RailsConf 2010 Speaker Listing

New speakers are being confirmed daily. Please check back often to see the latest additions to the RailsConf program.

Fabio  Akita
Fabio Akita (Prodigus Consulting), @akitaonrails

Fabio Akita is a Ruby on Rails Activist in Brazil where he helped bootstrap the local Ruby community. He is more well known for his akitaonrails.com blog and he gives talks around the country. He is an Agile project manager and Rails developer. He worked for Locaweb where he created the Rails Summit Latin America conference. He also previously worked or Utah consultancy Surgeworks LLC on Rails projects.

Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen is a technical lead and manager working on serverless infrastructure at Google. Previously, Sarah created early web platforms with Shockwave and Flash Media Server and led the mobile development company Blazing Cloud, developing many native mobile and web apps. She believes that software should be seriously fun and that there is magic in making powerful tools that spark imagination and challenge us all to keep learning and inventing.

André Arko
André Arko (Plex)

Andre Arko has been writing apps in Ruby and Rails for five years. He is a member of the Bundler team, and works for Engine Yard.

John Athayde
John Athayde (LivingSocial), @boboroshi

John is a interface and experience designer as well as programmer, filmmaker, musician, and occasional troublemaker. Prior to his current role at Northern Virginia’s Ruby on Rails consultancy, InfoEther, he ran the DC based UI/UX shop “Hyphenated People” with Amy Hoy. He also ran a 15 person creative team at a large e-commerce shop for two years. He released a short animated film, “The Sandbox”, with his company Meticulous in 2005. When he’s not emotionally attached to a website, he can be found performing in his band, Juniper Lane, or working on 3d animation and electronic music. He holds a Masters degree in Architecture (the building variety, not the information kind) from Catholic University of America. He takes entirely too many pictures of his cat.

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Born in Denmark, Morten has decade of experience in software consulting. After a few years in sunny California, he traded in his code editor for the (sometimes daunting) task of managing the team of coding ninjas at Bitscribe. Morten now runs business development at Heroku.

Kyle Banker
Kyle Banker (10gen), @hwaet

Kyle Banker works at 10gen, where he maintains the MongoDB Ruby driver and supports Ruby developers at large. Previously, he built e-commerce and social networking applications in Rails at Alexander Interactive. Originally a languages nerd and a teacher of English lit., Kyle find himself quite at home in the multi-faceted Ruby and Rails communities.

Steven Bazyl
Steven Bazyl (Google, Inc.), @stevenbazyl

Steve is a Developer Advocate at Google focused on developers integrating with Google Apps. Prior to Google he worked at IGT and RSA Security as a software architected building highly scalable and secure web based systems.

Aaron Bedra
Aaron Bedra (Relevance, Inc.)

Aaron is a programmer at Relevance, Inc. in Durham North Carolina. He is the current maintainer of RCov and Safe-ERB and has contributed to countless open source projects. His background in code analysis and security make for a perfect storm of awesomeness that only Chuck Norris himself can beat.

Nathaniel Bibler
Nathaniel Bibler (Envy Labs), @nbibler

Nathaniel Bibler is a software developer at Envy Labs and co-hosts the Ruby5 Podcast. He is a long-time member and presenter in the Orlando Ruby Users Group and releases or contributes to several open source projects in the Ruby and Rails community.

Michael Bleigh

Michael Bleigh is the Creative Director and Open Source Activist for Intridea. Michael’s experience goes through every part of the web application lifecycle from conception and planning to design and back-end development. He has built a number of open-source projects used widely throughout the Ruby community and has also presented at several conferences including RailsConf 2009 and Confoo.ca 2010.

Adam Blum
Adam Blum (Rhomobile)

Rhomobile is the open mobile framework company, providing the Rhodes platform for building crossplatform native mobile apps for all smartphone operating systems

Rick Bradley
Rick Bradley (OG Consulting)

Rick Bradley is fresh off a chapati-laden 6-month traipse around the Indian subcontinent, ostensibly as moral support for his wife (a natural dye artist with a serious indigo problem), but really because it seemed like a good excuse to be lazy about shaving (and other more critical hygiene matters). (co-)Author of whiskey_disk, object_daddy, larry, douche, etc., he enjoys camel rides on the beach, strong silent lingas, and programs much ruby as one of the founders of Nashville’s OG Consulting.

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown (Google, Inc.)

Ryan is a core developer on the Google App Engine team, and is the main contributor to the appengine-apis gem at code.google.com. He has a passion for making development easier, so he instantly fell in love when he discovered Ruby and Rails.

