Past Meetup

DCRUG: Monthly Meetup

This Meetup is past

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Every 3rd Thursday of the month

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Our meetings are open to all experience levels, from total novices to expert Rubyists.

Current agenda:

- Rudo Kemper

Terrastories is a geostorytelling application built to enable local communities to locate and map their own oral storytelling traditions about places of significant meaning or value to them. Community members can add places and stories through a user-friendly interface, and make decisions about setting certain stories as private or restricted. Powered by the Mapbox platform, Terrastories is designed to be entirely offline-compatible, so that remote communities can access the application entirely without needing internet connectivity. The design of Terrastories is being stewarded by the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT). With the support of ACT, Terrastories will be used by the Matawai Maroons in Suriname, the Wauja in Brazil, and the Kogui in Colombia to map oral histories about their sacred and ancestral sites, former settlements, and other places of significance.

Rudo Kemper, Mapping and Storytelling Manager at ACT, will discuss the journey of Terrastories from a rough idea dreamed up in the middle of the Amazon rainforest to a robust Ruby on Rails application developed by volunteers from Ruby for Good. He will also talk about his own path from knowing very little coding aside from front end design to learning Rails, Docker, and Ubuntu as a result of unexpected troubleshooting in the jungle, and a desire to understand and contribute to the application.

- Second talk TBA

We now meet at Optoro's Metro Center location at 1001 G St NW, 12th floor

Please note our Code of Conduct:

We always need presenters, so if you have a topic or project on which you'd like to do a 30-minute presentation on anything Ruby-related, Rails-related or possibly of interest to Ruby developers, please contact our organizers [masked] and we'll schedule you to speak. If you have presented before, you are welcome to give a presentation on a new topic. This is a great chance for some of you guys and gals lingering in the back of the room to share some of the cool things you are working on. Don't be shy -- you're among fellow geeks. :)

As always, we'll have an ample supply of free pizza and soda for all attendees, so don't worry about eating dinner beforehand.

And we'll be heading to a nearby bar after the meeting, to unwind and socialize with fellow techies.