Woo hoo! I'm going to the 2014 Golden Gate Ruby
Conference. It's at UCSF Mission Bay, San
Francisco, September 19-20, 2014. I wrote an article about my experience
last year, GoGaRuCo 2013: Community >
you're on the fence about attending, here's my top reasons on why you
should consider attending. I recommend not delaying signing
up, as last year I saw folks begging
for tickets once the conference sold out. According to Leah
Silber, one of the conference
organizers, GoGaRuCo has sold out every
year, except for maybe year one.
Top 10 Reasons To Attend GoGaRuCo
- San Francisco is a great town to visit, and there's no better month
to visit than September as dense fog is least likely!
- It's relatively small conference, compared to Rails Conf, and I find
that much more engaging and relaxing. The attendees seem to be a
mix of highly passionate Rubyists, mostly locals, with a mix from
around the world.
- A one track conference is nice in that you don't have to worry about
picking which talks to attend.
- There's a 15 minute break between each talk to socialize with fellow
attendees or speakers. Socializing is why you come to these talks!
- Yehuda will likely come up with some interesting talk!
- Ruby programming is really more of an art and passion than work, and
the people that attend GoGaRuCo reflect this!
- You'll probably make a few new friends and leave inspired.
- The food is super, both at the conference and throughout the city.
And the evening events last year were great as well.
- There's probably going to be a job board, just in case that
- You won't need any more T-shirts for another year!
I'm volunteering as the official photographer of GoGaRuCo. My mission is
to "get 2-3 good shots of each speaker, a couple of audience shots
during each days lunch and breaks, a shot or two of each exhibitor
table, 2-3 team photos, and a smattering of everything else." So please
don't be shy and ask to have your photograph taken.
Here's a sample of shots I took at GoGaRuCo 2013. Tons more photos are
linked here: GoGaRuCo 2013: Community >
Available for Consulting
If you'd like to meet me around the time of GoGaRuCo, don't hesitate to
email me to try to meet up in person. Possibly you might have a project
that could use my help?
On a personal note, I spent the better part of my adulthood in San
Francisco, so I've got tons of friends there. All my consulting clients
tend to be from the Bay Area as well.