Call for Speakers

July 16-17, 2020 · Eden Court, Inverness, UK

2020 Edition has been cancelled, read more →

RubyNess is calling for speakers for this 1st edition, hosted in Inverness, Scotland, July 16-17, 2020. We want to encourage anyone to apply, if you have something great in mind, your talk will be considered!

Application Deadline

April 5, 2020

Speakers Announcement

April 19, 2020

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What are we looking for?

We’re looking for talks in English, with a duration from 20 to 50 minutes. You don’t need to be an experienced speaker at all to apply, you just need an awesome talk to submit.

Thrill attendees with unseen content.

We’re looking for premiere talks that haven’t been presented yet, unless they have been presented to very small audiences and they’re not available online.

First-time speakers welcome.

We really want to encourage everyone to apply, so, whether you’re a very confident speaker or it’s your first speaking gig, we’ll try our best to help you have a great time before, during, and after being on stage. Ultimately, the RubyNess conference is also a first timer, so we can learn our way together.

You’re reading this and you feel like you have a great knowledge to communicate — hence a great talk might be cooking inside you — but, you don’t feel like being on stage yourself. You picture yourself somehow like an impostor up there comparing yourself to other speakers. Also, you don’t plan to make a career as a speaker at all, you just have what you think is an interesting knowledge to share. If that’s you, then please, keep reading and submit your talk!

Audience-focused talks.

We’re looking for talks which provide real value to the attendees. Talks that are didactic, not self focussed, talks that pique the curiosity of the audience, free talks that are non-sponsored, talks that might surprise the audience, talks that are practical and provide tools to play with after the talk, or talks that excite and fascinate the audience.

Ruby, Rails, satellite technologies, and stuff to dream about.

We’re looking specially for topics related to Ruby, including Rails. Talks touching on technologies we typically use in our stack will also be welcome if they also relate to Ruby somehow, including but not limited to: PostgreSQL, MySQL, Elasticsearch, Redis, Vue, React…

We’ll also strongly welcome talks about AI done with Ruby — which we know are slippery animals.

Talks touching on any of the sibling/influenced programming languages might also be accepted if they provide value for a Rubyist. Languages like Crystal or Elixir.

We're also planning to have one off-topic talk. To name a couple of examples, we’d consider a talk about quantum computing, or a talk about a neural network chess engine, or stuff of that nature; as long as the talk is always approached according to the audience, trying to make the topic fascinating and exciting for Rubyists.

Finally, a more human-focussed and less tech-focussed talk will also be welcome. I.e. talks about collaboration, productivity, diversity, usability…

In general, we’re looking to compose the conference with ~60% of talks you can extract knowledge from to be directly applied at work, and ~40% of talks for less practical stuff, like the future of Ruby, fascinating and exciting stuff, things to dream about, etc.

Perks for Speakers

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Paid travel and accommodation

We'll pay for your travel and accommodation unless your company or employer does so, in which case, as a thank you, we'll make them Bronze sponsors.

For paying your expenses, we’ll setup a reasonable budget according to where will you travel from and pay that budget to you in advance. Then you’ll have the freedom to book transport and hotel on your own with total freedom, with no out-of-pocket expenses.

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Dinner and activity with speakers

We’ll organize an optional-to-attend dinner with all the speakers, as well as an optional-to-atttend activity: a hike, a distillery visit, a loch exploration… to be decided, we’ll keep you in the loop!

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Recorded presentations

You’ll speak in a pretty intimate space, with a maximum audience of 260 people. However, your talk will be recorded and will have the potential to reach way wider audiences.


Contact us and we'll be happy to help.