Panel: WebAssembly - the Past, Present and Future

WebAssembly, despite having ‘web’ in its name, is proving to be much more than just a browser technology or JavaScript rival. The properties of this runtime (multi-language, lightweight, sandboxed, secure, cross-platform, etc) have piqued the interest of the wider community. In the past few years, we’ve seen WebAssembly used as the runtime for serverless, running smart contracts on blockchain, IoT, and edge computing. Ironically WebAssembly may have more of an impact outside of the browser!  

In this panel discussion, we’ll talk about the past; where WebAssembly first began and the problems it was tackling, the present; applications of this technology within the browser and beyond, and the future; where we think this technology will be most impactful in the coming years.


Aaron Turner

Senior Software Engineer @Fastly
Aaron Turner is a senior engineer at Fastly, and a member of the AssemblyScript team. In their spare time, they are hacking on various WebAssembly projects on the web, cooking up some dope beats, and shredding local skateparks. Read more Find Aaron Turner at:


Taylor Thomas

Senior Software Engineer @Microsoft
Taylor Thomas is a Senior Software Engineer working on Krustlet, Bindle, Wasm, and other open source tooling at Microsoft. He is a regular speaker at various open source conferences and meetups, including various KubeCons and local meetup groups. He has worked on various containers and Kubernetes... Read more Find Taylor Thomas at:


Matt Butcher

Principal Software Developer @Microsoft
Matt Butcher is a Principal Software Developer at Microsoft, where he leads the team of open source developers that manage Helm, Krustlet, CNAB, Brigade, Porter, and several other projects. Matt has a Ph.D. in philosophy, and is the author of nine technical books. He’s also the co-author,... Read more Find Matt Butcher at:

Tuesday May 18 / 01:00PM EDT (40 minutes)

TRACK WebAssembly Throughout the Stack TOPICS WebAssemblyWeb DevelopmentJavaScriptProgramming ADD TO CALENDAR Calendar IconAdd to calendar