Speakers and Panelists

  • Matt Aimonetti

    You might recognize Matt Aimonetti from movies like "slim & sexy Merb," "DataMapper and its multiple repositories", "Rails Activism, keeping the community involved", and more recently: "MacRuby: when Matz meets Steve Job" as well as "CouchRest: Ruby all the way."

    CouchDB + Ruby: Perform Like a Pr0n Star

  • Greg Borenstein

    Greg Borenstein is a programmer and musician in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of a number of open source projects including RAD, a library for programming the Arduino open source hardware platform in Ruby. In his spare time, Greg organizes PDX Pop Now!, a free all-ages local music festival and non-profit organization, and blogs about Ruby, art, and hardware hacking on Urban Honking. Ruby was the first programming language he ever learned.

    Arduino is Rails for hardware hacking

    Ruby Application Frameworks discussion panel

  • Rusty Burchfield

    Rusty Burchfield is a Software Engineer at Zvents. Rusty is a problem solver who works all over the software stack using technologies like Rails, Cascading (framework over Hadoop), and Hypertable.

    Hypertable and Rails: DB Scaling Solutions with HyperRecord

  • Hampton Catlin

    Hampton Catlin is Mobile Development Lead at the Wikimedia Foundation which runs Wikipedia. He is also the inventor of the Haml and Sass. Hampton spends his days dreaming up ways to blow people's minds. Most recently he has been spending his time introducing Ruby to everyone's favorite online Encyclopedia by launching the new mobile platform in 100% pure, delicious Ruby. Hampton lives in Florida and needs a date.

    There Will Be Ruby!

  • Jon Crosby

    Jon Crosby is a San Francisco Bay Area developer specializing in Ruby, JavaScript, Objective-C, and Open Web technologies. Jon is the author of CloudKit getcloudkit.com 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 is currently employed by Engine Yard.

    CloudKit: Hacking the Open Stack with Ruby and Rack

  • Tim Elliott

    Tim immediately became enamored with Hackety Hack and its cousin Shoes when they were released, and he started contributing to Shoes in late 2008. He has been a programmer for Travidia Inc. since 2005, and shares a 40-acre farm with 10 roommates, 80 chickens, and 2 sheep in Chico, California.

    Using Shoes to create better iPhone apps

    Ruby Application Frameworks discussion panel

  • Ilya Grigorik

    Ilya Grigorik is the founder and CTO of AideRSS, a social engagement monitoring and analytics platform. He has been active in the Ruby and cloud computing community for the last three years, documenting and sharing hands on knowledge and experience with the latest architecture, design patterns, and open-source projects (blog: www.igvita.com, twitter: @igrigorik). He is an active speaker at many Ruby and Cloud Computing events.

    Ruby Proxies for Scale, Performance, and Monitoring

  • Bryan Helmkamp

    Bryan Helmkamp is the lead maintainer of Webrat, a library to implement acceptance testing of a Ruby web application in a more expressive and maintainable way. He's a co-author of The RSpec Book, which is now available as a beta PDF. Following three years of Ruby on Rails consulting, Bryan is now a software engineer at Weplay, a New York City-based startup building online tools for the youth sports community. Bryan's software development blog is located at brynary.com.

    Webrat: Rails Acceptance Testing Evolved

  • Nick Kallen

    Nick Kallen is a Systems Architect at Twitter, where he focuses on scaling, fault-tolerance, and agile development. He is the author of popular open-source projects such as NamedScope, Screw.Unit, and Cache-Money. Follow Nick on Twitter: @nkallen

    Magic Scaling Sprinkles

  • Yehuda Katz

    Yehuda is currently employed by Engine Yard, and works full time as a Core Team Member on the Rails and Merb projects. He is the co-author of jQuery in Action and the upcoming Rails 3 in Action, and is a contributor to Ruby in Practice. He spends most of his time hacking on Rails and Merb, but is also active on other Ruby community projects like Rubinius and DataMapper. And when the solution doesn't yet exist, he'll try his hand at creating one — as such, he's also created projects like Thor and DO.rb.

    Ruby Application Frameworks discussion panel

  • Rich Kilmer

    Richard Kilmer is the founder of Virginia-based software and services company InfoEther, Inc and is a board member of Ruby Central. Rich's background includes peer-to-peer software, wireless web, workflow, and pen computing. Rich has been using Ruby in production systems since 2002 and has contributed to many Ruby projects over the years including RubyGems and starting RubyForge. Rich's current Ruby efforts are focused on simplifying OS X development with HotCocoa and is a contributor to the MacRuby project.

