I'm guessing a lot of you would be interested in attending RubyConf. I've
got some interesting updates. Also, please feel free to forward this to
other mailing lists who might benefit.
The RubyConf team has been hard at work and I am happy to share the
following updates with you:
First off, thank you to those who took the time and effort to submit
proposals. Our panelists, Chad Fowler and Ola Bini, were kept busy choosing
18 talks from the 70+ proposals - a time consuming task that they handled
with care and thoroughness.
16 talks have been confirmed. They are listed in alphabetical here:
We have a few talks competing for the last 2 slots. They'll be intimated
early next week. I'll send out a final talks list then. Meanwhile, please
keep checking the website:
*B) Travel and Accommodation*
Last year's inaugural RubyConf was a ground breaking event. We helped
present our small, but rapidly growing Ruby community to the world. This
year we aim to promote cooperation among Indian Rubyists so that we can
stand on the shoulders of giants and look ahead.
There are a lot of us not from Bangalore who by virtue of attending RubyConf
will enrich us with their passion, ideas and opinions. Unfortunately, many
don't know anybody from Bangalore. Staying at hotels around the venue might
be out of the question for some. I'm not from Bangalore, but in the last 2.5
years in the Garden City, I've witnessed a lot of incidents of warm
hospitality. So Bangalore Rubyists, let us take the lead to foster a
community spirit. Let us get together and welcome fellow Ruby enthusiasts
from across India.
If you have a spare room/couch/any sort of accommodation available on the
night of May 28th (or 29th) and wouldn't mind being a welcoming host, please
head onto the link below and update the wiki* with your contact details.
What do you get out of it? You get to meet interesting people who share your
passions and interests. You'll also do your bit to build up the community.
From my estimates, we don't need a lot of people to volunteer, but every
little bit of assistance helps.
For those who aren't very keen on crashing on somebody's couch, we are
working to get reasonably priced accommodation. I'll send an email about
I understand that females may not be comfortable with this arrangement. Fair
enough. We as a community should be encouraging the involvement of Indian
women in IT. That's what Roy said at the last RubyConf to thunderous
applause. We have taken a step in that direction.
1) You are a female living outside Bangalore and
2) You want to attend RubyConf India 2011 and
3) You genuinely don't have a place to stay for the duration of the
ThoughtWorks India will sponsor your accommodation for the night of May 28th
at a safe, convenient and comfortable location near the venue. Obviously
conditions apply, so please contact Judy Das directly (not on the mailing
list) at j...@rubyconfindia.org and she'll answer your queries. You will
still need to purchase a conference ticket and make travel arrangements on
I'm sure you have a lot of questions. Please don't hesitate to contact me
directly at habibpagar...@gmail.com. Remember, not everybody may be
interested in your queries. So send a reply to the entire group only if it
We've come this far and we are getting closer to the home stretch. Please
keep supporting us :)
On behalf of the RubyConf India volunteers,
* Tejas Dinkar created the wiki. Thanks dude!