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RailsConf 2011 Speakers

The initial list of speakers confirmed for RailsConf 2011 is below. This is a partial list, and new speakers are still being confirmed.

Eric Allam
Eric Allam (Envy Labs)

Eric is a Ruby developer but can sometimes get distracted by shiny things, like node.js or Cocoa Touch. He is excited by finding pragmatic solutions to hard problems, and turning those problems into compelling products. Catch him in a coffee shop and he would be just as willing to engage in a discussion of literature as he would the benefits of TDD.

André Arko
André Arko (Plex)

André Arko is a member of the Bundler team, author of the jquery-rails and haml-rails gems. He’s been using Ruby since 2005, and works on the infrastructure behind plexapp.com and the Plex media system.

Hirotsugu Asari
Hirotsugu Asari (Engine Yard)

Hiro Asari is a JRuby Support Engineer at Engine Yard. He is also a JRuby committer. Ruby has freed him from his past professional life as a database administrator and as a hobbyist Perl hacker.

John Athayde
John Athayde (LivingSocial), @boboroshi

John Athayde is a UI/UX/Design type who comes from an architecture (of
the building variety) background. He’s been in the Rails community
since 2006 and has broad experience in e-commerce and running creative
teams. He currently is the Senior UI/UX Designer at LivingSocial.

Aaron Batalion
Aaron Batalion (LivingSocial), @abatalion

Cofounder and CTO, LivingSocial. The head technologist for this rapidly growing company is a big local presence in Washington, DC and is helping to push the start-up scene forward.

Aaron Bedra
Aaron Bedra (Relevance, Inc.)

Aaron is a member of Clojure/core and a developer for Relevance Inc where he works as a technical lead, author, and speaker. He is the author of “Rails Security Audit” and co-author of the coming second edition of “Programming Clojure”.

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.

David A.  Black
David A. Black (Arcturo)

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.

Michael Bleigh

Michael Bleigh is a Rubyist living in Kansas City and works as a partner at Intridea. Michael has contributed numerous open-source libraries to the Ruby community including OmniAuth and ActsAsTaggableOn. He has also spoken at numerous events including RailsConf ’09 and ’10, RubyConf ’10, ConFoo, and Ruby Midwest.

Jamis Buck (37signals), @jamis

Jamis lives in Idaho and works (remotely) for 37signals. He has contributed many libraries and applications to the Ruby and Rails communities, including Capistrano, Net::SSH, SQLite3/Ruby, and others.

Munjal Budhabhatti (ThoughtWorks, Inc.)

Munjal Budhabhatti is a lead consultant at ThoughtWorks, an internationally recognized software development company. He possesses over 13 years of experience in designing large-scale enterprise applications and has implemented innovative solutions for some of the largest data centers, microfinance, and financial organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. He spends most of his time creating well-designed applications using agile processes.

Anthony Burns
Anthony Burns (LivingSocial), @dirtyalpaca

Anthony Burns is a passionate Rails developer and automation connoisseur. He lives an alter ego once a month in the National Guard, where he first discovered Ruby and Rails while deployed to Iraq. Dedicated to producing clean, quality applications and automating their deployment, he has worked to bring numerous projects to production systematically and effectively. Anthony is also the coauthor of the upcoming Pragmatic Bookshelf release, Deploying Rails.

David Calavera

JRuby core team member, main developer of Trinidad, a Ruby application on top of Apache Tomcat, open source aholic and juggler.

Paul Campbell
Paul Campbell (Hyper Tiny), @paulca

Paul is a Rails Developer from Dublin, Ireland.

Paul is a founding member of HyperTiny ( http://hypertiny.ie ), a small Rails shop based in Dublin, Ireland. HyperTiny have garnered strong international acclaim in the 2 years since starting up, having launched a string of successful projects with Engine Yard, Ian McFarland, Jonathan Siegel, Joi Ito, Easons and their own product, Ketchup, an online meeting notes tool.

Paul spoke last year at RailsConf, RubyConf, Scottish RubyConf, the Dublin Web Summit and a number of other regional conferences and meetups.

Paul also co-curates FunConf (http://funconf.com), a boutique web conference hosted in amazing locations in Ireland.

