When the economy hits a downturn this typically has an immediate effect on tech conferences. Many tech conferences cannot run successfully without sponsorships, and with companies becoming more conservative with spending the marketing budget is usually the first item to get cut.
So yet another way you can help Ruby and Rails Activism is by attending (supporting) a conference. Below you’ll find conferences coming up in the next 6 months. If you think I’ve missed one, or if the information is incorrect, please post a comment.
February 6-7 – Acts As Conference in Orlando, Florida
February 19-21 – RubyRx in Durham, North Carolina
March 12-14 – MountainWest RubyConf 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah
March 26-28 – Scotland on Rails in Scotland, United Kingdom
April 3-4 – Locos X Rails in Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 4 – LA Ruby Conf 2009 in Los Angeles, California
April 17-18 – Golden Gate Ruby Conference in San Francisco, California
May 4-7 – RailsConf 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada
May 9-10 – Euruko 2009 in Barcelona, Spain
Cost: 30 Euro
May 15-18 – RailsCamp 5 in Brisbane, Australia
Cost: $120 AUD
Since I initially wrote up this post, there have been several more events I’ve been made aware of (from the comments):
- RubyCamp Lyon, France, February 21, Cost: Free
- Ruby on OS X, Amsterdam, May 15-16, Cost: ?.
- Ruby DCamp Washington DC, September 18-19, Cost: Free
It’s pretty cool to see more RubyCamps. I’m a big fan of BarCamp type events where you keep admission free. Perhaps in this financial climate these types of events will prosper more then they normally do. Feel free to bug me if you want help putting one of these together or need help with publicity.