Erlang & Elixir Factory SF Bay Area 2017

San Francisco CA

Mar 23 - 25, 2017

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Christopher Meiklejohn

Senior Software Engineer, Basho Technologies

Bio: Christopher Meiklejohn is a Erasmus Mundus doctoral student at Université catholique de Louvain and Instituto Superior Técnico.

Francesco Cesarini

Founder of Erlang Solutions, O'Reilly Author, Erlang Solutions

Bio: Francesco Cesarini is the founder of Erlang Solutions Ltd. He has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, starting as an intern at Ericsson’s computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang. He moved on to Ericsson’s Erlang training and consulting arm working on the first release of OTP, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999, soon after Erlang was released as open source, he founded Erlang Solutions, who have become the world leaders in Erlang based consulting, contracting, training and systems development. Francesco has worked in major Erlang based projects both within and outside Ericsson, and as Technical Director, has led the development and consulting teams at Erlang Solutions. He is also the co-author of 'Erlang Programming' and 'Designing for Scalability with Erlang/OTP' both published by O'Reilly and lectures at Oxford University.

Andrea Leopardi

Backend developer, Football Addicts

Bio: Andrea is a programming enthusiast with a soft spot (very soft) for functional programming and beautiful code. He loves learning new stuff. He strongly believes in accessible culture and education and in open-source software. He's a member of the Elixir core team and uses Elixir almost exclusively at work.

Anna Neyzberg

Software Engineer, Carbon Five

Bio: Anna Neyzberg is a San Francisco native who has done a lot of work in the ruby community in SF and is currently on the board of RailsBridge. She has taken this community organizing experience and last year co-founded ElixirBridge in SF- an organization that offers free weekend long workshops, with the goal of creating an inclusive welcoming space for underrepresented populations in tech to learn elixir. By day she works as a Developer at Carbon Five. When not in front of a keyboard, she is trying to get better at climbing rocks.

Ari Lerner

Co-founder, LLC

Bio: Ari is the author of ng-book and he has been teaching Web Development for a long time. He use to tour the country as a professional comedian, but has come to terms with the fact that he is not funny.

Ben Marx

Lead Engineer, Bleacher Report

Bio: After years of object oriented development in PHP and Ruby, finally enjoying the benefits of programming in Elixir. Lead Developer at Bleacher Report leading the transition from Ruby and Rails to Elixir and Phoenix.

Brian Troutwine

Software Engineer, Postmates

Bio: Brian L. Troutwine is a software engineer with a focus on fault tolerance and critical systems. He is an engineer on the Infra team at Postmates. Brian likes things that go boom on failure.

Brujo Benavides

Spawnfest Organizer, AdRoll Group

Bio: Ask me about spawnfest!

Carl Hewitt

Board Chair, Standard IoT(TM)

Bio: Carl Hewitt is the creator (together with his students and other colleagues) of the Actor Model of computation. The Actor Model and Actor programming languages influenced the development of the Scheme programming language and the π calculus, and inspired several other systems and programming languages. The Model is in widespread industrial use including eBay, Microsoft, and Twitter. For his doctoral thesis, he designed Planner, the first programming language based on pattern-invoked procedural plans.

Casey Rosenthal

Traffic and Chaos Engineering Manager, Netflix

Bio: As an Executive Manager, Senior Architect, and Software Engineer Casey manages a teams to tackle Big Data, architectural solutions to difficult problems, and train others to do the same. He seeks opportunities to leverage his experience with distributed systems, artificial intelligence, translating novel algorithms and academia into working models, and selling a vision of the possible to clients and colleagues alike. For fun, he models human behavior using personality profiles in Ruby, Erlang, Elixir, and Prolog.

Claudio Ortolina

Head of Elixir, Erlang Solutions

Bio: Claudio works as Head of Elixir at Erlang Solutions Ltd. He's a software engineer with more than 5 years of commercial experience in complex web applications and apis, with expertise in Elixir, Ruby, Elm and JavaScript. He previously worked at New Bamboo Web Development Ltd. (now part of Thoughtbot Inc.) in London, UK.