Jeff Casimir
Jeff Casimir (Jumpstart Lab)

I started JumpstartLab in the summer of 2009 after six years as a public school teacher and administrator. I love teaching skills that help people unlock their ideas. My primary expertise is in Ruby and Rails, but also love subjects like JavaScript, database design, and anything else related to the web.

Michael Cerna (Groupon), @mcerna

Mike became a software developer in 2003 as the developer at Thinkhost.com. In the years since, he’s been involved with a myriad of West Coast startups that span academia, visual effects, gambling, and even the celebrity/entertainment industries. Mike dabbled in bioinformatics, robotics, and 3d visualization before settling on web application/business development. He is currently a lead developer and domain historian at Groupon.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.

Derek Collison
Derek Collison (Synadia Communications), @derekcollison

Derek is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, specializing in high performance distributed systems. With tenures at Google and TIBCO Software, he specializes in Distributed Systems Architecture, High Performance Messaging Systems, and Event-Driven Systems. His current focus is Cloud Foundry and the Open PaaS at VMware Inc.

Tom Copeland
Tom Copeland (LivingSocial), @tcopeland

Tom Copeland began programming on a TRS-80 Model I, but demand for that skill waned and he moved on to Java and then to Ruby. He has programmed in Ruby since 2004 and worked on Ruby on Rails systems since 2007. He remembers when FastCGI was the runtime tool of choice for Rails application, and he’s glad that those days are over.

John Crepezzi
John Crepezzi (Broadstreet Ads), @seejohnrun

John is a Rails developer working at Patch in New York City. He’s built a few popular Ruby gems – most notably IceCube, TrackHistory, and EasyTranslate. He’s also a core contributor to CodeIgniter, and loves to develop and share the things he builds.

Geoffrey Dagley
Geoffrey Dagley (Zynga With Friends)

Geof is a senior engineer/toymaker at Zynga with Friends. He has been a rocket scientist, an ERP software engineer, a programming instructor, and a web developer. Now he plays games all day… at work

Chad Dickerson

Chad is CEO, President and Chairman of Etsy, leading the company in its mission and growing it into a global community of creative entrepreneurs and their customers.

Under Chad’s leadership, marketplace sales by Etsy’s community of more than a million sellers have grown significantly. The company became a Certified B Corporation in 2012 and, in both 2013 and 2014, Etsy was named one of the Best Small & Medium Workplaces by the Great Place to Work® Institute. In April 2015, Chad was appointed as a member of the US Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations by President Barack Obama.

Prior to becoming CEO in 2011, Chad was Etsy’s CTO. Before joining Etsy, Chad led Yahoo’s Brickhouse & Advanced products team, and... Read More.

Mike Dietz
Mike Dietz (ThoughtWorks)

Mike Dietz is a Senior Consultant with ThoughtWorks. He has written applications in Smalltalk and Ruby/Rails, and done time as a Java developer in between. Trying to be a good programmer…

“Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.” ~Martin Fowler

Jon Distad (Relevnce)

Jon is a developer at Relevance, Inc living in Brooklyn, NY.

Paul Dix
Paul Dix (InfluxDB), @pauldix

Paul Dix is the author of the upcoming book “Service Oriented Design with Ruby and Rails” to be published by Addison Wesley. In the past he has worked at Google, Microsoft, McAffee, Air Force Space Command, and various startups filling positions as a programmer, software tester, and network engineer. He has been a speaker at RubyConf and multiple regional Ruby conferences on the subjects of machine learning, collaborative filtering, service oriented design. He is the author of the open source Ruby libraries SAXMachine, Feedzirra, and Typhoues. Paul has a degree in computer science from Columbia University.

Brian Doll
Brian Doll (SourceClear), @briandoll

Brian Doll has been building things on the web since the paleolithic days of sticks, mud and cgi-bin. These days he enjoys such luxuries as Ruby, Rails and jQuery.

Brian enjoys writing and speaking on lean engineering, systems architecture and scalability while helping teams all over the world scale their apps at New Relic.

