Manuel (@elmanu) is an independent software consultant with a passion for building web-based systems, both back-end and front-end. He’s the author of “Reactive web-applications” (Manning) and he started working with Scala, Akka and Play Framework in 2010 after spending a long time with Java. He lives in Vienna, where he is co-organiser of the local Scala User Group. He’s enthusiastic about the Scala-based technologies and the vibrant community, and is looking for ways to spread its usage in the industry. He’s also scuba-diving since age 6, and can’t quite get used to the lack of sea in Austria.