|Sent on:||Friday, August 7, 2009 1:04 PM|
The goal of Ruby DCamp this year is twofold: "think weird" but "think affordable".
This year, Ruby DCamp will be held at a public park with lodging offered at the adjacent campground. Part of the intent is to inspire Rubyists; we like to see ourselves as weird -- so we're taking the unconference out of the confererence space and into the outdoors.
However, our global economy is a mess. While some are attending glitzy conferences with multi-thousand dollar registration fees, several of us are looking for work or making significant career changes. It has been my intent for over a year to keep Ruby DCamp inclusive. It needs to be cheap!
Following in the footsteps of Ruby Hoedown, Ruby DCamp will be free as in beer. No charge. None. Nix. Nein. Nyet.
Registration codes will be seeded in groups to individuals/user groups to ensure that we avoid having a bunch of marketers and headhunters show for the event.
But we will try to make it even more affordable.
We are trying to rent several campsites with electricity at Bull Run that will be made available freely to Ruby DCamp participants on a first come, first serve basis. The cost of attendance, therefore, will be the cost of your airfare or tank of gas to get to the park. That's it!
There will be wifi (courtesy of last year's hardware investment) and internet (courtesy of the brave souls who loan out their EVDO modems for the two days).
We are looking for sponsors primarily to cover t-shirts (other costs are under control), to help with loaning/providing white boards, (by necessity due to lighting) very bright projectors, but also to add a little legitimacy as well as help the sponsors and those trying to find work to get together for mutual benefit.
Evan Light and the Ruby DCamp team