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

Clinton Nixon Dreisbach is a developer at Relevance:“http://thinkrelevance.com”, the home of Clojure/core. He has been computing for 25 years and loves Perl, Clojure, public speaking, and learning new things.

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.

Chris Eppstein

Author of Compass, the Sass-based css meta framework. Member of the Sass Core team. Software architect of Caring.com.

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.

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.

Joe Ferris
Joe Ferris (thoughtbot, inc)

Joe Ferris is a principal and developer at thoughtbot. During his tenure, he’s been involved with products like Hoptoad and Copycopter, and many open source projects such as factory_girl, shoulda, clearance, suspenders.

Richard Gabriel
Richard Gabriel (IBM Research)

Richard P. Gabriel is a researcher at IBM Research, looking into the architecture, design, and implementation of extraordinarily large, self-sustaining systems. He is the award-winning author of four books and a poetry chapbook. He lives in California.

Nick Gauthier

Nick Gauthier is a Ruby on Rails performance junkie. Last year he focused on ways to speed up Rails test suites, and now he’s focusing on speeding up your application in production. He’s been using Rails since 2.0 dropped and Linux long enough to remember slackware and the 2.4 kernel. He’s the creator and maintainer of the test-performance gem Hydra.

Justin Gehtland
Justin Gehtland (Relevance, Inc.)

Justin co-founded Relevance in 2003 to put agile practices and new technologies to work solving problems and making waves.

Greg Gershman
Greg Gershman (Self-employed), @greggersh

Web Developer, Search Engineer, Entrepreneur

Jason Gilman
Jason Gilman (Element 84), @jasongilman

Jason Gilman is a software engineer with 10 years of experience developing C++, Java, and Ruby on Rails applications. Jason has been published on the DevX website. Jason has developed several high performance query and processing implementations for Earth Science data.

Christopher Green (Envy Labs)

Born at a very young age, Chris has been getting ceaselessly older since. Somewhere between then and now, someone let him sit in front of a computer. This was widely regarded as a bad move.

Avdi Grimm
Avdi Grimm (ShipRise LLC), @avdi

Avdi Grimm has been hacking Ruby code
for 10 years, and is still loving it. He is chief aeronaut at ShipRise LLC, a consultancy
specializing in sustainable software development and in helping
geographically dispersed teams work more effectively. He lives in
Southern Pennsylvania with his wife and four children, and in his
copious spare time blogs and podcasts at http://wideteams.com and

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, releasing several patches to ruby and perftools.rb, a sampling profiler for ruby code based on google-perftools.

Corey Haines
Corey Haines (Corey Haines)

Corey Haines spent much of his 14+-year professional career in the
Microsoft ecosystem before moving out of the corporate world and into
the wild world of Ruby on Rails. In 2008 he began a year-long journey,
traveling the midwest and east coast of the United States on a
pair-programming tour. He spent anywhere from a day to a week at
different places, pairing with people in exchange for room and board.
While on the road, he also focused on expanding and defining the
message of the Software Craftsmanship movement, as it pertains to both
professionalism and career development.

Corey has been engaged in practicing the Extreme Programming
techniques for over 7 years, following the Behavior-Driven DevelopmentRead More.

Andreas Haller (kopfmaschine)

Andreas Haller studied Digital Media at the University of Bremen in Germany and is using Ruby since 2007.

He has great interest in interface design and frontend development.

Andreas joined kopfmaschine in January 2010 as a developer, where he is working with Rails, JavaScript and HTML5 to build apps that kick ass.

Jeffrey Hardy is a programmer at 37signals. He lives somewhere in the deep Canadian wilderness with his wife, his dog, and a cat.

Michael Hartl
Michael Hartl (Rails Tutorial), @mhartl

Ruby on Rails Tutorial author Michael Hartl is a programmer, educator, and entrepreneur. Michael was coauthor of RailsSpace, a best-selling Rails tutorial book published in 2007, and was cofounder and lead developer of Insoshi, a popular social networking platform in Ruby on Rails. Previously, he taught theoretical and computational physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for six years, where he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000. Michael is a graduate of Harvard College, has a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, and is an alumnus of the Y Combinator program.

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.