Michael Bryzek
Michael Bryzek (Gilt Groupe)

Michael Bryzek is the Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Gilt Groupe. He is intensely focused on developing user focused internet software and has a deep passion for scaling high traffic, transactional applications. Prior to Gilt Groupe, Michael founded Volunteer Solutions, an internet application service provider for the philanthropic sector acquired by United Way of America in 2001.

Michael earned his Masters degree in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He can be reached at mb@gilt.com.

Michael Buffington
Michael Buffington (Grasshopper Labs)

Michael Buffington is an entrepreneur and super geek. He’s been focused on building community and entrepreneur focused companies and projects since 1992, starting with a single line BBS with a 9600 baud modem, followed by companies like Price.com, MeasureMap (acquired by Google), Values of N (acquired by Twitter), and Grockit. He’s a frequent speaker at tech and creative conferences. In his spare time, Michael enjoys building Lego robots with his kids, culturing corals in his LED lit reef aquarium, building games, skateboarding, and playing the guitar. He’s also obsessed with improving remote team dynamics with a bias towards extreme programming and agile development.

I work for the Dutch company Nedap and have been working professionally with Ruby for over 4 years. I’ve contributed to Rails and Merb in the past and am currently the maintainer of DataObjects and contributes to DataMapper and Rubinius on a regular basis.

Paul Campbell
Paul Campbell (Hyper Tiny), @paulca

Paul is a Rails Developer from Dublin. He is working on his own startup idea, Ketchup, http://useketchup.com, as well as projects for Engine Yard for example the Rails Development Directory http://railsdevelopment.com

David Chelimsky
David Chelimsky (DRW Trading), @dchelimsky

David Chelimsky is the lead developer of the RSpec project, author of The RSpec Book, and also a software developer at DRW Trading.

Mike Clark
Mike Clark (The Pragmatic Studio)

Mike Clark is a programmer, consultant, trainer, and author of Advanced Rails Recipes. He also runs The Pragmatic Studio, a training company offering public and private courses in Ruby, Rails, iPhone, and other developer topics. For more about Mike, check out Clarkware.

Jon Crosby
Jon Crosby (Engine Yard), @jcrosby

Jon is a San Francisco Bay Area developer specializing in Ruby, JavaScript, Objective-C, and Open Web technologies. Jon is the author of CloudKit and a committer on several open source projects including rack-contrib and the OAuth ruby gem. He is an active member of the Open Web community and works at Engine Yard.

Joe Damato
Joe Damato (packagecloud.io), @joedamato

Joe Damato is a hacker who focuses on the low level implications of Ruby including I/O, performance, testing, and scaling. He maintains a blog (http://timetobleed.com) where he releases code, patches to the Ruby interpreter, and his thoughts about low level systems programming. He has submitted a few patches to Ruby core, the most interesting of which is a bug-fix to the threading implementation in Ruby 1.8 and a Fibers implementation for Ruby 1.8 that he worked on with Aman Gupta. He also added libdl support to ltrace to allow tracing library functions which are linked at runtime (such as Ruby gems).

Matthew Deiters

Matthew has been focusing on end-to-end software development and delivery for nearly a decade. He is in constant pursuit of simple innovative solutions to complex problems. He has also been an avid practitioner of agile and lean methodologies for the last 6 years after honing his skills while working for ThoughtWorks in the US and Australia. As an active member of the open source community, he has contributed to several projects as well as frequently speaks at conferences and user groups.

Brian Doll
Brian Doll (SourceClear), @briandoll

Brian Doll is the Technical Marketing Manger at New Relic. He has worked with many languages and frameworks over the years in both start-up and enterprise environments. In 2007 Brian become inspired by Ruby and reinvigorated by Rails and hasn’t looked back since.

Brian lives in Marin County, California with his wife and sons where he tries to merge his passions of fitness, philosophy and programming.

Clinton N. Dreisbach
Clinton N. Dreisbach (Relevance, Inc.), @crnixon

Clinton R. Nixon is a development director with Viget Labs in North Carolina, and is an active open source programmer. He has created several plugins for Ruby on Rails and has contributed to projects like Radiant, Ramaze, and Homebrew.

Blythe Dunham
Blythe Dunham (Spongecell)

Blythe Dunham is snowgiraffe, a Seattle based code cowgirl at z2live and co-founder of Spongecell. 4 years ago when she began developing with this “Ruby on Rails”, most of her friends thought it was a new snowboarding trick. A certified database whisperer, she specializes in back-end server and database performance and scalability, and most recently has focused on large scale rails analytics implementations. Blythe is excited to share some of the cool new technologies and scalability tricks she incorporated into these implementations.

