David A. Black
Author of Ruby for Rails and Rails Routing, Trainer

Abstract: Per-Object Behavior in Ruby

Active in the Ruby world since 2000, David has more than a decade of full-time teaching experience, and is the author of two books, including Ruby for Rails: Ruby Techniques for Rails Developers. He has been interviewed for InfoQ and the Rails Podcast; has co-organized numerous Ruby/Rails conferences; and has spoken at conferences and Ruby/Rails users groups in the United States, Canada, and England. David is the chief author of scanf.rb in the standard Ruby library, and the programmer and administrator for the official Ruby Change Request website.

Giles Bowkett
Ruby on Rails Developer

Abstract: How to Kick Ass with IRB

Giles Bowkett is a programmer, artist, and modern-day beatnik. He's used Rails since 2005, spoken about Rails and Seaside at OSCON 2007, and will soon be published in "Advanced Rails Recipes." He lives in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and northern New Mexico.

Blog: http://gilesbowkett.blogspot.com
Portfolio: http://www.gilesgoatboy.org

Gregory Brown
Ruby Developer and Technical Writer

Abstract: Ruby Reports, Beyond 1.0

Gregory has been active in the Ruby community since 2004. His greatest accomplishment was PRuby, a pirate dialect of Ruby released on April 1st, 2007. Surprisingly enough, other projects he has worked on have been more popular, especially HighLine and Ruport. Gregory has talked at a number of Ruby conferences and events, and helped organize the Gotham Ruby Conference 2007.


Obie Fernandez
Ruby on Rails Developer

Abstract: Rails and ActiveRecord

Obie Fernandez is a recognized tech industry leader and independent consultant, specializing in the marketing and development of large-scale, web-based applications. He is based out of Atlanta, Georgia and has two children: Taylor Anne, 10 and Liam, 8 years old. Obie is an accomplished blogger and author. He is Series Editor of the Professional Ruby Series for prestigious tech publishing house Addison-Wesley. His own book for the series is titled "The Rails Way". Obie also manages the Ruby content and a team of volunteer reporters as editor of the popular technology portal InfoQ.com, with over 135,000 unique visitors in May 2007.


Hal Fulton
Author of The Ruby Way

Abstract: The Future of Ruby


Amy Hoy
Ruby/Rails Interaction  Design Guru, Author, Co-founder Hyphenated People

Abstract: How Rails Works Inside & Out

Amy Hoy is a user interface nerd - designer - writer - educator - programmer - photographer - hyphenator extraordinaire. As half of Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm Hyphenated People, she gets to help cool companies kick ass every day and thinks that's just the best job ever. She also likes to think of herself as an infamous author of humorous treatises about design and programming, but this might not actually be true. Her web site can be found at www.slash7.com.


Mike Mangino
Founder, Elevated Rails

Abstract: Using Testing and Mocking to Improve Your Code

Mike Mangino is the founder of Elevated Rails, a Chicago based software development shop. He has helped launch several Rails basedstartups and has spoken at the Pragmatic Studios Rails Edge.


Desi McAdam
Ruby on Rails Developer

Abstract: A Tour of Rails Testing

Based in Atlanta, GA, Desi is a well-known figure in the Ruby and Rails community, being introduced to Ruby on Rails back in 2005. She scored a full time Ruby and Rails project with one of her ThoughtWorks clients in 2006 and has been "railing away" continuously since then. Desi is also the founder of DevChix, one of the largest advocacy organizations for women developers.


Jeremy McAnally
Ruby on Rails Developer

Abstract: The Humble Little Ruby Talk

Jeremy McAnally is a developer and author. He has been developing applications with Ruby and Rails for a little over two years. He penned Mr. Neighborly's Humble Little Ruby Book, is currently working on Ruby in Practice for Manning, works on the Rails documentation project (which will become The Rails API published by the Pragmatic Programmers), and contributed to Web Scripting Power Tools on O'Reilly. He is also the author of some open source projects, including dcov (a documentation analyzer for Ruby code) and radiograph (a plugin that exposes the Ultraviolet syntax highlighting library to Rails applications). He resides in Knoxville, TN, where he and his wife are studying theology.

Michael Milner
Ruby on Rails Developer

Abstract: Ruby Reports, Beyond 1.0

Michael is an active member of the Ruby community. He is currently the lead developer of Ruby Reports and also maintains the Ruport/Rails plugin that provides Rails integration for Ruport. He works professionally using Ruby and has developed large web applications using Rails.


Andrea O.K. Wright
Ruby on Rails Developer

Abstract: High Art on Top of Low-Level APIs: Building Games with Ruby

Andrea O. K. Wright is an active member of Philly On Rails and enjoys organizing weekly 'Ruby Tuesday' tech lunch-and-learns for her colleagues at Chariot Solutions, a consulting firm based in Fort Washington, PA. A 14-year IT industry veteran, she currently works with Rails technology exclusively. At RailsConf 2007 she presented a talk about the respond_to mechanism and co-moderated a BoF about Hackety Hack (the Coder's Starter Kit) and RubyRails User Groups.


Ezra Zygmuntowicz
Merb framework creator, Co-founder of Engine Yard, Author of Deploying Rails Applications

Abstract: Ruby Performance: Tips, Tricks and Hacks