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nescala 2014 - day 1

The 2014 Northeast Scala Symposium returns to New York where we had our first gathering in 2011. Day 1 is back to basics with a single track of talks.

If you wish to participate in the symposium, read carefully!

Space on day 1 is now sold out. Join the waiting list to be notified if a spot opens up.

Day 1 speakers are selected by participants, as usual. This year we're diversifying by offering slots of several lengths: medium, short, and lightning. Talk proposals are at nescala.org/2014/talks.

A selected talk guarantees each speaker one RSVP spot and another for a friend or colleague! (You both still have to pay — that famous nescala apparel doesn't screen-print itself.)

Day 2 will be an informal “unconference” self-organized on the spot by whoever shows up. (Trust us, this works.) There'll be more room, so even if you didn't get in to day 1, you can come on day 2.

code of conduct: Be kind

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  • Rajkumar V.

    Are the nescala 2015 talks recorded and will they be posted by any chance?

    February 7, 2015

  • Evan D.

    Hi guys. Just in-case you missed it, all the videos from Day 1 are being posted here: http://crcl.to/rebv0 - just published Eugene and Lar's talk on Macros vs. Types this morning!

    2 · March 20, 2014

  • Timothy P.

    Guys, best conference i've been too in a long while - great fun, and great content.

    March 4, 2014

  • Randy S.

    Hey guys, great conference! I hope the venue was comfortable enough, I know Courant was happy to host. Be seeing you!

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Jim P.

    Really enjoyed the event.

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Brian C.

    Thanks to all attendees. You were the program committee, and you are the community. You are, in fact, NEScala.

    4 · March 2, 2014

  • Michael K.

    Awesome. great topics great people

    March 2, 2014

  • Luke A.

    I had a lot of people ask me after my presentation if we were going to open source the banno-sbt-plugin. So that's what I did this morning: https://github.com/Banno/banno-sbt-plugin Just had to do a quick check and add a license. Enjoy!

    4 · March 2, 2014

  • Doug T.

    Next talk @ 1:30

    March 1, 2014

  • Doug T.

    Can Lars and eugene come to the front of the class room?

    March 1, 2014

  • Seth T.

    Scala jobs on the whiteboard in the hall

    4 · March 1, 2014

  • Gary M.

    Hi everyone, I am working on getting a job board set up at the conference for Saturday and possibly Sunday as well. In all likelihood, this will be in the form of a whiteboard and some table space for flyers/business cards.

    It would be great to get one other person's assistance with this. Please direct message me if you are able to help.

    Thank you,

    Gary

    February 24, 2014

  • Eugene Y.

    Anyone know the pixel resolution of the projector that'll be used at the venue?

    February 22, 2014

    • Nathan H.

      I'm going to test it out on Thursday. I do know it's vga, not hdmi, but am not sure of capable resolutions.

      February 24, 2014

    • Eugene Y.

      It'd also be helpful to know how bright it is. On a darker projector, slides with dark or image background become unreadable.

      February 24, 2014

  • Peter S.

    Yes! Got a spot!

    February 24, 2014

  • Prakash J.

    Looking forward to it!

    February 19, 2014

  • Seth T.

    5 · February 4, 2014

  • Doug T.

    In response to feedback on twitter, Check out @kscaldef's Tweet: https://twitter.com/kscaldef/status/430837693480570880, I wanted to make clear we do have an informal code of conduct this year. -- nescala.org/#kindness

    February 4, 2014

  • Erik O.

    Any word on which talks made it? I'm sure everyone who submitted a talk would like to know whether they need to start prepping.

    1 · February 4, 2014

    • Jon P.

      Yeah, I've either got to learn about the algebra of types, write an XML library, or chill out for the next month.

      February 4, 2014

    • Doug T.

      Soon. We've sent out notifications to the selected speakers and are waiting for confirmations before publishing the results. Expect those soon.

      February 4, 2014

  • Doug T.

    A reminder to all attendees. Plz get yr votes in before Feb 2 midnight http://nescala.org/2014/talks. The speakers are chosen by you

    1 · January 25, 2014

    • Jeff C.

      Where's the all-of-the-above button?

      2 · January 25, 2014

    • Seth T.

      And we'll shoot to announce the winners pretty quickly afterwards — hopefully the next day — so speakers have time to prepare.

      January 26, 2014

  • Timothy P.

    Hey guys - can you just confirm the timezone that is being used for the ticket release this thursday for the additional 90 seats? Just want to make sure those of us living elsewhere can make sure to be awake for it :-D

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • Mike S.

    Looks like we gave Meetup's RSVP subsystem a good stress-test Thursday afternoon.

