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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.

Getting There:

  • From the airport, you can get the Gold Coast Shuttle to Sea World if you're staying here.
  • If you're staying anywhere from Broadbeach to Southport, get the GLink Tram to Surfer's Paradise North and pick up the bus.
  • Bus 705 stops at Sea World Park - it's about a 200m walk to the resort / conference centre
  • Get a Go Card to use the trams and bus - you can pick these up from 7-11, or at Gold Coast Airport or Brisbane Airport.
  • Uber is also available, or good old taxis!

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10th Feb
9am - 5pm

Alongside Rails Girls and Rails Girls Next, we'll be running three workshops: Trailblazer with Nick Sutterer and Nick Kirkwood, Tasteful Go with Katrina Owen, and Finding Developer Flow with Richie Khoo and Dan Draper.

All workshops will run all day and are ticketed separately to the conference.

7pm - 11pm
Opening Party at Q1
11th Feb
Registration & Coffee

Registration will take place at Sea World from 8am, where we'll also have coffee to make sure you're awake at such an early hour.

8:45am - 5:30pm
Conference Talks

Most talks will run for 20 minutes, with morning and afternoon breaks as well as lunch. Our full schedule of talks and speakers is published on Lanyrd.

8pm - 11pm
Speaker Dinner at Four Winds
8pm - 11pm
Alternative dinner at The Institution
12th Feb

Because we want you awake and ready for the talks!

9am - 5:30pm
Conference Talks

Most talks will run for 20 minutes, with morning and afternoon breaks as well as lunch. Our full schedule of talks and speakers is published on Lanyrd.

7pm - 11pm
Movie World Party

There will be a bus from Sea World to Movie World in time for the party, where we'll have exclusive use of several of the rides, as well as food and drink.

13th Feb
9am - 1pm
Morning social events

There is a choice of social events:

  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding (additional cost of approx $45)
  • Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (transport is free, ticket cost approx $25)
  • Bush walking in the hinterland (free)
  • Visit Sea World (additional cost for ticket)
  • Hack Day (free)

2pm - 6pm
Beach BBQ

We'll have games on the beach and a sausage sizzle at the surf club during the afternoon ...

6pm until late
Evening drinks

... finally progressing to the verandah of Kurrawa Surf Club for a few final beers and goodbyes.

Full Schedule


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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 18 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 a Software Engineer at CareZone.

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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.

Saturday Morning Events

Spend your Saturday morning hanging out with your friends and bring your family along! Partners and kids are welcome. All events will take place between 10am and 1pm.

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

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. You feel like your brain is about to explode. Why even do this?! You're in the chasm.

Join Richie & Dan as we explore what is "Developer Flow" and how it affects 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, 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 Khoo has been working as a ruby gun-for-hire for over 6 years, has mentored devs as a Ruby Mentor at Thinkful and helped co-found Ruby Australia. Dan Draper has been a Rubyist since 2007 after throwing in the towel on Java. He was Chief Course Instructor at Coder Factory and has been a CTO and CEO of several companies.

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Tasteful Go

Go is a beautiful, minimalistic, and consistent language. It is simple, yet learning it can feel quite intimidating for many developers who come to the language without a background in Computer Science.

Join Katrina Owen for this hands-on, one-day workshop, focused on developing fluency and ease with the fundamental features of the language. It provides a practical introduction to writing Go the way Gophers expect to see it written.

Participants switch between writing code to solve small exercises, and reviewing pre-selected solutions that exemplify common gotchas and style violations. We look at the official recommendations relevant to each example. Finally we look at several idiomatic solutions that make good use of the language features.

By the end of the day, participants should be comfortable reading Go code, and able to solve basic problems idiomatically.

The ideal participant is currently programming professionally in a language other than Go.

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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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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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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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