Announcing Golden Gate Ruby Conference

— January 22, 2009 at 18:47 PST

This has been a long time coming, and I'm very happy to finally be able to announce the first ever Golden Gate Ruby Conference, here in San Francisco on April 17 and 18. There's so much interest in Ruby here in SF, and tons of Ruby mojo too, so it's about time we had our own conference! We'll be bringing in some great speakers from all over so locals who don't get to travel to conferences can get exposed to stuff they can't usually see. And we'll also have some of our high-powered local talent showing off their stuff too.

While this has been in the works for a while, there are still a few details to work out before we can talk about things like registration, price, our speaker lineup, etc. But we wanted to get the word out as soon as we had firm dates so people could get it on their calendars. And there's still a lot we can talk about...

The organizers of the conference are yours truly, Josh Susser ("the has_many :through guy"), and Leah Silber, conference addict and the woman Yehuda Katz was lucky enough to marry. Yehuda is going to be helping me with the technical program too. Our employers, Pivotal Labs and Engine Yard are already committed to sponsor the conference, so we know we have plenty of support to make it happen. There are still a lot of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer or a sponsor, and we're actively looking for both.

Our approach to this conference is not to take anything as a given. We're rebels, we're bucking the system, we're using instance_eval to leave out explicit receivers! For starters, there will be no call for proposals for talks. The program will consist of invited talks, and talks selected by attendee voting. We'll be setting up a site soon where talks can be proposed and voted on.

We've also got a GitHub account set up as a one-stop place where you can find all the code talked about at the conference, and a place to put stuff we may be hacking on over the weekend. Of course you can follow the conference on twitter, and we'll have a blog set up soon enough.

We're shooting for 150-200 people, single track, about a dozen talks, plenty of "hallway track" time, and a few surprises.

If you want to get involved, volunteer or sponsor, the email addresses on are the best way to contact us.

Looking forward to this. You have no idea...

3 commentsconference, events, ruby

  1. Zack2009-01-22 20:41:16

    Cool! I've been a conference / meetup recluse ever since my son was born. So a local conference sounds super nice! Also , the invited talk idea is interesting - make sense.

    Well done on pushing this idea to the fruition!

  2. Danny Burkes2009-01-22 20:50:04

    Awesome news, Josh! Really looking forward to it!

  3. Nupur Agrawal from PF2009-03-26 10:05:41

    I was crazy busy and forgot about your mail with the link of the conference till Randy mentioned that we should go. Since the conference is sold out, are you guys thinking of making the videos available for purchase?

    Please let me know, also if you think I should wait-list myself even though the conference is sold out let me know.

    Thanks a lot for organizing this event!

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