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Upgrading the Search Experience for the Cultural District using Elasticsearch

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In this talk, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust developers, Brittany Martin and Danielle Greaves, along with Elastic's Chad Tindel, detail the upgrade path of the Cultural District's search functionality from Google Custom Search to Elasticsearch. They will be talking about how they recently deployed Elasticsearch on their website: ( .


The arts community of our city is dependent on a 24/7 high volume Rails application supported by a team of three. With the pressures of patrons, internal stakeholders and performers, learn how the Cultural Trust moved their search engine to Elasticsearch from Google Custom Search, all within the means of a non-profit budget. The Trust team will share the benefits they have gained and lessons they learned from the conversion.

Located between the Convention Center and Stanwix Street in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh's 14-square block Cultural District encompasses over 90 retail shops, 50 dining establishments, seven world-class theaters, eight public parks and art installations and a dozen art galleries.


7:15pm: Refreshments

7:25pm: Announcements

7:30pm - Tech Talk

8:15pm - Q&A

8:25pm - Conversations

8:55pm - Departure


Brittany Martin is the Lead Ruby Developer for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and a Rails mentor for

She is focused on bringing more women into tech and finding a way to cast her chocolate lab as Alf's double for the inevitable Netflix reboot.

Danielle Greaves is the sassy Frontend Developer for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. She enjoys music, code, and coffee, not in that particular order. On the weekend you can find her snuggling her puggles, scouring the internet for memes.

Chad Tindel is a Senior Solutions Architect for Elastic. In addition to being knowledgeable about the Elastic Stack, Chad’s interests include cloud computing and machine learning. Outside of work, Chad is a jazz aficionado who enjoys attending shows and performances around NYC.


The Elastic Stack has features for every one of our users for search, logging, and analytics. In this talk, Chad will present highlights in Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, and Beat and showcase the holistic, integrated, and awesome experience. Elastic's main offices are located in Amsterdam and Mountain View; Elastic has over 450 employees distributed across 35 countries. Our online community is growing quickly, now with over 80,000 users and 100M downloads of the software since 2012.

Getting There:

This MeetUp will be in Sennott Square room 5502. Sennott Square is located at

210 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206 on the Oakland campus of the University of Pittsburgh. This is at the corner of Forbes Avenue and South Bouquet Street.

This map details the location of Sennott Square and surroundings:

There is parking behind and below Sennott Square as well as street parking all around.