Scala Up North 2018

September 28 and 29 - Toronto, ON, Canada

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 , 2016 and 2017 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




08:00Doors open, registration and breakfast
09:00 Keynote: The Future of Scala
Jon Pretty
10:00 Platform Engineering with Play 2.6 and HTTP2
David Waugh
11:00 The monolith who went on a cruise
Vikas Hazrati
11:55 Introduction to Reactive Reports
Tereza Nedelescu
01:55Who is Hiring?
02:25 Invited: Good Code,Bad Coder: Ethical considerations for the Scala development community.
Kikia Carter
03:20 Refined JSON- Making sense of stringly-typed data
Tim Steinbach
03:55 Simplified Scala Monads and Transformation
Harmeet Singh
04:50 Spot the Difference... at Scale
Idrees Khan
05:20 The Cost of Abstration
Cameron Joannidis
06:05Closing announcements


08:00Doors open, breakfast
09:00 Keynote Panel: Growing (and being part of) highly effective teams
Caroline Sauve, Diederik van Liere, Mike Kelland, Susan Davis.
10:00 The Promise of Event Driven Microservices with Fast Data Streaming
Duncan K. DeVore
11:00 Akka: A Best Friend (Forever!) for your Backend your Backend-for-Frontend
David van Geest
11:55 Custom Spark Datasources for fun and profit
Stefanie Mikloska
01:40 Functional DevOps with Scala and Kubernetes
Joan Goyeau
02:25 Analyzing Presto and Spark SQL with Scala
Andrew Valencik
02:55 5 Things You Need to Know When Upgrading Services with Akka Streams
Aleksey Nikiforov
03:55 Lean and Functional Domain Modelling
Marcello Duarte
04:50 Featran: A Scala feature transformation library for data science and machine learning
Andrew Martin
05:40 Free All The Things
Markus Hauck
06:30Closing announcements


Map Marker

The Globe and Mail

351 King Street East, Suite 1600, Toronto, ON.


Early Bird

Until May 29

Sales Ended


Until August 29

Sales Ended


Tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.

Call for Presentations

Our CFP is now closed, and we received many promising proposals!

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 download our prospectus and 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