What’s in store for you at Twitter Flight 2015

By Bear Douglas
Thursday, 15 October 2015

Flight, our developer conference, is less than a week away, and we couldn’t be more excited to show you what we’ve been working on. We’ve made sure there’s something for everyone, whether you work on mobile front-end, web backend, data science, or anything in between.

We’ve heard again and again that the engineering topics covered in last year’s Lightning Theater were a highlight for many; this year, we’re expanding the afternoon sessions to bring you four tracks of technical content from all over Twitter. Here are some of the themes you’ll see at Flight:

How Twitter builds mobile products
Twitter was born on mobile as an SMS-based service. In the eight years since we’ve launched, our mobile strategy and engineering practices have evolved significantly. This year, we’ll give you a look into our engineering and design practice, from how we build for people on all mobile devices under all network conditions to how we added support for iOS 9 iPad multitasking in just three hours. We’ll also give you a peek into building Periscope, our real-time social video product. Check out:

Twitter Adaptive UI — Jason Harris
Building Mobile Apps for Unreliable Networks — Jie Jin
Up Periscope — Founder Kayvon Beykpour and Sara Haider

A closer look into how Fabric works
Longtime Crashlytics fans will have a chance to peek under the hood to see how we actually built our toolset. You’ll hear about some of the architectural choices and tradeoffs we faced when writing our crash reporter for iOS and for the Android NDK. We’re thrilled that Answers is now the #1 mobile analytics provider; we’ll tell you about how we’ve scaled our backend to process the trillions of events we’re sent every month. Don’t miss:
iOS Crash Reporting — Matt Massicotte
Crash Reporting with Android NDK — Konstantin Mandrika
Scaling the Answers Backend — Ed Solovey

Deep dives on Twitter Data
What’s in a Tweet? A whole lot. We’ll tell you some of the useful — and surprising — ways Twitter data is helping organizations from Coca-Cola to the CDC. Then we’ll dive into the details about how our tools work to process information in real time. Check out:
GNIP — Mark Callahan
Probabilistic Data Aggregation — Jason Carey
Power Track: Philosophy and Design — Eoin Coffey

We look forward to seeing you at Flight. And our speakers do too: