Lonestar ElixirConf

Austin, TX, February 22-24

Welcome to Lonestar ElixirConf®

Accelerate your Elixir skills at Lonestar ElixirConf to build scalable and fault-tolerant systems! This year, attendees will hear inspiring keynotes from Chris McCord (the creator of the Phoenix Framework), Tim Mecklem (Nerves core team member), and Aaron Patterson (Ruby/Rails core team member).

Lonestar ElixirConf is focused on helping web and embedded developers accelerate their organization’s incorporation of scalable and fault tolerant software into their environment.

Lonestar ElixirConf 2018 will host 6 trainers, 10 speakers, 3 keynote speakers, and community driven lightning talks.

Join us for the gathering of Elixir developers, from novice to experienced, for up to three full days of education, networking and collaboration.


  • Chris McCord

    Chris McCord is a programmer with a passion for science and building things. He spends his time crafting the Phoenix Framework, working with the fine folks at DockYard , writing books like Metaprogramming Elixir, and teaching others the tools of the trade.

  • Tim Mecklem

    Tim works at Gaslight in Cincinnati, OH building software solutions on Ruby and Elixir and is a member of the Nerves Core team. He credits his previous experience in building iOS apps for changing the entire way he thinks about development. Those tiny screens gave Tim an appreciation for simplifying workflows that he applies to every application, and it nudged him toward Elixir and the Nerves Project. Today Tim lives in Mason, OH with his wife, two kids and two dogs. He loves running and has completed the full Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon twice.

  • Aaron Patterson

    Aaron is on the Ruby core team, the Rails core team, and the team that takes care of his cat, Gorby puff. During the day he works for a small technology company called GitHub. Someday he will find the perfect safety gear to wear while extreme programming.



TRAINING: Thursday, Feb 22

Time Description
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Registration/Breakfast
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Training
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Training
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Training
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Training

Friday, Feb 23

Time Speaker Title Info
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration/Breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM Welcome
9:05 AM - 9:10 AM System76 - Platinum Sponsor Message
9:10 AM - 10:10 AM Chris McCord Keynote
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Brien Wankel Customize your car: An Adventure in Using Elixir and Nerves to Hack Your Vehicle's Electronics Network
Nerves Beginner, Intermediate
11:15 AM - 11:20 AM --
11:20 AM - 12:05 PM Angel Jose Elixir is for Startups
Adoption Beginner, Intermediate
12:05 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Greg Vaughn Let's Talk Process Dictionary
Elixir Intermediate, Advanced
2:15 PM - 2:20 PM --
2:20 PM - 3:05 PM Jerel Unruh Managing state in distributed Elixir
Distributed Intermediate
3:05 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Chris Keathley Consistent, Distributed Elixir
Distributed Intermediate, Advanced
4:15 PM - 4:45 PM Break
4:45 PM - 6:00 PM Lightning Talks
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Hacking with Dave Thomas

Saturday, Feb 24

Time Speaker Title Info
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration/Breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM Welcome
9:05 AM - 10:05 AM Aaron Patterson Keynote
10:05 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Osa Gaius Why Elixir Matters: A Genealogy of Functional Programming
Elixir Beginner
11:15 AM - 11:20 AM --
11:20 AM - 12:05 PM Niall Burkley User-centered API Versioning
API Beginner, Intermediate
12:05 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Dennis Beatty Intermediate SQL with Ecto
Database Intermediate
2:15 PM - 2:20 PM --
2:20 PM - 3:05 PM Ben Cates Building on Sand: Firm Foundations from Legacy Databases
Database Beginner, Intermediate
3:05 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Paul Schoenfelder The Next Phase of Elixir Deployment Tools
Deployment Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM Break
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Tim Mechlem Keynote



Training Day Schedule

Room (02/22)
Rm 1 Hand Made Releases Paul Dawson
Rm 2 Introduction to Concurrent Programming with Elixir Rob Keefer
Rm 3 Less-Pain Embedded Systems with Elixir and Nerves Greg Mefford
Rm 4 Introducing Phoenix Sonny Scroggin

Ticket Price - Conf/Training Expiration Date
Early Bird Ticket $375 / 250 Dec 1
Standard Ticket $399 / 275 Feb 3
Last Minute Ticket $450 / 325 Feb 22

Cancelation Policy

Refunds can only be made to the account that was used in the original transaction. You may cancel your order until January 1, 2018 for a full refund minus processing fees. Send cancellation requests to jimfreeze _at_ gmail.com. Cancellations after January 1, 2018 are refunded as indicated below:

  • 01/02 - 01/20: Refund of 50% of the ticket(s) price
  • 01/21 - 02/09: Refund of 25% of the ticket(s) price
  • 02/10 - : Non-refundable

Please note that all cancellations, for whatever reason, fall under this policy.

Create a Pusher Clone

Join Wavell Watson and learn how to integrate a real time component into your legacy Rails application with Elixir!

Those interested in getting a taste of Elixir can do so by attending a Pusher clone class taught by Wavell Watson. This class does not include conference attendance (you can still register for a conference only ticket) and is a great opportunity for those short on time but would like to have some hands-on experience with Elixir.

This class is taught Thursday, February 22 at Lonestar ElixirConf. Breakfast, lunch and tshirt are included with your ticket.

In part one, you set up a Rails frontend and backend with a connection to the Pusher service.

In part two, you replace the Pusher service with a service that you will write in Elixir.

See more details on the registration page.







Hyatt Place Hotel

Hyatt Place Austin Arboretum

If you are visiting from out of town, we have arranged a great room for you at the Hyatt Place Austin Arboretum at a great price of just $125 per night.

While staying at the Hyatt, not only do you get to sleep in the luxurious Hyatt Grand Bed®, Hyatt provides the following FREE amenties:

  • Free Wifi
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Free Shuttle to the Conference Center

The conference Hotel is located at the intersection of MoPac/Loop 1 and Highway 183.
3612 Tudor Blvd, Austin, TX 78759


Lonestar ElixirConf 2018 will be held at Norris Conference Center in Austin, TX, February 22-24.

Norris Conference Center
2525 W. Anderson Lane, Suite 365
Austin, Texas 78757
(512) 451-5011