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An Introduction to the Actor Model and Akka.NET

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An Introduction to the Actor Model and Akka.NET


Akka.NET is an Actor Model Framework that helps .Net developers create powerful concurrent & distributed applications more easily. The Actor Model is a well-established paradigm for building fault-tolerant and scalable applications that has recently seen a resurgence as distributed and asynchronous systems gain popularity. In this introductory talk, Sean will walk you through the concepts of the actor model, its benefits over traditional approaches, and the basics of how to use Akka.NET to achieve these advantages in your .NET applications.

IMPORTANT: Your RSVP with full name is required to add your name to the building security guest list.


6:00PM - NETWORKING: Doors open, head to the room identified when you check in. Take the opportunity to mingle with your fellow community developers. We recommend you bring your own food or grab a bite before the meetup.

6:30PM - INTRODUCTION: Housekeeping, open mic and other community announcements & request.


Sean Killeen (, originally from the Philadelphia area, has 15+ years of experience solving problems as an IT professional and developer for commercial, non-profit, and federal clients. He's currently the .NET Specialty Lead at Excella Consulting -- he *highly* recommends you check them out. He recently led a modernization project that industry analysts called "more complex than the moon landing". He also servers as a trainer for Excella's Agile Testing & Automation (ICP-TST/ATA) and Agile Engineering (CSD) courses. Aside from loving his work way too much, there's a good chance he's enjoying/stressing about being a new homeowner, sipping great beer, exploring the Arlington area, or singing somewhere. You can find him on Twitter at @sjkilleen or blogging not nearly often enough at He doesn't bite; say hi!