Email as Distributed Protocol Transport: How Meeting Invites Work and Ideas for the Future

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B204


Learn how meeting invites work and some crazy other ideas for distributed protocols built on email.


Ever wonder how meeting invites work? Do you use Gmail and it seems like magic? How does the event end up on your calendar, and how is it that your friend with an IMAP server in her basement can RSVP yes, updating your calendar also?

We’ll take apart the protocol and show you how it works, and present some crazy ideas for new distributed protocols that could be built on email.


email, protocols, distributed

Speaking experience

I've spoken at DebConf, PyCon, NginxConf, and MIT.

Here are some recent videos:

DebConf 2014 - Coming of Age: My Life with Debian (

This particular proposal is a brand new talk I'll be presenting for the first time.