Tony Hillerson
Tony Hillerson (Tack Mobile)

Tony Hillerson is a software architect for EffectiveUI. On any given day he may be working with Rails, Ruby, Java, Flex, Scala, Clojure, sbt, or shell scripts. Tony has contributed to and developed on community projects, such as RubyAMF. He’s hosted online seminars on Android for O’Reilly, written a book on Flex and Rails, and published a whitepaper on LiveCycle and EJB3. He’s spoken at conferences such as Web 2.0, RailsConf, 360|Flex and Adobe Max. Tony is interested in all levels of usability and experience design, from the database to the server to the glass. He graduated from Ambassador University with a BA in MIS. In his free time, Tony enjoys playing the bass, making electronic music, making beer, learning Latin and studying philosophy.... Read More.

Zach Holman
Zach Holman (GitHub), @holman

Zach’s the lead developer for GitHub Firewall Install. He gained national attention for Facelette, an experiment that mashed up Chat Roulette and FaceTime, which lasted until the national media realized how stupid it was. Took them long enough. Zach also does serious blog posts and completely unserious screencasts.

Chad Humphries
Chad Humphries (Relevance, Inc.), @spicycode

Chad has spent the last 10 years roaming the earth building web applications for companies large and small. During his journeys he has contributed regularly to open source in .NET and Ruby.

He was last seen championing the causes of Behaviour Driven Development and proper use of the Queen’s English.

Tyler Hunt
Tyler Hunt (Envy Labs), @tylerhunt

Tyler is a veteran web developer with a penchant for the Ruby language and frameworks including Ruby on Rails and Merb. He enjoys creating practical, intuitive interfaces with semantic markup, well-crafted JavaScript, and pretty colors. When he’s not coding, you’ll find him in the kitchen cooking up new recipes and mixing classic cocktails.

Peter Jackson

Before you ask: no, he is not THAT Peter Jackson. But yes, he can get a table at nearly any restaurant in LA.

Peter Jackson is a mountain climber, rails developer, project manager, and musician from NH. His work for Intridea is based out of Washington DC, where he is responsible for delivering Rails and mobile applications to their clients.

He has been building and delivering web and mobile-based solutions since 1995. A trained Scrum Master, he believes strongly in applying Agile principles to deadline-driven environments to foster high performance.

Before coming to Intridea, Pete was the Vice President of Engineering for Kajeet, Inc, where his team built a national mobile phone service for kids. Earlier in his career, Pete worked as an Enterprise... Read More.

Dmitry Jemerov

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

Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson (OPNET Technologies, Inc.), @mellowcoder

Mark is the AVP Business Application Development at OPNET Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of solutions for managing networks and applications. Mark has been developing web applications for over 15 years. OPNET has adopted Ruby on Rails as their platform of choice for all in-house application development.

Patrick Joyce (LivingSocial), @KeeperPat

Patrick Joyce is a Software Engineer at LivingSocial where he is responsible for a billing system that has processed hundreds of millions of dollars in credit card transactions. He has worked with credit cards in Ruby since 2007 and contributed the Authorize.net ARB (Automated Recurring Billing) and CIM (Customer Information Manager) gateways to ActiveMerchant. He fell in love with Ruby and Rails in 2005 and hasn’t looked back.

Jonathan Julian

Lead developer at 410Labs, building awesome products in Baltimore like shortmail.com and replyz.com. Active Bmore on Rails member, and coworker at Beehive Baltimore.

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.

Matt Kelly is the lead engineer at ZURB. He is responsible for Notable, Verify, Bounce, Clue, and more recently Strike, all of which are built on Rails.

Matt came to ZURB to work as the only engineer in a pack of interaction designers and learn about building great products that people love to use.

He most recently spoke at jQuery Conf Boston about creating great interactions with jQuery.

He’s been coding Rails as a full time job for over 5 years, and has a passion for implementing well designed products.

Adam Keys
Adam Keys (Gowalla), @therealadam

Adam Keys is a software developer, entertainer and lover of animals. He works at Gowalla, reads a lot, and enjoys cracking wise.

