November 7-8, 2019 · New Orleans

The Big Elixir is a two-day, single track conference to help developers take their Elixir skills to the next level. Join us on November 7th and 8th for our 2nd annual event in the heart of The Big Easy as fellow Elixir enthusiasts come together to teach, learn, and explore all things Elixir!

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Speakers & Talks

This year, our conference theme is Emerging Elixir. We are looking to deliver a strong series of talks that all focus on new innovations in the Elixir ecosystem, present new ways of thinking about distributed systems, and talk deeply about lessons learned from taking Elixir far and wide.

We want to hear about the budding innovations that are happening in the Elixir community right now, from the very practical to even the very strange. How far and wide can we go with Elixir? How are we breaking the barriers of Elixir?

Our Featured Speakers

Brian Cardarella
Founder & Chairman of DockYard
Eric Oestrich
Creator of ExVenture and developer at SmartLogic
Cory O'Daniel
Creator of Bonny and consultant at Container Heroes
Bryan Joseph
ElixirScript Author and Engineer at Revelry
Greg Vaughn
Chief Architect at
Seat Scouts
Johnny Winn
Host of Elixir Fountain and co-organizer of Elixir Daze
Sophie DeBenedetto
Software Engineer at Flatiron School and creator of Break In
Aldric Giacomoni
Director of Engineering at Stash
Todd Resudek
Hex Core Team member and Senior Software Engineer at Weedmaps
Ben Church
Senior Engineer at
Powell Kinney
Elixir Consultant
Bruce Park
Software Engineer at
Scott Southworth
Consulting Integration Engineer at HCA Healthcare

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Thursday, November 7th

08:00 - 09:00 AMRegistration / Breakfast
09:00 - 09:25 AMIntro & WelcomeThe Big Elixir MC
09:25 - 09:30 AMPlatinum SponsorRevelry
09:30 - 10:15 AMKeynoteBrian Carderella
10:30 - 11:15 AMBeyond LiveView: Real-Time Features with LiveView, PubSub, Presence and ChannelsSophie DeBenedetto
11:30 - 12:15 PMCommandeering Kubernetes with ElixirCory O'Daniel
12:15 - 01:45 PMLunch
02:00 - 02:45 PMThe Grass is Always Greener on the OTP Side: Building a Smarter Sprinkler with Scenic and NervesPowell Kinney
03:00 - 03:45 PMRebuilding ESpec: Foundations in MetaprogrammingBruce Park
04:00 - 04:45 PMMix and Hex, the power couple of the Elixir communityTodd Resudek
04:45 - 05:00 PMClosing RemarksThe Big Elixir MC


Revelry Happy Hour

Presented by Revelry

at The Batch Bar at the Hyatt Centric

05:00 - 07:00 PM

Friday, November 8th

08:00 - 09:00 AMRegistration / Breakfast
09:00 - 09:25 AMIntro & WelcomeThe Big Elixir MC
09:25 - 09:30 AMPlatinum SponsorRecurly
09:30 - 10:15 AMKeynote: All Aboard the Stateful Train, Going Beyond a Simple Web App with ElixirEric Oestrich
10:30 - 11:15 AMLet business write business logicBen Church
11:30 - 12:15 PMMedical Messaging: an Elixir for HealthcareScott Southworth
12:15 - 01:45 PMLunch
02:00 - 02:45 PMA Dwarf-Fortress-clone in Elixir: a story of doing it wrongAldric Giacomoni
03:00 - 03:45 PMPlaying with ElixirGreg Vaughn
04:00 - 04:45 PMIt’s An Evolution: Recreating Life With Elixir ProcessesJohnny Winn
04:45 - 05:00 PMClosing RemarksThe Big Elixir MC


Mux Happy Hour

Presented by Mux

at The Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel

05:00 - 07:00 PM

Venue & Location

The Big Elixir is proud to once again to be working with New Orleans’s oldest operating playhouse, Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre. Really, we could not have asked for a better venue.

Since 1922, Le Petit has been located right across from Jackson Square in the French Quarter, and has entertained thousands of audience members in a wide array of dramas, comedies, musicals - and now tech conferences!

Le Petit offers an amazing stage for speakers, world-class acoustics, and a fantastic A / V team to create the perfect tech event for everyone! The theatre also includes ADA accessible seats and a beautiful French Quarter courtyard for our hallway track!

Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans
Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans

Hotel & Accomodations

The Hyatt Centric French Quarter is a New Orleans luxury hotel located in the historic French Quarter adjacent to Bourbon Street in New Orleans. This historic hotel offers smoke-free guestrooms, plush bedding, modern in-room amenities, and balconies that overlook the historic French Quarter, gorgeously landscaped courtyards and New Orleans' famous Bourbon Street.

To get the special rate, your reservation needs to be booked by October 7th, so make sure to book early!

Attendees of The Big Elixir will receive a special rate of $189 (plus taxes and fees) per night.
Visit our discount link to reserve a room online or call 888-421-1442 directly if you need extra assistance!

Recommendations from Locals

First time in New Orleans? Here are some recommendations from locals on restaurants, bars, music, and kid-friendly things to do with family while you're here, we've created a curated a google map just for you! Check it out!
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Our Amazing Sponsors

Interested in Sponsoring?
We'd love to talk with you! Your sponsorship goes a long way to helping us keep The Big Elixir accessible and affordable. Take a look at our sponsorship prospectus and email us if you have questions or if you are interested in sponsoring something you don’t see offered!

The Organizing Team

  • Bryan Joseph

    Bryan has worked with Elixir since 2014, has made contributions to both Elixir itself and Phoenix, and has written a number of very popular packages.

  • Nicky Mast

    Nicky is a Tech Talent South graduate and co-organizer of BarCampNola. This conference is not possible without her incredible attention to detail.

  • Joe Ellis

    Joe is the co-founder of many popular tech meetups in New Orleans and started learning Elixir because Bryan wouldn't stop talking about it.