Thomas O'Rourke

Organized the northernmost Elixir meetup in the world. Worked on Media Player 1.0 at Microsoft - making computers do more than beep-beep.

Thomas’ greatest strengths are enthusiasm and mentoring. He keeps himself busy making sense of software stacks/organisations and driving products to market. Having worked with a variety of computer languages, systems and fields for three decades gives some perspective. He has been using Elixir for several years now and is an avid supporter and evangelist for the language, organising meet-ups, blogging and committing when he can.

“Take it apart until you understand how it works,” is his motto – he’s currently busy putting lots of things back together.

Talk:
Taking Elixir live at a bank

Audience: Intermediate

At OP Labs Thomas O’Rourke, Michał Olczak and others have developed a payment system based on facial recognition (Pivo Kasvomaksu in Finnish.) It is being used at several coffee shops in Finland and is the first of its kind launched in Europe. It is also the first Elixir production system in use at OP Financial Group.

They have two main topics to present:

  • How they managed to develop a production Elixir system at a bank, and the unique requirements and challenges they faced in this setting,
  • Highlight of their experiences with Elixir, showcasing some of the key architectural benefits.