Gwen Shapira (LinkedIn) is a system architect at Confluent and a committer on Apache Kafka. She works on making Apache Kafka better every day. She has 15 years of experience working with code and customers to build scalable data architectures, integrating relational and big data technologies. Gwen is the co-author of two O'Reilly books: Kafka: the definitive guide and Hadoop Application Architectures, and a frequent presenter at industry conferences. When Gwen isn’t coding or building data pipelines, you can find her pedaling her bike, exploring the roads and trails of California and beyond.