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Big Event: Polyglot Launch with 2 awesome speakers from Neo4j & HootSuite

For the inaugural Polyglot meetup, we wanted to start things off on the right foot with a great talk. We lucked out and got two! We also lucked out with sponsorship and got two kegs of beer :)

1) Neo4j, High Performance Graph DB

-- Peter Neubauer

Peter Neubauer, co-founder of Neo Technology, is passing through Vancouver and has graciously agreed to talk about their high-performance graph database, Neo4j. Neo4j models data as a graph: nodes and relationships between them. For many applications, Neo4j offers performance improvements on the order of 1000x compared to relational DBs, while being fully transactional, reliable and scalable. It has a wide range of applications - from social network analysis to fraud detection and credit rating systems. Peter's visit to Vancouver last year was the meetup highlight of the summer! Neo4j is the database that Eric Ries, one of their advisers, wrote about in The Lean Startup.

(This is a joint event with the Vancouver Graph Database Meetup)

2) Scalable Event Based Architecture at HootSuite

-- Jeremy Pierre

Jeremy Pierre of HootSuite (Alexa global rank 199) has prepared an awesome talk on their new backend notification and analytics architecture.

"While building HootSuite's push notification service and realtime analytics prototypes, we have seen a growing necessity for event-based communication at all levels of our systems. Our use of newer streaming data sources has exposed the breaking points of pull-based RESTful APIs, especially given the volume of social network traffic we deal with. Moving to an event-based approach throughout our infrastructure lets us avoid the batched nature and often incomplete RESTful view of a rapidly changing system state.

Using Scala and Akka in concert with RabbitMQ, 0MQ and ZooKeeper enables loosely coupled and flexible solutions from a variety of angles while still leveraging aspects of our legacy PHP codebase. While these elastic, self-aware distributed systems are obviously desirable, they are also challenging to design and implement - especially for anyone coming from a typical MVC standpoint as many of us do. This talk will give an overview of our move towards event-based systems while highlighting some of the areas that have caused us substantial frustration and the stumbling blocks we didn't see until almost too late."


  • 6:00PM Doors open, feel free to drop by early and mingle
  • 6:30PM Intro and Talks
  • 8:30PM End talks and head off for food and/or drink (TBA)

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  • Tavis R.

    Slides from Jeremy's talk are at

    July 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there,
    thanks for a great meetup and good beer! I just uploaded the slides from the mindmap to, the Cypher intro is done much in the spirit of Max DeMarzis .

    Also, if you wanna lear more about graphs - we have complete with hacking-data unconference in November (just before QCon). Come over and thanks for a great day!


    July 25, 2012

  • Doug L.

    Good, informative event. Peter Neubauer's Neo4j was informative and I especially enjoyed Jeremy Pierre's talk about HootSuite's tech.

    July 25, 2012

  • Dobes V.

    FWIW I think the beer was not a good idea, especially before and during the talks, as it makes the crowd more unruly and less interesting to talk to. Save the kegs for the afterparty I say ...

    July 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event! Both Peter and Jeremy had excellent talks filled with interesting information. Thanks Tavis and Saem for organizing this.

    July 24, 2012

  • Casey

    Got to ask my two questions and bump into some people.
    Bumping into people hurts; next time I'll walk slower. :D

    July 24, 2012

  • saem

    Amazed to see the huge turnout, and thanks again to all our volunteers and sponsors.

    July 24, 2012

  • Justin J.

    Really good event.

    July 24, 2012

  • gary c. l.

    Excellent meetup!

    July 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks all for listening, awesome crowd and good vibe in Vancouver!

    July 24, 2012

  • Tavis R.

    Great night. Thanks Peter and Jeremy for excellent talks and to everyone who came out. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum going.

    July 23, 2012

  • Dion D.

    Sounds great if time permits!!

    July 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guys, I could talk not only about Neo4j and Cypher, but even about some of the documentation stuff we are doing for test-driving all content in e.g. . WDYT?

    July 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Tavis, I'm going be out of town. Will you be recording the presentations?

    July 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Argh, looks like I won't be able to attend due to a schedule conflict. Will the slides/video be available somewhere? The presenters look *awesome*.

    July 4, 2012

  • Tavis R.

    The rsvp list is now full. If you missed out please join the waiting list as there will be some churn (being summer?).

    June 26, 2012

  • Tavis R.

    We've got two awesome speakers lined up for this event. The details will be announced next week, but you're welcome to rsvp now.

    It will be in downtown Vancouver near a sky train station.

    June 15, 2012

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