Women have traditionally been significantly underrepresented in technology. At MongoDB, we’re committed to changing the ratio in our industry. MongoDB World, our annual educational conference, is coming up June 20-21 in Chicago, and we’re excited to kickstart another round of the Female Innovators initiative.
The program, now in its second year, aims to make MongoDB World more accessible to women in technology by issuing complimentary tickets to eligible candidates.
At the event, Female Innovators will be able to get insight into building and maintaining applications with MongoDB in technical sessions, have fun at our famous after party, connect with other women in tech at the Women and Trans Coders Lounge, and more.
How it works:
- Nominate a woman who works or aspires to work in tech. (You can also nominate yourself. We love self nominations!)
- Eligible nominees will be notified of their acceptance status by February 17.
Make sure to act fast; only a limited number of tickets are available.
Eligible nominees will receive complimentary admission to MongoDB World, June 20-21 in Chicago. Please note that travel and lodging is not included in this award.
Nominees must be 18 years old or older, and must identify as women. This includes cis, trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary people who identify as women.
How a 520% Increase in Players Sparked Online Gaming Platform Pirate Kings Migration to MongoDB Professional and Cloud Manager
70 million pirates battle it out on MongoDB Jelly Button Games is a free-to-play mobile gaming company based in Tel Aviv, Israel that focuses on building original games that are mobile-friendly, multi-platform, and allow people to play together no matter where in the world they are located. Founded in 2011, Jelly Button has grown from the five original founders to more than 85 employees. I’m Shai Zonis, a senior server developer at Jelly Button for the game Pirate Kings. Pirate Kings is a fully realized world where over 70 million pirates battle it out to conquer exotic islands in a quest of gold, artifacts and revenge. Most users notice the palm trees, glimmers of gold, and the quality of the animation, but few think about the tools working behind the scenes to make the game operate seamlessly. ![Pirate Kings](https://webassets.mongodb.com/_com_assets/cms/PirateKings1-asetu3pmrr.png "Pirate Kings") After upgrading to MongoDB Professional and Cloud Manager , we have scaled to easily manage 70 million users with 60% cost savings compared to our previous MongoDB hosting provider. While today everything is running smoothly, the path to success wasn’t always nicely paved - we had to fight our own battles to win the day. Challenges of a third party database hosting service Our team originally had experience with relational database technologies. However, we knew that a relational database would not provide the scale, agility and performance needed to make a game like Pirate Kings successful. MongoDB was the clear choice, though at the time, we didn’t know much about the operational aspects of running it. In the end we decide to work with a third party MongoDB hosting service to manage our database. In the early days Jelly Button had a million daily unique users and, for a while, all was going well. Suddenly, the game went viral and there was a 520% increase in users in just two weeks. The business was excited by this increase in popularity, though the engineering team got a little nervous about the latency spikes impacting the user experience. Despite the challenges we faced, we initially did not want to migrate from our existing hosting service because of the amount of time and money we had already invested in the platform. ![Pirate Kings](https://webassets.mongodb.com/_com_assets/cms/PirateKings_2-y6i6skptmm.png "Pirate Kings") The final straw Fast forward to February of 2016 when our existing third party MongoDB hosting service began to strangle our ability to scale and expand the game. We were constantly facing issues with performance, and the third party service was not able to help us address the problem. At that point, it was necessary to move beyond a third party and instead work directly with the team that develops the database. We needed to find ways to better manage our data and scale to meet our growing number of users. We tried to make the transition on our own, but quickly realized we could accelerate the upgrade and transition by working directly with MongoDB Professional Services . Working with Masters - how MongoDB helped replatform our database and grow the business Before the migration, we were facing exorbitant costs and had very little insight into how the database was performing. MongoDB Professional Services worked alongside our team to successfully migrate Pirate Kings from the third party hosting service to MongoDB 3.2 configured with the WiredTiger storage engine in under two months. Together we were able to migrate, fix and optimize our database with little downtime. Our consultant was focused on teaching and mentoring the team, and the amount of know-how and technical discussions we had during this time were truly empowering. Working with professional services felt like working with true MongoDB masters. Once upgraded, we saw a 60% cost savings and we were able to compress 18 shards down to one single replica set. With the transition to WiredTiger, the data size on disk dropped by 60% due to its native compression libraries. MongoDB Cloud Manager, a platform for managing MongoDB, was also instrumental in giving us full insight into the database for the first time. With Cloud Manager we had much higher levels of data protection and lower operational complexity with managed backups. We were finally able to dig deep into database telemetry to understand the pitfalls that were inherent in our previous service. With MongoDB Professional , we were able to get direct access to 24x7 support. Overall, the complexity of our database significantly decreased and our database administrators are able to sleep much better. What’s Next While the main motivation for migrating away from a third party hosted service was to better manage Pirate Kings data, MongoDB provided us the promise of a better life for our developers and a better future for our company. Today Pirate Kings easily manages 10 million unique players per month. Better yet, our team now feels very comfortable and confident with the technology. Moving forward, you can expect to see Jelly Button develop two new games per year, all of which - we are excited to say - are being built on MongoDB. They are the pirate kings! Try MongoDB Cloud Manager
