Helena EdelsonHelena has been a Software Engineer for over 16 years. After a decade in distributed messaging she moved exclusively to working with Scala, first for cloud infrastructure automation, then big data, all for large scale distributed systems. As a Senior Cloud Engineer she was on the first Scala team at VMware building multi-tenant cloud automation systems. Then in big data architecting, building and deploying streaming analytics pipelines for Cyber Security for real time threat analysis. She is currently a Senior Engineer in Distributed Systems at Apple, helping to build some of the largest data systems in the world. 

Helena is a contributor to Akka (2 new features in Akka Cluster), committer to several open source projects including the Spark Cassandra Connector, and is a Cassandra MVP. She is also a speaker at international Big Data, Scala and FP conferences: Kafka Summit, Spark Summit (EU and US), Strata (NYC and San Jose), Reactive Summit, QCon SF, Scala Days (EU and US), Scala World and Philly Emerging Technology.