Anthony Eden
Anthony Eden (DNSimple), @aeden

Anthony Eden has over 14 years of software development experience and currently develops Ruby applications for fun and profit. Anthony is the creator of ActiveWarehouse, a data warehouse plugin for Ruby on Rails, JRuby HTTP Reactor, a non-blocking HTTP client built on Apache’s NIO libraries, as well as numerous other open source projects. Anthony currently resides in the South of France and works as a freelance developer while building and operating DNSimple.

Ron Evans
Ron Evans (The Hybrid Group), @deadprogram

Ron Evans is a technologist for hire at The Hybrid Group and is the creator of the open source robotics/IoT framework Gobot and the open source computer vision framework GoCV. He’s also an award-winning open source software developer, businessperson, author, speaker, and iconoclast.

Cody Fauser
Cody Fauser (Shopify)

Cody is currently CTO of Ottawa based Shopify, the best e-commerce solution on the web. He is responsible for ensuring that Shopify is a robust, world-class platform for over 6,000 online businesses.

He is the lead author of Rails 3 in a Nutshell, and contributed to Advanced Rails Recipes. He also wrote RJS Templates for Rails and the PeepCode ActiveMerchant PDF. Cody enjoys participating in Open Source projects and is the sole maintainer of ActiveMerchant, the most popular payment processing library for Ruby.

Cody currently lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Maria and son Simón. You can check out his blog at www.codyfauser.com and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/codyfauser.

Michael Feathers
Michael Feathers (R7K Research and Conveyance), @mfeathers

Michael Feathers is director at R7K Research and Conveyance. Michael is an active member of the software development community and a member of the ACM and IEEE. He regularly speaks at software conferences around the world. His key passion is helping teams surmount problems and connect with practices that make software development fun and enriching. When he isn’t engaged with a team, he spends his time investigating new ways of altering design over time in code bases.

Obie Fernandez
Obie Fernandez (InfoQ)

Author of The Rails Way, the definitive reference guide for Ruby on Rails, Series Editor of the Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series, CEO/Founder of Hashrocket, and well-known member of the international Ruby community.

Joe Ferris
Joe Ferris (thoughtbot, inc)

Joe works for ThoughtBot and has worked extensively on the Hoptoad API.

Neal Ford
Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks), @neal4d

Neal Ford is a director, software architect, and meme wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy that thinks disruptively to deliver technology to address the toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. Neal focuses on designing and building large-scale enterprise applications. He’s an internationally recognized expert on software development and delivery, especially in the intersection of Agile engineering techniques and software architecture. Neal has authored magazine articles, seven books (and counting), and dozens of video presentations and has spoken at hundreds of developers conferences worldwide on the topics of software architecture, continuous delivery, functional programming, and cutting-edge software innovations. Check out his website at Nealford.com. He welcomes feedback and can be reached at nford@thoughtworks.com.

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Chad Fowler
Chad Fowler (LivingSocial)

Your conference hosts Rich Kilmer and Chad Fowler also have day jobs – running InfoEther, a Ruby and Rails
consultancy specializing in complex software development projects based outside Washington, DC.
Rich and Chad helped create RubyGems.

Vic Fryzel
Vic Fryzel (Google, Inc.)

Vic Fryzel is a Google engineer, and open source software developer. His interests are generally in the artificial intelligence domain, specifically regarding neural networks and machine learning. Vic is an amateur robotics and embedded systems engineer. He also maintain a significant interest in the security of software systems. Lastly, Vic pays a lot of attention to the engineering processes behind large software projects.

James Golick
James Golick (Protose Inc.), @jamesgolick

James Golick’s software experience ranges from artificial intelligence to web front-end and JavaScript development. Most recently, James has fallen back in love with web development thanks to Ruby on Rails.

Since discovering Rails, James has become a prolific contributor to its open source ecosystem. He is the author of several popular plugins and gems, including friendly, resource_controller, and active_presenter. James has contributed to countless other projects, including rails itself.

James is an advocate for well-written, well-tested code and he blogs regularly about the practice of developing software. James is the CTO of Protose Inc.

Ilya Grigorik

Ilya Grigorik is a web performance engineer at Google, cochair of the W3C Web Performance Working Group, and author of High Performance Browser Networking (O’Reilly). In short, he’s an Internet plumber.

Lei Guo (Idapted Ltd)

GuoLei is System Architect at Idapted developing a live-online learning system that connects trainers in the U.S. to English learners in China. In the past year over 30,000 lessons were delivered using the Idapted platform and it is the sole platform used for live training by the British Council, the pre-eminent global authority in English language learning. GuoLei began his enlightened Rails life in 2007 after years in the trenches developing Java software for the Central Government. He has a master in Computer Science from Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics.

