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Meet the MongoDB World 2018 Diversity Scholars

The MongoDB Diversity Scholarship program supports members of underrepresented groups in technology. Scholars receive complimentary access to the conference, training, certification, and mentorship.

View the MongoDB World 2018 sessions

Danielle James


MongoDB World 2018 drew MongoDB community members from across the globe. At the event, attendees were able to meet with experts, connect with one another, and have a good time at the daily closing receptions.

If you weren’t able to attend and followed the #MDBW18 hashtag, chances are you found yourself dealing with a bit of FOMO. But just because you missed out on the in-person experience doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the learning.

From the keynotes to the panels, we filmed the majority of this year’s sessions. Now, you can view them at your convenience.


P.S. If you’d rather learn about these topics in person, check out our upcoming events. MongoDB.local might be coming to a city near you for a one-day, educational conference. First up? Chicago, Austin, and DC.

2018 MongoDB Innovation Award Winners

We received an overwhelming number of nominations for the fifth annual MongoDB Innovation Awards, recognizing companies who are using MongoDB to dream big and deliver incredibly bold, innovative solutions that are moving forward industries and changing lives for the better.

We are thrilled to announce our 12 winners who will be honored at MongoDB World, New York, June 26 and 27.

See the full list and read a bit more about how they are disrupting the status quo here:

Global Go to Market Partner of the Year: Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions, Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. The company partners with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, driving innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Accenture and MongoDB have worked together to help organizations leverage the power of data to gain a competitive edge.

The Enterprise: Charles Schwab

Charles Schwab is one of the largest financial services firms in the United States. To improve customer experience, speed up development cycles, and prepare for cloud portability, Charles Schwab is modernizing a significant portion of its applications by migrating to MongoDB-powered microservices. Multiple applications are built on MongoDB, including an authentication app leveraged by retail customers as well as a portfolio management solution utilized by registered investment advisors.

Launch Fast: Coinbase

Coinbase is dedicated to creating an open financial system for the world and defining what the future of finance will look like. To do this, they built the most trusted and regulatory compliant global cryptocurrency trading platform to broker exchanges of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Litecoin as well as pioneering cryptocurrency indexes and institutional cryptocurrency trading. In 2017, they experienced exponential growth with over 20M+ users and $150B+ being traded on their platform in over 190 countries. The Coinbase engineering team scaled and optimized MongoDB to respond to this unprecedented volume of traffic and to prepare for future waves of cryptocurrency enthusiasm.

Scale: Epic Games

Epic Games develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform gaming engine technology. Their massively popular, multi-platform game, Fortnite, has been played by more than 125 million gamers around the globe. The Epic team has implemented a number of best practices and performance improvements to get the best scaling and availability characteristics out of MongoDB.

Data-Driven Business: Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac set out to modernize a number of applications that were previously built on legacy relational databases. One mission-critical application, a property appraisal tool, held massive amounts of property and loan information, but was increasingly expensive and time consuming to update. Turning to MongoDB, Freddie Mac was able to collect information from a variety of different sources in a variety of formats to build a single view of all the information needed to accurately appraise a property. In the months since using MongoDB, Freddie Mac has seen an increase in developer productivity.

Customer Experience: Fresenius Medical Care North America

Fresenius Medical Care North America is the premier health care company focused on providing the highest quality care to people with renal and other chronic conditions. Through its industry-leading network of dialysis facilities, outpatient cardiac and vascular labs, and urgent care centers Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) provides coordinated health care services at pivotal care points for hundreds of thousands of chronically ill customers throughout the continent.

Since 2015, FMCNA has used MongoDB Enterprise Advanced for a variety of projects to help support their mission to deliver superior care that improves the quality of life of every patient. These projects have included analytics platforms, a data lake and the FHIR platform (a healthcare standard for exchanging medical records securely and at scale). However, the most impactful application has been a single view of the patient platform built on MongoDB. This platform brings together a variety of data sources to ensure the patient, doctors and other caregivers all have a complete understanding of the treatments required and can make adjustments with confidence.

Healthcare: Genomics England

Genomics England, a company owned by the UK government's Department of Health and Social Care, is working with the NHS to sequence 100,000 genomes from patients with rare diseases and their families, as well as patients with common cancer. In the future, there may be a diagnosis where there wasn't one before and, in time, there is the potential of new and more effective personalized treatments for patients.

On average, 1,000 genomes are sequenced per week, which amounts to around 10 terabytes of data per day. To manage this immense and sensitive data set as well as power the data science that makes it all possible, Genomics England used MongoDB Enterprise Advanced. The partnership with MongoDB allows the processing time for complex queries to be reduced from hours to milliseconds, which means scientists can discover new insights more quickly.

