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4 Upcoming Ruby and Rails Events To Check Out (in Berlin, London, Hawaii, and Washington)

By Peter Cooper / May 12, 2009


RailsWayCon - Berlin, Germany, May 25-27, 2009

Overview: RailsWayCon is, in many ways, a logical replacement for RailsConf Europe this year. Taking place in Berlin, as RailsConf Europe did, there's a wide range of well known Ruby and Rails faces attending and a significant number of sessions organized into three tracks.

Well-known attendees/speakers: Amy Hoy, Yehuda Katz, Neal Ford, Thomas Fuchs, Michael Koziarski, Steven Bristol, Ola Bini, Stefan Tilkov, Jonathan Weiss

Registration: You can buy a ticket to the main conference for €699 for both days or €349 for a single day. Freelancers and students get significant discounts. Click on "Registration" on the official site to learn more.


Rails Underground - London, July 24-25, 2009

Overview: The Rails Underground conference was formed by British Rails developer Mark Coleman in response to the cancellation of RailsConf Europe this year. Rails Underground is set to be London's first major Rails conference and is taking place over July 24 and 25, 2009 in the Royal National Hotel located near Russell Square in London.

Well-known attendees/speakers: Yehuda Katz, Dr Nic Williams, Geoffrey Grosenbach, David Heinemeier Hansson (over video link)

Registration: Registration is still open and costs £240 ($366) for a standard ticket or £180 ($275) for an early bird ticket (if you book before June 25th).


Aloha On Rails - Hawaii, October 5-6, 2009

Overview: Aloha On Rails is a Waikiki (a suburb of Honolulu), Hawaii based Rails conference that bills itself as an "unforgettable conference in beautiful Hawaii." It takes place in the Marriott Waikiki. You can follow @alohaonrails on Twitter for updates and news.

Well-known attendees/speakers: Chad Fowler, Obie Fernandez, Gregg Pollack, Anthony Eden, Desi McAdam, Scott Chacon, Jon Crosby, Jeremy McAnally, Charles Nutter

Registration: Prior to June 30th, registration costs $199. After July 1st, it's $299, and after September 1st it's $399, which still isn't too bad.


RubyNation - Reston, Virginia, June 12-13, 2009

Overview: RubyNation is a two day Ruby conference (with a single tutorial day on June 11) taking place in Reston, Virginia, very close to Washington DC. So far, a wide selection of presentations have been announced and the event will mostly be following a two-track format.

Well-known attendees/speakers: Hal Fulton, David Keener, David Eisinger, Yehuda Katz, David A Black, Ben Scofield

Registration: You can currently register for $249 (plus a $6.23 booking fee). Students can get a $50 discount.


  1. Ryan Bigg says:

    You forgot Railscamp! That's happening this weekend on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia!

  2. Norman Clarke says:

    Don't forget Rails Summit Latin America coming up São Paulo, Brazil in October, and Locos X Rails in Buenos Aires, Argentina next April.

  3. Dr Nic says:

    Always forgetting RailsCamps in Australia. Boo.

  4. Dr Nic says:

    Also FutureRuby in Toronto in July

  5. Peter Cooper says:

    The last time I forgot RailsCamp, it had sold out. This time, it appears not to have, but it's in two days! :)

    Not sure how I forgot FutureRuby or Rails Summit Latin America though, although I believe both have been mentioned here before thankfully.

    From what I've heard at RailsConf, we really need a proper community maintained event calendar. I know there are already a few options but they're clearly not doing the job as-is.

  6. Adrian says:

    Hi guys, is there any info about Rails Summit Latin America 09? I can't seem to find anything on the subject. I'll like to prepare ahead time for the trip. Thanks,

  7. Peter Cooper says:

    That's a good question. I just did some Googling and can't find anything about it either. So probably not too surprising I missed it ;-)

  8. Carlos Kozuszko says:

    Fabio Akita twitted about Rails Summit:

    Latin Americans, just to confirm (we don't have a website yet), Rails Summit 2009 will happen at Oct 13th and 14th. Stay tuned.

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