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New Season + Confoo CFP

September is here. This means another season for Montreal.rb. Has usual, we’ll continue to meet every third Tuesday of each month at Notman House and finish everything up at the Benelux. Like the other years, I need your help. Finding speaker for each meet-up is not an easy task. If you have something you want to talk about or know someone who does, contact me so we can talk about it. If you’d like to learn, discover, or understand something, you can contact me also – we can maybe find a speaker willing to explain it to everyone.


Confoo Call for Papers is open until September 22nd. Confoo is the biggest web conference in Montreal, it’s really great and fun to be over there. I attended the 2 last years where I met great people around the world. If you want to speak, the organization is accepting the talk proposals right now. You can use the same talk for Confoo and Montreal.rb as a practice or a follow-up. If you want to attend, their is a big discount right now.


I’m sure we’ll have another great season at Montreal.rb. More details are coming up for the September meet-up on the 17th.

Meet-up and Confoo

I received the confirmation for the second talk tomorrow :

The second talk tomorrow will be given by Martin Chabot who will talk about his own gem : rubyc. Want to add some power to your Shell? Rubyc will help you release your Ruby’s spells to the command line.



A quick reminder for Confoo.

This is the last week for the Call for Paper. Don’t miss your chance to be a speaker at the biggest web conference in Montreal.


When : September 18th, 2012 at 18:30

Where : Notman House

Who : Everyone who is interested in Ruby on Rails or Ruby

How much : Free

Register : No need, just come, your welcome

Questions? : Contact me


Confoo Call For Paper is Open

The Confoo 2013 preparation are started. The Call for Paper is now open. Propose your talks and share you knowledge with your peers at the biggest web conference in Montreal.

ConFoo is one of the most important developer-oriented conferences. ConFoo 2013 will be held on February 25 through March 1 in Montreal, Canada.

The team just opened its call for papers. Candidates can submit proposals until September 23. Consult the call for papers page for details and to start submitting. That page also explains what expenses ConFoo can cover for speakers. You can also get advice on how to write proposals.

The call for papers is public, meaning that all proposals get published on the website for others to vote and comment on. This approach allows the organizers to pick subjects that have most interest in the community. The comments are only visible to speakers and organizers to avoid influencing the votes.

To stay in touch via Twitter, follow @confooca and use the #confoo tag. You can also help promote the event with these cool badges for your site.


A recruiter reached to me with the job offer below. Don’t hesitate to contact her.

I am searching a web developer with experience in real-time ruby web application and the last technologies. We need someone good on the server and the user interface. The position is permanent in mobile development. Please contact me at : dlussier@recrutement-hitech.com


I’ll be back soon with the information about September 18th meet-up.

May 15th 2012 Meet-up

We’re lucky to have beer and pizza generously offered by Nextly.

Nextly is a funded startup that makes your streams (Twitter, Facebook,
RSS) easily browseable and they’re hiring experienced Ruby developers in Montreal.

Two great talks are lined up for this month’s Montreal.rb.


The first talk has for subject “4 Hour Work Week for Hackers” from the infamous Marc-André Cournoyer. There are some pearls of wisdom in that talk. I’m sure we’ll all appreciate it.


The second talk is by the one and only Hugo Frappier and is entitled “10 Things I Learned at Railsconf” where he’ll give the low-down.



When : May 15th, 2012 at 18:30

Where : Notman House

Who : Everyone who is interested in Ruby on Rails or Ruby

How much : Free

Register : No need, just come, you’re welcome

Questions? : Contact Gary

Confoo public events

The RSS feed wasn’t working, so I’m testing it by sending you information about the three public and free events for Confoo.


This year, we present three activities that will be open to the public
during the ConFoo conference.

First, an opening party will be held at the Brutopia brew pub on
Tuesday February 28th from 6pm. Meet speakers, sponsors organizers and
attendees of the ConFoo conference in a joyful environment. The
Brutopia is located at 1219 Crescent.

