For 6 years, 47 Degrees has been our trusted partner at Scala Days, sponsoring conferences both in the US and Europe.
As we celebrate Scala’s 10 year anniversary, Director of Marketing at 47 Degrees Maureen Elsberry tells us more about the company, the surprises it’s bringing to Scala Days Lausanne and whom they are looking forward to meeting at the conference this June.
What is your favorite Scala Days story or memory?
One of our team’s favorite experiences was our first Scala Days in New York City in 2013. It was an event that led to a lot of meaningful connections that have turned into business partnerships and friendships over the years. We also got to watch our engineers meet the creators of their favorite languages and toolsets for the first time and geek out over new tips and tricks to use.
Another fun moment was having Martin Odersky rocking our Scala Division: Implicit Pleasures t-shirt during his keynote in 2017.
Can you please tell us more about 47 Degrees and what you guys are working on?
47 Degrees is a global consulting firm specializing in enterprise platform modernization, microservices architectures, mobile application development, and big data solutions, all using proven functional programming expertise. Since 2010, we continue to refine our focus on services, support, consulting, and training in Functional Programming for Scala, Kotlin, and Swift. Outside of our client solutions, we are heavily invested in creating and contributing to a variety of open source libraries. As part of our commitment to the community, 47 Degrees organizes Lambda World, a non-profit, bi-annual Functional Programming conference held in Cadiz, Spain, and Seattle, WA, as well as the largest Scala Meetup in the Pacific Northwest, Scala at the Sea.
What would you like the Scala community to know about your company?
Our company is named after the 47th Parallel North, the latitude line of our first office in Seattle, Washington! Since our inception in 2010, we have expanded to four offices in three countries.
What inspired you to participate as a sponsor at the 10-year anniversary of Scala Days?
Our team has been sponsoring Scala Days in both the US and Europe since 2013. It’s been an amazing opportunity for us to connect with the community, as well as serving as a meeting point for our team’s various offices to come together over the years. Sponsoring the 10th Anniversary was a no brainer.
In addition, as part of our commitment to improving diversity in tech and making the community a more welcoming, inclusive environment, 47 Degrees will also be sponsoring the ScalaBridge workshop happening on June 11th.
Who should meet you at Scala Days and why?
Everyone! We love talking to the Scala community, whether you’re looking for help with a business project, are interested in training, have questions about our services and process, or just want to say hi.
We’re also happy to connect with people on open source, whether it’s helping with questions on libraries we’ve created or sponsored, or hearing about how other people are improving and growing the Scala ecosystem.
Attendees will also be able to grab some fun stuff and enter to win tickets and lodging to Lambda World Cadiz, a two-day Functional Programming conference featuring keynotes by Martin Odersky, Emily Riehl, and Alexandra Cardenas happening this October 17th-18th in Cadiz, Spain.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
For the last six years, 47 Degrees has been in charge of building the official Scala Days app for both Android and iOS. The Android version is built from the ground up using Scala and the Macroid library. We’ll have more details on the App as we get closer to the event.
Also, Oli Makhasoeva, a Solutions Architect at 47 Degrees, will be giving a talk on Wednesday, June 12th, on developing seamless web services with Mu, an open source library from our team.