Matt (Biz) Blasinski


Division of Information Technology (DoIT)

2019 Session

Exposing Impostor Syndrome: Answering the 5 Ws about Impostor Syndrome

2018 Session

Title: DevOps, Diving, or Death….Choose 2!

This talk is intended for DevOps practitioners who would like to find new and creative ways to tackle their IT challenges. We’ll do this by comparing DevOps and cave diving, and looking at how you can apply strategies learned in one to the other.

Cave diving is often considered one of the most dangerous sports in the world, yet some people still do it safely and enjoyably. DevOps pushes technology by making changes quickly, frequently, and often to large scale – isn’t that risky too?

Everything we do has risks and challenges; mitigating those risks and facing the challenges head-on can not only make activities safe, but also teaches valuable skills we can carry into other aspects of our lives. IT isn’t a vacuum, so we shouldn’t only draw our inspiration and solutions from the IT world.

By the end of the talk, hopefully you’ll be excited and inspired to look at your own hobbies and interests for innovative solutions to problems you’re dealing with at work.


A graduate of UW-Madison’s Computer Science department, Matt Blasinski has been part of the Messaging Team at UW’s Division of Information of Technology (DoIT) for over 15 years. During that time he has built a variety of provisioning and management tools for the messaging systems offered by DoIT. In 2016 he received the University Staff Recognition Award for his work moving campus departments to Office 365. Matt is currently working on replacing many of these tools with containerized versions so that they are more portable, reliable, and maintainable and so that changes reach customers quickly and easily. Outside of work, Matt is an avid cave diver where he puts his experience managing redundant systems, precise planning and attention to detail, and teamwork to good use outside of information technology.