Advanced learning, hands-on labs for software developers using Ruby.

January 27-31, 2015
Hilton Barbados – Bridgetown, Barbados

Level Up Your Skills

RubyCaribe is a conference for intermediate and advanced software developers who use Ruby. Developers operating at this level know that success is the result of continuous, deliberate practice over a long period of time.

RubyCaribe will make your brain sweat. At the end of the conference, you will feel the satisfying pain of a good workout.

Hands-on Labs

RubyCaribe is a hands-on conference with deep-dive lab sessions. Each session will start with a 30- to 45-minute presentation, followed by two hours of hands-on lab work directly tied to the presentation. Whether you are intermediate or advanced, you will be challenged by your RubyCaribe colleagues as well as the presenters. And your brain will sweat.

Reading Before the Conference

Great athletes stretch their muscles before training. Workouts (both mental and physical) are more productive when we prepare in advance. Pre-conference reading for RubyCaribe will include source code, books, and blog posts written by presenters and others who understand great software. Come prepared for serious training.

More Work After Dinner

Did you think you would be done after dinner? On Wednesday and Thursday evening after dinner, you will work with your RubyCaribe colleagues to build something cool. We won’t tell you what that is right now, except to say that it will involve a mechanical device, driven by software. When you and your colleagues test the device in the Friday afternoon ocean, wear a swim suit (and hold your breath).

University Collaboration

Bonus Day at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill (UWI) will include lightning talks delivered by members of the Linux community in Barbados. What’s it like to teach Scratch to 8-year-old kids? How is software related to solar energy? What challenges are faced by software developers in the tropics? Stretch your brain in new areas. You might be invited to give a lightning talk about something you learned at RubyCaribe.

Scholarships for Local Students

RubyCaribe will provide full conference scholarships for two (2) students currently studying and working in Barbados. Scholarship applicants will be asked to build a sample project in Ruby. Scholarship winners will be required to complete the pre-conference reading.

What About Fun?

Barbados is a tropical paradise, and RubyCaribe is serious work. What about fun? Software development is fun. But for the other kind of fun, the kind you can only find on a tropical island in the middle of January, we suggest that you arrive in Barbados a few days early or stay a few days after.

There’s plenty to do in Barbados. Bring a friend or members of your family. Tour the bottom of the ocean by submarine. Schedule yourself for scuba diving, water skiing, or other ocean sports. Take an island tour and study Caribbean history. Kids can go swimming and snorkeling. Adults can sample the world's oldest rum.

Conference Fee

Register for $1,599 USD. Only 100 tickets will be sold.

Tell Me More

Yes, I want to make my brain sweat. Let me know when RubyCaribe registration opens.

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