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Yehuda Katz

Yehuda Katz

Yehuda is a member of the Ember.js, Ruby on Rails and jQuery Core Teams; his 9-to-5 home is at the startup he founded, Tilde Inc, where he works on Skylight, the smart profiler for Rails. Yehuda spends most of his time hacking on open source—his main projects, along with others, like Thor, Handlebars and Janus—and traveling the world doing open source evangelism work.

Session: Topic TBDSession: Topic TBD @wycats

Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen

Sarah is a serial innovator with a history of developing leading-edge products, such as After Effects, Shockwave, Flash video, and OpenLaszlo. She has a habit of recognizing great and timely ideas, finding talented teams, and creating compelling software. She has led small and large teams and confidently turns vision into reality. She runs an innovative product strategy, design & development company, Blazing Cloud, in San Francisco.

Session: Topic TBDSession: Topic TBD @ultrasaurus

Ryan Davis

Ryan Davis

Ryan Davis has been using Ruby since 2000 and is a founding member of the Seattle Ruby Brigade, the first and foremost Ruby brigade in the world. In Ruby land, he has focused on developer productivity and test automation tools. Some of his projects match: /ruby2(ruby|smalltalk|c)|zen(test|web|profiler)|fl(og|ay)|yoda|rails-enterprise|image_science|h(o|eckl)e|minitest(-(bacon(-cheeseburger)?|macruby|excludes|focus|(cheeseburg|debugg)er))?|makerakeworkwell/i.

Three of those matches are a lie.

Session: Let's Build a Computer!Session: Let's Build a Computer! @the_zenspider

Kate Heddleston

Kate Heddleston

I am a web applications developer from the bay area who builds full-stack web applications. I got my MS in Computer Science (HCI) at Stanford and did my undergrad degree in Communication (HCI). I am active in the community with organizations like Hackbright Academy, PyLadies, and Girl Geek Dinners.

Session: Technical Onboarding, Training, and MentoringSession: Technical Onboarding, Training, and Mentoring @heddle317

Tom Stuart

Tom Stuart

Tom is a computer scientist and programmer. He has lectured on optimizing compilers at the University of Cambridge, co-organizes the Ruby Manor conference, and is a member of the London Ruby User Group. His latest book, Understanding Computation, was published by O'Reilly in 2013.

Session: Refactoring Ruby with MonadsSession: Refactoring Ruby with Monads @tomstuart

Aja Hammerly

Aja Hammerly

Aja lives in Seattle where she is a developer at Substantial and a member of the Seattle Ruby Brigade. Her favorite languages are Ruby and Prolog. She also loves working with large piles of data. In her free time she enjoys skiing, cooking, knitting, and long coding sessions on the beach.

Session: Giant Pile of DataSession: Giant Pile of Data @thagomizer_rb

Nathan Long

Nathan Long

Nathan Long was a writer before he was a coder, and he loves to explain things.

Session: Reimplementing Ruby's HashSession: Reimplementing Ruby's Hash @sleeplessgeek

Blithe Rocher

Blithe Rocher

Blithe has a PhD in physical chemistry but recently changed careers to become a web developer at Big Nerd Ranch in Atlanta. Over the past year, Blithe has grown from RailsGirls participant to coach. She helps organize a monthly meetup for women interested in continuing to learn about Ruby on Rails. When she’s not crafting web applications or teaching new developers, she spends time traveling, riding her bike, or with her dog Nola.

Session: The Scientific Method of TroubleshootingSession: The Scientific Method of Troubleshooting @blithe

John Feminella

John Feminella

John Feminella is an avid technologist, occasional public speaker, and frequent instigator of assorted shenanigans. He recently co-founded UpHex, a startup providing analytics management for digital agencies and their clients. John is a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia, mentors budding entrepreneurs, and is a 99.9%-ranked user on StackOverflow.

He lives in Charlottesville, VA and likes meta-jokes, milkshakes, and referring to himself in the third person in speaker bios.

Session: Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Floats, Dates, and NamesSession: Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Floats, Dates, and Names @jxxf

Pat Allan

Pat Allan

Pat earns his keep as a freelance web and Ruby developer based in the coworking space of Inspire9 in Melbourne, Australia. Often, though, you'll find him travelling around the world, attending interesting events and meeting interesting people.