    MacRuby and HotCocoa

  • Carl Lerche

    Carl Lerche started building web applications at 13 with PHP. He started learning so that he could one up his friends who were only building static HTML. Since then, he's dabbled with quite a few technologies before settling with Ruby four years ago. Carl is a software engineer at Engine Yard, a member of the Merb team (currently working on Rails 3), and a contributor to many OSS projects. He plans to build a web server in haskell, ocaml, or ____ in his spare time for no tangible reason.

    Writing Fast Ruby: Learning from Merb and Rails 3

  • Jacqui Maher

    Jacqui is a Ruby on Rails programmer at Hashrocket. She has been a professional programmer since 1998, specializing in Ruby, JavaScript, Perl, Java, and PHP web development with a solid foundation in design, including CSS and HTML.

    She contributes to several open source projects with a special emphasis on public health. Her main project is currently Baobab Health, a group based in Lilongwe, Malawi committed to innovating technologies to change lives in the developing world. They have several projects under active development on the GitHub Baobab account.

    Jacqui has a love of travel and adventure and might be found climbing one of the Seven Summits.

    Using Ruby to Fight AIDS

  • Gregory Miller

    Gregory Miller is Chief Development Officer of the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation. He has 29+ years experience in the tech sector, divided between software development and technology business development. Greg is also a (non-practicing) IP lawyer involved in technology public policy. He has deep product management experience and has spent the past seven years working in venture capital advising start-up companies, and in the last two years has immersed himself in elections and voting technology. Greg is dedicated to restoring trust in elections through open source, open data, open process, and open standards voting technology.

    Trust the Vote: An Open Source Digital Public Works Project

  • Blake Mizerany

    Blake has been into Ruby since way back in 2001 and is the creator of Sinatra, the popular Ruby microframework. Blake spends his days at Heroku, where he makes mind-blowing features out of Ruby and Erlang, and often says "you're doing it all wrong". He regularly speaks at Ruby events and in conjunction maintains a completely inexplicable beard-shaving schedule.

    Ruby Application Frameworks discussion panel

  • Josh Peek

    Josh Peek is a 20 year old Rubyist from Chicago, IL. Currently attending college at DePaul University, he codes part time at 37signals and still makes time to hack on other side projects. Josh joined the Rails core after his work on Rails thread-safety and is now working on full Rack support for Rails.

    Ruby Application Frameworks discussion panel

  • Jay Phillips

    Jay Phillips is an innovator in the spaces where sophisticated VoIP development falls apart and where Ruby rocks. As the creator of Adhearsion and its parent consulting company, Jay brings new possibilities to these two technologies through his work on the open-source Adhearsion framework.

    Ruby Application Frameworks discussion panel

  • Aaron Quint

    Aaron Quint is a web developer based in Brooklyn, NY. Working with Ruby and Ruby on Rails he has launched over 25 different web applications in the last two years. Recently he's been releasing open source projects at code.quirkey.com, including the Sinatra skeleton generator sinatra-gen.

    Sinatra: The Framework Within

  • Nathan Sobo

    Nathan Sobo is the author of Treetop, a packrat parsing framework for Ruby. After two years practicing extreme programming at Pivotal Labs, he now directs engineering at Grockit, where the challenge of supporting rich synchronous interaction on the web is his primary source of technical inspiration.

    Unison: A Relational Modeling Framework

  • David Stevenson

    David Stevenson has been working in Ruby for more than three years. He's contributed a large number of Ruby gems and Rails plugins/patches, most notably the MySQL QueryReviewer plugin. He loves building complex applications that both perform and scale well, but also loves to tinker with weird side projects like the Ruby sandbox. He's worked on many large rails-based websites such as Rightcart, Rightscale, MetroMix, and LikeMe. These days he can be found playing ping-pong at Pivotal Labs.

    Playing With Fire: Running Uploaded Ruby Code in a Sandbox

  • Josh Tyler

    Josh Tyler manages the Front-end Engineering team at Zvents, where he focuses on user experience design and building clean software. Josh formerly worked at Xerox PARC and HP Labs, and has been programming in Ruby for several years.

    Hypertable and Rails: DB Scaling Solutions with HyperRecord