VP of Inclusion and Diversity Janet Van Huysse kicked off the evening by talking about why diversity matters at Twitter, and what we’re doing as a business to help address the challenges we face in this field:
After that, it was into the more technical talks, with Andy Hume leading us through the challenges of building TweetDeck, a front-end codebase at scale.
We then heard from Lucy Cunningham about Twitter’s streaming infrastructure and how Twitter delivers massive numbers of Tweets, in real time, to our partners.
Up next was Esteban Kuber with an overview of Twitter’s real-time, eventually consistent database, Manhattan.
Finally, Sharon returned with an overview of the life of a Tweet, from sending to appearing in your timelines.
We wrapped up the evening with a wide-ranging question and answer session, and an opportunity to network over drinks.
Here’s a selection of some of the evening’s Tweets:
The evening was the first time that Twitter’s @WomEng have run an event in London. It proved a fantastic opportunity to bring together people passionate about technology to explore the challenges faced by operating at scale, whilst also exploring the importance of diversity in the industry.