About RailsConf

Who Attends | RailsConf Kudos | Program Committee

RailsConf, co-produced by Ruby Central, Inc. and O'Reilly Media, Inc., is the largest official conference dedicated to everything Rails. Through keynotes, sessions, tutorials, panels, and events, RailsConf is an interactive meeting ground for the most innovative and successful Rails experts and companies. The conference provides attendees with examples of business models, development paradigms, and design strategies to enable mainstream businesses and new arrivals to the Web and Rails to take advantage of this new generation of services and opportunities.

RailsConf 2010 Features:

  • Four entire days dedicated to Ruby on Rails
  • A program designed around all levels of expertise from novice to intermediate to advanced
  • The most innovative and successful Rails experts and companies showcased onstage
  • The opportunity to find solutions to the problems those in the trenches are facing
  • A forum for a wide variety of business people seeking to collaborate and solve similar problems
  • A gathering place for the worldwide Rails community, including an important network of experts, alpha geeks, and innovators
  • Hands-on and in-depth guides for learning how to best employ Rails in a variety of situations
  • Ample opportunities for all participants to connect, contribute, and collaborate throughout the event
  • The chance to hear the latest updates, get information, and meet some of the the Rails core development team

O'Reilly is committed to promoting diversity at RailsConf 2010, and at all of our events. Read more.

Who Attends RailsConf?

  • Rails and other web developers (independent, startup, enterprise/corporate)
  • Other open source developers seeking to expand their skill set
  • IT managers tracking emerging technologies
  • Tech-savvy entrepreneurs with business ideas looking to implement web-based start-ups quickly in order to assess their ideas' potential for success
  • Users at every level: new, intermediate, advanced, expert
  • Others interested in web technologies and strategic implementation

Past editions of Railsconf brought together representatives from companies and organizations like:

American Express Publishing, AT&T Interactive, Australian Medical Council, Bank of America, Berenfield Containers, Big Creek Software, Comcast, Crowd Interactive, Defense Department, Democratic National Committee, Dominion Digital, Enova Financial, Firsthand Web Design, Gannett Production Centers, Georgetown University, Incremental, Indiana University, InfoEther, InfoQ, Intuit, Investment Instruments Corporation, Mercury Analytics, Mightyverse, Mobi Wireless, National Institue for Testing & Evaluation, NCAA, New York Times, Nokia, Northrop Grumman, Patch, Primedia, Rackspace, RI.gov, Sony Electronics, Space Telescope Science Institute, Symantec, Tax Management Associates, The Pragmatic Studio, thoughtbot, TradeKing, Tribune Company, Twitter, University of Notre Dame, USAF, Vision 2000 Travel Group, and VMware.

Past RailsConf Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Media Partners have included:

Engine Yard, Heroku, 8th Light, Blue Box Group, InfoEther, JetBrains, New Relic, Open Hosting Inc., Rhomobile, WyeWorks, Circonus, Splunk, Workbeast, Brightspark, Oracle, Pogo Linux, Safari Books Online, Scout, Sun Microsystems, Amazon Web Services, CodeGear, DemocracyLab, FiveRuns, Intridea, Morph Labs, RightScale, ThoughWorks, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, ACM Queue, InformIT, ITConversations, Mashable, Toolbox.com, Ubuntu User, and Webgrrls.

RailsConf Kudos

"I was amazed by the scope of development on display during the sessions: I feel like I saw a thriving and vibrant community with connections to a dizzying variety of areas...RailsConf was packed with useful information and smart people working on a wide field of interesting projects. And the chairs, Ben Scofield and Chad Fowler, were so gracious and considerate; they really provide a benchmark for such an event, and I thank them for an engrossing week. Maybe it's better to come out of a conference with even more questions than I went in with; it highlights the vibrant and expanding nature of the Rails community itself. I can't wait to see what they come up with next." — Colleen Toporek, Pragmatic Bookshelf

"I attended RailsConf last week, and it was amazing. I met a lot of amazing people (including a handful of personal geek heroes) and became truly fired up about my personal craft of programming." — Jaime Bellmyer, Kansas City on Rails

"The best thing at this conference is the energy that transpires and I really feel energized and want to start some new Rails venture. It's fun to see so many enthusiasts trying to learn, share, and push the community forward...So reflecting on these 4 past days...it was a great conference. A big thanks to the organizers and all the presenter." — Daniel Wanja, OnRails.org

"I was reminded of how crucial it is to stay involved in larger software development communities...when you step into a larger community there is more expertise to learn from. So one of the most useful parts of RailsConf was the opportunity to see other people's well written code, and their ideas for solving problems with elegant code." — Jonathan Rochkind, Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries Travels

"Unless you were born in a barn, you probably know that last week was RailsConf. Let me tell you folks, we had a blast." — John Nunemaker, RailsTips

RailsConf Program Committee

Program Chair

Chad Fowler Chad Fowler
Chad Fowler is an internationally known software developer, trainer, manager, speaker, and musician. Over the past decade he has worked with some of the world’s largest companies and most admired software developers. He loves to program computers and, as part of his role as CTO of InfoEther, Inc., spends much of his time solving hard problems for customers in the Ruby language. He is co-organizer of RubyConf and RailsConf and author or co-author of a number of popular software books, including the recently released “The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development“.


Ben Scofield Ben Scofield
Ben Scofield is the Technology Director for Viget Labs, where he has worked with a variety of companies to clarify strategies and build their web presences. He has been an active participant in the Ruby and Rails communities, contributing to open source projects, and speaking at various events. In addition, he has worked over the past year to bring together developers from different fields through a series of local events held around the country.

Associate Chairs

David A. Black David A. Black
David A. Black, Senior Developer at Cyrus Innovation, Inc., is a well-known Ruby programmer, trainer, author, speaker, and event organizer. David is one of the founding directors of Ruby Central, Inc., and has been a co-organizer of every RubyConf since the first one in 2001, program co-chair for RailsConf, and program chair for RailsConf Europe. Active in the Ruby world since 2000, David is the author of The Well-Grounded Rubyist (Manning Publications, 2009), a Ruby standard library contributor, and a frequent invited speaker at technical conferences and user groups in the US, Canada, and Europe.

Rich Kilmer Rich Kilmer
Rich Kilmer is the founder of Virginia-based software and services company InfoEther, Inc.. His background includes peer-to-peer software, wireless web, workflow, and pen computing. His current projects make production use of Ruby on several DARPA research projects. He is an active member of the Ruby development community working on Alph, FreeRIDE, RubyGems, RubyJDWP, Jabber4R, and hosts RubyForge.org.

co-presented by Ruby Central, Inc. O'Reilly
  • Engine Yard
  • Heroku
  • 8th Light
  • Blue Box Group
  • InfoEther
  • JetBrains
  • New Relic
  • Open Hosting
  • Rhomobile
  • WyeWorks
  • Linux Pro Magazine
  • Chargify

Sponsorship Opportunities

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

Download the RailsConf Sponsor/Exhibitor Prospectus

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Program Ideas

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Press and Media

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