Ruby Conferences October 2016

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Viktoria K.


The thriving Ruby developer community is one of the greatest strengths of our favorite programming language. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Ruby veteran or if you’ve just started learning Ruby last week – all are welcome!

Annual Ruby conferences promote the Ruby language and expand the boundaries of the Ruby community all over the world. If you want to join this large friendly family, here are some upcoming Ruby conferences you can attend this October in Spain, Portugal, and the USA.

1. Conferencia Rails

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When: October 13–15, 2016

Where: Madrid, Spain

Conferencia Rails is an annual Spanish Ruby on Rails conference that’s already in its sixth year. It was first organized in 2010 by a non-profit, volunteer-driven association called the “Asociación para la Promoción del Desarrollo web” (APRODEWEB) that promotes web development in Spain. Thanks to APRODEWEB, this large and wonderful event has been bringing together Ruby and Rails lovers for 6 years to present lectures and master classes by international speakers.

This year, Conferencia Rails Madrid will host several workshops on October 13, and have two days filled with awesome talks on October 14 and 15.

During conferences and workshops you’ll be able to hear from local systems developers, maintainers, Ruby/Ruby on Rails developers, software engineers, and CEOs and CTOs who are experts at technologies such as Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, React, Node.js, ElasticSearch, and DataScience. They’ll cover topics about Rails 5, gems, Rails APIs, bulk load data, app security, PostgreSQL and many others. On top of the local speakers, Conferencia Rails continues the tradition of offering talks by international speakers. Aaron Patterson, Xavier Noria, Kerri Miller, and Godfrey Chan will be the main speakers at this year’s conference.

You can buy tickets now and follow Conferencia Rails 2016 on their website.

2. RubyConf Portugal

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When: October 27–28, 2016
Where: Braga, Portugal

RubyConf Portugal is an inspiring and instructive conference that will take place for the third time this October in Braga, Portugal. RubyConf Portugal was organized by Roberto Machado and Luis Zamith in 2014 and launched with great success. Roberto and Luis aimed to bring their country’s community together and put Portugal on the world map of Ruby development, and they’ve managed to do just that.

Every year, RubyConf Portugal attracts about 20 international speakers and 300 attendees from all over the world. Speakers address topics including Ruby, Rails, design patterns, frontend, backend, and open source.

Last year’s conference was unforgettable, and this year’s promises to be even bigger and cover more exciting topics. You’ll have the chance to meet top software developers and engineers, Ruby developers, one of the Rails core team members, and the creator of Ember.js.

Start planning your trip to RubyConf Portugal.

3. Keep Ruby Weird

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When: October 28, 2016

Where: Austin, Texas

Keep Ruby Weird is Downtown Austin’s Ruby conference that began in 2014 and has been drawing Rubyists from all corners of the world to the heart of Austin ever since. The event’s organizers say that they chose Austin because the city jibes with their lifestyle and development style. Attendees of Keep Ruby Weird can get acquainted with a wide variety of technical, software, and even non-Ruby topics.

Keep Ruby Weird will take place in the historically weird theater Alamo Ritz Drafthouse. You’ll have your own seat at a table served with gourmet food, watch presentation on the biggest screen you’ve ever seen, and listen in comfort to the weird talks of the top webmasters. For now, there are two announced weird speakers according to their Twitter feed: Nickolas Means, a coder, truth-seeker, functional impostor, student of disasters, and VP of Engineering at @MuveHealth; and Katrina Owen, a developer advocate on the open source team @GitHub, founder of, and co-author of along with @sandimetz.

As always, the organisers of Keep Ruby Weird are looking for topics that include a mix of software skills (conceptual, community, career, and other ‘c’ words), technical skills (discussing code on screen), and non-Ruby skills (space, emojis, art). They’re now in the process of finalizing speakers and topics.

Want some weirdness? Keep Ruby Weird is passionate about giving you a hug.

Where to Go

There are a lot of conferences to choose from every month. It’s awesome to have so many options, but it can also make it hard to decide which conference(s) are worth your time.

As an active part of the Ruby community, we at Ruby Garage would love to be involved in all the conferences that will take place this October. Taking part in such gatherings gives us the opportunity not only to gain knowledge and improve our professional skills, but also to meet new people and to travel.

While all these conferences are worthwhile, we would be most interested in going to the Keep Ruby Weird conference because of its unusual format, and because it would be interesting to get a different perspective on development. Hope to see you there someday!

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