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Scaling Mobile Apps to Manage 10,000+ Geo-Spatial Database Ops/Sec

Lukas Sliwka, Chief Technical Officer, Grindr

Free beer, junk food, swag and much more!

A Database Month event

At any minute of the day there are over a million people simultaneously using Grindr, sending 1,200+ chat messages each minute, throughout 196 countries. Behind this massive consumer facing app are monumental scaling challenges; network latency and unpredictable demand can potentially disrupt the high level of service that end-users expect.

Multiple scalability, availability and performance challenges have been overcome by using cutting edge geospatial, machine learning and big data technologies to drive exceptional quality of service.

In this tech talk, you will learn:

• How Grindr built their backend to handle both predictable and unpredictable loads, including problem detection, failure isolation, deployment and measurement.

• Which technologies are used to architect a highly advanced and complex geo-spatial environment.

• How they optimized resources, including staff and technology services.

Lukas Sliwka, Chief Technical Officer, Grindr

Lukas Sliwka is the CTO at Grindr LLC, responsible for creating a highly effective and innovative engineering organization. He is the catalyst for the team's agile transformation while leading the effort to completely redesign Grindr's global services and mobile client architectures. Lukas evolved Grindr to a highly personalized experience to more than 1 million active hourly users across 196 countries.

Swag giveaway + food/drinks at 6:30pm
Power-Networking at 6:35pm 
Presentation starts at 6:40pm

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  • Eric David B.

    Video of this event is posted to

    1 · April 28, 2016

  • Grindr

    Thanks to everyone who joined us last week! We will have references from the presentation available soon. In the meantime, check out for more Grindr technology stories and insights.

    2 · April 4, 2016

  • Avina

    Could you please post slides/video of the meetup? Thanks.

    1 · March 30, 2016

  • A former member
    A former member

    As promised, I have uploaded pictures of the Meetup.
    It was very interesting, nice and fun!

    1 · March 30, 2016

  • Larry T.

    Intense. Spirited. Great detail on evolution of mobile startup, breakpoints and lessons learned. Lukas was very knowledgable about benefits of sprints versus scrums. Like his full stack teams with CEO like owner. Well done. Thanks Duncan for your and Thoughtworks hospitality. Eric was king of giveaways.

    2 · March 29, 2016

    • Larry T.

      How do I post pics? didn't see link. thx

      1 · March 29, 2016

    • Robert O.

      There's a photo least in the android app

      March 30, 2016

  • Mudy

    Will this event be recorded and video available afterwards?

    March 28, 2016

  • Larry T.

    Thank you Thoughtworks for providing the venue. The goodies bag is out and the seats are scarce. See you soon.

    March 29, 2016

  • Todd M

    Looking forward to this!

    March 28, 2016

  • Robert O.

    This looks like a kickass talk...super excited

    1 · March 24, 2016

  • William S.

    May the slides and/or video recording be posted? If possible to be recorded as I will not be able to make it.

    3 · March 24, 2016

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks super interesting! Any chance they use node.js and/or AWS lambda at Grindr? that's my current "backend stack" right now.

    March 10, 2016

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