BANGALORE, INDIA: The Garden City Ruby Conference (GCRC) 2014, the first regional Ruby conference in India, brought together Ruby developers and programmers over a two day conference in Bangalore.
With participation from 180 developers and 20 companies, GCRC 2014 was the ideal gateway for enthusiasts to network, share best practices and latest developments from the world of Open Source and Ruby programming.
Garden City Ruby Conference Is a community driven initiative, organized by a core group of Indian Ruby Developers with the aim to better connect and support Ruby professionals. 20 expert speakers, including international guests, covered a wide range of topics across coding best practices, successful case studies, developer tips and tricks and a panel discussion on the future of Ruby programming.
One-time Indian resident and keynote speaker Chad Fowler, CTO at 6Wunderkinder, the Berlin-based developer of cross-platform productivity app Wunderlist, said: “The evolution of the Bangalore open source and tech community has come along by leaps and bounds since when I was last in India. It is finally taking the mantle of the Silicon Valley of India seriously and these are encouraging and exciting times, especially for the Open Source community.”
Community engagement and networking was at the heart of the conference with initiatives like ‘Lightning Talks’, a series of 5 minute talks by audience members on a topic of their choice and Open Job Boards to highlight Ruby programming opportunities in India.
Gautam Rege, founder director at Josh Software, a leading Ruby on Rails developer, said: “It is heartening to see support by local businesses ensuring the success of this conference and the community at large. Budding Rubyists should utilize this platform to understand how the industry works and find exciting career opportunities for themselves.”
GCRC aims to become an annual marquee event for the developer community in India and is planning to support smaller local user group meetings to encourage deeper engagement.
Prakash Murthy, a Ruby Community Enthusiast and organizer of the conference, said: “I am happy to be part of the first edition of Bangalore’s own Ruby Conference. Hopefully this will evolve and see continued over the years to come.”