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Gold Coast, Australia

10 - 13 February 2016

Ruby Conference Australia 2016

Join us from 10 - 13 February at the brand new, world class conference centre at the Sea World Resort, Gold Coast

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We are offering concession tickets for anybody who is a student, currently unemployed or holds a concession card. Please email us for more details.


RubyConf Australia is an inclusive conference and as such strives to be welcoming and accessible to as many people as possible.

Never been to the Gold Coast before? Not sure where to go or what to do? Check out our helpful tourist guide


Sea World's brand new conference centre is due to open in winter 2015. Boasting a stunning Broadwater location, large veranda, and plenty of space for Ruby developers!

Only a monorail ride away from special encounters with Sea World’s wonderful marine life. Start your day with an exclusive behind the scenes tour at Shark Bay or learn more about the beautiful dolphins at the Dolphin Discovery presentation.

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Katrina Owen

Katrina accidentally became a developer while pursuing a degree in molecular biology. When programming, her focus is on automation, workflow optimization, and refactoring. She works primarily in Go and Ruby, contributes to several open source projects, and is the creator of

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Senator Scott Ludlam

Scott Ludlam is the Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and spokesperson for Communications, Broadband and the Digital Economy, Housing, Nuclear Issues, and Sustainable Cities and is currently one of 11 Australian Greens members of parliament. He was elected to Parliament in November 2007 and again in April 2014.

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Ernie Miller

Ernie's been programming since he was 6, and professionally for the past 17 years or so. He's passionate about creating things, and sees software development as an especially powerful medium for creation. Sometimes he still can't believe that people actually pay us to have this much fun.

He's currently the Director of Engineering at nVisium.

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Saron Yitbarek

Saron Yitbarek is a developer, currently leading the Tech Jobs Academy program at Microsoft. She's also the founder of CodeNewbie, the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code, and host of the weekly CodeNewbie Podcast, available on your favorite podcasting app.

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Jeff Casimir

Jeff is the Executive Director at the Turing School of Software & Design where he works to open the world of programming to a wider, more diverse, more socially-minded slice of the world. He's been programming since 1999, teaching programming since 2003, co-founded a middle school, created three developer training programs, and dreams of one day being CTO of the United States.

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Dr Nic Williams

He writes blog posts for developers; creates tools, libraries and text editor extensions for developers; and speaks to developers at conferences. He’s the CEO of Stark & Wayne, a consultancy for people who love Cloud Foundry and Jenkins. He has contributed to over 300 open source projects. He is known for creating or curating projects such as Bosh, App Scrolls, Rails Installer, Composite Primary Keys, Choc Top, App Scrolls, Rails TextMate bundle, New Gem, Tab Tab, GitHub Badges, Install Theme for Rails, and Dr Nic’s Magic Models.

Social Events

We’ve organised a raft of events to enjoy The Gold Coast and spend quality time with your fellow Rubyists.

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Workshops will be on the 10th of February, and tickets will be separate from the conference sessions.

Architecture Matters: An Appetizing Introduction to Trailblazer

Trailblazer is an extension framework on top of Rails. It provides desperately needed, new abstraction layers, decent encapsulation and a better maintainable architecture.

In this workshop we're gonna learn the basics about designing your domain, encapsulating business logic in operations, form objects and view models, and a different take on the persistence layer. After a compact introducing presentation by Nick Kirkwood and Nick Sutterer, we'll dive into the code, write a small Trailblazer/Rails app and learn all the nice things about this alternative architecture over a cold bottle of beer.

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Finding Developer Flow

Sometimes everything just clicks, solutions just come to you and as you quietly tap away you feel almost at one with the computer, you're in the zone. At other times, nothing seems to make sense. You've been struggling with this one issue for hours and not even StackOverflow seems to know what the problem is and you feel like your brain is about to explode. Why do I even do this?! You're in the chasm.

Join Richie & Dan as we explore what is "Developer Flow" and how it affect your productivity as a programmer. This workshop is designed for the post-beginner/intermediate developer who maybe has a few coding books, favorite gems and editor shortcuts under their belt but is still hunting for a more peaceful and focussed way to code.

In an interactive full day workshop we'll discuss, pair, debate and compare and dig deep to help you find your own path to greater developer flow and finding your way more often into the zone. Richie Khoo is a serial polyglot and extreme learner. Richie has been working as a ruby gun-for-hire for over 6 years and is planning a trip to the ruby mother country Japan in 2016. Dan Draper is much awesome.

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Rails Girls

Our aim is to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas. We do this by providing a great experience on building things and by making technology more approachable.

Learn sketching, prototyping, basic programming and get introduced to the world of technology. Rails Girls was born in Finland, but is nowadays a global, non-profit volunteer community.

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Rails Girls Next

During this free one-day workshop, we'll dive into the magical world of Ruby.

This particular workshop requires that you've either done the original Rails Girls day, or have some prior programming experience. If not, you may like to join the - original Rails Girls event instead.

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RubyConf AU 2016 is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.

Download the sponsorship prospectus to see the sponsorship options for RubyConf Australia 2016.

If your company is interested in sponsoring, please get in touch with for more information.

Code of Conduct

RubyConf Australia is run under the auspices of Ruby Australia. You can view our code of conduct and our anti-harrassment policy.

These rules must be followed by all attendees at all conference-related events.

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