Aman Gupta
Aman Gupta (GitHub), @tmm1

Aman is a serial entrepreneur, ruby hacker and a recent winner of a Ruby Heroes award. He currently maintains the EventMachine project and various other gems that help build high-performance distributed and asynchronous systems in ruby, including em-mysql, em-spec, jsSocket and amqp.

Most recently, Aman has been hacking on performance improvements to MRI, and tools for the VM such as perftools.rb, a sampling profiler for ruby code based on google-perftools, and gdb.rb, a MRI specific version of gdb.

Marty Haught
Marty Haught (Haught Codeworks), @mghaught

Straddling the world of entrepreneurs and consultants, Marty founded
Haught Codeworks to build software for his clients, using lean
principles. Using his 12 years of experience writing web
applications, he enjoys mentoring, building businesses and getting
deep into code. An active father, husband and outdoorsman, Marty
thoroughly enjoys his life in the mountains of Colorado. He also
finds time to keep engaged in the local software community by running
the Boulder Ruby group.

David Heinemeier Hansson

David Heinemeier Hansson is a partner at 37signals, a privately-held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based tools possible with the least number of features necessary.

37signals’ products include Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Campfire, Ta-da List, and Writeboard. 37signals’ products do less than the competition — intentionally.

He is also the creator of Ruby on Rails.

Aslak Hellesøy
Aslak Hellesøy (Cucumber Limited), @aslak_hellesoy

Aslak Hellesøy is the founder of the Cucumber project and company of the same name.

Aslak has been programming professionally since 1998 and has been an active contributor to open source and agile communities since 2001.

Elise Huard
Elise Huard (Jabberwocky), @elise_huard

After her studies in metallurgy, Elise realized job in that area were not her cup of tea, and she looked for jobs in an earlier interest, software.

Since then, she’s been rolling through jobs in C, C++, Java, a master in AI, before falling in love with Ruby and going freelance. 10 years of software have helped her get a firm understanding on what works, what doesn’t, and what will make you cry bloody tears on nights before deadlines.

She’s a jack of all trades, loves reading, tinkering, food, travel, learning, and people out of the ordinary.

Dmitry Jemerov

Dmitry Jemerov has been with JetBrains since 2003 and currently leads the
development of RubyMine.

Durran Jordan (Hashrocket), @modetojoy

Starting as an ANSI artist for bulletin boards in the late 80s, Durran hacked his way through to the Java world in the late 90’s where he became a successful developer and agile consultant on 3 different continents. A prior colleague of Obie Fernandez at MediaOcean and Thoughtworks, he has delivered countless enterprise and desktop applications, as well as having his hand in just about every programming cookie jar, including .NET, Scala, Python, and Ruby. Author and maintainer of the Mongoid mapping library for MongoDB.

Yehuda Katz
Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc), @wycats

Yehuda Katz is a member of the Ember.js, Ruby on Rails and jQuery Core Teams. His 9-to-5 home is at the startup he founded, Tilde Inc., where he works on Skylight, a Rails performance tool. Yehuda is the co-author of best-selling jQuery in Action and Rails 3 in Action. He spends most of his time hacking on open source—his main projects, along with others, like Thor, Handlebars and Janus—or traveling the world doing open source evangelism work. He blogs at http://yehudakatz.com and can be found on Twitter as @wycats.

Jeremy Kemper
Jeremy Kemper (37signals)

Jeremy works at 37signals and has worked on most APIs offered by their web services.

Adam Keys
Adam Keys (Gowalla), @therealadam

Adam Keys is a software developer, entertainer and lover of animals. He’s written software in too many languages to name at startups, small businesses and Fortune 100 giants. His philosophy of coding is to write less code and have more fun writing it.

Outside of software development, Adam has studied double bass performance, performed standup comedy and written comedy sketches. He and his wife volunteer for Central Texas Dachshund Rescue and reside in Dallas, Texas, with 3 dachshunds and 2 tabby cats.

Rich Kilmer
Rich Kilmer (LivingSocial)

Rich co-founded InfoEther, a for-profit company focused on applying Ruby in business. He also co-founded Ruby Central, Inc., a non-profit promoting Ruby, where he is an active board member and a leading contributor in the Ruby open-source community. He has spoken at numerous software technology conferences, both in the US and abroad.