A Hub for Eco-Positivity
In this guest blog post, Natalia Goncharova, founder and web developer for EcoHub — an online platform where people can search for and connect with more than 13,000 companies, NGOs, and governmental agencies across 200-plus countries — describes how the company uses MongoDB to generate momentum around global environmental change. There is no denying that sustainability has become a global concern. In fact, the topic has gone mainstream. A 2021 report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) shows a 71% rise in the popularity of searches for sustainable goods over the past five years. The report “measures engagement, awareness and action for nature in 27 languages, across 54 countries, covering 80% of the world’s population.” The EIU report states that the sustainability trend is accelerating in developing and emerging countries including Ecuador and Indonesia. For me, it’s not a lack of positive sentiment that is holding back change; it is our ability to turn ideas and goodwill into action. We need a way of harnessing this collective sentiment. In 2020, the decision to found EcoHub and devote so much time to it was a difficult one to make. I had just been promoted to team leader at work, and things were going well. Leaving my job with the goal of helping to protect our environment sounded ridiculous at times. Many questions raced through my mind, the most insistent one being: Will I be able to actually make a difference? However, as you’ll see in this post, my decision was ultimately quite clear. What is EcoHub? When I created EcoHub, my principal aim was to connect ecological NGOs and businesses. Now, EcoHub enables users to search a database of more than 10,000 organizations in more than 200 countries. You can search via a map or keyword. By making it easier to connect, EcoHub lets users quickly build networks of sustainably minded organizations. We believe networks are key to spreading good ideas, stripping out duplication, and building expertise. Building the platform has been a monumental task. I have developed it myself over the past few months, acting as product manager, project manager, and full-stack developer. (It wouldn’t be possible without my research, design, and media teams as well.) During the development of the EcoHub platform on MongoDB, the flexible schema helped us edit and add new fields in a document because the process doesn’t require defining data types. We had a situation in which it was necessary to change the schema and implement changes for all documents in the database. In this case, modifying the entire collection with MongoDB didn’t take long for an experienced developer. Additionally, MongoDB’s document-oriented data model works well with the way developers think. The model reflects how we see the objects in the codebase and makes the process easier. In my experience, the best resource to find answers when I ran into a question or issue was MongoDB documentation . It provides a good explanation of almost anything you want to do in your database. Search is everything In technical terms, my choices were ReactJS, NodeJS, and MongoDB. It is the latter that is so important to the effectiveness of the EcoHub platform. Search is everything. The easier we can make it for individuals or organizations to find like minds, the better. I knew from the start that I’d need a cloud-based database with strong querying abilities. As an experienced developer, I had previous experience with MongoDB and knew the company to be reliable, with excellent documentation and a really strong community of developers. It was a clear choice from the start. Choosing our partners carefully is also important. If EcoHub is to build awareness of environmental issues and foster collaboration, then we must ensure we make intelligent choices in terms of the companies we work with. I have been impressed with MongoDB’s sustainability commitments , particularly around diversity and inclusion, carbon reduction, and its appetite for exploring the way the business has an impact globally and locally. EcoHub search is built on the community version of MongoDB , which enables us to work quickly, implement easily and deliver the right performance. Importantly, as EcoHub grows and develops, MongoDB also allows us to make changes on the fly. As environmental concerns continue to grow, our database will expand. MongoDB enables our users to search, discover, and connect with environmental organizations all over the world. I believe these connections are key to sharing knowledge and expertise and helping local citizens coordinate their sustainability efforts. Commitment to sustainability When it came down to it, the decision to build EcoHub wasn’t as difficult as I initially thought. My commitment to sustainability actually started when I was young: I can remember myself at 8 years old, glued to the window, waiting for the monthly Greenpeace magazine to arrive. Later, that commitment grew as I went to university and graduated with a degree in Environmental Protection and Engineering. Soon after, I founded my first ecology organization and rallied our cityagainst businesses wanting to cut down our beautiful city parks. Starting EcoHub was a natural and exciting next step, despite the risks and unknown factors. I hope we can all join hands to create a sustainable future for ourselves, our children, and our animals and plants, and keep our planet beautiful and healthy. MongoDB Atlas makes operating MongoDB a snap at any scale. Determine the costs and benefits with our cost calculator .