Internet of Things: Humana Inc.

With a variety of applications built on MongoDB, Humana is changing healthcare for the better. One of their IoT applications called Go365 is a corporate wellness and rewards program which helps employees live healthier lives, which in turn increases productivity and reduces overall health claims costs for employers. Go365 features a personalized program that inspires, supports, and rewards members for taking steps to improve and continue healthy behavior. Users are able to compete in challenges, connect their fitness devices and mobile apps to log healthy activities and earn points, reward themselves through the Go365 Mall, and track their progress. In fact, by year 3, people who engaged with the program saw that the cost of their health claims were reduced by over 10%, relative to those of unengaged members.

Delivery Partner of the Year: Infosys

A perennial winner, this is the third year in a row Infosys has won a MongoDB Innovation Award. As a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, this year Infosys has been working closely with MongoDB to accelerate application modernization for client organizations. A key part of this is the joint delivery of single view and mainframe modernization offerings to migrate and digitize business-critical applications away from rigid tabular databases and on to next-generation technology. In this long standing partnership, Infosys and MongoDB are already helping many large enterprises with renewing and modernizing their IT landscape.

The William Zola Award for Community Excellence: Ken W. Alger

Ken Alger is one of the most prolific bloggers on MongoDB's technology with dozens of posts in the past two years. He is a self-taught programmer and a teacher at Treehouse. An avid follower of open-source, he has previously sat on the board of directors of the Django Software Foundation. He is delighted to share his extensive MongoDB knowledge via his blog, Twitter, and his GitHub account. He exemplifies the true community spirit of MongoDB and The William Zola Award for Community Excellence.

Savvy Startup: Radar

Radar, a seed-stage startup and member of the MongoDB Startup Accelerator program, has built iOS and Android SDKs on MongoDB Atlas and AWS. As the location platform for modern apps, Radar allows developers to easily add location context and tracking to their applications. Radar currently runs on more than 25 million devices around the globe, processing billions of locations each week.

Atlas: 7-Eleven

7-Eleven is continuing to redefine what convenience is. By leveraging MongoDB Atlas on AWS and a microservices architecture, 7-Eleven has built an e-commerce application called 7-Now which allows consumers to browse a product catalog connected to their local store’s inventory, make purchases on their mobile phones, and schedule in-store pick up or delivery through services like Postmates. This application not only streamlines the consumer’s experience, but also gives the 7-Eleven team extensive analytics capabilities allowing them to improve the overall customer experience. This is sure to have a major impact in their 10,000 stores in the US and Canada, and with 60% of the US population living within one mile of a 7-Eleven.

Learn more about transactions at MongoDB World

In February, we announced that MongoDB 4.0 will support multi-document transactions. Curious to know what this will look like? Aly Cabral, Product Manager at MongoDB, is excited to share an early version of the syntax:

Each feature we build is with users like you in mind. When you attend our events, you’re able to connect with the people who work on the database you use every day – like Aly. In sessions, Birds of a Feather meetings, and one-on-one in Ask the Experts, you get to ask questions, share ideas, and be heard.

Additionally, you learn tips and tricks from power users and companies that will allow you to optimize your deployments. To get your hands on new tools to accelerate your development goals, join us at MongoDB World, June 26-27 in NYC.

Early Bird pricing ends Friday, May 11. Tickets are going fast! Sign up now to get your discounted conference pass. Don't forget, groups automatically get 25% off!

Event Details:
Date: June 26-27, 2018
Location: New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019
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MongoDB Hosts the First Annual Women in Computer Science Summit in NYC

On April 20th MongoDB NYC hosted fifteen incredible college students from schools across the country for our first ever Women in Computer Science Summit.

The full day event, which was organized and hosted by the MongoDB Campus Recruiting Team, included a packed agenda with technical learning sessions, application building, mock interviews, and a panel discussion with MongoDB engineers. The summit offered an opportunity for young women from different colleges and universities a chance to connect, learn from one another, and support each other down the line.

Smitha Nagar, a UT Austin sophomore and Computer Science major, found value in being able to meet her peers. "Everything is a lot more fun when you’re surrounded by badass women. Everyone was intelligent, friendly, and wanted to learn and wanted to support each other, which is what made it so amazing. It was a great way to make new friends with similar interests. It was very refreshing.”

The panel discussion with three MongoDB engineers helped to demonstrate how the attendees can grow their careers at companies like MongoDB, as well as help to better the future of the tech industry for women overall.