CJ Kihlbom

CJ Kihlbom is the founder of Elabs, an agile web development and design shop in Sweden, and the organizer of Nordic Ruby. He switched to Ruby in 2004 when Rails came along, and he hasn’t looked back since.

Rich Kilmer
Rich Kilmer (LivingSocial), @rich_kilmer

Rich is VP R&D for LivingSocial. Rich is leading LivingSocial’s efforts to dominate the local commerce marketplace through technological innovation. Rich, previously CEO and Co-Founder of InfoEther, also co-founded Ruby Central, a non-profit promoting Ruby and its community. Prior to InfoEther, Rich was CTO & Co-Founder of Roku Technologies. In his 20 years as a software technologist, he has been a CEO, CTO, sales engineer, designer, consultant and a systems security manager in the Air Force at the Pentagon.

Chetan Krishna
Chetan Krishna (OPNET Technologies, Inc)

Chetan is a Senior Application Developer at OPNET Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of solutions for managing networks and applications. Chetan has over 6 years of experience in developing web applications and was a primary architect in OPNET’s transition to the Ruby-on-Rails development environment.

Fabio Kung
Fabio Kung (Locaweb), @fabiokung

Fabio Kung is the lead engineer of the cloud computing team at Locaweb (Brazil), the biggest public cloud vendor and hosting provider in Latin America. Together with his team, they develop Locaweb’s cloud IaaS, infrastructure automation and virtualization projects (Xen and VMWare), which handle 4000+ virtual machines and are managed by Ruby code. Fabio is a developer passionated about programming languages, compilers, virtualization (hypervisors), operating systems and computer networks. Apple fanboy and Linux user since Guarani Linux 3.0. Involved with Ruby since 2005.

Luis Lavena

During the day, Luis Lavena is technical director at AREA 17, working on projects across the globe.

At night, he is the lead developer of RubyInstaller for Windows, a successor of once known One-Click Installer project that aims to reduce differences for Ruby users running Windows.

He also created other projects that helped Ruby developers in other platforms (not just Windows) and oversees other libraries so they are cross-platform friendly, looking for compliance beyond “works on my machine”

As his twitter account states, he can be defined as *nix developers worst nightmare…

He is also a RubyGems contributor and recently become Ruby-Core committer as one of the Ruby’s MinGW maintainers.

Aaron Lee (Rackspace Hosting), @wwkeyboard

Aaron is a lead developer at Rackspace. He spent the last 3 years utilizing Rails to solve interesting problems, including helping Rackspace automate their data centers. Prior to that he created an entertainment display managed by an embedded Rails server, and worked to get Team Gray to the semifinals at the DARPA Urban Challenge.

Bryan Liles
Bryan Liles (Heptio), @bryanl

Bryan does a myriad of Ruby related tasks for his daytime job in a quaint little town near Baltimore, Maryland. No, that isn’t right. Bryan Liles is Greatest Man Alive! He hacks mad ruby. He trolls twitter. He is looking for the good fight.

He hasn’t written any books, and doesn’t maintain any major open source projects. Most of his time is spent helping others level up their awesomeness; trying to cause chaos with writings on his blog (I know you’ve heard of Smarticus the blog); or just being a great dad and husband. When he isn’t testing all the #$#%# time, he moves small mountains with his mind and trains at the local Baltimore Jedi academy.

Some came to lead. Some come to be... Read More.

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 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 applications. He gets his hands dirty in Rails code all the time and loves his work.

Akira Matsuda
Akira Matsuda (Freelance), @a_matsuda

The founder of a Japanese Ruby community Asakusa.rb.

Probably the most active Rails core contributor in Japan. http://contributors.rubyonrails.org/contributors/akira-matsuda/commits

The author of several unique and useful gem/plugins for Rails 3.

Jeremy McAnally
Jeremy McAnally (Arcturo), @jm

Jeremy has been developing applications with Ruby and Rails for a little over 5 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 and the Rails 3 Upgrade Handbook), 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 nap on Sunday afternoons.

