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Sep 30, 2016
Denver, CO

Rocky Mountain Ruby is back for the seventh year, bringing together 250 developers in downtown Denver. Attendees will hear from nine industry leaders as we share practices and build our community.

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We will feature seven sessions on development technologies and two community spotlights on important applications of those technologies.
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Ingrid Alongi

Ingrid is a software engineer and founder of Quick Left, a software development company, which was acquired by Cognizant in 2016. With deep roots in the Colorodo technology community and many years experience as both a developer and leader, Ingrid is always interested in exploring the intersection of technology and human connection.

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Dave Thomas

Dave opened Ruby to the English-speaking world with his book "Programming Ruby" and changed thousands of careers with "The Pragmatic Programmer". From there, he co-founded The Pragmatic Bookshelf publishing company which has gone on to publish the top-choice books for dozens of technologies.

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Kinsey Ann Durham

Kinsey is a software engineer at GoSpotCheck here in Denver. She is the co-founder of Kubmo, a non-profit dedicated to building and teaching technology curriculum to young women around the world. She is the chair of the BridgeFoundry board and organizes the Scholars and Guides Programs for Ruby Central conferences.

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Kim Barnes

Kim is a software engineer and team lead at GoSpotCheck. As a kid, her dad introduced her to programming by assigning Basic programs as chores. Since then, she has had a variety of experiences with different technologies, processes, and teams. Kim is passionate about TDD, pair programming, and enjoys mentoring other passionate developers.

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Jackie Ros

Can wearable IoT devices make us safer? Jackie founded Revolar to find out. She brings perspective and lessons learned from getting the product to market, accelerating the business through Techstars, and helping build the Denver community.

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Erika Carlson

In 2011 Erika wrote her first line of Python. She fell in love with programming, decided to change paths, and is now a software developer and director of the Developer Apprentice Program at Detroit Labs. Erika is deeply passionate about creating a community of peers and mentors for women exploring the field of technology.

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Saron Yitbarek

Formerly an apprentice herself, she started the CodeNewbie movement: the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code. Saron will bring her perspective to share ideas for learners and coaches.

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Andi Rugg

Can we use data to fix the labor market? Across industries, there are many open jobs and many people under-employed or unemployed. Andi leads Skillful, an initiative from the Markle Foundation to help great people get the training to start great careers.

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Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen is a serial innovator with a history of developing leading-edge products, such as After Effects, Shockwave, Flash video, and OpenLaszlo. She co-founded RailsBridge, launched a startup, and has worked to fix the US government. She now works at Google by day, volunteers at Bridge Foundry, and runs a not-yet-profitable startup.

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Chad Fowler

Chad is a long-time Ruby developer, community builder, and team leader. He started and co-organized a couple of Ruby-related conferences including The International Ruby Conference and RailsConf. Chad has lived through Six-Sigma, a flagging unicorn startup, and finally small business success.


Friday, September 30

  • 9:00 am 60 minutes
    Registration, Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00 am 5 minutes
  • 10:05 am 35 minutes
    Dave Thomas (pragdave.me)
  • 10:45 am 35 minutes
    Erika Carlson (Detroit Labs)
  • 11:25 am 35 minutes
    Kinsey Ann Durham & Kim Barnes (GoSpotCheck)
  • 12:05 pm 35 minutes
    Ingrid Alongi (Cognizant Quick Left)
  • 12:45 pm 60 minutes
  • 1:45 pm 5 minutes
  • 1:50 pm 35 minutes
    Sarah Allen (Google)
  • 2:30 am 15 minutes
    Community Spotlight: Andi Rugg (Skillful / Markle Foundation)
  • 2:50 pm 15 minutes
    Community Spotlight: Jackie Ros (Revolar)
  • 3:10 pm 35 minutes
    Chad Fowler (Wunderlist / Microsoft)
  • 3:50 pm 35 minutes
    Saron Yitbarek (CodeNewbie)
  • 4:30 pm 5 minutes
    Thanks & Closing
  • 4:35 pm 85 minutes
    Social Hour (Sharpe Lobby)

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