ChicagoRuby: RubyConf Preview - Thomas Edison vs Three Teslas in a Trenchcoat

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Welcome to another edition of ChicagoRuby Downtown! RubyConf 2019 is right around the corner, and for our November meetup, we are welcoming RubyConf speaker Coraline Ada Ehmke.

Thomas Edison vs Three Teslas in a Trenchcoat


As a company grows, adopting new technologies becomes more complex, costly, and risky. But as developers we want to keep our skills up-to-date and are often drawn to the latest and hottest tools. So how can we effectively experiment with new technologies at work in a responsible way? This talk will recount the famously adversarial relationship between Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla, and from their story we will learn ways to balance and exploit the tension between the boring and the new, the familiar and the shiny, the safe and the unknown.


6:00 to 6:15 - Food & Mingling
6:15 to 7:45 - Presentation
after - Post meetup mingling @ Elephant & Castle


Coraline Ada Ehmke is an international speaker, writer, and developer with over 25 years of experience in software engineering. She was recognized for her work on diversity in open source with a Ruby Hero award in 2016. Coraline is the creator of the Contributor Covenant, the most popular open source code of conduct in the world with over 40,000 adoptions. She is a founding panelist on the Greater than Code podcast. Coraline is also currently writing a book on practicing empathy in engineering.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES will be provided by our host, 8thlight (

THIS EVENT WILL BE STREAMED via ZOOM. The presentation will start at 6:15. Join the meeting at A recording will be made available after the event.

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