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"Scaling Gilt" at Gilt: NYC Tech Talks Comes to 2 Park

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The crowd from last night’s NYC Tech Talks event at Gilt–not an empty seat in the house!

Last night a standing-room only (!) crowd of software engineers, CTOs and other technologists came to our Manhattan office to catch “Scaling Gilt: From Monolithic Ruby App to Distributed Scala Micro-Services,” a tech talk by our very own Yoni Goldberg. Yoni, a lead software engineer on our personalization team, gave a lively presentation that highlighted the reasons why we’ve adopted a micro-services architecture, the lessons we’ve learned along the way, and a few key questions every tech team should ask before developing a micro-services architecture of their own.

Check out Yoni’s slides here:

Yoni’s presentation was co-hosted by Gilt Tech and NYC Tech Talks, one of NYC’s top meetup groups for engineers. In addition to a fantastic crowd of tech professionals from Gilt, Facebook, Etsy, LinkedIn and other top companies, the night featured delicious food, post-presentation drinks and mingling, and lots of great conversations.

Here’s a photo-recap of the night’s fun:

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This way to the meetup!

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For dinner we ordered an assortment of scrumptious sandwiches from Num Pang, who–a few hours before the meetup–tweeted a preview pic at us along with a note: “Excited to cater at Gilt tonight!” (We were even more excited to eat their food.)

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Plenty of beer for plenty of software engineers!

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Gilt engineer/software sartorialist Nathan Stilwell greets some of our guests.

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Early arrivals hung out in our cafe.

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NYC Tech Talks co-organizer Mike Brittain officially kicked off the evening by welcoming the audience.

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Gilt CIO Steve Jacobs followed with a brief introduction to Gilt and Gilt’s tech culture before introducing Yoni.

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Yoni gives the audience a general overview of our MSA–450 micro-services and counting!

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The audience listens attentively to Yoni’s talk.

As part of his presentation, Yoni created Podium: a Node.js app that enabled attendees to submit questions in advance of the meetup and vote for their favorites. A sampling of submissions: image

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More questions for Yoni! 

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Yoni talks Scala shop with NYC-based technologist Russell Holbrook.

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Gilt engineer Ryan Caloras enjoys a post-presentation beer with some of our guests.

Thanks to everyone who attended last night’s event! Hope to see you at our next meetup: Full-Stack Engineering on Jan. 28.

(Photos by Craig Williston.)

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