Dave McCrory
Dave McCrory (Basho Technologies), @mccrory

A successful innovator and entrepreneur, Dave McCrory came to Basho from Warner Music Group, where, as SVP of engineering, he led the team that built their digital service platform. Dave was previously senior architect in Cloud Foundry at VMware and cloud architect at Dell. He also experienced successful exits from two companies he founded: Hyper9 (acquired by SolarWinds) and Surgient (acquired by Quest Software). Dave holds nine technology patents in virtualization, cloud, and systems management as co-inventor and created the “data gravity” concept, which states that as data accumulates, it’s more likely that other services and applications will be attracted to it.

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

Ian is someone who has been at Pivotal Labs since about 3 years before they (or anyone else) started doing this Rails thing. He remembers when “It’s too slow! It won’t scale! You can’t build real stuff in it! It’s too Objecty! Too many files! Too hard to know what classes are being loaded! MVC and the ORM have too much magic!” were things said about Java. (He started with Java 1.0a2, and wrote the first client-server Java app ever.) Before that, he did a lot of PERL CGI and a bit of C here and there, and before that he was a Smalltalker. He was even working on worldwide distributed hypertext systems starting just slightly before Tim Berners-Lee did, though... Read More.

Keavy McMinn
Keavy McMinn (Minimetre Limited), @keavy

Keavy works developing software, delivering private Ruby/Rails training and speaking.

As an independent consultant, over the last decade, she has enjoyed pairing up with some of the top development shops across Europe and the U.S.

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.

Dan Melton
Dan Melton (Code for America), @danmelton

Dr Melton is the CTO for Code for America, a national nonprofit bringing technologists (i.e ‘geeks’) into government for year-long fellowships. He is a public-minded, generation-net coder passionate about cities, urban affairs and civic action. Dan’s past projects include Urbata, an urban data mapping tool for mid-sized cities; and the Kansas City DrillDown, a multi-layered urban data mashup of utility, credit and city records that recounts the population and challenges the US Census. A Ruby enthusiast, Dan has contributed to multiple open source gov’t projects. Hailing from the midwest, he received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science, his masters in Public Administration and doctorate in Public Affairs and Economics from the Henry Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University... Read More.

Greg Moeck
Greg Moeck (Strobe, Inc.), @gregmoeck

Greg Moeck is a software craftsman currently living in Burbank, California. His passions lie in all things Agile, Ruby and JavaScript. He spent a good portion of 2010 writing a MVP style JavaScript framework which hooked up to a Rails backend for internal use at his company, but now spends most of his time working with the Sproutcore framework.

Jonas Nicklas is a developer at Elabs, and the author of Capybara and Evergreen. He has very strong opionions on a lot of things, especially Cucumber.

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 feature films as RailsTips.org, MongoMapper, HTTParty or the Twitter gem.

George Ogata (Patch)

George Ogata has been a Ruby enthusiast since 2001, and Rails developer since 2006. Born in Sydney, Australia, he now works for Patch.com, a network of local news sites across the United States. Patch, acquired by AOL in 2009, underwent extremely rapid expansion throughout 2010, expanding its coverage from 30 to 770 towns across 18 states. Now serving well over 5,000 requests per minute during the day, the scalability requirements have led the Patch team to explore some innovative optimization techniques in Rails such as those to be presented here.

Jared Pace (Relevance, Inc), @jdpace

Rails developer at Relevance

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.

Dan Pilone
Dan Pilone (Element 84, LLC), @danpilone

Dan Pilone is the founder and Managing Partner of Element 84, a consulting and custom software development company located in Northern Virginia. He has designed and implemented systems for NASA, Hughes, ARINC, UPS, and the Naval Research Laboratory. He has taught project management, software design, and software engineering at The Catholic University in Washington D.C. Dan has written several books on software development, including Head First iPhone Development, Head First Software Development, UML 2.0 in a Nutshell and UML 2.0 Pocket Reference.

Zachary Pinter
Zachary Pinter (EffectiveUI), @zpinter

Zachary Pinter is a passionate software developer, always on the lookout for interesting tools, languages, and technologies to learn from. For the past 3 years he’s been a Software Architect at EffectiveUI, where he works with a wide range of programming languages including Ruby, Java, C#, C++, Actionscript (Flex), and Javascript. Recent interests include Android development and becoming proficient in Clojure.

