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March 02, 2010

2010 Conference and Event Calendar

Despite my honest intention to travel less this year, I still have a particularly long list of conferences and events that I'm attending, sponsoring or otherwise involved with. Will keep this blog entry as up to date as possible as changes occur.

SpeakerConf in Aruba (February 9-11)

Had an awesome time hanging with folks way smarter than me, learned a lot, drank way too much and came back with a tan. Please don't hate me.

Hashrocket Chicago Grand Opening Party (March 5)

Meet a bunch of Hashrocket folks and a good chunk of the local Ruby community for a cocktail party to celebrate the opening of our Chicago branch office. Details and RSVP

NoSQL Live in Boston (March 11)

In support of our growing reputation in MongoDB circles, we've decided to sponsor this promising event and are sending a couple of Rocketeers to present: Les Hill creator of MongoDoc and Durran Jordan creator of Mongoid. The conference is sold out, but you should be able to catch a live simulcast.

SXSW Interactive in Austin (March 11-16)

I've been attending SXSW for the last couple years and always learn a ton and enjoy the great networking opportunities. This year I'm excited to participate in the program as a panelist on the What Guys are Doing to Get More Girls Into Tech panel.

Together with our design team, I'll also be premiering our the results of our rebranding effort and the relaunch of hashrocket.com. Special limited-edition prints to honor the occasion will be available to select friends of Hashrocket in attendance at SXSW.

RubyConf India in Bangalore (March 17-21)

I'll finally put my Indian visa back to work when I travel back to Bangalore to speak at the inaugural RubyConf India, which we are sponsoring as Hashrocket. If you've been following my blog for awhile or know me personally, you know that in 2006 I lived in Bangalore for three months as a ThoughtWorks University trainer and loved it! I have a special fondness for my friends and associates in India, so this trip is particularly near and dear to my heart. I can't wait to reconnect with everyone and make new friends.

I still haven't decided what my talk will be, but I'm leaning towards an updated version of The Hashrocket Way. Let me know what you think about that via twitter.

Pune Visit (March 22-24)

Before leaving the subcontinent, I'm hoping to visit old friends at the ThoughtWorks India office in Pune, as well as meeting with other folks from the thriving Ruby on Rails scene in that city.

Scottish Ruby Conf (March 25-28)

On my way back from India, I'm spending a few days in Scotland for what's quickly becoming a yearly Hashrocket tradition. Jon Larkowski, Robert Pitts and Jim "Big Tiger" Remsik are representing us on the speaker list.

Palmetto Open Source Software Conference in Columbia, SC (April 15-17)

Speaking at this interesting conference catering to developers, educators and businesspeople involved in open source. Maybe I'll get to meet Cringely.

Hashrocket University in Baltimore (June 6)

Your very exclusive opportunity to study the tools and processes behind Hashrocket's success, hands-on and directly from actual Rocketeers, pairing on our equipment. Presented in partnership with the excellent folks at JumpstartLab. Plus, you're going to be in Baltimore for RailsConf 2010 already!

Ignite RailsConf in Baltimore (June 6)

Ignite events are lightning talks, where 16 speakers each get 5 minutes to talk about a subject they are passionate about, but with a twist: the speaker's slides are automatically advanced every 15 seconds. At Hashrocket, we think Ignite events are fucking awesome. That's why we're sponsoring this one, which promises to be an awesome pre-party kickoff for...

RailsConf 2010 in Baltimore (June 7-10)

I'll be part of a contingent of at least 10-15 people from Hashrocket, many of us speaking (hopefully). I've proposed several talks including a great new experience report called "Million Dollar Mongo" about our work on a large and successful production deployment of a MongoDB/Mongoid/Rails app.


Planning to spend most of middle and late July working out of our Chile office.

BizConf 2010  in Amelia Island (August 4-6)

My own conference promises to be one of the greatest learning events of 2010 for people that run software operations. Registration is now open and seats will go fast due to limited capacity. Seriously, what are you waiting for? (Okay, maybe you're waiting for me to post the program - I promise to do it soon.)

Burning Man in Black Rock City (September 1-5)

Oh man, I can't wait for this. Been trying to go for at least 5 years and I lost count. I think I'll be able to go this year, in fact have promised special friends that I will do so.


RubyConf in New Orleans (November 11-13)

A must-attend event, especially in the Big Easy. Will be there with plenty of co-workers from Hashrocket.

YOW! 2010 in Melbourne (December 2-3) and Brisbane (December 6-7)

Presenting on Rails 3. More details as they become available.

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