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David Black

David A. Black is a long-time Ruby and Rails developer, author, trainer, event organizer, and speaker. Based in New Jersey, David is the owner/director of the Ruby/Rails consultancy Ruby Power and Light, LLC, and a director of the non-profit Ruby organization Ruby Central, Inc.. David’s latest book is The Well-Grounded Rubyist (Manning Publications, 2009).

Jesse Chan-Norris

Jesse Chan-Norris has been, at various times, a freelance technology consultant, photographer, lighting designer, theatre electrician and management consultant and is now the lead developer at Indaba Music, a new community bringing together musicians who are looking to connect and collaborate beyond the limitations of traditional recording studios. He also enjoys brunch.

Cory Forsyth

Cory co-founded the hyperlocal news site in 2006 and runs the monthly Ruby Happy Hour in New York. Before that he attended the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU and worked on technology-meets-culture projects like the Popularity Dialer and Twitter Vote Report. He lives in Brooklyn with two roommates and two crazy dogs.

Josh Knowles

Josh is an accomplished developer, trainer and consultant with over 8 years of professional development experience. Last seen consulting throughout the country for both early stage startups, as well as large international organizations, he brings with him a strong background in Agile Development practices, a passion for Open Source development, as well as a heavy dose of sarcastic humor and an unlimited supply of West Coast charm.

Bryan Helmkamp

Bryan Helmkamp is a Rails software engineer in New York. During his three years of professional Ruby/Rails programming he has been continually active in the community by helping organizing events like Rails Day 2007 and the annual Gotham Ruby Conference (GoRuCo). Bryan’s software development blog is located at

Shari Halter

Shari Halter is a web developer/designer in NYC. After completing an MFA/Computer Art degree, she worked in the engineering industry on an unlikely, yet delightfully varied, sequence of assignments including railroad simulation, 3D CAD modeling and animated computer visualization, and later as a user interface designer/programmer at IBM’s Watson Research Center. Before recently returning to programming and design, she spent a decade as an art gallerist, and raising her two young sons, in NYC. Speaking engagements include: presentation of her master’s thesis at SIGGRAPH in 1994 and Contemporary Indian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2001). In 2004, she served as a member of the MFA Review Panel for the SVA Alumni Scholarship Awards. Although currently working mainly in other languages, she is an enthusiastic Ruby attendant and learner.

Francis Hwang

Francis Hwang is an artist, writer, and software engineer. An active member of the Ruby community, he founded Ruby-NYC in 2003, has spoken at the International Ruby Conference, and is currently a software engineer at Diversion Media. His writing on technology and culture has appeared in Spin, Wired, ArtByte, and FEED Magazine. His artwork The Unauthorized iPod U2 vs. Negativland Special Edition has received press coverage in Wired News, Art in America, and Liberátion (France). He lives in Brooklyn with one laptop and one big-boned cat.

Lorgio Jimenez

Lorgio Jimenez is a software Engineer currently working for Cablevision Systems Corp. Personal site:

Jen Lindner

Jen Lindner feels that her relationship with technology is a vast, rich tapestry. And that “form follows function” is not just for architecture. And that life is for living. And that her next haiku should end with “”

Brian Mitchell

Stephen Schor

Stephen Schor is currently a software engineer at Medidata Solutions where he writes rails applications. He used to write J2EE applications and a lot of XML. His favorite palindrome is “Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog.”

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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.