Dan Podsedly
Dan Podsedly (Pivotal Labs), @danpodsedly

Dan has been building large applications since the Smalltalk era, and has been a practitioner and coach of Agile methods since the earliest days of Extreme Programming. He has led projects in a variety of industries, and has been instrumental in the successful adoption of agile methods at some of the world’s largest and most well known web companies. Dan works closely with Pivotal Labs’ clients to make their projects successful, and manages all things related to Pivotal Tracker, Pivotal Labs’ award-winning agile project collaboration software.

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.

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.

Noel Rappin
Noel Rappin (Obtiva), @noelrap

Noel Rappin is a Senior Consultant at Obtiva. He is the author of "Rails Test Prescriptions: from the Pragmatic Bookshelf and “Professional Ruby on Rails” from Wrox. He has over a decade of experience in web application development. Noel is the co-author of “wxPython in Action” and O’Reilly’s “Jython Essentials”, and and has presented at RailsConf and WindyCity Rails.

Eric Redmond

Eric Redmond has been involved the software industry and open source technologies for over a decade, beginning at Purdue University with a particular interest in high dimensional database indexing. After graduation, he began working with fortune 500 companies then, government and startups as a lead engineer, senior software architect, build engineer, database administrator, and freelance code monkey. He was co-author/contributor of two Java books (“Maven: The Definitive Guide” and “Java Power Tools”, O’Reilly), a new book “Seven Databases in Seven Weeks” (Pragmatic), a few articles, speaker, and active organizer/occupant of several technology groups. He currently resides in Portland with wife Noelle, works at a wireless management company called Mobi, founded Inviite.com, takes photos and makes things out of glass.

Jesper Richter-Reichhelm

Jesper Richter-Reichhelm has two big passions: developing software and games. For over 12 years he could only have fun by developing software for large scale web sites.

Then he joined wooga as Head of Engineering in 2009 and suddenly Jesper could do both as wooga is developing games for Facebook. The company quickly became Europe largest developers of social games with more than 15 million players per month.

Currently Jesper is both happy and busy using Ruby and NoSQL databases to build social games that have more than 1,000,000 million users every day.

Eric Ries
Eric Ries (Lessons Learned), @ericries

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller “The Lean Startup” and the popular entrepreneurship blog Startup Lessons Learned.

He co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2009, he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership. He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and has consulted to new and established companies as well as venture capital firms. He is currently serving as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and a Fellow for IDEO, the design consulting firm.

His Lean Startup methodology has been written about in the New York Times,... Read More.

Rob Sanheim
Rob Sanheim (Relevance, Inc.), @rsanheim

Rob Sanheim is a software developer with over ten years development experience and over twenty years of IT experience in many domains. He loves Ruby, timeless design, and simple software that gets stuff done. Rob is a believer and practitioner of common-sense agility, open source, and software that is fun to create and fun to use.

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.

Thorben Schröder (kopfmaschine)

Thorben Schröder is founder of “kopfmaschine”, a German Rails shop located in Bremen, northern Germany.

He has a crush on Rails till he first got his hands wet in late 2006 and never looked back ever since. He graduated from University with a bachelor report on how to scale large Rails applications.

Thorben worked as a web developer in Java, PHP and Rails during his time at college. Together with Jan Steinmetz he founded “kopfmaschine” in 2010. Where they deliver web development to the German market.

Beside normal web apps “kopfmaschine” is looking to bring their knowledge to customers who would not normally look for a web solution. Therefore they have built HTML5 apps that are used as “native” apps on Windows or mobile... Read More.

Ben Scofield
Ben Scofield (Heroku)

Ben Scofield has been an active participant in the Ruby and Rails communities for the past five years, contributing to open source projects, writing both online and in print, and speaking at events around the world. He’s spent time building application for startups, established companies, and competitions, and he was one of the founders of the DevNation series of local, technology-agnostic conferences. He now works as a developer advocate for Heroku.

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

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith (Envy Labs)

Andrew Smith is a native Floridian software developer. Recently graduated from Full Sail University and currently working with the fine folks at Envy Labs. Always the fan of everything web, he practices disciplines ranging from interface design to the server-side programming.