    January 25, 2014

  • Jamie A.

    Gutted, as Viktor would say, to be unable to attend again this year. My favorite Scala event! Have a wonderful time, everyone.

    January 23, 2014

  • Daniel S.

    A single track with 180 attendees is going to be EPIC. I've never, ever been to a conference like that before. Can't wait!

    5 · January 23, 2014

  • Mike S.

    Live streaming would be nice if it's doable. Maybe someone in the Scala community can contribute a larger space between now and March.

    2 · January 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think Etsy is in Brooklyn and employs something like 400 people and uses Scala, maybe something there?

      3 · January 20, 2014

    • Prakash J.

      Livestream.com ?

      January 23, 2014

  • Suriyanto L.

    I have a couple of colleagues that want to go. Can I sign them up as well when this is open?

    January 23, 2014

    • Seth T.

      RSVPs are one per Meetup account. If your colleagues are willing to trust you with their Meetup passwords, that would work.

      January 23, 2014

  • Mike S.

    Filling up fast, but easier than getting into Google I/O.

    January 23, 2014

  • Daniel S.

    Thanks so much for moving to a large venue. I'd hate missing NEScala this year!

    3 · January 23, 2014

  • Dave S.

    I'd like to take this opportunity to recognize Microsoft, once again, for making their "Nerd" center available here in Boston for all kinds of events, large or small. Day 1 of nescala 2012 was hosted there for example. A lot of people here in Boston take it for granted, but I think it's made a tremendous difference to the local tech scene. I've been to many meetups and a few larger conferences there, most completely unrelated to Microsoft's tech stack. MIT/W3C hosts our almost-monthly Scala meetups here and they deserve thanks as well of course. There would be no tech scene here without MIT obviously, but MS is a corporate entity and I think this makes their space even more unique.

    Obviously Cambridge, MA is no NYC and Meetup deserves a lot of thanks as well (for the space in NYC AND as an organizational tool itself) along with all of the organizers and presenters.

    4 · January 17, 2014

    • Mike S.

      Microsoft in NYC has been pretty good about hosting meetups and other tech events.

      1 · January 20, 2014

    • Mike S.

      Recently, the F# in Finance conference.

      1 · January 21, 2014

  • Gabriel C.

    Not going to make it this year, but I just want to say thank you for putting together the best Scala conference. We know is a labor of love

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Jim P.

    only 20 spots?

    1 · January 15, 2014

    • Geoffrey K.

      Gary, thanks. BTW, I only made it as far east as Danbury CT before my car's Check Engine light said I should do a 180 and RTB. As for being worth it... It's worth it to see 130 people at BASE discussing Scala. Where I live, nobody knows about it, and even if I go to State College, where Penn State is with its 30-40k students, there are only 5 people in its FP Meetup. It's like being on the Moon. Boston recharges my batteries.

      January 15, 2014

    • Gary M.

      Understood, I recommend checking out the Philadelphia or NY Scala groups - will hopefully cut quite a few hours off that roundtrip next time :)

      1 · January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for modifying the description to be inclusive of women alcoholics also.

    6 · January 17, 2014

  • Rose T.

    Unexpected but wonderful. Look forward to seeing everyone there!

    3 · January 17, 2014

  • Brian C.

    Against my better judgment, I am going to wade in here. I've donned my chain mail and my codpiece...

    Consider this an attempt to answer The Frequently Asked Question, namely:

    WHY THE SMALL VENUE? I'M DISAPPOINTED, AND YOU GUYS TOTALLY SUCK.

    I'm breaking the answer into several pieces, because Meetup won't let me post more than 1,000 characters at a time.

    ***

    So, basically, the issue is cost. Year 2, in Boston, we had free venues. The NERD Center was free, provided we signed up far enough in advance. (Nermin, Seth, and Alexandre got us in the queue in plenty of time.) The Unconference was at MIT, where one of the organizers works.

    --more--

    January 15, 2014

    • Daniel S.

      Also, I didn't know the funding was so hectic last year. Should have passed the word around. I'm sure people (such as myself) would have pitched in immediately rather than put everyone's rent/mortgages/cat food in jeopardy.

      January 17, 2014

    • Brian C.

      We were close to putting out a call for help, but the sponsor kept assuring us the money was on the way. :-) No one likes to go out and beg attendees for a little extra money.

      It worked out in the end. And, really, I'm not complaining or whining. I'm merely trying to point out that organizing even a smaller, community-driven conference like NEScala is a lot of work, quite a bit more work than most people realize. Conference organizers consciously try to hide all that work to make the conference as fun and carefree as possible for the attendees. But the work's still there...

