Flora Petterson

Data Integration Engineer @ HCA Healthcare

Flora is a Data Integration Engineer at HCA Healthcare, where she gets to write Elixir every day. After studying physics, math, and gender & sexuality studies, she worked as a puppeteer, bartender, marketer, and writer before learning Elixir to build hobby projects with Nerves. She lives in her hometown of New Orleans with her husband, 3 children, and one loud cat.

Build animatronics with Nerves

The Nerves platform, framework, and tooling provide a highly specialized environment for using Elixir to build advanced embedded devices in industries worldwide. But can Nerves also make a puppet dance?

In this talk, I’ll share my experience as a second-generation puppeteer building interactive animatronics with Nerves. If you’ve ever wanted to automate a lawn decoration, create a haunted house in your garage, or code a small, silly project to give someone joy during a challenging time, this talk may be for you.


Anyone interested in Nerves, IoT, or puppetry