Michael Koziarski
Michael Koziarski (Koziarski Software Limited)

Michael “Koz” Koziarski is a software consultant specialising in Ruby on Rails, database architecture, web based businesses and object oriented design. He’s been a contributor to Rails since 2004, a Rails Core Team member since 2005 and helps other programmers improve their code on The Rails Way, a popular Rails architecture weblog.

Mikel Lindsaar

From Sydney Australia, Mikel works as an IT Consultant, Developer and founder of RubyX.com an Rails development and support company in Sydney Australia.

Mikel’s talk this year will be drawing from the 40+ production Rails apps he and his company developed and maintained in the last 12 months.

Mikel is on the core commit team of the Rails framework, wrote the Mail gem and was a major part of the rewrite of ActionMailer.

He also recently ran in the RailsRumble, successfully releasing with his team StillAlive.com and last year also wrote and released TellThemWhen

He spends his days running the RubyX team providing green field application development, custom gem development as well as support, code review and mentoring on existing Rails... Read More.

Pat Maddox
Pat Maddox (Goldstar Events), @patmaddox

I got into Rails pretty much from the get-go, not long after it was made publicly available for programmers to use. Since then I’ve worked on a dozen or so production Rails apps, and written countless toy and experimental apps. These days I help build the technology at goldstar.com.

My interests in Ruby/Rails are primarily in testing and high-level design. With Rails apps that have been running in production for 3, 4, or 5 years now, I think we need to shift our perspective a bit in order to keep up the pace of development that sets us apart from other languages and frameworks, so that we can continue to innovate and make money hand over fist.

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Jess Martin (Relevance, Inc.)

Jess’s fascination with rapidly prototyping products led him to building applications for the web where he contributed to several startups. 60% developer, 40% designer, and 100% ninja, he brings a singular focus on the end-user to any product he works on. Jess is a principal at Relevance.

Robert Martin
Robert Martin (Object Mentor Inc)

Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) has been a software professional since 1970 and is founder and president of Object Mentor Inc., in Gurnee, Illinois. Object Mentor, Inc., is an international firm of highly experienced software developers and managers who specialize in helping companies get their projects done. Object Mentor offers process improvement consulting, object-oriented software design consulting, training, and skill development services to major corporations worldwide.

Mr. Martin has published dozens of articles in various trade journals, and is a regular speaker at international conferences and trade shows.

Mr. Martin has authored and edited many books including:

  • Designing Object Oriented C++ Applications using the Booch Method
  • Patterns Langauages of Program Design 3
  • More C++ Gems
Rick Martinez
Rick Martinez (Flavorpill), @digx

Rick Martinez is Lead Developer at Flavorpill, an online culture magazine based in New York City. He’s been developing with Ruby on Rails for over 5 years and is originally from Miami, Florida. Rick spoke at RailsConf 2010 about extending Rails 3 core components. He can’t decide what was more significant last year: Rails 3 or his 21st birthday.

David Masover
David Masover (Forkbox)

David Masover was once employed by ScribeStorm, later renamed to 3mix, on everything from HD-DVD to a Rails-powered Web 2.0 social media phenomenon… that might have been. More recently, he is an undergrad at Iowa State University, stealing time on weekends to work on exciting Ruby projects like dm-appengine and other attempts to advance the state of the art.

Jeremy McAnally
Jeremy McAnally (Arcturo), @jm

Jeremy has been developing applications with Ruby and Rails for a little over five years, but before that he tortured himself with PHP, C#, Python, VB, and other instruments of destruction. After finding the light, he worked with Ruby for a while and penned Mr. Neighborly’s Humble Little Ruby Book (soon to be published by No Starch). Since then he has continued writing software, books (such as Ruby in Practice for Manning), open-source code (such as dcov, context, and more), presentations for numerous Ruby conferences and user groups, blogs at http://omgbloglol.com, and basically done anything he can to sharpen his Ruby (and Rails)-Fu. He likes good food, good times, and a mean game of Wii Sports Resort Tennis.

Ian McFarland
Ian McFarland (Pivotal Labs, Inc.), @imf

I started working on networked Hypertext systems in 1989, working with Ted Nelson at Autodesk. I was on the launch team at HotWired, and was one of the 4 people involved in the decision that saddled the world with 468×60 banner ads for all time. (It looked nice on the page with the HotWired layout and Netscape 0.94 beta.)

After HotWired, I started a consulting company (Neo Communication) that did a lot of work for companies like IDG and Sony, and we started doing Java development in 1995. (In fact, we built the first client-server application ever built in Java, a demo applet and server, used to reserve seats for a theater presentation announcing the public release of Java at SunWorld.)

