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Helena has been a Software Engineer for over 15 years. After a decade in distributed messaging engineering she moved exclusively to working with Scala, first for cloud infrastructure automation, then big data, all for large scale distributed systems. As a Senior Cloud Engineer she was on the first Scala team at VMware building multi-tenant cloud automation systems, then in big data architecting, building and deploying streaming and batch analytics pipelines for Cyber Security for real time threat analysis. Most recently she has worked on streaming analytics and machine learning at scale with Kafka, Apache Spark, FiloDB, Cassandra, and Akka.
Helena is a committer to several open source projects including the Spark Cassandra Connector and a contributor to Akka (new features in Akka Cluster). While working at SpringSource she was a contributor to Spring Integration and Spring AMQP. She is a speaker at international Big Data and Scala conferences such as Spark Summit (Europe and the US), Strata NY, Strata San Jose, QCon SF, Scala Days (Europe and the US), Scala World, Data Days, and Philly Emerging Technology. She is currently VP of Product Engineering at Tuplejump.