[ANN/ADV] The Ruby Hoedown 2009 -- FREE Ruby conference -- Hoedown Heist, speakers, and only a few

Hello all!
This is just a reminder e-mail about the Ruby Hoedown 2009
(http://rubyhoedown.com) in Nashville, TN on August 28-29 (cost is a
princely $0). We’ve announced a few new things I’d like to share…

THE HEIST IS ON

We want to reward everyone for helping us get more people to the
conference, so we’re offering some pretty sweet rewards for helping us
hit attendee milestones. Get us up to the next step? Everyone gets
some goodies, including:

  • Deep discounts on books from O’Reilly, Pragmatic, Manning, and more
  • A free Peepcode episode
  • Discounts on your favorite web services like Lighthouse, Tender,
    scrumd, and LessAccounting
  • and more to come…

Check out http://heist.heroku.com to see which milestone we’re at,
what’s coming up on future milestones (we’ll be adding more as the
conference gets closer), and how you can help us get to the next one!

KEYNOTE AND INVITED SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

We also recently announced our first batch of speakers. Our keynote
will be the inimitable JAMIS BUCK, Rails core team member and
developer of Capistrano. He’ll be backed up by a posse we’ve
assembled of DAVID CHELIMSKY, developer of RSpec, and LEON GERSING,
everyone’s favorite @fallenrogue. These guys should offer up some
excellent content, but you can always make it better by…

THE CFP IS ENDING SOON

…submitting your own talk! Our CFP only has about 5 days left on
it, so you better hurry and get those proposals in.

We’re looking any sort of technical or otherwise talk that’s vaguely
related to Ruby: Who’s to say Rubyists can’t learn from Smalltalk or
Erlang? Every hacker needs to know how to organizer her life around
their work, right? Learning good modeling skills is essential to
being a good developer. Don’t feel like you have to just talk about
this library or technique or that one: we’re looking for compelling
talks that will inspire, teach, and/or bring a tear to the eye
(preferably through emotional means, not some sort of chemical
attack).

As always, check out the site at http://rubyhoedown.com for up to date
information and follow us on Twitter at @hoedown for the latest
information!

Thanks,
Jeremy and the rest of the Hoedown peeps


http://jeremymcanally.com/
http://entp.com/

My books:


http://humblelittlerubybook.com/ (FREE!)