• Engine Yard
  • LivingSocial
  • VMware
  • Heroku
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • Blue Box Group
  • JetBrains
  • New Relic
  • Percona
  • Pivotal Labs
  • Rails Dog
  • WyeWorks
  • 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

Contact Us

View a complete list of RailsConf contacts.

RailsConf 2011 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
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RailsConf will take place on the following floors:

  • Level 1 - Exhibit Hall, Lunch
  • Level 2 - Sponsor & exhibitor registration
  • Level 3 - Tutorials, sessions, BohConf
  • Level 4 - Attendee registration, Speaker Lounge, keynotes, tutorials, sessions and continental breakfast

Attendee Registration / Check-In 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 - 5:30pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Sponsor and Exhibitor Registration / Check-In Hours

If you are sponsoring or exhibiting at RailsConf, please go to the Otterbein Lobby on Level 2 to pick up your badge, event guide, and other materials.

Sponsor / Exhibitor Registration Hours:

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

Speaker Lounge

If you are speaking at RailsConf, please check-in and pick up your badge at the Speaker Lounge located in the VIP Suite East on level 4 of the convention center.

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

Wireless Internet Access

The RailsConf wireless network will be available throughout the conference areas on level 3 and 4 of the convention center. There is no password required to access it. 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.

RailsConf T-Shirt Pick-Up

Thank you to Bruce Williams (Codefluency) who designed another great RailsConf t-shirt. The design is a take on the iconic packaging for Old Bay Seasoning, a Baltimore original (named after the Old Bay Line, a passenger ship line that plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore in the 1900s).

Check out the cool design and pick one up at registration starting at 12:30pm on Monday.

RailsConf Teams Up with DonorsChoose.org

Be sure to look for the $25 gift card from DonorsChoose.org in your badge holder when you check in at Registration. As part of our way of giving back to the community, we’ve teamed up with this great charity to supply gift cards to every RailsConf attendee.

DonorsChoose.org is an award-winning online charity. Public school teachers across the country post classroom project ideas, and citizen philanthropists choose which ones to fund. Redeem the gift card you receive on a classroom project that inspires you, and brings students a step closer to the learning they deserve. DonorsChoose.org delivers the materials to the school, and sends you photos and thank-you letters from the classroom you help.

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.

Printed versions of the daily schedule will also be available throughout the conference area.

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 the sessions, workshops, and keynotes you attend by going to any session description page on railsconf.com and clicking on the set of stars in the upper right hand corner. You can also leave comments at the bottom of the description page. Please keep in mind that your comments will be public. Only registered attendees may rate 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 with.

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. Please keep in mind that your comments will be public.

Speaker Slides, Video, and Live Streaming

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.


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

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

Exhibit Hall Hours:

Tuesday, May 17

  • 10:00am - 11:15am
  • 12:35pm - 2:15pm
  • 3:25pm - 4:55pm

Wednesday, May 18

  • 10:00am - 11:15am
  • 12:35pm - 2:15pm
  • 3:25pm - 4:55pm

See who will be exhibiting


Room 347 (Level 3)

  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Thursday, May 19, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Don't forget to stop by BohConf, the RailsConf unconference hosted by the B'More on Rails community. 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://www.bohconf.com.


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

  • Ignite RailsConf
    Monday, May 16, 6:00pm
    Sheraton Inner Harbor
    Baltimore's Rails community is welcoming this year's RailsConf with an un-official party on the first day of RailsConf: Ignite RailsConf.
  • Ruby Heroes Awards Ceremony
    Tuesday, May 17, 7:30pm Ballrooms I & II We'll be handing out several trophies to people we believe to be Ruby Heroes, and giving them the round of applause they deserve and might not get otherwise.
  • Birds of a Feather Sessions
    Tuesday, May 17, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
    Wednesday, May 18, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
    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.
  • RailsConf 5K
    Wednesday, May 18, 7:00am
    Kick start your Wednesday at RailsConf with a FUN AND FREE 5k race around the Baltimore Inner Harbor Promenade. Runners and walkers are welcome (the course is as flat as a pancake).
  • Music Jam
    Wednesday, May 18, 8:00pm
    Ballroom I-II
    Bring an instrument (or your voice) and let's make music!


If you have a question that is not answered here, please message us on Twitter @railsconf or send an email to conf-admin@oreilly.com. When you get to RailsConf, visit the customer service desk located in the registration area on level 4.