Michael Slater
President, BuildingWebApps.com


Michael Slater is President of Collective Knowledge Works, Inc. In addition to developing and managing BuildingWebApps.com, he operates BoatingSF.com, a resource for boating on San Francisco Bay.

Michael was previously Director of Technology Strategy at Adobe Systems. He joined Adobe when it acquired Fotiva, a venture-funded startup he cofounded to create a better user experience for consumers moving to digital photography.

Prior to Fotiva, he was President of MicroDesign Resources, where he created the Microprocessor Report newsletter and the Microprocessor Forum conference.

Michael began his career as an R&D engineer at Hewlett-Packard and was an independent engineering consultant from 1980 through 1987.

Michael is the author of several books, including Organize Your Photos with Photoshop Elements 3.0, The Photoshop Album 2.0 Book, RISC Microprocessors, and Microprocessor-Based Design.


Location: Portland Ballroom 252 Level: Novice
Gregg Pollack (Open SourceCraft), Ryan Bates (Railscasts), Christopher Haupt (Webvanta Inc.), Michael Slater (BuildingWebApps.com), Geoffrey Grosenbach (Ruby on Rails Podcast), Mike Clark (The Pragmatic Studio)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 4 ratings)
A Panel discussion with Gregg Pollack (Rails Envy Podcast), Ryan Bates (Rails Casts), Chistopher Haupt (Learning Rails), Michael Slater (Learning Rails), and Geoffrey Grosenbach (Peepcode & Ruby on Rails Podcast). Read more.
News and Coverage
co-presented by Ruby Central, Inc. O'Reilly
  • Engine Yard
  • Sun Microsystems
  • FiveRuns
  • GotThingsDone
  • Heroku
  • ThoughtWorks
  • Atlantic Dominion Solutions
  • Blue Box Group
  • CodeGear
  • E-xact
  • ELC Technologies
  • EnterpriseDB
  • GemStone Systems
  • Intridea
  • Morph Labs
  • RightScale
  • TechRepublic

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at RailsConf, contact Yvonne Romaine.

Download the RailsConf Sponsor/Exhibitor Prospectus

Media and Promotional Opportunities

Download the Media & Promotional Partner Brochure (PDF) for more information on trade opportunities with O'Reilly conferences, or contact mediapartners@ oreilly.com.

Program Ideas

Post your suggestions for speakers, topics, and activities on the RailsConf wiki or send an email to rails-idea@oreilly.com.

Press and Media

For media-related inquiries, contact confpr@oreilly.com.

Contact Us

View a complete list of RailsConf 2008 contacts.