Call for Proposals

Posted by Jen

The Gotham Ruby Conference, a one-day, single-track event in New York City, is now accepting proposal papers. GoRuCo will be held on May 22nd, 2010 on the Manhattan campus of Pace University, our hosts for the day.

GoRuCo is a technical conference aimed at highly motivated programmers interested in all things Ruby. You’ll spend the day among leading Rubyists, innovators and developers in New York City, home of Silicon Alley. Past topics have ranged from pragmatic new approaches to design and testing, to pioneering language application and far-reaching abstractions.

We are looking for individual speakers and moderated panel discussions. We will have around seven slots, depending on the quantity and quality of the proposals we receive.

Individual speakers

The majority of the day’s content will be individual talks. Our speakers will receive:

  • Free attendance to the event.
  • A $300 honorarium.
  • A $600 travel reimbursement if you live outside of the tri-state region.

Talks should be at most 40 minutes long, including time for questions and discussion. A good proposal paper for your talk will include:

  • An explanation or outline of your talk.
  • A short biographical statement about you and your involvement in the Ruby community.
  • Your city and state of residence.

All proposals must specify exactly who will be presenting. For example, we will not accept proposals from companies unless they specify who will be presenting on behalf of the company. Presentations may be given by more than one person, but multiple speakers will split the honorarium and travel reimbursement.

Panel discussions

We are also accepting proposals for panel discussions composed of a moderator and up to four panelists. Panel moderators and panelists will receive free admission, but no honorarium and no travel reimbursement.

Panel discussions should be at most 40 minutes long, including time for questions from the audience. A good proposal paper for your panel discussion will include:

  • An explanation or outline of the topic under discussion.
  • A full list of up to four panelists.
  • Short biographical statements of the moderator and panelists.
  • The state of residence of the moderator and panelists.

If you are submitting a proposal for a panel discussion, we ask that you get a firm commitment from your panelists to appear at GoRuCo if your panel is accepted. We understand that last-minute changes are likely when coordinating a group; however, we reserve the right to remove a panel from our schedule if the panel changes drastically from what was originally proposed. Please make it easy on everybody by only proposing a panel if you are fairly certain that most of your panelists can make it.

Local speakers and panel moderators

GoRuCo believes in highlighting local talent. We reserve at least two slots for local speakers or panels. Individual talks and panels will be considered local if at least half of the participants are from the tri-state region - that is, within typical commuting distance of Manhattan. In the past, these slots have been less competitive than the other talk slots, so if you live in the tri-state region we strongly urge you to submit a proposal.


We will be videotaping all the talks and panels, and making this video freely available online. You should be okay with this if you are submitting a talk or a panel, and if you are submitting a panel, all of your panelists should be okay with this.

How to submit

Please send all proposals to proposals@goruco.com by 11:59 PM EST on March 26, 2010. You should receive confirmation that we have received your proposal within 48 hours of submitting it.

If you have any questions about the proposal process or other conference related questions, please email info@goruco.com. For more information about the conference itself, check the conference website or follow @goruco on Twitter for updates.




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9:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast
9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
10:00 a.m. Grease your Suite: Tips and Tricks for Faster Testing Nick Gauthier
10:55 a.m. memprof: the ruby level memory profiler Aman Gupta
11:50 a.m. Managing Ruby Teams Luke Melia
12:35 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. Rails Best Caching Method is JavaScript Chris Williams
2:40 p.m. Bowline - Ruby Desktop Applications Alex MacCaw
3:25 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. Building Web Service Clients with ActiveModel Paul Dix
4:40 p.m. Scaling to Hundreds of Millions of Requests James Golick
5:35 p.m. RejectConf

Location and Directions

The next GoRuCo will be held at 1 Pace Plaza on the Pace University Campus in Lower Manhattan on May 22nd, 2010. Directions to the campus can be found on their website.

Pace Plaza is on Spruce Street between William and Gold Streets. The 4, 5, 6 City Hall subway stop provides the shortest, easiest walk to it. GoRuCo organizers and Pace students will be just inside the main doors to help register attendees.

More detailed directions to the building and a map of the immediate area will be posted soon.