able to solve. In this session, Guy will cover what graph databases are, what kind of problems they can solve, and how RedisGraph is both distinct from and compatible with other graph databases. You will also learn the basics of Cypher, an open graph query language.

RediSearch Advanced Topics
Speaker: Kyle Davis, Head of Developer Advocacy at Redis Labs
While an introduction to RediSearch has been a mainstay on previous RedisConf Training Day agendas, RedisConf 2020 Takeaway will mark our first advanced RediSearch course. Tune into my session, where I’ll demonstrate aggregations, conditional updates, and ephemeral indexing (get a preview on the latter in my recent blog post).

Redis Security Best Practices
Speaker: Jamie Scott, Senior Product Manager at Redis Labs
There are lots of new security features in Redis 6, and Jamie will cover how to scale Access Control Lists (ACLs), Transport Layer Security (TLS), and Redis-secure design patterns. Plus, you’ll learn some holistic best practices for maximizing Redis security.

Redis Developer Certification Cram
Speaker: Kyle Banker, Senior Director of Developer Education at Redis Labs
Now’s the perfect time to get certified in one of the 20 fastest-growing tech skills. While the Redis Developer Certification Program includes an extensive study guide, practice test, and a formal certification exam, we’ve condensed all the studying down into this special cram session. Kyle will review the certification study guide, work through sample test questions, and review the exam experience.

Livestream Q&As
9 a.m. – 5:10 p.m. PT on May 13
While our Training Day sessions are available to view on demand, the experts teaching them will be available for live office hours all day on May 13. Get your questions answered on everything from RedisJSON to Active-Active to PyTorch and RedisAI.

Redis ‘Beyond Cache’ Hackathon

We hosted our first-ever Hackathon at Redis Day Bangalore, challenging 37 competitors across a dozen teams to demonstrate how to use Redis “beyond cache.” If you weren’t in Bangalore, don’t worry—we’re now hosting our first fully online hackathon, and awarding $15,000 in prizes!

Hackathon participants at Redis Day Bangalore in January 2020

This year’s RedisConf theme is Rediscover, and we want you to demonstrate how you’ve pushed the boundaries of Redis beyond caching. Entries must meet at least one of two categories:

  1. Redis Modules: An application using RediSearch, RedisGraph, RedisJSON, RedisTimeSeries, RedisBloom, RedisAI, and/or RedisGears in a compelling way.
    1. For example, the third-place prize in the Redis Day Bangalore Hackathon went to Sachin Kottarathodi and Ritesh Ghodrao for Real-Time Fraud Detection, which uses multiple Redis data structures and modules to detect fraud in real time
  2. Event-driven architectures: Your application uses Redis Streams, Pub/Sub, and/or Queues to demonstrate a smart use of real-time information provided by users, services, or IoT networks. Examples might include:
    1. Using Streams to create reliable workflows that produce and consume data at different rates
    2. Using Pub/Sub to create real-time user notifications that fire-and-forget updates to many users’ browsers and/or mobile apps
    3. Using Queues to help internal systems scale by creating background jobs and processing them later

Prizes: The Grand prize (first-place) winner will receive $5,000, while second place gets $3,000, third receives $1,500, and fourth $500. A People’s Choice winner will also receive $5,000. Plus, all the winning teams will receive Redis swag—one Redis t-shirt and sticker per team member—and their projects will be showcased on the Hackathon website and in a Redis Labs blog post.

Judges will score eligible submissions by quality of the idea, design, and technical implementation (get more details on what they’re looking for).

How to enter: The Hackathon is open now, so sign up and get started right away. Tune into RedisConf 2020 Takeaway from May 12–13 to hear the latest product announcements and build new skills you can use to your advantage when developing your project. 

Redis “Beyond Cache” Hackathon schedule:

  • Now: Create your team and learn about Redis modules
  • May 12: Watch the live RedisConf keynotes for new Redis features & Redis modules
  • May 27: Submission deadline—you must submit your final demo video
  • May 28–June 3: First round of voting
  • June 7: Finalist submission deadline
  • June 9–June 15: Final round of judging
  • June 16: Official winners announced!

Get more information on the hackathon and sign up now!