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October 26-27, 2018
Aquarium Conference Center
Chattanooga, TN

From José Valim

A word from Elixir's Creator

“Gig City Elixir’s speaker line-up is strong. They’re bringing in the programmers that shaped Elixir before Elixir was even born as well as the developers that are evolving the language and community every day.”

About Us

A message from conference organizer Bruce Tate.

Gig City Elixir is a different kind of programming conference in beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee. We will focus on sessions that are different from what you're used to seeing, with a variety of talk lengths and formats that will open more learning channels than ever before.

One of the best speaker lineups at any 2018 programming conference will teach you the foundational techniques you'll need to succeed in today's programming industry. You'll learn to use functional programming concepts that will make you a better programmer, regardless of the languages and tools you use at work today.

Our Speakers

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Dave Thomas

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John Hughes

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Miki Rezentes

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Hannah Howard

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Chris McCord

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Stuart Halloway

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Bruce Tate

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Anna Neyzberg

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Chris Keathley

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Jeff McGehee

Ben Marx

Paul Dawson

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Osa Gaius-Obaseki

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James Edward Gray II

Schedule Outline

The schedule in brief.
08:00 AM Breakfast is served.
09:00 AM Talks start around this time.
12:00 PM Lunch is served.
01:30 PM Talks resume.
Friday @ 5 or 6 PM Dinner is served (dinner not served on Saturday).


A little more on conference programming.

The software industry has about as many libraries and projects to help you get things done as it does programmers. Lots of conferences focus on those. That’s a fine approach. GigCityElixir doesn’t.

In a world making a slow transition between object oriented and functional paradigms, our conference is packed with experienced developers and industry leaders who have been active voices for both. They are there to do one thing: make you a better programmer by focusing on the foundational skills you’ll take with you no matter the tech stack.

So whether seasoned software engineer or Johnny-come-lately there’s a lot of something for everyone.

New ideas and new friends await. Look forward to seeing you all in October!

Our Sponsors

This conference brought to you in part by these fine folks.


Carbon Five is a strategic digital product development firm. We partner with clients to create exceptional products and grow effective teams.

Our developers, designers, and product managers have worked with clients at every stage of their journey: from early stage startups to growth and enterprise companies such as Echosign, Square, Thumbtack, StitchFix, Altschool, Google, Hulu, Gap, and many others.

Learn more about the innovative projects we helped make a reality:

Very is a team of forward-thinking experts who bring your ideas to life using blockchain, IoT, and machine learning. We find creative approaches to challenging problems and build scalable, production-ready solutions. By focusing on one project at a time, our developers, designers, and product managers help you reach your product goals quickly and predictably. Learn more at

icanmakeitbetter provides online customer insight communities. Our platform makes it easy to research, innovate and get feedback - anytime, anywhere, from anyone.



In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the US to deliver 1 Gig internet utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network. In 2015, EPB became the first, and to date, only American ISP to make a 10 Gig (10,000 Mbps) internet package accessible to all of its customers.

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Because we're stronger together.

We are making Gig City Elixir a diverse experience. We are doing this by making scholarships available to those under-represented in our programming community including women and minorities. Part of this includes mentoring folks leading up to the conference to make sure our scholarship recepients can take full advantage. If you or someone you know might benefit and can't afford their own ticket, let us know.


Join us at Gig City Elixir 2018!

Tickets now: $399.99

Hotel Discount

Discount hotel offer.

Discounts are offered by the Doubletree Hilton which is within walking distance of conference venue. Spots are limited so book before they run out.