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Thomas Meeks
Thomas Meeks (Envy Labs), @thomasmeeks

Thomas loves to code, especially when he gets to dive into the deep technical details. To him, there is little more fun than a late night spent grokking the algorithms in complex software. In addition to his software development experience, Thomas is a total Linux geek and has several years experience bending servers to his indomitable will.

Sarah Mei
Sarah Mei (Ministry of Velocity), @sarahmei

Sarah Mei has spent most of the last dozen years writing code, and most of the last four doing Ruby. In 2009, she co-founded RailsBridge, a nonprofit dedicated to making the Ruby and Rails communities welcoming to all. Since then, her Open Workshop project has sponsored six events in three cities and introduced over 250 people to Rails, Ruby, and in some cases, programming. Sarah works at Pivotal Labs and has, among other things, two kids, a cat, seventeen computers in various states of repair, and one very understanding husband.

Marcel Molina
Marcel Molina (Twitter), @noradio

Marcel is an API developer @twitter. He has previous worked for 37signals.

Alberto Morales
Alberto Morales (OPNET Technologies, Inc.)

Alberto Morales is the CIO at OPNET Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of solutions for managing networks and applications.
Alberto has has held the CIO position at OPNET for over 12 years, helping
the company grow from a private 40 person outfit, to a public company with $120M in revenues with over 500 employees.
He is a progressive, hands-on CIO and uses Ruby and Ruby on Rails extensively in his enterprise. When he is not busy with his day to day responsibilities, he is cycling or working on his new pet project which is teaching ruby to kids (ruby4kids.com).

Jesse Newland is the CTO at Rails Machine, where he hacks on Ruby tools to manage large Rails deployments. When he’s not attempting to automate himself out a job using Ruby, Puppet, and Moonshine, you’ll find him playing guitar, drums, or disc golf.

John Nunemaker
John Nunemaker (OrderedList, Inc.), @jnunemaker

John Nunemaker is passionate, driven and addicted to new. He is the CTO at Ordered List, where he creates simple, usable websites and web applications. You may remember him from such films as HTTParty, MongoMapper, and RailsTips.org.

Charles Nutter
Charles Nutter (Engine Yard, Inc)

Charles Oliver Nutter has been programming most of his life, as a Java
developer for the past decade and as a JRuby developer for over four
years. He co-leads the JRuby project, an effort to bring the beauty of
Ruby and the power of the JVM together. Charles believes in open
source and open standards and hopes his efforts on JRuby and other
languages will ensure the JVM remains the preferred open-source
managed runtime for many years to come. Charles blogs at blog.headius.com and tweets as headius on Twitter.

Rick Olson
Rick Olson (GitHub)

Rick is a Ruby developer at @github. He’s also developed several APIs for @entp.

Benjamin Orenstein
Benjamin Orenstein (thoughtbot), @r00k

Ben Orenstein is an in-the-trenches Rails developer and founder of Codeulate Screencasts. He is proud to hold the first Google spot for “programming profanity.”

Josh Owens
Josh Owens (Four Bean Soup), @joshowens

Josh is the founder of Four Bean Soup. Josh has been honing his Rails skills over the past 5 years, and is a Rails Core Contributor. You can follow his adventures in coding on his RailsFreak blog.

A notable achievement for Josh; he lead his development team to win the 2007 Rails Rumble competition for the development of TastyPlanner.

Josh is a Podcaster and Producer of WebPulp TV. Josh spends most days striving to write beautiful, elegant Ruby code and leading his projects to succes.

Jonathan Palley (Idapted Ltd.)

Jonathan Palley has developed education technology for over 10 years and is co-founder at Idapted. He’s spoken frequently about Rails, iterative development and education technology at such events as SD2C ‘08 and ’09 (China’s largest development conference), The British Council English Research Symposium, RailsConf (‘07), ClueCon, and GloCALL. He was the first person to start an in-house Rails development team in Beijing (where he lives) and has fond memories of trying to build his own Rails plugin system before one existed. He studied physics and theater at Stanford University and can be seen performing monthly improv-comedy shows in Beijing’s theater district.

Aaron Patterson

Aaron works for a small startup company called GitHub. He is on the Ruby core team, the Rails core team, and the team that takes care of his cat, Gorby puff. Someday he will find the perfect safety gear to wear while extreme programming.

Evan  Phoenix
Evan Phoenix (Engine Yard), @evanphx

Evan is the lead developer of Rubinius, a high performance Ruby VM. For the past few years, he’s worked full time on Rubinius, thanks to Engine Yard. Working on Rubinius began as a labor of love in 2006 after reading about other programming language environments and a desire to improve the language he loved, Ruby.

