Scala Up North is the first and only Scala conference organized in Canada. Two days of awesome technical presentations about Scala and its vibrant ecosystem. Come connect with other Scala developers and the companies building their mission-critical applications in Scala. It is like maple syrup for your cake.

Take a look at our videos from 2015 and 2016 for a sample of the event.

Community-oriented, developer-centric

Registered attendees vote to select the presentations they want to see in the program.

Not-for-profit conference

Our financial goal is to break even, every dollar we make will go into improving the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Invited Speaker


Don't forget to register for the workshops here.


08:00Doors open, registration and breakfast
09:00 Keynote: The Next Generation of Reactive Architectures
Jamie Allen
10:00 Akka Clustering on Kubernetes
Luke Kysow
11:00 Why Scala is Great for Agile
Rodrigo Setti
11:30 Sorry - How Bieber broke Google Cloud at Spotify
Neville Li
01:30 API Builder
Sean Sullivan
Workshop - Effective Scala
Bill Venners
02:25 A Practical Introduction to Akka Streams
Jacek Kunicki
03:30 ScalaQuest: the Scala adventure
Alejandro Lujan
04:25 Practical Scalaz
Gregg Hernandez
05:20 Zero-Dependency Integration Testing using Traits
Matthew Smedberg
05:40Closing announcements


08:00Doors open, breakfast
09:00 Keynote: Managing Consistency, State and Identity in Distributed Microservices
Duncan DeVore
10:00Announcements / Who is Hiring? event Workshop - Writing Programs That Write Tests: Better Testing With ScalaCheck
Adam Rosien
10:35 Reactive Programming in the Browser with Scala.js and Rx
Luka Jacobowitz
11:30 Akka Microservices Architecture And Design
Yaroslav Tkachenko
01:30 Hope Faith and Proof in Programming
Bill Venners
Workshop - Let's Code: Simple Async Group Chat with Akka Http, Scala and Kafka
James Townley
02:25 Fixing slow Play apps
Laurence Man
03:30 Domain Algebras For A Busy Busy World
Adam Rosien
04:25 Spark - Where the Magic Breaks
Holden Karau
05:10Closing announcements


Map Marker

Simon Fraser University

Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

580 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

ScalaBridge workshop

Working with industry-leading partners, Scala Up North is proud to announce a commitment to increase gender parity at technical conferences. The Scala Bridge workshop curriculum and program was created to build an inclusive Scala community through introductory workshops for female developers to learn a new programming language.

The workshop will take place on July 20 at the Hootsuite headquarters, from 9:30am to 5pm. Registration is free, and lunch will be provided.

All you need is your laptop and an itch to learn Scala!

These are some of the topics that will be covered during the workshop:

If you want to attend, please register here.

The Scala Bridge workshop at Scala Up North is made possible through the contributions of the following partners:


Early Bird

Until March 15

CAD 225
(approx. USD 175)


Until June 9th

CAD 275
(approx. USD 210)


Tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.

Diversity Scholarships

Passion can come from every background and perspective. The Scala Up North Diversity Scholarship, sponsored by Starbucks was created to provide opportunities for individuals from underrepresented groups to attend the conference. Factors affecting under-representation can include culture, social or economic background, race and ethnicity, gender identity, sex orientation, disability, religion, geography, and life experience.

Applications are now closed, and we're looking forward to welcoming the sponsorship recipients to our event!

Code of Conduct

We are adopting the same Code of Conduct of other community-oriented conferences like NE Scala and PNW Scala:

Nobody likes a jerk, so show respect for those around you.

Scala Up North is dedicated to providing a harassment-free 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 participants in any form.

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

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








Scala Up North provides a unique opportunity for sponsors to reach a technical audience seeking opportunities for innovation and professional development.

If your organization is looking to build a strong Scala team, this conference is a great opportunity to connect with potential hires.

Focusing on a young community, ticket prices will be kept low, so sponsor support is fundamental for our success.

Finally, encouraging collaboration will ultimately strengthen the community and increase the adoption of the Scala ecosystem in Canada.

If you are interested in sponsorhip, please contact us at

Contact Us

Twitter @ScalaUpNorth

For general inquiries or just to say hi, please email:

Event Management

Macho Paka
Alejandro Lujan

Alejandro Lujan