On Tuesday, August the 21st we're having our first Ruby Hack Night at Springest (http://www.springest.nl/) (Rokin 75). We'll start at 19:00 and our event host Springest will provide us with food and drinks!
So, what to do on a Ruby Hack Night?
Work on your own project
So you have this project you've been working on, but you could use some fresh insights, some help with the nasty regex or a chat about going with a relational or document based database for your use case? Ask others to team up and make awesomeness.
Work on open-source
Basically every open-source project needs contributors. Found a bug in that gem you use every day? Go at it solo or in a group and tackle those GitHub issues. Help out the international community and be on your way to become a Ruby Hero! If you don't know where to start, ask more experienced contributors to join.
Help out others
Don't know what to work on? Chances are someone wants to work on any of the above. Help them out with your expertise. A fresh pair of eyes always helps, even if you're a novice Rubyist, and you may learn something from it.
We're hoping to attract some inexperienced Rubyists too, like past RailsGirls participants. Help them in getting their questions answered, supporting and fostering our local community.
Lead a BoF session (Birds of a Feather)
Want to have a discussion about Mongoid vs MongoMapper? JRuby vs Rubinius? Talk agile, scrum or waterfall? Give an introduction and dive into it in a (max!) 30 minute session with about 8 "birds of a feather (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_of_a_feather_(computing))" (you'll have a display to show slides if needed).
Let us know what you plan to do!
We're not using a rigid schedule, but we would like to know what you plan to do at the Hack Night (the RSVP form has a field for that). You don't have to be too specific; we're using this to allocate desks, plan BoF sessions, etc. It's totally fine to come up with something on the spot too and you will have a chance to introduce yourself and your project at our stand-up at 19:10 sharp.
There's space for a maximum of 40 people (first come, first serve)! There will be a waiting list, so please change your status to "not going" if you change your mind. It will enable someone else to attend. Be nice (we believe we're entitled to withhold access to future events if you don't play along)!
We know Meetup says there are 36 spots: we're saving 10% (4 spots) for RailsGirls attendees. If there aren't any takers, those spots will go to people on the waiting list. We're trying to be inclusive and foster our community.
PS: Springest is hiring! (http://www.springest.nl/weblog/vacature-ruby-on-rails-developer-in-amsterdam)