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GoRuCo 2009 Videos

Posted by Jesse

Get ‘em while they’re hot! The videos of the GoRuCo 2009 talks are now online at!

A big “thank you” goes out again this year to our friends at Confreaks for getting these up online so quickly.


GoRuCo 2009 is over

Posted by Francis

GoRuCo 2009 is now over. We had a long, action-packed day of mind-boggling presentations and great conversation, but now everything’s packed up, some of our out-of-town friends are making their way home, and the organizers are sitting around doing as little as possible.

Thanks goes out to our top-notch speakers, our supportive sponsors, and not least our awesomely smart and friendly attendees, who help make GoRuCo the event it is today.

We will soon be releasing videos of all the talks, by Confreaks, so keep an eye for out for that news if you weren’t able to attend this year. And watch this space for 2010: The Year We Make Arepas. See you all soon!


Pivotal Labs Ticket Giveaway

Posted by Josh

Still looking for a ticket? Pivotal Labs has one to giveaway!

Details here:


Don't forget about RejectConf

Posted by Francis

GoRuCo 2009 is three days away, and now’s a good time to remind our attendees: You, too, can be a GoRuCo speaker. At the end of the day, we’re reserving an hour for RejectConf, so if you have any quick talk you’d like to give, from one minute upwards, make sure to have it ready.

See you on Saturday!


New Relic Ticket Giveaway

Posted by Josh

Our friends over at New Relic are giving away a ticket to the sold out conference to the first person who can prove that they work for a not-for-profit organization.

If you’re interested please check out their recent blog post for more details.


Sold out

Posted by Francis

In seven days, we have sold out of all our seats for Gotham Ruby Conference. We do keep a waiting list, because sometimes we have a handful of seats open up last-minute. If you’re interested, you can sign up on our EventWax page.


Almost sold out

Posted by Francis

In less than two days, we have sold out more than 75% of our tickets. If you’re interested in coming to GoRuCo 2009, and you haven’t bought a ticket yet, now is the time to do so.

Click here to register.


Standard GoRuCo registration now open

Posted by Francis

Last year, our tickets sold out in three days, so if you’d like to come this year, we recommend getting your ticket ASAP.


Friends of GoRuCo registration now open

Posted by Francis

This year, our standard registration is $150. Standard registration will begin in a week or so, but for now we’re only opening registration for our “Friends of GoRuCo”.

Friends of GoRuCo is for attendees who want to give us a little extra support. For the higher price of $500, you get:

  • Pre-sale access to purchase 1 conference pass
  • Recognition in “Friends of GoRuCo” section of program / website
  • An invite to attend the Speakers & Organizers dinner on Friday May 29th (location TBD)

Click here to register as a Friend of GoRuCo.

Keep in mind that last year’s standard registration sold out in three days, so this might be the option for you if you can’t imagine life without coming to GoRuCo 2009. If you’d rather wait until we open standard registration, you should probably follow us on Twitter to keep up to date.



Posted by Francis

Our speakers list is now finished. We think it’s a pretty great mix of topics and speakers, and are excited to see what they present for us in May.

With this finalized, we will be starting registration soon, so keep your eyes open …


Sponsorship Opportunities

Posted by Josh

GoRuCo, a one-day, single-track event in New York City dedicated to everything Ruby, is now accepting sponsors inquires. This conference will be held on Saturday, May 30th in the Manhattan campus of Pace University, our hosts for the day.

GoRuCo is headed by leaders in the region’s Ruby and Rails community, including founders of the New York City Ruby user group, and past speakers at the International Ruby Conference and RailsConf. GoRuCo’s sold-out 2007 and 2008 conferences were both highly acclaimed by both local and visiting Rubyists and this year looks to be just as good.

Please check out the sponsorship opportunities and contact with any questions.


Call for Proposals

Posted by Francis

The Gotham Ruby Conference, a one-day, single-track event in New York City, is now accepting proposal papers. GoRuCo will be held on Saturday, May 30th, 2009 on the Manhattan campus of Pace University, our hosts for the day.