Danni Friedland

Co Founder, jaco analytics

Bio: Lead developer/Team manager @ eBay, after that CEO @

Duncan Sparrell

Chief Cyber Curmudgeon , s-Fractal Consulting LLC

Bio: Duncan Sparrell is a seasoned (aka old) software developer and network security evangelist. He graduated back when computers were the size of buildings and programmed with punch cards. He is semi-retired and trying to give back to the community while pursuing his interests in cloud security, agile, secure software development, and erlang. Most of his cyber experience is blue team (defense) but he kick-started his cyber chops as part of a CNA (offense) team during first Gulf War. Besides having various certs (CSSIP, CSSLP, CCSK, PE), he was awarded the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, and the AT&T Science and Technology Medal. His PGP fingerprint is "A870 5F67 00F9 D3FC ECD1 2D97 2A42 E870 6A4E EC12".

Garrett Smith

Founder, Guild AI

Bio: Garrett Smith is the founder of Guild AI, an open source package management and automation tool for machine learning models. Garrett specializes in AI application development, bringing together experts in statistics, deep learning, programming, accelerated computing and operations. Prior to founding Guild AI, Garrett led the PaaS division at CloudBees, which hosted tens of thousands of production applications and databases. Garrett is a frequent speaker and instructor in the fields of AI and software engineering.

Hannah Howard

Senior Developer, Carbon Five

Bio: Hannah Howard is a senior developer and tech generalist with over 15 years experience in programming and other technical fields. Prior to programming, Hannah worked for 10 years in the non-profit sector in Los Angeles, specializing in LGBT advocacy and community organizing. Hannah returned to coding in 2012, and brings her passion and experience from community organizing to helping new programmers get up to speed on technical topics.

Jeremy Pierre

Director of Platform Engineering, Askuity

Bio: Jeremy came to a software development career by a circuitous route through a music education and brief stints in sales and teaching English. A longtime Scala user and more recently Erlang programmer, his day job involves developing and managing parts of the Askuity platform built using both.

Jesse J. Anderson

Front End Designer, Planning Center

Bio: Jesse J. Anderson has been creating things for the web since before comic book movies were cool, first as a designer and more recently as a developer. He prefers ortholinear keyboards, Oxford commas, and spaces over tabs. While known as an Elixir evangelist, he actually gets paid to work as a front end designer at Planning Center. Jesse currently lives near Seattle with his wife and 3 children.

Josh Adams

CTO and Co-founder, DailyDrip

Bio: Josh created ElixirSips and now runs DailyDrip, where he produces daily continuing education content for Elixir, Elm, and more. He has been building software for randos for money for over 16 years, having run a consultancy for 10 of those. He is convinced that helping software developers build software better is the best way he can make a large-scale, short-term impact on the world. When Josh is not coding, he likes to spend his time coding.

Kenji Rikitake

Founder, Kenji Rikitake Professional Engineer's Office

Bio: Kenji has been working on Erlang/OTP since 2008, and Elixir since 2015. His contribution to the community includes Erlang/OTP rand module since OTP 18, FreeBSD patches on BEAM, ACM SIGPLAN Erlang Workshop 2011 Workshop Chair, and eight presentations on Erlang Factory events since 2010. Kenji is a senior member of ACM and IEICE, and has worked as network security and software engineer/researcher since 1990 for various organizations including Kyoto University and Basho Technologies. Kenji now works as an independent professional engineer on Web technologies, information security, concurrent and distributed system. Kenji also conducts Web service systems research and development as Guest Researcher at Pepabo R&D Institute of GMO Pepabo, Inc., since January 2017.

Kevin Smith

Co-founder & CTO, Operable

Bio: Kevin Smith is CTO and co-founder of Operable, the company behind Cog. He has over 20 years' of engineering experience in a variety of fields including PaaS systems at Engine Yard and Heroku, distributed databases at Basho Technologies, and recently technical leadership roles at Chef and Planet Labs.

Louis-Philippe Gauthier

Director of Platform Engineering, AdGear

Bio: Louis-Philippe "LP" Gauthier is a software engineer based in Montreal, Canada. He is the Director of Platform Engineering at AdGear and leads the development of AdGear Trader, a real-time digital advertising platform (RTB) that connects buyers, sellers, and ad exchanges. His interests include distributed processing, low-latency high-throughput web services, and high availability systems.

Lukas Larsson

Technical Consultant and Systems Developer, Erlang Solutions Ltd.

Bio: Lukas first came in contact with Erlang 2004 while studying in Göteborg. He has been working with Erlang at Erlang Solutions for about 10 years in many different industries. For the last 5 years he's been a consultant with the Erlang/OTP team at Ericsson AB, mainly working on the development of the Erlang VM.