For Washington State University sophomore Jessica Zhou, “It’s inspiring to not only be able to look up to women engineers thriving and doing a lot of cutting edge work, but also to meet and share these experiences with other women in computer science from schools all over the country. It was easy to relate with other people there, and it was cool to be in a room of female CS students during the technical talk and workshop on databases. For me, it’s something very rare in the classroom. I’ve been trying to figure out if I want to go to grad school for research or right into industry, and what I learned from the panel is that you can still read and discuss papers, have that spirit of inquiry and innovation you find in academia while in an industry setting. I see Computer Science as an interesting academic subject but also a means of building cool things and delivering tangible change.”

Brown University sophomore Cece Xiao “really enjoyed the event. The overall structure was very well organized, and there was not a moment where I felt disengaged. The pace at this summit allowed for me to get to know MongoDB more intimately, and being onsite allowed for a more hands on real life experience. It gave me a personal view of MongoDB as a company, and to better understand the culture and what it’s really about. I never really understood the magnitude of one line of code, but with so many customers using MongoDB, I find it fascinating the lengths it can go. ”

The day also included mock interviews for attendees to highlight their skills in an environment that was conducive to learning and growth. Each attendee was paired up with an engineer with previous interview experience and was given honest, transparent advice on how to strengthen their skills when it comes to communicating and conveying information. For Smitha, this was a highlight: “it really blew me away. The mock interview was so helpful and a really good learning experience. It wasn’t stressful and I was able to receive really good feedback. I was given specific advice that I had not heard before that I can apply to not only future interviews, but also to future presentations or interactions with a team.”

For us, the event was a great way to meet young engineers, inspire them to continue working towards their goals, encourage them to stick to their passions, and provide them with information necessary for success. The ability to give advice from personal experience, provide support, and connect the next generation of female technologists is what will allow technology to not only move forward, but also expand its potential.

If you’d like to learn more about the opportunities at MongoDB, click here.

MongoDB World: Just another conference or something different?

When the team at MongoDB considers which events to invest in, we do so with the understanding that everyone is operating with a limited budget for travel and professional development. We’re also very mindful of the many other tech conferences and trade shows in the space. With this in mind, we focus our events on the opportunities that provide the biggest, most visible return on your time and financial investment.

Participate in a 2-day celebration of MongoDB and open source

Danielle James


At MongoDB World, you'll be able to amp up your skills in deep-dive sessions that cover the latest features and give insight into the product roadmap. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to get to know fellow community members.

From classroom-style technical workshops to receptions, the largest MongoDB conference offers a ton of activities you can get involved in.

Ask the Experts

Sign up for a consulting slot to get your questions answered by MongoDB experts who will help whiteboard solutions to your top-of-mind questions.

Black Network Happy Hour

Get to know event attendees and members of the MongoDB Black Network over (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) drinks on Day 1 of the conference.

Community Day

A one-day celebration of MongoDB and open source, complete with Q&A time with MongoDB's Co-Founder and CTO Eliot Horowitz, and plenty of unconference and hack time.

Craft Beer Tasting

Enjoy local beers at the MongoDB World closing celebration. Non-alcoholic options will be available.

Leaf Lounge

Socialize, learn, or just relax and rejuvenate with your new friends. We promise to keep the coffee flowing.

LGBTQ Happy Hour

The MongoDB LGBTQ group extends an invitation to anyone who identifies as queer for drinks. Mocktails will be available.

N00bs Reception

First time attending MongoDB World? Connect with other first time attendees at the N00bs social. There will be snacks.


Enhance your MongoDB World learning experience by attending an in-depth technical workshop on Day 1 of MongoDB World. Workshops cost $499 and run 9:00am - 5:00pm. Participants get access to on-demand MongoDB University courses and special swag. Class size is strictly limited to ensure individual attention.

Women and Trans Coders Lounge

Run by MongoDB’s Women and Trans Coders group, the purpose of this space is to amplify the voices of non-binary people, women, and trans people of all genders within our engineering community.

Women in Tech Happy Hour

Connect with other women in tech over drinks (including non-alcoholic options).

Join us on June 26-27 for two days of geeking out and having fun. Register by May 11 to pay only $399 for your conference pass.

Event Details:
Date: June 26-27, 2018
Location: New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019

*All happy hours will also serve non-alcoholic drink options.

See what you’ll learn at MongoDB World

Danielle James


On June 26-27, the MongoDB community will be in New York City for this year’s largest MongoDB event. The conference will feature tons of activities (served with gallons of coffee on the side) including Community Day, Ask the Experts, a Sponsor Hall, and more.

