Surge  is scalability focused conference in late September hosted in
Baltimore. It's a pretty cool conference with a good mix of
operationally minded people interested in scalability, distributed
systems, systems level performance and good stuff like that. You should
In particular this year Erik Onnen  from Urban Airship will be giving
a cool looking talk called "Data Models and Consumer Idioms Using Apache
Kafka for Continuous Data Stream Processing".
This year there is also organised room for BoF's and such with several
one-hour slots Wednesday and Thursday evenings, between 9 p.m. and
midnight for BoFs. Are there other Apache Kafka users going and
interested in getting together?