Web Performance Experts from Google, RockStarApps, F5 Networks and Keynote Systems to Judge Entries
New Submission Category Added to Win Free Performance Monitoring
Submission Deadline is July 15th, 2009
SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 16, 2009--
Keynote (Nasdaq:KEYN), the
global leader in on-demand Internet test & measurement solutions
for continuously improving the online experience, today revealed the
judges of the
FastWeb Race, a competition designed to help the Web community share
experiences and build faster Web sites and applications. Steve Souders,
performance evangelist at Google, Bob Buffone, chief technology officer
at RockStarApps, Dawn Parzych, product manager for acceleration at F5
Networks and Ben Rushlo, director of Internet technologies at Keynote,
make up the panel.
The FastWeb Race committee recently added a new submission category
“Fastest in the World.” The judges will pick the winner in the ‘Fastest
in the World’ category, who will receive the FastWeb Race Performance
Award and 6 months of free Web performance monitoring from Keynote
Systems, and choose the top entry that has the best potential to improve
the performance of the Web. The judges will also provide findings on how
to improve performance to selected entrants for free. Entries must be
received by July 15th. More information about submitting entries can be
found at: www.fastwebrace.com.
The judging panel brings more than 30 years experience in the industry
and has been selected due to its diverse skill set and expertise across
different areas of Web performance. Souders is a performance evangelist
and known in the industry as a leading expert in front end Web
performance. He is also the creator of YSlow, the performance analysis
extension to Firebug; Buffone has years of experience researching and
developing performance optimization tools and is an industry leader in
Web performance; Parzych has worked in Web application development for a
decade and her colleagues refer to her as the Goddess of Acceleration;
and Rushlo brings a wealth of real world experience optimizing Web sites
and improving performance and advising Fortune 500 companies on how to
deliver a positive end user experience on their Web site.
“We’re all really excited to be involved in the FastWeb Race – with so
many new technologies being developed all the time, performance must be
top of mind if you want to succeed online,” said Rushlo. “Everyone wants
to know how to make tired, slow Web applications faster and more
responsive – with our collective expertise, we’ll be able to offer sound
advice both to the winners of the race, and more generally to the whole
The competition is open to anyone. Submissions are accepted until July
15th and should be submitted to www.fastwebrace.com.
About the judges:
Steve works at Google on Web performance and open source initiatives,
and previously served as chief performance officer at Yahoo! Steve is
the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites. He
created YSlow, the performance analysis plug-in for Firefox. He serves
as co-chair of Velocity, the Web performance and operations conference
from O'Reilly, and is co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He
recently taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford
Ben Rushlo, director of Internet technologies at Keynote Systems, is one
of the world's leading Internet performance experts. Ben advises Fortune
500 and Fortune 1000 companies in the retail, automotive, financial
services and other industries, helping to transform their global sites
into highly performing, highly available Web assets that provide
superior end user experiences every time. Ben is a frequent speaker at Web
testing and performance
computing conferences, industry symposiums in retail and financial
services and has appeared on CNBC live broadcasts.
Bob is chief technology officer at RockStarApps. Through his work at
Nexaweb, Bob became an industry leader in Web performance and has been
invited to many industry conferences such as JavaOne, the Server-Side
Symposium, EclipseCon, ApacheCon, AjaxWorld and the Ajax Experience to
speak on Web performance. Bob has released several tools for the eclipse
IDE which integrate into a developer’s normal workflow and make
optimizing Web sites simple.
Dawn Parzych is a product manager for F5 Networks, the global leader in
Application Delivery Networking. For the past two years she has been in
London working as an acceleration architect with F5 customers based in
Europe, Middle East and Africa. Dawn has helped companies in finance,
retail, media, and other industries optimize performance levels and
overcome Web application delivery challenges. In her ten years as a Web
performance specialist Dawn has covered everything from load testing to
Web performance monitoring to application delivery.
For more information about the FastWeb Race, please visit: www.fastwebrace.com
Keynote Systems (Nasdaq:KEYN) is the global leader in on-demand test &
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For over a decade, Keynote has been providing measurement data and
testing capabilities that allow companies to understand and improve
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VoIP, and customer experience/UX.
Known as The Mobile and Internet Performance Authority™, Keynote has a
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Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Vodafone and YouTube.
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