As well as working with talented development teams and writing open source Ruby libraries, he's a fan of bringing people together for gatherings small and large, including Trampoline and Rails Camp. And if you ask him nicely, he might even cook you a pancake.

Session: The Golden Age of the InternetSession: The Golden Age of the Internet @pat

Jessica Eldredge

Jessica Eldredge

I am a web designer and front end developer at Shopify. I love UX and web development, Sass, and riding my refactor tractor through views and CSS. I enjoy talking about comic books, wine, cats, and how cold it is in Canada for an American. You can often find me with my nose buried in a sketchbook at conferences.

Session: Sketchnoting: Creative Notes for Technical ContentSession: Sketchnoting: Creative Notes for Technical Content @jessabean

Yonatan Bergman

Yonatan Bergman

Yon Bergman is a developer and an amateur designer who loves building cool stuff. By day, he works as a tech-lead at the eBay Israel Innovation Center - a commando unit aiming to produce the next big (awesome) thing. By night, he works relentlessly on his side projects and plays probably too many board games. Yon is based in Israel where he helps lead the Israeli Ruby scene, he is a frequent mentor at RailsGirls and a co-founder of the Israeli Global Day of Coderetreat. Additionally, he's one of the hosts on the first mobile development podcast in Hebrew (Mobile & Beer).

Session: Building Board Games with RubySession: Building Board Games with Ruby @yonbergman

Vipul Amler

Vipul Amler

Vipul works as a Software Consultant at BigBinary LLC. He is an avid Rails and Ruby Projects Contributor. His spare time is spent exploring and contributing to many Open Source ruby projects, when not dabbling with Clojure or Rubymotion. Vipul loves Ruby's vibrant community and helps in building PuneRb, is the founder of and runs RubyIndia Community Newsletter, and is an organiser for Deccan Ruby Conference.

Session: Building an ORM with AReL: Walking up the (AS)Tree.Session: Building an ORM with AReL: Walking up the (AS)Tree. @vipulnsward

Prathamesh Sonpatki

Prathamesh Sonpatki

Prathamesh works as a Software Consultant at BigBinary LLC. He loves contributing to Ruby and Rails Projects. He also loves playing with Emacs in spare time. He helps running RubyIndia Community Newsletter, and is co-organizer for Deccan Ruby Conference.

Session: Building an ORM with AReL: Walking up the (AS)Tree.Session: Building an ORM with AReL: Walking up the (AS)Tree. @_cha1tanya

Randy Coulman

Randy Coulman

Randy Coulman is a Principal Software Engineer at Key Technology. He's been developing software for more than 20 years, mainly in Smalltalk, Ruby, C++, and Javascript. He writes about Courageous Software at http://randycoulman.com/blog/.

Session: Gilding the Rose: Refactoring Legacy CodeSession: Gilding the Rose: Refactoring Legacy Code @randycoulman

Starr Horne

Starr Horne

Starr learned to love programming with TurboPascal, but now prefers Ruby and Javascript. He's currently the lead front-end developer at Honeybadger.io. You can read his blog at http://www.starrhorne.com and see his tweets at @starrhorne.

Session: The Short and Happy Lives of TCP and HTTP RequestsSession: The Short and Happy Lives of TCP and HTTP Requests @starrhorne

Daniel Doubrovkine

Daniel Doubrovkine

Daniel Doubrovkine (aka dB.) is Head of Engineering at Artsy in New York and an open-source cheerleader. He maintains multiple popular projects, including Grape and Hashie. In his past life, Daniel founded and sold a start-up in the early 90s and completely failed another. He was development lead at Microsoft., Director at KP Visible Path, Architect and Dev Manager at AppSecInc and more.

Session: Taking over Someone Else's Open-Source ProjectsSession: Taking over Someone Else's Open-Source Projects @dblockdotorg

Sarah Mei

Sarah Mei

Sarah Mei has been doing software since before the internet had cats, and working with Ruby and JavaScript since 2006. She does consulting through her company, Ministry of Velocity, and helps run GoGaRuCo, RubyConf, and RailsConf. Sarah lives in San Francisco, near the beach, where it is never warm enough to go swimming.

Session: Lightning TalksSession: Lightning Talks @sarahmei

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