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When does the conference start on the 18th? When does it end on the 20th?

In general, programming on conference days starts around 9:30am and ends around 6pm. Registration on the 18th opens approximately two hours earlier (so at 7:30am). On the 20th, we will be ending programming around 4-5pm.

Do you offer any tutorials or workshops?

No, all sessions are lecture-style, with no workshops planned.

Is breakfast provided? What about lunch and dinner?

We do not provide a full breakfast; however, a morning snack is offered every day after the day’s opening keynote. This tends to be things like granola bars, hard-boiled eggs, and whole fruit. We do provide a full lunch and afternoon snack, but not dinner. Coffee, tea, and water are served throughout all conference days.

Are there any ticket discounts available?

We offer a student discount -- if this applies to you, please email us at rubyconf@rubycentral.org. No other discounts are available.

How do I know if I should purchase the individual or corporate ticket?

The individual ticket (which is the same price as it has been in previous years) is for those attendees who are purchasing their own ticket to RubyConf and financing their own trip. The corporate ticket is for conference attendees whose employer is purchasing their conference ticket and/or financing their travel and accommodations. Attendees are free to choose which ticket they ultimately purchase; we operate on the honor system.

Please note that, as a nonprofit organization, all ticket sales for our conference go towards Ruby Central's mission of supporting the Ruby community.

Can I buy a ticket for just one day?

Tickets can only be purchased for the whole conference at once.

How far away are the conference venue and hotel from the airport?

Our conference venue, the JW Marriott, is in downtown Nashville, approximately 15-20 minutes from the airport.

Are there conference scholarships available?

Yes, we offer a limited number of Opportunity Scholarships each conference, which include a free ticket to RubyConf 2019 and one-on-one pairing with an experienced Guide, who has attended Ruby conferences before and can provide advice on what talks to attend, make introductions to other Rubyists, etc. More information on the program and application links are here!

Do you need conference volunteers?

We do! We will need several onsite volunteers to help with tasks such as registering attendees, distributing t-shirts, answering common attendee questions, and so on. 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 free ticket to attend sessions whenever they're not scheduled.

If you're interested in volunteering, please email us about it and we'll add you to our list!

Does RubyConf have a dress code?

Short answer: no, wear whatever you want!

Longer answer: most RubyConf attendees dress fairly casually in t-shirts and jeans. However, business casual is also very common.

Does RubyConf have a jobs fair or board?

We do have an onsite Jobs Board where anyone can post or write information about openings at your organization. We cannot pre-populate this for you with your job listings; it's only open to conference attendees.

We don't have an official job fair; however, our Sponsor Area is a great place to find and chat with our conference Sponsors throughout the three days of the conference. Many Sponsors want to have a presence at RubyConf specifically to talk to Ruby developers about positions at their organizations, so if you're job-seeking, be sure to take some time to visit with them!

How do I find out about parties happening during RubyConf?

In addition to any official sponsored parties happening, which will be posted on our website, there are also multiple social events that happen before and after conference programming. These can be shared onsite at the conference on our (physical) Events Board, and are also often collected into a list online that we will promote as RubyConf draws nearer.

Is there a 5K this year?

Yes, we're hoping to bring back this RubyConf tradition after a one-year break from it! We'll have more specific information at a later time, but for now, know that this will be a casual group run happening on Tue, Nov 19 in the early morning hours before conference programming commences.

Will conference sessions be recorded or streamed?

Yes! All conference sessions are professionally recorded. Recordings are used to make full edited videos of each talk, which will be available online within one month post-conference (so approximately mid-December). You can see examples of what these videos look like by checking out RubyConf 2018's videos.

Additionally, we will livestream one room of conference talks (more information on this provided soon). The link for the livestream will be provided via our Twitter account on the morning of each conference day.

Do you provide childcare?

We do! During all conference days, we provide free onsite childcare from a licensed local provider. While attendees can use this as much or as little as they’d like, we do appreciate as much advance information as possible so that we can try to ensure having enough childcare staff and appropriate activities and gear. When you register, please answer yes (or maybe) to the question about childcare and you will be contacted for information before the conference.

We also provide a dedicated Lactation Room (with a lock and mini-fridge). If you would like to use this, please note that at registration.

Is your venue accessible for those with disabilities?

Yes, all of our conference space at the JW Marriott are wheelchair-accessible.

We will also be offering live-captioning for one room of conference talks (more information on this provided soon). This captioning will be available on the screen at the front of the room, and additionally, a link will be provided to attendees who would prefer to see the captioning on their own device.

Beyond this, if an attendee has any requests for accessibility accommodations at RubyConf, please don't hesitate to email us at rubyconf@rubycentral.org. You can also review our full accessibility policy here.

Does RubyConf have an official hashtag?

Most people use #rubyconf for social media posts!