      January 17, 2014

  • craig b.

    hey -- I'm from central jersey and it aint that god forbid out here. its true the better locations are miles from the major airports, i.e. new brunswick and princeton areas and shore spots.
    In this vein i once attended an ANSI C conference at a hotel outside la guardia airport NYC so at least in those days (1990) there was large meeting rooms for small cost (chain hotel) and right by the airport in NY. Granted our silicon valley meetings were nicer spots.

    January 17, 2014

  • Gary M.

    Guys, there needs to be a better way to allocate who gets to this conference. Runar's idea of auctioning spots is one possibility - at the very least a random draw seems good....the small capacity is very disappointing.

    1 · January 15, 2014

    • Gary M.

      It could be done over Hangouts up to some limit I am sure.

      January 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Auctioning spots means that just as many people won't get in. I think a bigger venue is the way to go.

      January 16, 2014

  • Bill C.

    Why the small capacity? Nescala Boston a couple years ago seemed to be in the hundreds. Bring it back to Boston!

    3 · January 15, 2014

    • Eugene P.

      Worcester sounds good as long as we can have more people attending

      January 16, 2014

    • Gary M.

      I'm for remote locations if it means getting the number of open slots up. Also a fan of raising prices to help lower the pressure on the organizers.

      January 16, 2014

  • Eugene P.

    when is the next block opened?

    January 15, 2014

    • Geoffrey K.

      10am Friday (EST, I believe).

      January 16, 2014

    • Brian C.

      Correct. And of *course* it's EST. The "E" in "NEScala" means "East", after all. ;-)

      1 · January 16, 2014

  • Edwin F.

    Sorry guys, but this is utterly disappointing. We should be looking towards accommodating more people for this event as the Scala community grows, not taking a step back. I don't want to come off as ungrateful, I'm not the ones spending my free time to organize this event; but I'm clearly not alone in being pretty bummed out by how many people won't be able to attend as a result. I would definitely volunteer my time for setting this up if that's one of the reasons causing this to not take place in a larger venue.

    2 · January 15, 2014

    • Nathan H.

      Daniel, you should be in the clear: "A selected talk guarantees you one RSVP spot and another for a friend or colleague!"

      1 · January 15, 2014

    • Glen P.

      Regarding price sensitivity vs. attendance: It's going to cost me at least $600 worth of airfare, lodging and food to attend this conference - probably closer to twice that. If admission were $200 I wouldn't have blinked. I live a thousand miles south of NYC and this is almost guaranteed to be the closest Scala conference to me this year. If I can help you find a bigger venue, let me know.

      2 · January 15, 2014

  • Seth T.

    The second and final block of 40 more tickets will open at 10 AM Friday January 17.

    1 · January 15, 2014

    • Nathan H.

      Nope, it's a notification list.

      January 15, 2014

    • Jim P.

      Can we swing by and just give you $50 to get a ticket? ;-) (j/k of course)

      January 15, 2014

  • Randy S.

    Through this communities resources I would imagine we could find a low-cost location with greater capacity. I have put a couple feels our myself. I encourage others to do the same.

    2 · January 15, 2014

    • Andreas L.

      I did too. Universities are great, because they're usually empty on Sat/Sun, have presentation rooms, and oftentimes don't charge a lot.

      January 15, 2014

  • Andreas L.

    If you think this sold out quickly, try the Google Tech Talks in NYC. They even offer 250 seats, and they go within 2-3 minutes.

    January 15, 2014

    • Edwin F.

      A Google Tech Talk isn't a once a year event that is suppose to cover the whole North East. I would pay more to have this at a bigger venue that can have at least a chance at accommodating interested parties.

      January 15, 2014

  • Ross M.

    woo!

    January 15, 2014

  • Dave S.

    Well that is frustrating. I had to attend lunch with someone we were interviewing. Perhaps this should be renamed the "no entry scala" conference?

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Paul F.

    Looks like there are spots open, but it still won't let me signup!

    January 15, 2014

  • Tomás L.

    Next time let everyone sign up and choose randomly!

    January 15, 2014

  • Rúnar B.

    Next time auction the spots.

    3 · January 15, 2014

  • Paul K.

    This is strange. I finished signing up at 18 attending, but meetup added my name to the waitlist.

    January 15, 2014

  • Jim P.

    Bender: Yeah, well... I'm gonna go build my own theme park, with blackjack and hookers. In fact, forget the park!

    2 · January 15, 2014

  • Jim P.

    Wow, that was fast.

    January 15, 2014

  • Geoffrey K.

    Holy crap. I waited until a few seconds past noon and NEScala is already full?

    January 15, 2014

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