PNWScala 2014

Join other Scala fans and practitioners in Portland, Oregon for 2 days of enlightening talks.

The Pacific Northwest Scala Conference is a regional event focusing on a wide range of Scala-related topics, and will bring together Scala enthusiasts from the Pacfic Northwest and far beyond.









PNWScala 2014

NOV 14-15, 2014


Avi Bryant

Avi has led product, engineering, and data science teams at Etsy, Twitter and Dabble DB (which he co-founded and Twitter acquired). He’s known for his open source work on projects such as Seaside, Scalding, and Algebird. Avi currently works at Stripe.

Helena Edelson

Helena has been working with Scala since 2010 in R&D as a Senior Cloud Engineer at VMware and CrowdStrike, and has recently joined the DataStax (Cassandra) Analytics Engineering Team. She is an open source committer on Akka, Spark Cassandra Connector, Scala Cassandra Driver, (soon to be) Slick (adding Cassandra), & previous Spring Committer.

Jon Pretty

Jon has been involved in the Scala community for the last ten years, having launched the first commercial and open-source Scala software back in 2005. Since then, he has successfully deployed Scala projects into small, medium and large businesses, and UK government, but is best known these days for his work on Rapture.


Call for Proposals

The Pacific Northwest Scala Conference will be taking place this year in Portland, Oregon on November 14 and 15. We look forward to engaging with Scala users and those interested in learning more about Scala, from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We will be hosting a two-day event with two days of single-track talks. If you have a topic you’re passionate about – perhaps an area of interest in which you've become your company's or user-group's resident expert – or a new approach you'd like to share, we encourage you to submit a proposal for a talk.

We strongly encourage anyone from typically under-represented groups to submit proposals. We want to promote diversity in this community and we guarantee that all submissions will be given equal consideration.

Also, we’ll be including the option to submit talks as either a typical presentation length (40 minutes, including time for Q&A) or as longer, workshop-style presentations that can be more hands-on or go more in-depth into areas of deeper interest. If your talk might fit into either category, please let us know on the submission form.

Areas of interest that talks might cover include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Case studies & experience reports
  • Interesting patterns & designs
  • Reliability & fault-tolerance
  • Concurrency & distributed systems
  • Data management & large-scale data
  • Tools & techniques
  • Domain-Specific Languages
  • Functional programming
  • Migrating to Scala from other languages
  • Beginner focused topics

If you would like to give a talk at PNWScala 2014, please submit your information using this form. Submissions are due by September 21 and we will be selecting talks by September 28 at the latest. Please note that if your talk is accepted, you will be given free admittance (normally $100) to the conference. You may want to go ahead and register before we make selections (registration will be online very soon), in order to guarantee a spot. We’ll refund your fees if your talk is selected.

Submit your proposal here.


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Code of Conduct

The Short Version

PNWScala is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language, innuendo, and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks.

Conference participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference without a refund at the sole discretion of the conference organizers.

The Long Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking, following, harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors and other exhibitors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events

Contact Information

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the conference staff immediately.

For any questions or concerns, please email the organizers at Phone number contacts for organizers and law enforcement will be available on this page during the event.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.


This Code of Conduct was derived from the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers and the Conference Code of Conduct by and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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