Next, a company from Montreal will present how it builds websites that
can handle over 100 million requests per day. This presentation will
be held on Wednesday February 29th, from 5 to 6pm. It will be
presented by Eric Pickup from Manwin.

Finally, on Thursday March 1st, from 5 to 8pm, come celebrate
collaboration between technologies during our communities cocktail at
the Hilton Bonaventure hotel. The hotel is located at 900 De La
Gauchetière West.

For more information about the ConFoo conference, visit http://confoo.ca

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Meet-up February 21st

This week was a pretty busy one since the last host of montrealonrails.com was shut down. We are currently running on an EC2 instance, if you have any problem, email me.


The first presentation will by by Olivier Melcher. He will take us away from the web with his subject : “Build awesome command-line applications with Ruby”. It will be an interesting travel.






The second presentation will be by Gary Haran with “Start your Engines”. During this talk, we’ll see how to make a rails engine and find out why you’d want to create one.




At the same times, I have a lot of news for your.


Remember that Confoo is at the end of this month. The conference is almost sold-out get your ticket quickly. Confoo is also searching volunteers for the event. Send me an email if you are interested.


Hugo Frappier manage for us to have a 10% discount for the next RailsConf. We have 5 tickets available until February 29th. Don’t be shy and ask the code from me or Hugo if you are interested.


Interested in hopping on a bus to Boston on the weekend of March 3-5 for AngelHack and showing our American friends what the Montreal startup scene is made of?
Context.IO has been invited to fill a bus with at least 30 Montreal hackers and bring them down to Boston for a one of the most prolific hackathons in North America.


AngelHack brings together startup communities from around the country for a hackathon competition, judged by top Angel Investors, where participants build startup ideas. The only rule is all code must be fresh, so that everyone has a fair chance. Build your startup at AngelHack, win prizes, national recognition, and validation from Angel Investors on what they think of your ideas.


AngelHack 2 focuses on the startup communities in Boston and San Francisco and has over $50k in prizes to win. We estimate there to be over 600 participants for the March 3-4th event.

If you’re interested, your registration fee will be waived. There will be a small fee (between $20-$30) for the bus rental. Friday night accommodations will also be your responsibility, but Context.IO will work to get a great group deal at a hotel nearby. Keep in mind that Saturday night would be all hacking, so  accommodations will only be required on Friday night. We’ll ride in Friday evening and take the bus back overnight on Sunday.  Red eye FTW.

We need 30 hackers to be accepted to sponsor, so we’d love you all to come in big numbers.

This is an incredible opportunity for the Montreal Startup Scene. Being selected as a finalist or winner at this event would mean considerable press and visibility to some of the most high profile VCs in North America. Imagine Montreal took everyone by surprise with a win here? Let’s show them what we’re capable of!
Brainstorm on the bus, build in Boston, be totally awesome. This is not a weekend you should miss.
If you’re willing to commit, please submit your email address via the following form: 


As soon as we have 30 hackers, we’ll confirm our participation and follow up with all the juicy details!



When : January 21st, 2012 at 18:30

Where : Notman House

Who : Everyone who is interested in Ruby on Rails or Ruby

How much : Free

Questions? : Contact me


EDIT : Replaced “Templating Engines” from Martin Provencher by “Start your Engines” by Gary Haran.

January – events + jobs

This month is a very busy. I got 4 events and 6 job offers to present to you. I hope you a ready for a long post ;-) .



The first event is organized by François Beausoleil at Notman House on February 2nd. Yes, your last president of Montreal.rb is inviting for an afternoon of Scala with Actors for Twitter analytic and a workshop evening of complex SQL queries. Being good in SQL, is always useful for any Rails developer. Both these events are free and you need to register (Scala, SQL). For more information, see François’ blog post.


The next event is The Cloud Robotics Hackathon (register here). It will take place at the Notman House from March 2nd to March 4th. I’d really like to see a Ruby team participating to that event. If you are interested, you can contact me, I’ll try to build the team.


