Latest Ruby and Rails Events News: September 2008
Here's the latest events news in the Ruby and Rails worlds! Please make sure to post a comment if you have events to mention or tell us via the Contact page.
Voices That Matter: Professional Ruby Conference - November 17-20, 2008 - Boston, MA, USA
The Voices That Matter: Professional Ruby Conference will "provide practical, people-oriented and in-depth information about using Ruby and the Rails platform to create dynamic technology solutions." Obie Fernandez is the conference's technical chair, and heads a solid speaker list including Ruby and Rails luminaries like Giles Bowkett, Thomas Enebo, Hal Fulton, Chad Pytel, Tammer Saleh, Ezra Zygmuntowicz, and others.
Registration is open and costs $795 until October 6. However, I'm told that if you use the promotional code PRZSPNS you get a $200 discount (for a total of $595)! (Disclaimer: Ruby Inside is running a cross promotion with Pearson Education. No money is involved, but Ruby Inside's logo will feature in their promotional materials.)
RubyDCamp - October 11-12, 2008 - Arlington, VA, USA
RubyDCamp bills itself as the first Ruby "Open Space" event which means, supposedly, that all attendees are expected to be active participants in discussion and in solving some sort of problem. It seems that this means perceived flaws in Ruby and its ecosystem will be discussed and then resolved together as a team. I've probably missed the point, but I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun and a refreshing change to the presentation format used by most other events.
Rails Rumble - October 18-19, 2008 - Online!
Rails Rumble is a 48 hour "virtual" event - a "design/develop/deploy" competition for Rails developers. You build an app (alone or in a team), host the source on Github (a sponsor), deploy it on Linode (a sponsor - and also a sponsor of Ruby Inside) and compete to win prizes. Registration is not currently open, but keep an eye out!
Raleigh Ruby Camp - October 18, 2008 - Raleigh, NC, USA
The Raleigh Ruby Camp is a BarCamp-style event to be held in Raleigh, NC in October. Up to 200 Rubyists will be there and the event will follow a typical "un-conference" format. No prescheduled talks, you put your name and idea on a board on the day, and roll with the punches! A hack-a-thon is also planned.
MerbCamp - October 11-12, 2008 - San Diego, CA, USA
MerbCamp is an official gathering for the Merb community. Confirmed keynotes are by Ezra Zygmuntowicz and Yehuda Katz. The conference will take place in San Diego, California on October 11-12 on the UCSD campus. Registration is now open - costs $50 and includes all talks and events, two lunches, one dinner, a t-shirt and "other surprises." I don't know how they can do it all so cheaply, but then it is Merb we're talking about!
RubyConf08 - November 6-8, 2008 - Orlando, FL, USA
RubyConf celebrates its eighth birthday this year! It's the eighth international Ruby conference. The conference will be held at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Orlando, Florida in November. You can stay at the resort itself and enjoy three full days of Ruby conference goodness. The schedule looks ridiculously good - I almost wish I were to be there!
Addition: Dr. Nic adds that a RailsCamp will be taking place near Adelaide, Australia in November 2008.