Category → Follow-up
During the last 2 months, we had 2 great events. Here are the reviews of the 4 talks we had.
Then, Jean Boussier talked about ActiveModel::Serializers.
Finally, I really want to thanks our sponsors.
February meet-up was sponsored by MotionEleven. They are still searching developers.
March meet-up was sponsored by Shopify. They are opening an office in Montreal and searching people to work there.
Next meet-up is April 16th. More information are coming soon.
A ton of people showed up last week for the meet-up, it was very nice. Both talks were really interesting, here are the resources about them.
There is a new project called Montreal.rb Office Hours organized by Maxime Camirand. The goal is to regroup people using ruby together in the same room so someone can easily get help. No presentation, everyone works on its own project. This will become a weekly event. The first one is tomorrow – Wednesday, January 23rd.
On February 23rd, Open Data 2013 will occur. This is the best place to learn and use open data from a lot of sources like Montreal city and Quebec government. REGISTER
Next Meet-up is February 19th, I’ll see you there.
For the job offer, Mentel searched for a web programmer beginner to expert in Ruby on Rail or PHP. Hopper.Travel was searching for a Ruby on Rails developper. And remember that FounderFuel take inscription until July 1st.
Wow! What great attendance tonight! I didn’t count, but I believe we had over 40 people tonight, including many new faces. I really enjoyed doing the exercise with you, and the people I spoke with were happy with the format, even if it was a bit fast.
To recap: our mission was to build an application where people would register for events: simple in idea, complex in execution. Some gems I used:
- Rails (d’oh!)
Of course, the full gem manifest is available in the repository’s Gemfile.
I think we made good progress. We haven’t done any UI work, but that’s something an enterprising people can fix in an evening. If you enjoyed the evening, send me your GitHub username and I’ll give you commit rights. Then you can code away at will!
Do you remember the survey to see if we move or not? Well, we are: the Notman House will be our venue starting on the May 17th meeting. The Notman House is a shared co-working space with a venue for hosting meetups, such as ours. Sylvain Carle was very happy to have us move to the Notman House. Please change your address books: we’re moving to Sherbrooke and Clark.
In other news, I’m announcing the end of my tenure as the Montreal.rb organizer. I would like someone to volunteer to become the next organizer. Your tasks and responsibilities, should you choose to accept them, will be:
- To reserve a venue once per month;
- Find topics of interest and presenters to do them;
- Announce (through the blog and ad system) meetings and RSVP links;
- Keep the community informed of relevant news and topics through the blog;
- Present a cohesive community to the world.
I will resign just before our July and August break. I had a great time as the Montreal.rb organizer, and count myself lucky to have had such great speakers and technologies to talk about with all of you.
Well, we did not talk Ruby Implementations at all. But we had a very fun hour discussing tools, libraries and gems we use. In no particular order:
- The 4-Hour Workweek and Timothy Ferris
- GitX (L)—A fork of Pieter’s GitX, with better UI
- Startup Gods
- Le Calendrier des activités en TI au Québec
- Ignoring local changes to tracked files from Git
- Talker—Founded in Montreal, acquired by Teambox
Another excellent turnout: 35 people interested in Ruby came to our event last night. I stayed much too late, but was glad for the discussions with each and everyone of you.
Thanks again to Olivier, Colin and Sean for their excellent presentations.
A quick word from Olivier:
Merci pour l’opportunité de présenter a Montreal.rb, c’était un très bon exercice pour moi.
I believe the Job Fair is a good idea, since many people are either looking for something or have something to offer. If you haven’t already done so, please send me an email to tell me the details of your offers so I can post the information here. I’ll aggregate the information and do a separate post for the job fair results.
Thanks to all for braving the weather and here’s to seeing you next month, on March 15th, for the Ruby Implementation Month!
If you spoke up during the last Montreal.rb meeting saying you were looking for someone, or were available for hire, please put a comment here: I have received three requests for your names and contact details.
I also proposed a new format for the meetings. We’ll keep the 2 presentation format, but I’m adding a couple of thing. The new schedule will be the following:
- We’ll start with the Book Club: bring one or more books you want to share with the rest of the group. Register your book at bookcrossing.com. Leave it on the table when you come in. I’ll ask volunteers to talk about their books: just a couple of minutes – what did you like about your book, why you bought it and so on. Email me what book you’ll bring so I know roughly how many books will be on the table.
- Every 2 or 3 meetings, we’ll add the Gem Club: what gems did you recently use, how did your integration go, any caveats you want to mention. There’s a gem club in February. Tell me if you want to talk about your gems.
- After that we’ll have the regular one or two presentations, keeping essentially the same format – 10 to 15 minutes per presenter. I’ll have a monthly theme: be prepared.
- Any general public announcements would go here.
- Finally, if you are looking for a contractor / intern / employee / employer / client, now’s the time to talk about it. Bring your business cards to exchange with other people. Send me your information so I can post it here as well.
Don’t forget to bring your friends: we were 32 yesterday evening. We had one of the bigger rooms at the CRIM. Great venue. The more friends, the merrier it’ll be, and having more people exposed to Ruby spreads the knowledge around!
Just to give you an idea, here are the people who were looking for a contractor / intern / employee yesterday night:
- Bandzoogle was looking for both interns and a full-time employee, their hiring announcement is Bandzoogle is hiring !;
- Hugo Frappier was looking for someone to pair with him on a business plan;
- Code Génome was also looking for someone.
There were more, and I’ll add them to the list as the information trickles in. Follow us on Twitter as @montrealrb.
Thanks again for coming, and see you next February 15th for Database Month. I’m still looking for 2 presenters: tell me if you want to present.
Reach me at email@example.com.
We had loads of fun at our new venue yesterday. The CRIM is a very nice venue for holding technical meetings: well lighted, comfortable chairs, projector and Wifi. Big thanks to Yvan Ross for pointing us to the new venue.
Really great presentations by our “outsiders”. Thanks again for coming to meet us!
Final announcement: I’m looking for theme ideas. I believe having a theme for the evening is a great way to structure talks. Email me or leave a comment. Our next meeting will be on October 19th.
Great crowd yesterday at Montreal.rb. I’d like to thank all speakers for the 2009-2010 season:
- Morgan Tocker
- Paul Mylchreest
- Jonathan Palardy
- François Beausoleil
- Jean-Sébastien Cournoyer
- Guillaume Bouchard
- Gary Haran
- Benjamin Yoskovitz
- Carl Mercier
- Sean Braithwaite
- Martin Aumont
- Marc-André Lafortune
- Aanand Prasad
- Blake Mizerany
On a related note, Drew Sechrist mentioned he was looking to build a team of engineers for his new startup, kuuzuu. Drew said he might be interested in building and hosting his team in Montreal. Show him all the talent we’ve got!