At the heart of every conference lies the content. We’ve crafted an agenda driven by what our community members (i.e., you!) want to learn. Here is a sample of the talks you will find at MongoDB World.

  1. Decentralized Identity Management Using Blockchain, Ethereum and MongoDB
    Jane Fine, MongoDB
  2. Overnight to 60 Seconds: An IOT EOT Performance Case-study
    Kevin Arhelger, MongoDB
  3. Bumps and Breezes: Our Journey from RDBMS to MongoDB
    Ajit Oke, Intel and Harsha Undapalli, Intel
  4. Getting Started with Go and MongoDB
    Kris Brandow, MongoDB
  5. Creating a Realtime Web App with MongoDB Change Streams
    Harry Wolff, MongoDB
  6. Using Puppet, Ansible and Ops Manager Together to Create Your Own On-premises MongoDB as a Service
    Michael Grayson, Paychex
  7. Storing Sophisticated Customer Journeys in MongoDB
    Jon Hyman, Braze, Inc.
  8. Multi-channel Distributed Chatbots on MongoDB
    Marissa Montgomery, Spoke, Inc.
  9. Managing a Mission-critical eCommerce Application on MongoDB: Architecture, Configuration, Operation and Security features
    Ramabathiran Arumugam, Cisco Systems
  10. Workload Isolation: Are You Doing it Wrong?
    Asya Kamsky, MongoDB

At MongoDB World, you’ll learn how large enterprises have delivered new applications to market at the speed of a lean startup, and how startups scale and execute on their ideas like an enterprise. New talks are added every week, so keep checking the conference site and make sure to claim your seat!

Event Details:
Date: June 26-27, 2018
Location: New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Inclusion at MongoDB World

Danielle James


In June, we’ll kick off the fifth edition of MongoDB World, our global user conference. We continue to strive to make this conference not just a fun and interactive learning experience, but also an event that is welcoming to all. Here’s how:

Diversity Scholarship

MongoDB’s Scholarship program seeks to support to members of groups who are underrepresented in the technology industry. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, LatinX, women, low-income, and LGBTQ.

Diversity Scholarship recipients receive*:

  • Complimentary admission to MongoDB World
  • Complimentary admission to a pre-conference workshop
  • Invitation to a lunch session with other Scholars
  • Speed mentoring with MongoDB speakers at the event
  • A MongoDB certification voucher applicable for both developer and DBA certification exams
  • Six-month access to on-demand MongoDB University courses
  • Lifelong membership in the online MongoDB Diversity Scholars community
  • A feature in a blog post

If you’re a member of any of the-above mentioned groups, you qualify to apply for a scholarship. The application is here and the deadline to apply is May 4.

If you cannot or do not want to apply, but would still like to contribute to scholarships for others, make sure to sign up for MongoDB World. You have the option to donate towards the Diversity Scholarship and can still have an impact by giving someone the opportunity to attend.

Female Innovators

Know a technologist who identifies as a woman who should attend MongoDB World? Nominate her!

Nominees get a complimentary conference pass* and an invitation to a guided discussion over lunch in the Women and Trans Coders Lounge. Self-nominations are also encouraged. The nomination deadline is April 27.

Women and Trans Coders Lounge

The Women and Trans Coders Lounge aims to amplify the voices of non-binary people, women, and trans people of all genders within our engineering community. It’s run in part by MongoDB’s Women and Trans Coders group. During MongoDB World, stop by to network, share your thoughts in a guided discussion, or sit in on a Make it Matter session.

Affinity Group Happy Hours

Join us for cocktails and mocktails, run by MongoDB’s employee resource groups, on June 26. You’ll be able to attend a happy hour hosted by the Black Network, the MongoDB Women’s Group, and the Queeries (MongoDB’s LGBTQ group). All happy hours will also serve mocktails and nonalcoholic beverages.

Black Network Happy Hour

Meet members of the MongoDB Black Network and other conference attendees who identify as Black during the Black Network Happy Hour.

LGBTQ Happy Hour

End the first day of MongoDB World by joining fellow MongoDB users who identify as members of the LGBTQ community for a drink at the bar.

Women in Tech Happy Hour

You’re invited to connect with Female Innovators, conference speakers, and other women in tech at the Women in Tech Happy Hour.


Our goal is to make MongoDB World accessible to all. Contact us if you need accessibility accommodations.

Code of Conduct

All conference attendees are expected to agree with and abide by the code of conduct.

We look forward to seeing you on June 26-27 in NYC. Over the course of two days, you’ll be able to engage with MongoDB users and industry experts from around the globe. And you’ll walk away with the tools that enable you to build your giant ideas.

