There was a call for conference planning for a Regional Ruby Conference on the Ruby AZ meeting list recently. It was at the request of fellow local Ruby company DevFu that I decided to attend. I showed up for the planning meeting and was impressed by the turnout. I think most of the regular rubyists were in attendance and all of the companies seemed represented.
I was turned off that it was at a coffee shop. When there ended up being no room to sit, I admit I felt that I had wasted my time showing up. Several people mentioned that using something like Gangplank was out of the question because then others wouldn’t attend in protest. I was disappointed that the maturity level was so bad in the community that I reconciled that this thing had no chance. Out of frustration I even over reacted by calling the selection of the location as a cluster fuck.
The good news is that it ended up being a really good discussion. I think that if nothing else that perhaps the act of planning a regional conference will be the thing that finally gels the local ruby community. I really felt by the end of the meeting that everyone was working and discussing things that will move this community forward. It left me with hope that perhaps the community is not too fractured or damaged to be taken seriously. Marc and Curtis thanks for taking the time to explore getting this off the ground. I genuinely look forward to helping out.
Looks like we are planning for something in Sept/Oct of 2010 as the date. There are work groups actively working on venue, speakers, sponsorship, etc.. I started the day with a bad attitude about things and left pretty excited to help make this event happen.