Michal Slaski

Tech Lead, Erlang Solutions

Bio: I work on distributed, fault tolerant and high availability systems. My current role involves developing, integrating and supporting Erlang based systems. I'm a Technical Lead of the Erlang Solutions'​ Krakow office in Poland, keeping the Erlang flag up high. In 2014 I started to organise the Lambda Days conference in Kraków, which focuses on functional programming and emerging technologies. I co-chair its programme committee.

Peter Hastie

Platform Engineer, Bleacher Report

Bio: Although I originally joined Bleacher Report as a frontend developer, for the last three years I've worked with a variety of backend and database technologies to wrangle the vast amounts of data our users generate every day. Recently that has meant creating Elixir microservices to complement our existing Node.js and Ruby based data pipeline. Prior to joining Bleacher Report I worked on a variety of interactive applications for Bay Area companies. I decided to pursue a software development career after creating programs to analyze data generated from my cell biology research.

Richard Carlsson

Software Architect, Klarna AB

Bio: Richard Carlsson has been deeply involved with Erlang since the mid-nineties. He was one of the original members of the High-Performance Erlang group at Uppsala University, and has contributed to many parts of the standard libraries, the Erlang compiler, runtime system, and the language itself. Among other things, he is the author of Erlang's 'EDoc' documentation system and the 'EUnit' unit testing framework, and he is one of the authors of the book Erlang and OTP in Action.

Robert Virding

Senior Systems Architect, Erlang Solutions Ltd.

Bio: While at Ericsson AB, Robert was one of the original members of the Ericsson Computer Science Lab, and co-inventor of the Erlang language. He took part in the original system design and contributed much of the original libraries, as well as to the current compiler. While at the lab he also did a lot of work on the implementation of logic and functional languages and on garbage.

Sarah Allen

Co-Creator Adobe After Effects/Shockwave Flash Video, Google

Bio: Around the time that Erlang was being invented, Sarah was coding in C for 3D computer graphics. She applied concepts of 3D modeling and animation in her first startup, creating After Effects to let artists control how two-dimensional video changes over time and space. In the mid-90s, she joined Macromedia to learn about the Internet, on a project code-named Shockwave and later transitioned to creating software that enabled communications with the Shockwave Multiuser Server and Flash video. Throughout her career, Sarah has leveraged deep experience in one technology to create innovation with the next. She believes in learning by teaching, even or perhaps especially for things that she has recently learned. In parallel with her technical work, Sarah has created programs to increasing the diversity of the tech industry. In 2009, she co-founded RailsBridge, which became Bridge Foundry in 2013. Just last year, ElixirBridge was formed and she volunteered at their first workshop, learning and teaching Elixir to programmers who are new to the language. Sarah is an avid polyglot in programming and human-spoken languages. She speaks English, Spanish, German and is learning Japanese and a little Mandarin. She currently works at Google on the Firebase team.

Sarah Gray

Engineering Manager, Engagement Team, Hillary for America

Bio: Sarah is a Software Engineer and Manager who was most recently on the tech team for Hillary for America. Prior to that, she spent 4 years making the world safe for well-dressed men by scaling warehouse and logistics operations for Trunk Club, a Chicago-based company that was acquired by Nordstrom in 2014. After the acquisition, she led the team that integrated Nordstrom software into the Trunk Club SOA, enabling the launch of a multi-million-dollar business vertical, Trunk Club for Women. She has spent many years working with startups and embedded businesses, including 6 years in Mount Sinai Hospital’s Educational Technology Group. She transitioned to software from theater directing and holds a Masters Degree from the ITP Program at NYU / Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently learning about blockchain technology, and in her spare time she likes to code, read, write and lie about with her cats.

Ted Burghart

Senior Engineer, Basho Technologies, Inc

Bio: "Let's have a look at the machine code." Ted Burghart joined Basho in 2014, where he tinkers with the internals of the Erlang VM, Riak, and Rebar3, among other things. Since learning to program computers when all I/O was on paper, he’s loved engineering software ranging from embedded kernels to global distributed systems, and he remains incredulous that he's paid to have so much fun.

Vladan Djakovic

Director of IoT Infrastructure & Chief IoT Architect, iDevices, LLC

Bio: San Francisco-based technologist delivering cutting edge solutions with startups and growing companies. Director of IoT Infrastructure and Chief IoT Architect with iDevices.

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