The Cloud Robotics Hackathon aims to catalyse the creative process and bring roboticists, programmers, and hackers to produce social robotic applications that use collaboration between machines through cloud-computing, and natural interaction with humans in order to reach useful goals. The mains instance of the Hackathon will be held in Montreal, and teams around the world are invited to hack as well at on the same day under the same rules.

By encouraging makers and hackers to embrace the technologies of the future (being cloud computing and robotics) we ensure that today’s creative minds will be prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. Hackers are invited to let their imagination go wild and come up with their own project ideas. A sample project could involve a cellphone robot using cloud computing to understand speech, text-to-speech, and web services to play a text based adventure game with a human in a more natural way than typing and clicking.


Don’ forget that Confoo will occur from February 29th to March 2nd at Hilton Bonaventure Hotel. Don’t miss your chance to socialize with Charles Olivier Nutter (headius – JRuby), Marc-André Lafortune (Ruby MRI), Joseph Wilk (Cucumber) and more from Ruby and other technologies. See the sessions list and register.


The first edition of StartupWeekend is coming in Montreal for the first time Feb 3rd to Feb 5th. The goal is to team up with entrepreneurs, designers and developers and launch a startup in 54 hours. Show how the members of Montreal.rb are good at launching product. If you are interested, I can help you organize a Ruby team. Just send me an email.

We have sponsors such as Fasken Martineau, HEC Montreal, Real Ventures, BDC and also developer-friendly sponsors such as github, context.io or uservoice.

We’re now partnering with StartupWeekend to give a 66% discount on tickets price (25$ instead of 75$), to encourage fellow ruby developers participate in the event. Send me a message to get the discount code.



The first job offer is from GIGA Base. They are opening a software team in Montreal for the a China based company.

GIGA is an IT and Greentech company which is pioneering green material sourcing and construction in China with web-based softwares and services that evaluate project data, material chemistry and connect the entire green building industry.

GIGA is the go-to resource to find and source green products and services. Based in Shanghai, GIGA is an international greentech and green building pioneer. A global catalyst for safe, healthy products.

We believe architecture and product design can regenerate our environment. Our mission is to meet China’s growing demand for healthy products and services.


A totally new project is starting in Montreal. If you are eager to try to build you own company, this offer is for you.

Are you a rails expert? 

Are you sick of working on projects that never see the light of day?  **I have 7 Customers waiting and ready to pay.

Are you interested in being a part of a project that will revolutionize the way mobile equine professionals (Translate: Horse Dentists…crazy right?) do their job?

I’m unlike any other partner you’ll work with. (Yes, I’m not your boss, we are partners in this together).
I have been hitting the phones over the past 3 months working with hundreds of potential customers in this market and have ultimately flushed out a business problem that many of them face. The 7 I have ready to pay are the most passionate and eager of the bunch and will be our beta users.
Here’s what I need: I am looking for someone who is ready to put in a minimum of 30 hours/week on this project. I also want someone who will stick around and support their own code while we beta and then start to add new functions and features. I need a creative coder who will help me make decisions and be a part of the entire development process, a long-term (paid) partner who is ready to kick some serious ass.
By the way, I’m a huge fan of 37 Signals and so my goal here is to put out 1/2 of a product, get feedback, and refine. You’re going to love working on this!

If you’re interested in hearing more drop me a note at davidwalawrence@gmail.com or even better, call me at 514 926 7706 and we can go over the project in greater detail.



Qwalify (who paid the beers during last meet-up) is also searching RoR developers. They are based in Calgary but they are evaluating moving in Montreal. You can get in contact with them.


National Film Board of Canada is looking for someone to coach their Web team on finding the right BDD framework. Short contract of approximately 35 non consecutive hours. The contract must be completed by the end of March 2012.


Marc Lamarche from Swakes is also searching a partner/developer for his project. Don’t hesitate to contact him for any questions.


