Where in the World Are the NIRDS?

The NIRDS have been busy this year sharing our love of Ruby, Rails and programming. One of the ways we do this is by sponsoring and speaking at conferences through-out the world. If you haven’t been to a Ruby conference – I highly recommend attending one. Different conferences have their own personalities – so try out a couple ’til you find one you like.

Conferences are a great way to meet other Rubyists from around the world – to exchange ideas and learn about what cool projects people are working on. Of course you can do a lot of this online, but it’s great to meet face-to-face sometimes. When we aren’t attending conferences – you might find a NIRD at Seattle.rb or one of the other coding meet ups around Seattle.

Here’s a round-up of some of the places we’ve been so far this year:

Ruby on Ales

This conference is every spring in Bend, Oregon. Bend is known for the great outdoors and beer and isn’t too far a trip from Seattle. NIRD was one of the sponsors this year (we gave out the super cool NIRD pint glasses!) And Kerri gave a talk on “Harry Potter and the Legacy Code Base”.

Here’s a the talk video and the slides from the conference.

Abril Pro Ruby

Renée was happy to leave rainy Seattle for warm, sunny Brazil to be a keynote speaker at this conference. She spoke about “Classic Algorithms in Ruby”. You should check out this talk if you’ve thought Big-O notation was only something that comes up in tech interviews.

Here’s the talk video and the slides.

Scottish Ruby Conference

In May, Kerri traveled to Scotland to give a talk on “Concurrency for !Dummies (Who Don’t Get It (…Yet))”. (In case you haven’t noticed – the NIRDs like to travel).

Here’s the talk video and the slides.

What’s next?

There are more conferences coming up this year on NIRD’s calendar. As I’m writing this post Kerri is on her way to Burlington Ruby. And Cascadia Ruby is just around the corner – down in Portland.

And feel free to contact us if you’d like us to come speak at your event.