Community

Get Involved

There are several opportunities available for our community to be a part of RailsConf!

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Volunteers

Volunteering is a great way to help during the conference!  Ruby Central offers two ways to volunteer during the conference, Conference volunteering and the Scholars and Guides program.

Conference volunteers assist with checking in attendees, distribute t-shirts, answer common attendee questions, and more. Conference volunteers must be able to commit to 10-15 hours of work (scheduled shifts will be assigned ahead of time) and, in exchange, receive a complimentary ticket to attend sessions whenever they're not scheduled.

Scholars and Guides Program

What is the Scholars and Guides Program?

The Scholars and Guides Program is a mentor/mentee program to support anyone interested in learning more about Ruby on Rails specifically and software development in general.

What is a Scholar?

Scholars, or mentees, are usually new to the Ruby and Rails community and looking to make professional connections. Scholars are paired with a Guide (mentor) who will be available to offer insight and advice on programming, working as a developer, and helping you build long-lasting connections with influential community members.

What is a Guide?

Guides are volunteer mentors and will support the Scholars through mentorship, guidance, and professional networking leading up to and during a Ruby or Rails conference. Guides should be familiar with the Ruby and/or Rails community and can create networking opportunities, and will help the Scholar navigate a professional conference.

Program Inclusions

• A complimentary ticket to RailsConf 2023 and an invitation to the Scholars and Guides Reception the night before the conference. • Networking opportunity with a conference Scholars or Guide. • Scholars will have the opportunity to practice your presentation skills during the host conference. • A professional spotlight of your headshot and/or socials on the conference website. • Front row seating during all keynote talks.

Community Testimonials

Volunteer

·         "This was my first conference and I was going to be the solo dev from my team going. I thought volunteering would give me a cohort of people who I would know and have something in common with."

Scholar

"… It was the absolute best possible way for me to have attended RubyConf for the first time. Having a supportive community to engage with and get to build relationships with before day 1 of RubyConf is an amazing idea and opportunity…"

Scholar

"I felt so lucky being a Scholar at RubyConf! This is a wonderful program for newbies to the Ruby community. I was matched up with a really cool and experienced Guide who took the time to chat with me weeks before the conference and checked on me throughout the event."

Guide

"This was my 4th time serving as a Guide, and it's always a great experience. The Scholars I've worked with have each had a unique background, outlook, and goals. It's been very rewarding helping each of them find their way forward in their careers and as members of the Ruby community."

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