Want to go to RailsConf?

Hi, everyone!

I have a ticket to RailsConf in Chicago, but I think I’m going to have
to give it up. I’d be happy to sell my ticket to someone else for the
original price ($400).

Of course, that’d be boring (but totally acceptable), so in the interest
of getting to work with more people in the Ruby and Rails community I
thought I’d also offer an option for a trade … If you don’t have the
dough (or would prefer a warmer fuzzier alternative to paying with cold
hard cash) I’d be willing to pay for your ticket (or even for the ticket
plus airfare, hotel, and car) in exchange for your time. The
requirements for this are:

  • You need to be a good programmer. By good programmer, I don’t mean the
    type. After all, only about 20 percent of programming requires mad
    skillz (and I think we have that covered). It’s the other 80 percent I
    need help with, and that just requires someone with a good foundation in
    programming, common sense, and the ability to get stuff done without
    much direction. And programmers who have a great foundation in other
    languages (e.g. Smalltalk, Python) but who are relatively new to Ruby
    and Rails are welcome to try to convince me.

  • You think you’d enjoy working with me and my company. To get an idea
    of the sort of person I am, you might want to check out my blog:
    http://jennyw.dangerousideas.com. Also, some info about my company. It?s
    called Colorful Expressions (to evoke the feeling some people feel with
    their computers; http://www.colorfulexpressions.com/). We?re a
    consulting company (we don?t have a fancy money-generating Web
    application ? yet, anyway) that works mostly with small businesses and
    non-profits. We have an interest in working for social justice
    organizations and often end up charging a lot less than your typical
    programming shop would as a result.

  • You’d be willing to negotiate a favorable rate of exchange and be
    willing to work (paid) for time in addition to the trade if necessary.
    After all, I have no idea who you are and I’m going to be making more or
    less a snap judgment, and it’s also hard to just stick a person into a
    project for a very few hours and expect something great to happen.

It might be that no one will want to take me up on a trade – heck, even
I’m not sure whether it’s a good idea or just silly – and I’ll just end
up selling the ticket. But at least I tried to be creative … :wink:

If you are interested in either buying the ticket or working out a
trade, please e-mail me at [email protected] with “RailsConf”
somewhere in the subject (this address gets huge amounts of spam), or,
if you want to share your thoughts on this idea with the world, post a
comment on my blog (but either e-mail me separately or include your
contact info).



Fyi, the RailsConf ticket has been traded. Thanks to all the people who
expressed interest!

I’m glad I offered a trade in addition to just offering to sell the
ticket! It was a great experience, and I got to meet a lot of people I
think I’ll be working with, including Sarah Mei (the person I’m sending
to the
conference). If the logistics work out, I’ll be making a similar offer
for RubyConf (this time with advance notice so people can plan for it!).

If you want to hear more about the process, I wrote a blog post about