Silicon Valley Scala Symposium

UPDATE: the conference is sold out. See you in Santa Clara! A+ (Alexy)

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The first annual Silicon Valley Scala Symposium will feature enlightening presentations by some of the best Scala developers in the San Francisco Bay Area.


The current program includes the following talks.  The speakers are confirmed, the talk titles may change but the topics are as follows.


Marius Eriksen, Twitter, Finagle creator


Paul Phillips, Scala Compiler guy

Scala War Stories

Ivan Porto Carrero, Scalatra creator


James Ward, Typesafe Developer & Play Evangelist

Modern Web Applications with Play

Tony Tam, Reverb CEO, Swagger creator

APIs with Swagger

Vitaly Gordon LinkedIn, & Chris Severs, EBay, Data Scientists

Hands-on Data Mining in Scala REPL

Jamie Allen, Typesafe Director of Consulting


Matei Zaharia, MIT Professor, Spark creator

Spark: Big Data Analytics Made Fast and Easy

Bill Venners, Escalate Software, ScalaTest creator

Implicit conversions => implicit parameters in ScalaTest 2.0

Adelbert Chang, Box

Distributed Graph Processing with Scala and AKKA

James Earl Douglas, Versal

Hands-on Category Theory

Mike Slinn, Creator and Managing Editor,

Case Study: A Web Application Built From an All-Typesafe Stack: Play, Scala, Slick, Akka, Plus Bootstrap and Postgres on Heroku, lessons learned with selected production code fragments

Florian Leibert, AirBnB =>Unnamed Startup Founder, Chronos creator,

Building distributed Scala applications with Mesos

Chetan Conikee, CloudPhysics Data Scientist,

Wisdom from Crowds of Machines -- powered by Play and Akka

Alex Cozzi, EBay Data Scientist,

Guerrilla Data Mining with Scala, Scoobi and R

Ignacio Cases, SUNY/Albany Anthropologist,

NLP with Scala

Brendan W. McAdams, Typesafe, Casbah creator


...and more pots in the oven to be added -- watch this space and follow @khrabrov and #svss on Twitter for announcements and updates


We plan for the talks to be fun for Scala programmers and contain lots of code, REPL play along, and Q&A.


The registration fee includes access to the talks, breakfast, lunch, and other benefits as our budget allows.

See you in Santa Clara!



Exit 101on Montague Expressway. Turn left onto Mission College Blvd., while on Mission College Blvd., turn left on Juliette. Follow Juliette to almost the end of the street and there will be a sign to SC 12 on the left hand side. Intel employees and guests – pull into the SC 12 driveway.


Once you enter SC 12, guests may park in any designated parking area. There are a very limited number of visitor spaces in the front left of the SC 12 building, there is also a large surface parking towards the rear left of SC 12 or you may park in garage “D”, which is directly behind the SC 12 building.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Will the videos, code, and slide deck be available in a single location or is it on a presenter by presenter basis?

    I only see a couple of posts from presenters with info on how to obtain their materials.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Justin L.

    I heard that there will be videos provided for all the sessions and I cannot find it in the webpage, does anyone know if it will still be provided?

    August 26, 2013

  • Satyarth N.

    Do we have videos uploaded anywhere ?

    3 · August 13, 2013

  • Alexandros

    incredible conferece. The calibre of presenters and attendees was amazing! Alexy should be commended for cultivating such a vibrant scala scene. It was definitely worth the drive up from LA. I especially liked how the theme focused everyone on making the event a fun experience. And now couple of suggestions for the future. It may be helpful to label presentations as beginning, intermediate, & advanced. Also, for presentations that demo code (and the code is in a public repo), providing those links before the presentation may help process the info and follow along better in their own editor/repl, especially for advanced topics. I also found it useful to open up some of the presentations in my own laptop (from github), so that I could review previous slides, as needed, to better process the info.

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • Bernardo Gomez P.

    Great conference, at a great price and one of the best keynotes I have seen. The only suggestion would be that the space allocated for food and mingling was too tight. That said I am very thankful that Intel provided such a space at no cost. One more reason the price was so accessible.

