November 4-5th, 2021

New Orleans, LA

The Big Transaction is a two-day, single track conference dedicated entirely to the art of payments engineering. Join us in November and learn the best strategies, architectures, tips, and tricks for building high quality payment systems that work at scale!

Our Conference Focus

Surviving Payments

Building a payment system is no easy feat given the ever-changing needs and regulations for businesses. Yet almost all companies need to deal with these challenges in some form. As such, we want to create a series of talks focused on the monitoring, testing, and architectural strategies that will ensure you can always sleep at night after shipping.

Our conference will feature 12 speakers, with each talking about their own experience on wrangling complexity, solving real-life scenarios, and creating robust and flexible payment systems.

Get your tickets today!

Tickets are on sale now, with our Early Bird tickets offered until August 15th!

And if you are purchasing tickets for a group of 4 or more, please reach out to us! We have discounted rates for bulk purchases!

Ticket Types
Early Bird (Until August 15th) $499
General Admission $599
Bulk Purchases (4+ tickets) Contact Us
Sponsorship Tickets See below
Would I Like This Conference?

Our View

The Big Transaction is all about sharing knowledge and exploring the best practices to create better payments and billing systems. We feel strongly that the best way to do this is to bring people together in a common space to talk and learn from each other. If any of the examples below sound like you, we think you would really enjoy this conference:

  • Your company has an antiquated payment system you want to improve, but you're not sure where to start.
  • Changes to laws in your area or country have made it difficult to iterate on your payment system.
  • You love working in payments and want to share your thoughts and learn from others to take your skillsets and ideas to the next level.
  • You enjoy smaller conferences where you are intentionally given time and opportunities to build real connections with like-minded developers in the payments space.
safety & health

COVID-19 Precautions

Running an in-person conference also means we must think about COVID safey. And while we are optimistic that the vaccine rollout will allow us hold a safe in-person event by November, it's a top priority that the Big Transaction both feels safe and is actually safe for all attendees. As such, our event will strictly adhere to all local health guidelines and laws, including those set by the CDC, the city, and our venue.

However, if you have concerns or questions, please feel free to talk to us anytime. We are dedicated to being as open and transparent as possible to ensure all attendees have a fun and safe conference experience!

refund policy

We want to support our attendees as much as we can and will support full refunds until October 1st, 2021. Tickets are also transferable to any future occurrences of The Big Transaction at no cost.

social distancing

Our conference will have a hard limit on attendance to guarantee we will be able to seat attendees in a socially distanced manner.

Speaker Lineup

Our speaker line-up this year features 12 experts from a wide variety of companies and covering a range of payments engineering areas: payment processing, fraud, billing, tokenization, scaling systems and more!

Joel Taylor

Senior Software Engineer

Dom Saulet

Senior Product Manager

Gal Sharir

Billing R&D Team Lead

John Crepezzi

Staff Software Engineer

Chris Trag

Head of Developer Advocacy

Dathan Bennett

Senior Software Engineer

Bart de Water

Development Manager

Sam Aarons

Co-Founder & CTO

Fiona Manzella

Payments Engineer

Shawn Krisman

Staff Software Engineer

Jimil Patel

Senior Software Engineer

Christian Block

Senior Software Engineer

The Venue

Le Petit Theatre

The Big Transaction is proud to work with New Orleans’s oldest operating playhouse, Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre.

Built in 1922, Le Petit is located across the street from Jackson Square in the French Quarter and has entertained thousands of audience members in a wide array of dramas, comedies, and musicals.

Le Petit offers an amazing stage, world-class acoustics, a great A/V team, and comfortable theater seating that make it amazing for technical conferences. The theatre is also fully ADA compliant and offers accessible seating.

stay in the french quarter

Hotel & Accomodations

The Hyatt Centric French Quarter is a New Orleans luxury hotel located in the historic French Quarter adjacent to Bourbon Street in New Orleans. This historic hotel offers smoke-free guestrooms, plush bedding, modern in-room amenities, and balconies that overlook the historic French Quarter, gorgeously landscaped courtyards and New Orleans' famous Bourbon Street.


Attendees of The Big Transaction will receive a special rate of $192 (plus taxes and fees) per night.


800 Iberville Street New Orleans, LA 70112


Visit our discount link to reserve a room online or call 888-421-1442 directly if you need extra assistance!

Enjoy the City of New Orleans!

We love our city and want you to also enjoy your time here as part of the conference.

So we've created a curated Google Map of recommendations on restaurants, bars, music, and kid-friendly things to do with family while you're here! Check it out!

Our Amazing Sponsors



Interested in Sponsoring?

We'd love to talk with you! Take a look at our sponsorship prospectus and email us if you have questions or if you are interested in sponsoring something you don’t see offered! Or wondering why you might want to sponsor? Here are some great reasons:


Are you in the payments space? Promote your product and receive direct feedback about it from experienced engineers!

Team Building

Sponsorship packages include conference tickets - send your whole payments team!

Community Support

Your sponsorship goes a long way to helping us keep The Big Transaction accessible and affordable for all.

Multiple tiers

We have tiers for big and small businsses alike - check out the prospectus for further details!