RailsConf 2010 Onsite Information

Attending RailsConf? Below are all the important onsite details about checking in and planning your time at the conference in Baltimore, MD.

Conference Location

Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 649-7000

View Larger Map

RailsConf will take place on the following floors:

  • Level 1 - Exhibit Hall, sponsor & exhibitor registration
  • Level 3 - Tutorials and sessions
  • Level 4 - Attendee registration, keynotes, tutorials, and sessions

Registration / Check-in Hours

Registration Hours

Stop by RailsConf Registration to pick up your badge, event guide, and other materials. Registration is located on Level 4 of the convention center in the Ballroom East Foyer.

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

Sponsor and Exhibitor Registration

If you are sponsoring or exhibiting at RailsConf, please go to Hall A on Level 1 to pick up your badge, event guide, and other materials.

  • Monday: 7:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00am – 6:00pm

Rides from BWI - BmoreOnRails Taxi Service

The BmoreOnRails crew is providing volunteer-driven taxis to help RailsConf attendees get to their hotels and also to the conference center from BWI airport.  The taxis are running Sunday, June 6 and Monday, June 7 from 12pm to 6pm and will pick up outside baggage claim 6 and baggage claim 14 approximately every 30 minutes. Look for the taxis to have the red RailsConf logo posted in their windshield.

Set Up Your Personal Schedule

Create your own RailsConf agenda using the personal scheduler function on the RailsConf website. Mark the sessions, workshops, keynotes, and events you want to attend by clicking the calendar icon next to each listing. Then click on "Personal Schedule" link in the Schedule View page to generate your own customized schedule.

RailsConf T-Shirt Pick-Up

Thank you to Bruce Williams (Codefluency) who designed another great RailsConf t-shirt. If you're curious, the design is based on Fort McHenry, the iconic War of 1812 fort located on Baltimore harbor (where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the words that would become "The Star-Spangled Banner," and the only "National Monument and Historic Shrine" in the United States). For more information on the fort, see http://www.nps.gov/fomc/.

You can pick up your RailsConf shirt in registration starting Tuesday at 12:00pm.

Wireless Internet Access

The RailsConf wireless network will be available throughout the conference areas on level 3 and 4 of the convention center. We also have several hardwires available for you to use on the tables in the level 4 foyer (near registration). Keep in mind you are sharing this network with everyone else so please refrain from downloading large files or using bitTorrent while on the conference network.

Online Attendee Directory

Would you like to connect with other conference participants before, during and after the RailsConf? Join the online Attendee Directory, which allows you to have a public profile, communicate with other attendees, and manage your contacts. You will need to make sure you are opted-in to the Attendee Directory in order to begin using it.

Once you start participating you'll be able to:

  • Set up your personal profile and post a photo of yourself
  • Create a list of people you want to meet
  • Direct message other RailsConf attendees
  • Integrate your Twitter account and share your tweets with others

Rate Sessions and Leave Comments

Rate the sessions, workshops, and keynotes you attended by going to any session description page and clicking on the set of stars in the upper right-hand corner. Only registered attendees may rate and comment on sessions, so if you aren't already logged in, you'll be asked to do so. Your username/email and password are the same ones you used to register for RailsConf.

Have a question or comment for a speaker? Post them in the "Add New Comment" field found at the bottom of any session detail page (see an example). Please keep in mind that your comments will be public.

Speaker Slides, Video, and Live Streaming Info

All the RailsConf keynotes will be streamed live on railsconf.com and then made available as videos after the conference ends. We'll also be posting speaker slides as they give them to us. Look for the links on railsconf.com shortly after the conference begins.


Make sure you are following @railsconf to get the most up-to-the-minute information while at RailsConf. If you are tweeting during the conference, make sure you use the #railsconf hashtag. And if you have questions or feedback, you can DM us or send us a message @railsconf.


If you are posting blogs, photos, or tweeting while you're at RailsConf, tag them with "RailsConf". If you're tweeting, don't forget the hashtags.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Make sure to visit the sponsors and exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall, located on Level 1 in Hall A.

Tuesday, June 8

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • 12:35 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • 3:25 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.

Wednesday, June 9

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • 12:35 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • 3:25 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.

See who will be exhibiting


Don't forget to stop by BohConf, the RailsConf unconference hosted by the B'More on Rails community, happening Monday - Wednesday in Room 303. At BohConf, we’re going to get our hands dirty writing code and sharing ideas in an open and free-form environment. This hacking-centric event will include community code drives featuring well known OSS authors, a code retreat, a programming competition, and barcamp-style discussions. Learn more at: http://bohconf.com.

Evening Events

Make sure to check out some (or all) of the evening events happening at RailsConf:

  • Ignite RailsConf
    Sunday, June 6, 6:00pm
    Sheraton Inner Harbor
    Baltimore's Rails community is welcoming this year's RailsConf with an un-official pre-party the evening before RailsConf begins: Ignite RailsConf.
  • B'More on Rails Pub Night
    Monday, June 7, 6:00pm
    Pratt Street Ale House
    Start off your RailsConf/BohConf right by having a beer and hanging out with the B'more on Rails crew!
  • Birds of a Feather Sessions
    Monday, June 7, 7:00pm - 10:00pm - Tuesday, June 8, 8:00pm - 11:00pm
    Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions provide face to face exposure to those interested in the same projects and concepts. BoFs can be organized for individual projects or broader topics (best practices, open data, standards). BoFs are entirely up to you. We post your topic online and onsite and provide the space and time. You provide the engaging topic. See the BoFs already scheduled
  • Music Jam
    Wednesday, June 9, 8:30pm
    Ballroom I-II
    Bring an instrument (or your voice) and let’s make music!

Thanks to Our Sponsors

A special thank you to Engine Yard, Heroku, 8th Light, Blue Box Group, InfoEther, JetBrains, New Relic, Open Hosting Inc., Rhomobile, and WyeWorks for their support of RailsConf 2010. Learn about our Sponsors.

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

Media Partner Opportunities

For information on trade opportunities with O'Reilly conferences or contact mediapartners@ oreilly.com

Program Ideas

Send us your suggestions for speakers, topics, and activities to rails-idea@oreilly.com.

Press and Media

For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at maureen@oreilly.com.

RailsConf Newsletter

To stay abreast of conference news please sign up for the RailsConf newsletter (login required)

Contact Us

View a complete list of RailsConf 2010 contacts.