Red Dirt RubyConf

I just wanted to send a message announcing our new regional Ruby
conference, for those of us who don’t live on a coast: :wink:

Red Dirt RubyConf:

We’re now accepting proposals for presentations. We are working very
hard to build a unique event with a new approach to organizing
presentations. Please consider joining that effort by submitting your
ideas for talks. We would love to have you.

Here are some details about our format from the site:

We are excited to announce the first Red Dirt Ruby Conference to be
held, May 6th and 7th, 2010. Our goal is to create a unique conference
experience within the Ruby community. We have crafted a two-day event
that will provide focused and up-to-date content and related training in
four of the most important areas of active development in the Ruby
community, the Ruby language itself, the Ruby on Rails framework, NoSQL
databases, and web servers and hosting. We are also very happy to
announce that Dave T. of the Pragmatic Programmers and Jim W.
of EdgeCase will participate as keynote speakers.

We also expect to have a vibrant and interactive hallway track. We have
set aside a dedicated space for casual discussions, coding sessions,
impromptu presentations, and an evening hackfest. To keep you going all
day, we are including breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner as part of the
Red Dirt Ruby Conference experience.

The Red Dirt Ruby Conference will be held in downtown Oklahoma City,
which is conveniently located in both the center of the midwest and the
nation itself, making it an ideal location for a national conference. It
is within a days drive from Dallas, Kansas City, Austin, Saint Louis,
Memphis, Albuquerque, and Denver. Convenient direct flights from cities
on both coasts to the Will R. International Airport are also

We are actively seeking talk proposals centered on these four areas:

  1. Ruby : The Ruby language still has the power to surprise us. This
    theme is focused on Ruby syntax, gems and good development practices.
  2. Rails 3 : Ruby on Rails is crossing a huge milestone. This theme is
    centered on topics such routing, metal, the new response system, and
    advanced queries.
  3. NoSQL : Database choice affects application performance and
    scalability. This theme will focus on databases such as MognoDB, Riak,
    Redis, and Tokyo Cabinet.
  4. Servers : Ruby is well suited for web based applications. This theme
    will focus on tools such as Rack, Unicorn, EventMachine, Resque and AWS.

With the aim of maximizing the value for attendees, we have developed a
unique conference format that pairs themed conference presentations on
day one with related training on day two of the event.

Each conference session will consist of four talks focused on a single
theme. A 30 minute talk will lead off the session, provide an
introduction to the theme, and cover one or more of the most important
developments or approaches to date. Then, three 15 minute talks will
follow, each covering a different development, application or approach
within the area. The session will end with a joint question, answer and
discussion with the panel of speakers. This format affords both breadth
and depth in the session content as well as interaction between the
speakers and the audience.

For each theme, a three hour training session will follow on the second
day of the event. The training sessions will give you the opportunity to
get hands-on under the supervision and guidance of experienced trainers.
By presenting the training on the second day of the event, you will have
already had an overview of the most important developments within the
area the day prior, which we hope will maximize the effectiveness of the

Our aim is to improve the conference experience for everyone, and we
would ask for your support toward this end. Please consider submitting a
talk proposal and attending what will surely be a unique, and hopefully
valuable conference going experience.

Submit a talk now:

James Edward G. II

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