Tony Pitale
Tony Pitale (LivingSocial), @tpitale

Tony Pitale is a developer at Viget Labs, where he builds Ruby on Rails applications for startups and conventional businesses. He’s been developing with Ruby for nearly 4 years and has built web applications with Rails, Sinatra, and DataMapper. He’s the creator of Garb, a Ruby library for accessing Google Analytics data through its API. When not developing he spends time with his dog (Kona), friends in the DC area, and family in NJ.

Gregg Pollack
Gregg Pollack (Open SourceCraft), @greggpollack

Gregg Pollack is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about teaching software development online. Most recently he is the host of Open SourceCraft, a show about the people who are passionate about Open Source Software. He also founded Code School, an online software programming school which was acquired by Pluralsight, Envy, a web application development firm, and Starter Studio, Orlando’s first technical accelerator now in it’s seventh class. He is on the advisory board for the FireSpring Fund, Orlando Chamber of Commerce, Canvs Co-working space, and the Rollins Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship.

Chad Pytel
Chad Pytel (thoughtbot, inc.)

Chad Pytel is the founder and CEO of thoughtbot, a software development firm specializing in Ruby on Rails and creators of paperclip, shoulda, factory_girl and Hoptoad among other projects. thoughtbot embraces both agile development methodologies and a “getting real” project philosophy. Chad was co-author of Pro Active Record: Databases with Ruby and Rails (APress) and has presented at various conferences around the world. Chad lives with his wife and son in Boston, MA. When not managing projects and writing code, Chad enjoys just spending time with his family. To follow along with Chad and the rest of the thoughtbot team’s ideas on development, design, technology, and business, visit their blog.

Nick Quaranto
Nick Quaranto (thoughtbot, inc.), @qrush

Nick is a firm believer in open source software, a proud member of Ruby community, and has been doing web development for as long as he can remember. He cut his teeth on classic ASP and ASP.NET at first, but discovered Ruby on Rails through his university and dove in head first. Nick pretends he’s a bassist with famous prog rock bands when not coding.

Tammer Saleh
Tammer Saleh (Engine Yard)

Tammer Saleh wrote the Shoulda testing framework, was the primary developer and project manager for Thoughtbot’s fantastic Hoptoad service, and is currently co-authoring Addison Wesley’s Rails AntiPatterns with Chad Pytel. He’s also an experienced Ruby on Rails trainer and speaker. In previous lives he’s done AI programming for the NCSA and the University of Illinois, as well as systems administration for Citysearch.com and Caltech’s Earthquake Detection Network. You can read more about him at tammersaleh.com.

Flip Sasser (Intridea, Inc.), @flipsasser

With strong expertise in Ruby on Rails and new web technologies, Flip applies his talents to a wide variety of projects for Intridea, Inc. One day you might find him writing a recommendation engine for restaurants, and another day he might be polishing off some open-source code.

Sean Schofield

Sean is the CEO of Rails Dog LLC and creator of the Spree open source e-commerce framework for Ruby on Rails. He has been actively involved in open source Rails projects for several years now. Prior to discovering Rails, Sean worked for over ten years programming in Java. He is also a member of the Apache Software Foundation and a former contributor to several Java based projects including Struts.

Wayne E. Seguin
Wayne E. Seguin (Engine Yard, Inc.), @wayneeseguin

Wayne has been Working With Rails for well over four years now and comes well recommended. Wayne has a bachelors degree in Computer Science and a Masters degree in Mathematics. Wayne’s hobbies include spending time with his children, hacking, Magic the Gathering and Disc Golf.

Nick Sieger
Nick Sieger (Engine Yard, Inc.), @nicksieger

Nick Sieger is an engineer at Engine Yard, working on JRuby and
leading the effort to make the Java Virtual Machine a robust yet
easy-to-use deployment platform for Rails and Ruby web applications.
He created and co-maintains the JDBC adapter for ActiveRecord that
JRuby on Rails uses for database connectivity, as well as the Warbler
tool and JRuby-Rack library for dealing with Java application server
deployment. He maintains a blog on Ruby and JRuby-related topics at

Dan Sinclair
Dan Sinclair (PostRank Inc.), @dj2sincl

Dan Sinclair spends his days at PostRank Inc. wandering around Rails and over EventMachine. Dan can be
found online at www.everburning.com and on Twitter @dj2sincl.

