What is Ruby by the Bay?
Ruby by the Bay is the west coast edition of Ruby for Good.
What is Ruby for Good?
Ruby for Good is an annual event based out of the DC-metro area where Ruby programmers from all over the globe get together over a long weekend to build projects that help our communities. Think hanging out in communal space for a weekend with a bunch of developers and designers to build something useful. Participants stay in on-site dorms; hacking and socializing takes place in communal areas. Join us just for the fun of giving back! Questions? Check out the FAQ below or drop us a note.
Why was Ruby for Good started?
Lots of organizations need the sort of technical help we can provide but are unable to afford it. We want to be the do-gooders that volunteer to solve non-profit business/technical problems. Very little effort on our part can make a huge difference to a non-profit. We want to help!
Why Ruby by the Bay?
Several of our projects could benefit from a weekend worth of gooding more than once a year and we’d like to bring the Ruby for Good experience to more people more places.
What skill level do I need to be to attend?
All experience levels are definitely welcome! We have a wide variety of skill levels – some people have next to no experience in programming, some people have decades. But the same applies to other areas too! We have a wide variety of skill levels in pair programming, teaching, or product building – and these don’t necessarily correlate with years of programming experience. The event is as much about learning as it is about building great things. Groups are very collaborative and you’ll definitely have the opportunity to work closely with others and push a lot of code. :)
Do I need to be a programmer?
We need both developers and designers at Ruby by the Bay.
Do I need to be a Ruby programmer?
How do you choose projects?
A lot of cold-calling/emailing individuals and organizations, soliciting suggestions from people we know, and from YOU in the community. We go through a process of vetting possible projects and select based on viability of completion, need, open-source status, and general impact on business functions.
What’s an appropriate project?
Good projects can be completed in about a weekend, help improve the efficiency of a non-profit, and are open-source so we can help give back to the community. Have the beginnings of an idea? Suggest a project!
How do I suggest a project?
Have a project you’re jonesing to work on? Suggest a project!
What ARE the projects this year?
We’ll announce project details, including available teams to join, the first night of the event.
I want to lead a team. What do I do?
During registration we’ll ask if you’d like to lead a team - say yes! We’ll match you with a project about 6-8 weeks before the event. We’ll brief you on expectations and put you in touch with representatives from your project’s organization so you can work with them in advance of the event to set up project requirements, milestones and initial set up so you can hit the ground running with your team at Ruby by the Bay. Setup includes creating a github repo under the Ruby for Good github, filing issues and making some technology suggestions. You can read about the team lead process here.
I don’t know if I want to lead a team. What do I do?
In general, leading a team entails connecting with stakeholders, initial architecting, planning out project milestones, and keeping your team moving forward. Here’s more information about leading a team from Brandon Rice, a team lead in 2015 (who was SUPER awesome. Just sayin’.). Still not sure and want to talk about it with an organizer? Drop us a note.
How can I help?!
- Suggest a project - We always need worthy projects! We’ve compiled a google doc to help you figure out a project. Suggest a project!
- Lead a team - a great way to up your skills, especially if you’ve been programming for a while and are eager for the experience of leading a team.
- Ask your employer for sponsorship - we need lots of help with fundraising. The long weekend experience is expensive and we’d like to offer tickets to the wonderful folks who volunteer for as little as possible. This is only possible with donations and sponsors! Please reach out to your employer to see if they would be willing to help us give back to our community, or talk with us about how to do this.
- Donate - would you be willing to chip in to help bring more scholarship recipients to the event? We need your help.
- Spread the word - this event happens because of you, and we need both developer and designer expertise! Please tell everyone about Ruby by the Bay.
Is this a hackathon?
No. This is definitely not a hackathon. Sean cringes everytime someone mentions ‘hackathon’ and ‘Ruby for Good’ in the same sentence. (Try it.)
When do I need to purchase my tickets?
By March 25 or when we sell out, whichever comes first! We can’t wait to see you.
Oops, I bought my ticket and now I can’t go. Will you please refund/transfer?
After January 1 we will be unable to offer refunds but we will happily help coordinate exchanges until March 15. Drop us a note.
When do tickets go on sale?
Tickets are on sale now! buy yours today Last year was so fun. Tell all your #rubyfriends!
Do I really HAVE to be there by 5pm on Friday for kickoff?
Yeah, you really do. Teams will be chosen right around that time and you’ll spend remainder of the time meeting with your team, chatting about your projects, and getting your environments aligned. We’ve found the event is most successful, with the most buy-in, when teams are a cohesive bunch from the beginning.
How early can I arrive on Friday?
Most of the organizing team is planning on arriving at 2pm but feel free to beat us there. There’s some amazing hiking (of different levels of ease or difficulty) just a few minutes from the venue.
How does food work?
We’ll provide the supplies, and everyone will pitch in to cook and clean up. Each team will be responsible for a different meal. We’ll also provide snacks in the evenings when we’re all socializing/playing games/werewolf!
I’m a vegetarian/dairy-free/vegan/gluten-free/paleo/allergic to… will you feed me?
Absolutely. Let us know ahead of time so we can prepare for that!
What’s it REALLY like at Ruby by the Bay?
So glad you asked! For expert insight, here are a couple of blog posts written up by past Ruby for Good and Ruby by the Bay attendees:
Do you have a code of conduct?
We are proud to have a code of conduct.
Is this the first year of Ruby by the Bay?
This is our SECOND year! Come join us!