Find out more about me Manuel Bernhardt I’m a reactive systems specialist based in Vienna, Austria and have been working as an independent consultant all over Europe since 2008. A major part of my consulting work is getting my clients started with distributed computing. I’m also a Lightbend training partner and offer workshops to help teams of various sizes get up to speed with reactive technologies like Akka and Scala. Over the years, I’ve compiled a lot of expertise in that subject matter, so I put my knowledge to good use by writing the book “Reactive Web Applications”. I first developed an interest in reactive application architecture because I wanted to be able to build networked applications that run smoothly despite being distributed. I studied telecommunications at the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon and have never really been able to leave the networking aspect of software behind. I’m also frequently speaking at conferences, sometimes helping out with the program and a co-organizer of the Scala Vienna User Group. But not everything in my life is about engineering. Next to thinking, talking about and fiddling with computers, I like to spend time with my family, run, scuba-dive and read. If you’d like to know more about my work, check out my portfolio. I’m a native German and French speaker as well as fluent in English and comfortable working in any of these languages.