My educational background consists of Computer Science and Mathematics. I have contributed to projects like: ActiveMerchant, Gemcutter and others. These days I am crafting code on the API Team at Heroku. Each day I am solving problems using parallel algorithms and cloud infrastructure. I believe this to be a fundamental concept in modern web development and thus I have a passion for teaching other developers how to best apply this concept.

For more information, please visit my website: http://ryandotsmith.heroku.com

Carlos Souza
Carlos Souza (Code School), @caike

Carlos Souza teaches web technologies at Code School. When not making loud noises on his mechanical keyboard, he can be found rock climbing or playing guitar.

Guy Steele
Guy Steele (Oracle Labs)

Guy L. Steele Jr. is a Software Architect at Oracle. He
received his A.B. in applied mathematics from Harvard College (1975),
and his S.M. and Ph.D. in computer science and artificial intelligence
from M.I.T. (1977 and 1980). He has also been an assistant professor
of computer science at Carnegie-Mellon University; a member of
technical staff at Tartan Laboratories in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;
and a senior scientist at Thinking Machines Corporation in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. He joined Sun Microsystems in 1994 as a Distinguished
Engineer and was named a Sun Fellow in 2003. Sun Microsystems was
acquired by Oracle in 2010, and he is now a member of Oracle Labs.

He is author or co-author of five books: Common... Read More.

Mike Subelsky
Mike Subelsky (OtherInbox), @subelsky

I’m the co-founder of OtherInbox.com, a Rails startup founded in 2007 and based in Austin, TX. I have used HTML5 techniques to build the OtherInbox mobile site, our SproutCore interface, and other mobile apps for iOS devices.

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.

Dekel Tankel (VMware Inc.)

Dekel Tankel leads Product Marketing for Cloud Foundry at VMware, focusing on the various developers communities including Spring, Ruby and Node. Dekel served as the Director of Product Management for Yahoo-Inc Cloud Computing group, leading Hadoop community efforts and Yahoo! Cloud Serving OSS offering. Dekel has more than 10 years of technical and business experience in the Cloud Computing, Application Server and software middleware market. Previously Dekel managed the technical business development for GigaSpaces Technologies Cloud group. Prior to that Dekel managed global customer support organizations and R&D teams. Mr. Tankel has In-depth relationship with many of the major players in the cloud computing space, focusing on PaaS and SaaS and is speaking at industry-leading events about technology and market trends. Dekel holds an... Read More.

David Troy
David Troy (410Labs)

David Troy is a serial technology entrepreneur and community builder based in Baltimore, Maryland. He founded regional ISP and hosting provider ToadNet in 1995, and sold that company in 2004. From 2004 through 2008 he worked on developing and implementing open source voice-over-IP solutions for a number of companies in the United States, South America, and Europe. In 2007, he developed the popular Twitter visualization Twittervision, and in 2008 he decided to return to his roots in Baltimore and help entrepreneurs get more connected. He co-founded 410Labs with Matt Koll in 2010. The company’s first two products are Replyz.com and Shortmail.com.

José Valim
José Valim (Plataforma Tec), @josevalim

José Valim is a Rails Core member, author of the book Crafting Rails Applications, and the lead-developer of Plataforma Tec, a Ruby on Rails consultancy firm based in Brazil. He started working with Ruby in late 2006 and since then he’s been working both on consultancy projects for his company and on several open source projects.

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.

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.

Bruce Williams
Bruce Williams (LivingSocial), @wbruce

Bruce Williams is a longtime speaker, trainer, designer, and book
contributor in the Ruby and Rails community and has experience in
everything from low-level data processing backends to front-end user
interaction. He is a senior software developer at LivingSocial.

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.

Matt Yoho (EdgeCase), @mattyoho

Matt Yoho is a developer and agile enthusiast with a love for Ruby and the web who works for EdgeCase, LLC in Columbus, OH. He is a supporter of the Software Craftsmanship movement and is the coordinator of the apprenticeship program at EdgeCase. A teacher, trainer, and speaker when possible, he likes comic books, karaoke, Free Software, and sweet potato fries. He is one fairly hep cat.