Event Details:
Date: June 26-27, 2018
Location: New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019

* Please note that travel and lodging is not included in the Diversity Scholarship and Female Innovators awards. Recipients are responsible for their own accommodations.

Why attend MongoDB World?

Danielle James


On June 26-27, MongoDB users, industry experts, and the teams that build the database will be in New York City for MongoDB World, the largest global MongoDB event. Join fellow members of the tech community for a two-day experience that includes tons of technical content, opportunities to make new connections, exclusive swag, unconference activities, and evening receptions!

Here’s why you should attend:

Technical Content

At MongoDB World, you’ll get to participate in 50+ sessions rich with examples and code. No matter what your experience level with MongoDB is, you’ll be able to find sessions that match what you’d like to focus on. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

  • Technical sessions: All sessions will be marked as Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced, so you can craft your schedule based on your interests and experience level.
  • Jumpstart sessions: New to MongoDB or haven’t used the database in a while? Take a jumpstart in the morning to get up so speed on the basics. You’ll be able to follow along the rest of the day.
  • Tutorials: Tutorials provide an environment in which you will learn by doing. These hands-on sessions span 80-minutes to ensure you can try out what you’ve learned.
  • Make it Matter sessions: These sessions explore technology beyond MongoDB. Topics include coding with Swift, building tech communities, and diversity.
  • Pre-conference workshops: If you want to get the most out of MongoDB World, amplify your learning experience by participating in a full-day, classroom style training on June 26. Class size is limited to 15 students to ensure individual attention.

That’s not all. You’ll hear from companies like Cisco, Expedia, Bazaarvoice, and more. And on June 27, the day kicks off with a keynote featuring MongoDB CTO and Co-founder Eliot Horowitz, who will give you all the details on what’s new in MongoDB, and a sneak peek to what’s coming next -- features that were built with you in mind


Our industry has a diversity problem, and we don’t shy away from acknowledging that. We strive to make MongoDB World an inclusive conference by supporting members of groups who are underrepresented in the technology industry and removing barriers that could exclude people from attending our conference.

  • Code of Conduct: All conference attendees are expected to read and abide by the code of conduct.
  • Happy Hours: Join us for cocktails and mocktails, run by MongoDB’s employee resource groups, on June 26. You’ll be able to attend a happy hour hosted by the Black Network, the MongoDB Women’s Group, and the Queeries (MongoDB’s LGBTQ group).
  • Women and Trans Coders Lounge: This Lounge is an integral part of MongoDB World and is run in part by MongoDB’s Women and Trans Coders group. The purpose of this space is to amplify the voices of non-binary people, women, and trans people of all genders within our engineering community. Stop by to network, participate in a guided discussion, or listen to a Make it Matter talk.
  • Opportunities to Attend: If you’re a member of an underrepresented group in tech, you could qualify for a Diversity Scholarship or Female Innovator Award. Visit each link for more information and apply today!
  • Accessibility: Contact us if you need accessibility accommodations.

Ask the Experts

If you have a MongoDB question you’ve been meaning to ask, or an idea you’d like an expert on the database to give input on, schedule an Ask the Experts appointment. You’ll get a 30-minute, complimentary consulting slot with a MongoDB engineer. Alongside their expertise, they will be equipped with their paper, pens, and whiteboards, so you can brainstorm and get creative!

[New] Community Day

On June 26, we celebrate the MongoDB community. You’ll get to:

  • Learn ways to get started developing using open source and free tools
  • Share feedback that will influence the MongoDB roadmap
  • Meet CTO and Co-founder Eliot Horowitz and ask him questions
  • Learn how to start and run your own MongoDB User Group (MUG)
  • FInd out what it takes to qualify for the accelerator program
  • Participate in unconference activities
  • And more!

Explore NYC

Take advantage of being in the greatest city in the world for the duration of the conference. On your time off, explore what New York City has to offer, including its hidden attractions.


Save some space in your travel bag, as you will walk away with brand new swag items after the event. Have a swag item you’ve been dying to receive? Let us know.


We promise to keep you focused by providing breakfast, lunch, and plenty of coffee and tea throughout the day. That way you can focus on absorbing new information and participating in fun activities.

Craft Beer Tasting

After investing in your technical education, you can wrap up MongoDB World by grabbing a cool drink and something to eat before heading home. Connect with the event attendees from across the world, discuss what you’ve learned, and chat with your favorite speakers.

The craft beer tasting will feature nonalcoholic drink options, wine, and beers from local breweries. Cheers!

Ready to be part of the fun? Sign up for your conference pass today.

Event Details:
Date: June 26-27, 2018
Location: New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019
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