Onsite Information

Thanks for joining us for the fourth edition of RailsConf. We're looking forward to an awesome event, filled with thought-provoking presentations, lots of collaborating, networking, and plenty of hacking. Below is information to help you get the most out of your time at RailsConf.

Conference Location

RailsConf takes place at the Las Vegas Hilton in the Conference Center.

Las Vegas Hilton
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Registration / Check-In Hours

Stop by RailsConf registration to pick up your badge, event guide, and other materials. Registration is located in Pavilion 11.

Registration Hours:
Monday: 7:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesday: 7:30AM – 6:00PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM – 6:00PM
Thursday: 8:30AM - 4:00PM

Speaker Lounge

If you are speaking at RailsConf, please stop by the Speaker Lounge in Pavilion 6 to pick up your badge, get conference materials and check in with Shirley Bailes, Speaker Manager.

Speaker Lounge Hours:
Monday: 7:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 7:30am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Wireless Internet Access

Dedicated WiFi will be available throughout the conference area of the the Las Vegas Hilton. Keep in mind this network is shared by all of your fellow RailsConf attendees. Please don't download large files or use BitTorrent while on the conference network. Internet access in your hotel room is available through the hotel for an additional fee.

Continental Breakfast / Lunch

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for RailsConf attendees each day of the conference, in the Conrad Room. Note: Meals on Monday are available for tutorial attendees only.

Continental Breakfast Hours:
Monday: 7:30am - 8:30am
Tuesday: 8:00am - 9:00am
Wednesday: 8:00am - 9:00am
Thursday: 8:30am - 9:30am

Attendee Directory

RailsConf now has an Attendee Directory that allows you to see who else is going to RailsConf and connect with them while you are at the conference. Once you opt to participate, you'll be able to:

  • Search through the list of attendees
  • Set up your personal profile and add a profile pic
  • Create a list of contacts or of people you want to meet
  • Send messages to other participating attendees
  • Share your Twitter identity and tweets with others

How To Use The Attendee Directory:

You will need to make sure you are opted in to use these features. Here's how:

  1. Go to: http://www.railsconf.com/network
  2. If prompted, login to your O'Reilly Conferences account with the user name and password you used to register for RailsConf (note: if you are already logged in, you will skip this step)
  3. Once logged in, click on the "Participate in Attendee Directory" button at the bottom of the page.
  4. Once you're participating, go ahead and browse, network, and communicate with your fellow RailsConf attendees.

Online Personal Scheduler

Create your own schedule using the personal scheduler function. Mark the tutorials, sessions, keynotes, and events you want to attend by clicking on the calendar icon next to each listing on the online schedule. Then click on "personal schedule" below and get your own customized schedule generated.

Rate the session you attend

Make sure to rate each session you attend and let us know which ones you liked and which ones you didn’t like. Go to any session detail page on www.railsconf.com and rate each session from one to five stars, in the upper right hand corner. You can also leave a public comment with your thoughts about the session and/or speaker. Note: you must be logged in to your O'Reilly Conference account to rate sessions at RailsConf.

Overall Conference Evaluations

Help us improve next year's event! We'll be sending you an email with a link to an online evaluation form towards the end of the conference. Fill it out with your comments and suggestions and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a free pass to RailsConf 2010.

Speaker Presentation files

We'll be posting speaker’s slides on www.railsconf.com as speakers give them to us. So if you don’t see what you’re looking for, check back later. Also, keep in mind not all speakers choose to share their files.

Keynote Video

We'll be officially recording all of the keynote presentations and posting them while the conference is in progress—unless the speaker has requested that it not be posted publicly. Look for the link on http://www.railsconf.com.

Crowdsourced Community Video

As mentioned above, we'll be posting all of the keynotes at RailsConf to www.railsconf.com. But, we also invite you to record any of the RailsConf sessions or tutorials you'd like (with the exception of those listed below) and post them to the new RailsConf community video site. Please make sure not to disrupt the speaker, other attendees, or AV team in the session while recording (i.e. don't stand up in the middle of the aisle to get the shot). Feel free to post interviews and other RailsConf related video too! All we ask is that it's in good taste. To post video, go to:

user name: RCCommunity
password: rcc0mm

Please note, the following speakers do not want their sessions recorded:

David Czarnecki, Ola Mork & Eric Torrey
Guitar Hero: Behind the Music
Tuesday, May 5, 4:25pm-5:15pm

Ninh Bui and Hongli Lai
Scaling Rails
Tuesday, May 5, 4:25pm-5:15pm

Jason LaPorte
PWN Your Infrastructure: Behind Call of Duty: World at War
Tuesday, May 5, 11:45am-12:35pm

Ryan Brown
JRuby on Google App Engine
Wednesday, May 6, 11:45am-12:35pm

Follow RailsConf on Twitter

We'll be tweeting throughout the conference, so make sure you're following @RailsConf to get the latest and greatest information.

RailsConf Tags

Blogging, tweeting and/or posting photos from RailsConf? Official tags are "RailsConf" and "RailsConf09." And if you're Tweeting, don't forget the hashtags!

Birds of a Feather Sessions

Following the planned sessions during the day, it's time for RailsConf participants to take the floor. BoFs are informal conversations that you and other participants interested in the same projects and topics plan. See the pre-scheduled BoFs on the conference website or check out the BoF board onsite (in the Pavilion Foyer) to see the complete schedule or to sign-up to lead your own. BoFs are happening Monday - Wednesday.

Thanks to our Sponsors

A special thanks to the following sponsors for supporting RailsConf 2009: Engine Yard, Inc., Heroku, Sun Microsystems Inc., Blue Box Group, and New Relic.

News and Coverage
co-presented by Ruby Central, Inc. O'Reilly
  • Engine Yard
  • Heroku
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Blue Box Group
  • New Relic

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at RailsConf, contact Yvonne Romaine at yromaine@oreilly.com.

Download the RailsConf Sponsor/Exhibitor Prospectus

Media Partner Opportunities

Download the Media & Promotional Partner Brochure (PDF) for 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 Maureen Jennings at maureen@oreilly.com.

Contact Us

View a complete list of RailsConf 2009 contacts.