    August 6, 2013

  • James Earl D.

    Here's the code from my category theory talk:

    August 6, 2013

  • Pete C.

    The event was great! I really enjoyed meeting other Scala enthusiasts and the talks were awesome! Thanks to all the people who helped make this happen.

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • Vitaly G.

    Hi All,
    Here is the code from Chris's and my talk.

    Like I mentioned in the talk, there will be a great appreciation award for the person who will submit a code that calculates all cosine similarities without using the Matrix API.


    August 5, 2013

  • Christopher B.

    Informative presentations, and good to meet people.

    August 5, 2013

  • Ola W.

    Great event. I really enjoyed to meet all the Scala enthusiast and to listen to a number of great presentations.

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • Ryan D.

    Tge first Silicon Valley Scala Symposium was first-rate. Thanks to everyone that made it possible. A few suggestions for future conferences: 1.) Starting them an hour later 2.) As others have suggested: one less conference replaced with more "mingle time". 3.) Or instead of #2: make each talk 45 minutes and set aside more time for mingling. 4.) I know this may be logistically difficult but a Hackathon would be awesome. Anyhow, don't take thesr suggestions as complaints. They are just some ideas that come to mind. Once again: great work!!

    2 · August 5, 2013

  • Jason L.

    Great symposium. Thanks to everybody who helped set up!!

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • domingo m.

    thanks for such good event

    August 4, 2013

  • Rafael A.

    Excellent conference. A sincere thank you to everyone in SF Scala who made it happen.

    August 4, 2013

  • Stoney V.

    Wish I could have stayed for the entire event. Thanks to all of the organizers, speakers, and Intel for hosting the event.

    August 4, 2013

  • Alex B.

    I want to echo the feedback from others. It was a day packed full of interesting sessions, insightful speakers and the whole day went very smoothly -- flawless from a logistical standpoint and from what you can expect from a local conference at an (amazing!) price point. Thanks to all organizers and volunteers for pulling this off!

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Jeyong S.

    It was really good!
    Thanks to organizers.

    August 3, 2013

  • Ryan L.

    The conference was awesome! Thanks to all of the organizers for putting it together. Definitely hoping to see more events like this.

    2 · August 3, 2013

  • Adelbert C.

    Thanks to the good folks at SF Scala for spending so much time and energy organizing the event - I really enjoyed all the talks and had fun talking to everybody, really nice being involved in such a strong Scala community!

    My slides on distributed graph processing with Scala and Akka can be found here:

    3 · August 3, 2013

  • Patrick N.

    Marius keynote presentation was awesome: a great reminder (or a discovery for other) of the foundation of concurrent processing. Kudos to Alexy for keeping the schedule on track.
    A minor suggestion.. I wish that the rooms were slightly bigger: some sessions were a little bit crammed.
    Definitively, worth the cost....

    2 · August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great content. Well organized. Plentiful food.

    My only suggestion is one fewer session so there would be time in between each session to digest what you just learned and/or chat with other attendees.

    2 · August 3, 2013

  • Sergey Z.

    Thanks to everybody, who helped organize the event and everybody, who attended. I really enjoyed the event and learned a lot. All speakers were great and I wish I could attend each and every session, but there is only one of me. Is there a way to access the slides and videos from all the presentations?

    3 · August 3, 2013

  • Kenji M.

    The keynote was pretty hardcore awesome. A few of the later talks were similar to meetup talks I've seen before, but generally found a lot of good food for thought.

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Dani B.

    Great talks!

    August 3, 2013

  • Brendan O.

    Will there be a central location for the speaker's materials (slides, code, etc.). Would be helpful to refresh on the mountain of great info that was presented ;)

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Jason S.

    Thanks for organizing this, Alexy. Here's the deck from my talk, Java on a Diet: Note - the text effects work best in Webkit browsers

    1 · August 2, 2013

  • Brendan O.

