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RedDotRubyConf 2012: Wrap up

Thanks to all who came, and all who spoke. The feedback I’ve had has been mostly lovely and for that I’m really grateful.


Given this was a Developer conference we had some bloody amazing looking slides. Sixteen speakers, one unix Thinkpad, the rest Macs. No Windows.

I’ll add missing decks as they become availible.

Day One

Day Two

Attendee Information

Where’d everyone come from?

Attendee Origins


Attendee Nationality

Nationality of those coming from Singapore

An interesting one this… Singapore really is a global city.

Attendee Nationality


Mostly food-related.

I need to:

  • Ensure there is enough if there is yummy finger food
  • Label veggie options
  • Perhaps provide some fruit in the breaks

Wifi remained a hot topic. Some loved that they couldn’t distract themselves, some felt like they’d lost a limb. Pot-a-to, Po-ta-toe.

Potentially do an hour of lightening talks at some stage, I’ll be looking for volunteers to run this!

Some feedback for you… I’d really appreciate it if you could all buy your tickets a bit earlier next year so I’m not freaking out with a month to go next time. :-)

See you next year. Ideas, comment, adoration, critique to

I Want To Be Better

as performed live at the end of RedDotRubyConf 2012


I want to be better.

I want to be fast. I want to contribute. I want to think about the stuff that no-one else is. And have someone help me. And I want to build a musical robot that will, one day, rule us all.

I want to understand how my software works. Or why it’s slow. I want to do things in ways you wouldn’t think of. Or prepare for other people to use my work in new and interesting ways. I want the world to know what I’m fucking doing. And I want to pair with my Jedi Masters and my best friend.

I want all the tiny bits of awesome I learn to stay in my head, and not fall out like they normally do. I want to use cool new stuff, not just because its new but because it makes the work I do more awesome. Or makes something complicated, beautiful. Or perhaps because I want to to stop putting crappy, slow code in production.

I want future me to look back and thank current me for the sensible decisions I made. The ReadMe I wrote. The effort I took to do things right. I want to remember how Tupac died. Inept JavaScript apparently.

I want to think about how I behave effects others. And I want the the people I work with to concentrate on being better. I want to craft the future with my own hands, a screen and a keyboard. And I want that future to be great.

But mostly, right now, I want a drink.

Last updated on May 22nd, 2012 by @andycroll

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