Recoset as searching for a DevOps guy. Contact them for more details.


This is it for January. I’ll see you all on February 21st. I’m still searching talkers. I’m counting on you.

Job offers

I’ve received a new job offer and a conference last week. I didn’t had time to post them so I do it today.


The job offer is from Antoine de Brabant from Jobbook. He should be at the next meetup on September 20th if you want to meet him in person.

Jobbook is looking for expert Ruby on Rails programmer(s) to lead the development project. Working with a team of motivated individuals in our 7000 sq. ft. downtown offices (includes basketball, workout center, showers, mini-golf…), Jobbook is an ideal environment for the Ruby entrepreneur.

We are launching next month across the top 40 Universities in North America, lead by our team of 50 student partners (including the Student Association presidents of McGill, Johns Hopkins, UCLA and UCBerley among others). This is a great time to join the team and help build the career site we’ve all been waiting for.
Send your candidatures to Antoine (antoine@jobbook.com)

- Share options and salary to be determined upon level of expertise / dedication to the project.

- Also accepting candidatures for junior positions.

The conference is a reminder of what was posted at the start of May by Francois. I should have three 10% coupon. If you are interested, send my an email. EDIT : The coupon for EvenBrite is MTLRUBYBOB. Here is Francois’ post.

Louis-Philippe Carignan from Elapse Technologies informed me that Robert C. Martin, Uncle Bob himself, is coming to Montreal to give his Clean Coders class. Uncle Bob will be in Montreal on October 24th and Quebec on the 27th. The class is 2 days each time. This is an excellent opportunity to get the best information!

Register on EventBrite.


For next meet up, I will post information about it tonight. I have some problem to find a local for us since Notman House has given our time frame to an other group. If you know a good place (free) around a subway station (preferably downtown), send me an email.


EDIT : Add EvenBrite coupon : MTLRUBYBOB.

Meetup August 16th

For the next meetup, on August 16th, we will have 1 talk. The first half of the night will be the Gem club.

The first part of the meetup will start with the Gem club. Talk about which gem you use, you like, you dislike.




In the second part, Jonathan Palardy, will be our presenter. Here is the description of his talk :

Off the (Active)Record
Where does your business logic live? In the controller? In the model? Really?
Let’s talk about it.


Like last month, we will finish the night at the Benelux who offer us another free beer. This is the best place to talk with other people in the Ruby community in Montreal.


A little word about ConFoo : The ConFooBar will be held this Friday (August 5th) at the Pub le Ste-Elisabeth at 18:00. The day after, will be the ConFooBBQ at Mount-Royal park 13:00. The inscriptions for the ConFoo presentations are still open. Help me find the best speakers for this Web Conference.


Edit : Add Meetup information

What : Montreal.rb meetup

When : August 16th, 2011 at 18:30

Where : Notman House

Who : Everyone who is interested in Rails or Ruby

How much : Free

Meetup August + ConFoo

I’m a little bit late this month, but I would like to start by thanking Julien Guimont and Alain Pilon for their presentations. It was very interesting and I’m sure a lot of us will try what they show us.  I have a lot of news today.


Our next meetup will be on August 16. I still search 2 talkers for this event. It’s a great experience to go on the stage and show something you already experienced.


The ConFoo BBQ will occur August 6th. Come and talk with the other Web communities in Montreal. Food, beers and it’s free, you can’t miss that.


The Call For Paper is also open for ConFoo until September 2nd. Help us create the biggest web conference in Montreal with a great Ruby track. This year, you can also vote for the talks you find the most interesting. If you want to help more, I search someone to help me organize the Ruby track of the event.


Starting of September, I’ll try to have sponsors for our events. I’m searching companies that would be interested in buying a second round of beer at the Benelux and would like to help us create t-shirt for Montreal.rb. It’s a great way to find employees and make your company known by the Ruby community in Montreal. If you know any company that would be interested, put me in contact with them.