It will be a technical conference aimed at highly motivated programmers interested in all things Ruby. You’ll spend the day among Rubyists, Rails developers, and language enthusiasts in New York City, home of Silicon Alley.

We are looking for individual speakers and moderated panel discussions. We will have around seven slots, depending on the quantity and quality of the proposals we receive.

Individual speakers

The majority of the day’s content will be individual talks. Our speakers will receive:

  • Free attendance to the event.
  • A $300 honorarium.
  • A $600 travel reimbursement if you live outside of the tri-state region.

Talks should be at most 40 minutes long, including time for questions and discussion. A good proposal paper for your talk will include:

  • An explanation or outline of your talk.
  • A short biographical statement about you and your involvement in the Ruby community.
  • Your city and state of residence.

All proposals must specify exactly who will be presenting. For example, we will not accept proposals from companies unless they specify who will be presenting on behalf of the company. Presentations may be given by more than one person, but multiple speakers will split the honorarium and travel reimbursement.

Panel discussions

We are also accepting proposals for panel discussions composed of a moderator and up to four panelists. Panel moderators and panelists will receive free admission, but no honorarium and no travel reimbursement.

Panel discussions should be at most 40 minutes long, including time for questions from the audience. A good proposal paper for a panel discussion will include:

  • An explanation or outline of the topic under discussion.
  • A full list of up to four panelists.
  • Short biographical statements of the moderator and panelists.
  • The state of residence of the moderator and panelists.

If you are submitting a proposal for a panel discussion, you should make a good faith effort to talk to your panelists beforehand and get their verbal commitment to appear at GoRuCo if your panel is accepted. We understand that last-minute changes are likely when coordinating a group. However, we reserve the right to remove a panel from our schedule if the panel changes drastically from what was originally proposed. Please make it easy on everybody by only proposing a panel if you are fairly certain that most of your panelists can make it.

Local speakers & panel moderators

GoRuCo believes in highlighting local talent. This year we are reserving at least two slots for local speakers or panels. Individual talks and panels will be considered local if at least half of the participants are from the tri-state region–that is, within typical commuting distance of Manhattan. In the past, these slots have been less competitive than the other talk slots, so if you live in the tri-state region we strongly urge you to submit a proposal.


We will be videotaping all the talks and panels, and making this video freely available online. You should be okay with this if you are submitting a talk or a panel, and if you are submitting a panel, all of your panelists should be okay with this.

How to submit

Please send all proposals to by 11:59 PM EST on March 26, 2009. You should receive confirmation that we have received your proposal within 48 hours of submitting it.

If you have any questions about the proposal process or other conference related questions, please email For more information about the conference itself, check the conference website or subscribe to us on Twitter for updates.


Save the date

Posted by Josh

We’re back for our 3rd straight year and ready once again to prove why GoRuCo is one of the premier regional Ruby conferences which you’re not going to want to miss.

Make sure to mark off May 30th, 2009 in your calendars. Stay tuned to the site over the next few weeks for more details.




Contact Us

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Sponsorship Opportunities



9:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast
9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
10:00 a.m. Where is Ruby really heading? Gregory Brown
10:55 a.m. The Ruby Guide to *nix Plumbing Eleanor McHugh
11:50 a.m. Resource-Oriented Architecture With Waves Dan Yoder
12:35 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. Into the Heart of Darkness: Rails Anti-Patterns Jake Howerton
2:40 p.m. SOLID Object Oriented Design Sandi Metz
3:25 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. Building Cross Platform Mobile Apps with Ruby & PhoneGap Ben Stein
4:40 p.m. From Rails to Rack: Making Rails 3 a Better Ruby Citizen Yehuda Katz
5:35 p.m. RejectConf

Location and Directions

GoRuCo 2009 will be held on May 30th, 2009 at 1 Pace Plaza on the Pace University Campus in Lower Manhattan. Directions to the campus can be found on their website.

Pace Plaza is on Spruce Street between William and Gold Streets. The 4, 5, 6 City Hall subway stop provides the shortest, easiest walk to it. GoRuCo organizers and Pace students will be just inside the main doors to help register attendees.

More detailed directions to the building and a map of the immediate area will be posted soon.