    Thanks so much to all of the organizers, speakers, volunteers and sponsors (hopefully I haven't forgotten anyone). As a Scala n00b, this event was both inspiring and humbling - I'm certain that I haven't even begun to see the long term potential for Scala, and the amazing community that is behind it. Thanks to everyone for a great day!

    1 · August 2, 2013

  • Slava G.

    Great thanks to the organizers, presenters and participants for one if the best professional conference experienced I have had !

    1 · August 2, 2013

  • Alex C.

    great organization and volunteers, good venue, great crowd

    2 · August 2, 2013

  • Ryan D.

    Hey, anyone interested in a dinner + drinks hangout afterwards? It seems like it would be great fun to gather a big group of us Scala folks and hit up a local Brewery!

    2 · July 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We're in the back right of the restaurant.

      August 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      6 4 person tables

      August 2, 2013

  • Jeyong S.

    How about using Scala in Android App?

    August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    do we have a twitter hash tag?

    August 2, 2013

  • Chad S.

    How are people who live in the city getting there? It seems that Caltrain is not a great option.

    July 30, 2013

    • Chad S.

      Hey Kenji, I'm interested in carpooling; [masked]

      August 1, 2013

    • Paul P.

      I'll be driving up from mountain view so I can give someone a ride from the mtv caltrain station at 6:50.

      August 1, 2013

  • Jason S.

    Reminder - the conference site at has the full schedule, location and directions.

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • Adelbert C.

    We're on the swanky new scala-lang front page! See under "Upcoming Events"

    2 · July 30, 2013

  • Alexy K.

    Folks on the waiting list: we have a dilemma here. There are 3 tracks, 3 rooms for them, each with about 50 people max. The 4th room is for mingling. I can admit you on the condition that if you can't get into a talk of your interest, you'll mingle instead! That will be a general rule but should apply to the over-the-limit folks specifically. If we can agree to that, I can fit some more folks till the RSVPs close tmrw. What do you think?

    July 25, 2013

    • Piyush S.

      i agree

      July 26, 2013

    • Jan P.

      i agree too

      July 28, 2013

  • Haidar H.

    An impressive list of speakers.

    3 · June 26, 2013

    • Haidar H.

      Thanks @james that will be awesome.

      July 26, 2013

    • Alexy K.

      We're working on doing an SF Scala meetup in early Sept on scalaz.

      1 · July 26, 2013

  • Vamsidhar J.

    The email about Intel security badges had me update my name :-), this time matching my DMV ID. However, I registered under juvvi I think. Do I need to do something special to get the rechristening noted ?

    July 23, 2013

  • Victor

    Scala / machine learning enthusiast. Would love to learn more.

    July 23, 2013

  • Salvatore T.

    Rice Senior, Square intern, KPCB Engineering Fellow

    1 · July 19, 2013

  • Jack V.

    Developer at Ooyala, interested in machine learning.

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Alexandros

    really enjoy using scala, want to become better at it.

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • domingo m.

    Great list of speakers. Looking forward to it!

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Evan C.

    Looking forward to it

    July 2, 2013

  • Dianne M.

    Oh! I wish I could be there! Bummed that I will be out of town that day.

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Brendan O.

    Awesome, thanks for offering this!

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Ryan D.

    See everyone there!

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Jeremy T.

    Waiting list and there's only 16 people attending? :(

    June 24, 2013

    • Alexy K.

      Symposium confirmed, program published, limit raised!

      2 · June 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome. Thanks so much Alexy!! Difficult time in my life and I'm glad the event didn't have to disappear.

      1 · June 26, 2013

  • Tony H.

    Argh. I would totally go but I'm out of town then.

    June 21, 2013

  • Ryan D.

    Before I enroll, is it possible that we can look at a summary of the presenters as well as some of the talks that will be presented? I have actually been keeping my eyes open for a local Scala symposium for awhile now so I am definitely interested: but would like to hear more details. Thanks :-)

    May 30, 2013

    • Chester C.

      thank you for posting this link, this is very helpful.

      June 6, 2013

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