Welcome and introduction from the summit chairs Alex Payne and Dean Wampler, and an overview of what makes Scala unique and more productive to work with.
Alex Payne is Chief Product & Technology Officer for BankSimple, a
startup working to make personal finance simple, honest, and
dependable again. Previously, Alex was one of the first employees at
Twitter, the popular social messaging network. There, Alex led
development of the Twitter Platform, growing it into one of the most
popular software platforms on the Web. Before joining Twitter, he
worked for an Information Security contractor in the military and
intelligence sector. Alex got his start writing software for political
campaigns and non-profits in Washington, DC.
Alex is a frequent speaker on software engineering practices and
systems architecture at conferences around the world. He’s the
co-author of Programming Scala, and is passionate
about the history and evolution of programming languages.
Dean Wampler is the architect for big data products and services in the Office of the CTO at Lightbend, where he focuses on the evolving fast data stack for streaming applications based on Spark, Kafka, Mesos, the Lightbend Reactive Platform, and other tools. Dean is the author of Programming Scala and Functional Programming for Java Developers and the coauthor of Programming Hive, all from O’Reilly Media. Dean is also an advocate for functional programming and Scala. He contributes to several open source projects and he co-organizes the Chicago-Area Scala Enthusiasts, the Chicago Spark Users, and the Chicago-area Hadoop User Group Meetups. He also helps organize a number of conferences, including Strata + Hadoop World and GOTO Chicago. Dean can be found on Twitter as @deanwampler.
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