Derek Sivers
Derek Sivers (CD Baby), @sivers

Derek Sivers is best known as the founder of CD Baby. A professional musician (and circus clown) since 1987, Derek started CD Baby by accident in 1998 when he was selling his own CD on his website, and friends asked if he could sell theirs, too. CD Baby was the largest seller of independent music on the web, with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients. After he won the 2003 World Technology Award, Esquire Magazine’s annual “Best and Brightest” cover story said, “Derek Sivers is changing the way music is bought and sold… one of the last music-business folk heroes.” In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby to focus on his new ventures to benefit musicians, including his new company MuckWork where teams... Read More.

Jacob Swanner
Jacob Swanner (Envy Labs), @jswanner

Jacob was previously trapped working on Java & .NET web applications before he was liberated by Envy Labs. These days he spends his time writing beautiful Ruby code and rich, client-side applications with JavaScript. When his head is not in the clouds, he’s usually thinking about his next travel adventure.

Nathaniel Talbott
Nathaniel Talbott (Spreedly, Inc.)

Nathaniel Talbott co-founded Spreedly in 2007 after being involved with Ruby and Rails since 2001. Spreedly takes the pain of subscription billing and makes it as simple as a weekend project. As someone who also does consulting work via Terralien, including recently building a completely custom subscription billing system for a client, he’s well acquainted with the build vs. buy question and its ramifications.

Oren Teich (Heroku), @teich

Oren Teich is responsible for product management at Heroku. For over 11 years he’s been focused on making developing and deploying applications a better experience. Prior to Heroku, Oren worked with various tech companies such as Sun Microsystems, MontaVista Software, Cobalt Networks and Replicate Technology.

Glenn Vanderburg
Glenn Vanderburg (First.io), @glv

Glenn Vanderburg is vice president of engineering at First.io. Previously, he was a software engineer and chief architect at LivingSocial. Glenn has been programming Ruby since 2001.

Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk (VaynerMedia)

GARY GETS BUSINESS: Meet Gary Vaynerchuk (VAY NER CHUK), a 34 year old New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author who is also a self-trained wine and social media expert. From a young age, it was clear that Gary was a businessman. At 8 years old he was operating 7 lemonade stands in his neighborhood and by 10 he had moved onto selling baseball cards at local malls. In high school while working at his family owned liquor store, Gary started reading The Wine Spectator and wine books, and realized collecting wine offered an allure similar to his previous hobby of collecting baseball cards. With a wealth of knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit, Gary spent every... Read More.

Chris Wanstrath

Chris Wanstrath is CEO and co-founder of GitHub, a site that makes it easier to build software with your co-workers, friends, or total strangers. A software developer himself, Chris is passionate about open source and the web.

Jim Weirich
Jim Weirich (Neo Innovation), @jimweirich

Jim Weirich is the Chief Scientist for EdgeCase LLC, a Rails development firm located in Columbus Ohio. Jim has over twenty-five years of experience in software development. He has worked with real-time data systems for testing jet engines, networking software for information systems, and image processing software for the financial industry. Jim is active in the Ruby community and has contributed to several Ruby projects, including the Rake build system and the RubyGems package software.

Joseph Wilk
Joseph Wilk (Songkick.com), @josephwilk

Joseph Wilk is a member of the core development team for Cucumber. He has been developing for the web for 10 years in both big and small companies and as an entrepreneur. After stints working with Java and Python he finally found Ruby. He now spends his time in-between eating Cucumbers working at songkick.com. Having more fun than is healthy working as a Software Gardener building web systems and working on open source projects. He suffers from test obsession and has given up hope of any treatment.

Dr. Nic Williams
Dr. Nic Williams (Stark & Wayne), @drnic

Dr Nic has written, maintained and contributed to over a 100 open source projects, across the languages/domains of Ruby, JavaScript, Objective-C and TextMate bundles. He is VP Technology at Engine Yard and is responsible for its large Open Source program.

Dr Nic has been presenting at International Conferences since 2007,
including RailsConf, RubyConf, RailsConf Europe, QCON, JAOO, RubyEnRails,
Rails Underground, Rails Summit Latin America, RubyConf Europe, RubyFools,
OSDC, and RailsCamp.

He is Australian and thinks he is funny.

Derek Willis
Derek Willis (The New York Times)

Derek works @nytimes and has worked on various APIs there, including the Open Congress API.

John Woodell
John Woodell (Google, Inc. ), @johnwoodell

John Woodell is a web developer at Google, and a Ruby enthusiast. He started developing web pages in the early ‘90s, and spent over a decade hacking together sites in Perl, Java and PHP. John discovered RubyOnRails in 2005 and has been a dedicated Rubyist ever since. He maintains the App Engine APIs for JRuby and contributes to related projects. John manages the JRuby on App Engine blog and tweets as johnwoodell.

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