ThoughtWorks Pune has been using Scala successfully for past couple of years on a few projects. In the spirit of contributing back to the community, we hosted the first ever Pune Scala Symposium on 12 April 2014. The primary goals of the conference were to get practitioners together, share learnings with others, motivate the uninitiated to take a plunge, and have fun.
The total attendance was around 150, including about 30 ThoughtWorkers. Fourteen of these attendees came from cities other than Pune (Bangalore, Mumbai, and Chennai). When asked how many from the audience are using Scala at their day job or personal projects, around 30% of attendees raised their hands. There were also two Pune based startups using Scala. We had attendees from local companies who are using Scala to varying extents: Persistent Systems, EqualExperts, CrestMedia etc. We also had a significant representation from academia, which included institutes like IUCAA, Pune, and Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore as well.
It was a single-track, single-day conference with seven talks. Judging from the feedback we received, the talks were all very well received by the audience. The fact that 80% of them stayed untill the last one is a testimonial to the quality of the content. The event also created a lot of buzz on twitter, which you can find on #punescala and #scalapune hashtags.
Read our reviews and watch the video from the following sessions:
Keynote talk: Kojo, a Scala based learning environment for children
- By Lalit Pant, Kogics
Summary & Video Scaling your startup's data platform using Akka, Scalding, and Spark, Presentation
- By Rajesh Muppalla, Indix
We hope to see you in the next Pune Scala Symposium.