Rocky Mountain Ruby 2014

Rocky Mountain Ruby 2014
September 24-26 in Boulder, CO

Latest news and updates will be at #rmr2014.

Over the past four years, Rocky Mountain Ruby has explored many different facets of Ruby. We are striving to make this year our most colorful! There will be lots of time for talks, for discussions and ruminations, and for exploring Boulder and its surroundings.

Rocky Mountain Ruby is a single track software conference gravitating around the Ruby programming language in Boulder, Colorado happening September 24-26. It is a mixture of technical presentations, community events, and outdoor experiences. It's all about those passionate about Ruby coming together to share and learn from each other. We learn, have fun, and connect.

Boulder Theater
Sarah Allen I write code, connect pixels and speak truth to make change.
Doc Norton A software delivery professional working to make the world of software development a better place.
Sarah Mei Ruby developer, rabid pair-programmer, RailsBridge founder, Chief Consultant at DevMynd.
Pamela O. Vickers Ruby Developer at Big Nerd Ranch, cofounder of Rails Girls Atlanta, lazy cyclist, dog mom.
Julian Cheal Quaffer of fine coffee and ales. Aficionado of tweed. Brewer of beer. Crafter of codes. Drone charmer.
T.J. Schuck I make websites. Developer at @harvest.
Mike AbiEzzi I want to create all the things. Software consultant at @quickleft. I <3 CO.
Arjun Sharma Software engineer at Pivotal Labs. Part time scotch aficionado. Occasional dog whisperer.
Marcos Matos Brazilian developer, currently working for ThoughtWorks in Glasgow, Scotland, land of the hairy cows.
John Paul Ashenfelter Long-time software developer focusing on technology education. Currently at
Hemant Kumar When not tweaking his Emacs configuration, Hemant loves to work with Ruby and different programming languages.
Nikolay Nemshilov Lead developer at Ninefold by day and a mobile development enthusiast by night
Jeffrey Matthias Software engineer at SendGrid
Jen Diamond Standard Librarian, Ruby developer, RailsGirls Organizer Los Angeles
Omowale Oniyide Standard Librarian, Ruby Developer & Artist at Large​
​Josh Loper Standard Librarian, Ruby Developer, Music Enthusiast
Stephanie Betancourt Standard Librarian, Rails developer at the intersection of nonprofits, ideas, and code.
The venue

Our Venue: The Boulder Theater

Join us for our fifth year at the Boulder Theater. With a gorgeous art deco facade and a bar at its center, this historic concert hall was originally built in 1906 as an opera house.

The Boulder Theater hosts events of all kinds throughout the year, including musical performances, theater productions, films, weddings and conferences.

Boulder Theater Website


Conference Code of Conduct

Rocky Mountain Ruby strives to be a welcoming environment for all its participants. While this has been true in past years, we underline this intent this year by adopting the code of conduct originally developed by the Ada Initiative and JSConf 2012.

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

tl;dr: Don’t be a Jerk

Read on: The Quick Version

The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

Read on: The Less Quick Version

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they'll be wearing branded t-shirts.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.

We are looking for sponsors. If that could be you, come talk to us!
Platinum Sponsors

LivingSocial is revolutionizing local ecommerce. With millions of consumers and tens of thousands of merchants using our web and mobile tools, we're constantly improving our suite of products. Using data to drive decisions, our engineers are solving hard problems at the heart of our business. We’re looking for hungry, creative, and pragmatic engineers to help us continue innovating.

Gold Sponsors

Surrounded by dozens of fast growing digital startups and high-tech pioneers, this is like no other “school” you’ve ever attended. gSchool turns smart and driven beginners into marketable, contributing members of development teams over the course of our 5+ month long developer training programs.

Ninefold is a high performance Rails deployment and hosting platform built with developers in mind. Apps are easy to deploy, scale and use and we give you everything you need out of the box. We also own our infrastructure so you never have to compromise on performance.

Silver Sponsors

PhishMe helps organizations improve their employees' resilience towards spear-phishing by immersing employees in simulated phishing attacks. Talk to us if you'd like to join our growing engineering team!

Kapost is the world’s leading provider of content marketing software and services, powering the content operations of more than 100 companies.

At Foraker Labs, we build software that people love to use. We build rock solid web and mobile apps right here in Boulder with our in-house team of designers, developers, and (grass fed) UX pros.

WePay provides payments for crowdfunding sites and marketplaces through an easy to use API

Pivotal Labs is the agile development services unit of Pivotal, the software company at the intersection of Big Data, PaaS and Agile. For more than 25 years, Pivotal Labs has remained at the forefront of agile development by building highly reliable, scalable software for innovative leaders and emerging companies across multiple industries.

Bronze Sponsors - exception, uptime, and performance monitoring for your Ruby apps in production

Quick Left is a custom software development company specializing in advanced JavaScript, Backbone.js and Ruby on Rails applications.

Full-immersion, hands-on, Ruby on Rails 13 week training program. "Building the Toolbelt of a Junior Ruby on Rails Developer" at the DaVinci Institute in Louisville, CO.

With 1,100 team members, tens of millions of site visitors, and rapid growth, CustomInk is an eCommerce business powered by sophisticated technology, creative design, top-notch production & logistics, and phenomenal customer service.

Tech Sponsors

Conference planning is a nightmare. BusyConf makes it easy to run a conference. Collect proposals. Publishing a schedule. Collect money. BusyConf makes your conference a success.

Indra's Net is celebrating its 20th year as Boulder's premier co-location, hosting and connectivity company. There's a reason companies like SolidFire trust us. New in 2014 is our pre-packaged services for Apps Management. When your App is designed and built, who is taking care of it 24/7? We do by ensuring smooth operations and the elimination of customer dissatisfiers that have revenue impact.

StickerGiant Custom Stickers prints quality stickers and labels quickly. They have sponsored hundreds of events all over the nation and are passionate about providing memorable schwag to organizers. The best customer service, 24 hour turnaround, and free die-cutting are a few of the perks of using StickerGiant. The Sticker company for event/project organizers.

Event sponsors

Opening night
Thursday party
Friday party
Info package


For booking travel, Wednesday September 24th is a workshop day that is optional. We will have a welcome reception that we highly encourage all attendees to drop by starting at 5pm (check back for the venue). We will be offering early registration so you can avoid the check-in lines Thursday morning. Don't miss this chance to talk to your fellow attendees and speakers in a relaxed setting. September 25 and 26 are the sessions days with the conference ending Friday night in our after party.


We have group rates at a few hotels in Boulder, specifically the Boulderado, Millenium Harvest House, and the Boulder Inn. However, we do recommend you stay in downtown Boulder: the Boulderado and the St. Julien are your two options here. The former is just one block away from the Boulder Theater. Rooms fill up fast so please book your room right away. Detailed hotel info

Getting Here

If you're flying into Colorado, land at Denver International Airport. There are a lot of transportation options available on the Denver Airport website. For the RTD, take the AB route to Boulder getting off at the Boulder Transit Center at 14th and Walnut.


Rocky Mountain Ruby happens right downtown, where everything you could possibly need is within walking distance. Just a step out the hotel door, attendees can find dozens of fine restaurants, nationally celebrated microbreweries and brewpubs, superb local cafés, mountain parks in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and all conference events.
Looking for more information? Grab our info package info package.
The Rocky Mountain Ruby conference is organzied by Sarah Tipton and Stephan Hagemann. You can reach both of them via email at