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I’ve received some messages for the group during the month. It’s the time I share them with you.


The first message is for WordCamp Montreal. I’m a little bit late, the deadline is for today.

Speakers are volunteers and unpaid, but it is a warm crowd and a fun, laid-back event. For the uninitiated, WordCamps are technology conferences that are organized all over the world, by volunteers, and cover topics related to WordPress, the open source blogging and CMS tool, but also social media, SEO, startups, code, etc. If you’d like to speak, please apply! If you know someone who would like to speak please encourage them. If you’d like to speak but have no idea what you would speak about, please contact me by email and I’ll be happy to help you.



Technical Co-Founder/CTO wanted for www.whopaid.it

Are you funny, ambitious, hungry for action and adventure, entrepreneurial by nature, interested in joining www.founderfuel.com with us and do you hack back-end, front-end (UX/UI extremely important) and are you (preferable) familiar with FB’s Open Graph? Or do you know someone who meets these traits awfully close? Drop us a line and a LinkedIn profile at one of the following: @whopaidit | email | 514 238-0744

Finally, there is the 3 job offers presented by Jesta Digital during last meeting :


Don’t forget the meet-up tomorrow at Notman House.

Meet-up April 17th part 2

A fast message to tell you that the application for the draw is done. You can register for it now : http://montrealrb-contest.heroku.com/. There will also be PIZZAs and BEERs offered by Nextly. Come early to discuss with other participants around food and drinks.


I’ve also received some job offer for Rails work.

Nextly is searching a Ruby developer to do remote work for a Boston based funded start-up. For more information, they will be there tonight and you can contact Joy Khoriaty.


Bandzoogle, a Montreal based start-up, is searching a full-time Rails developer. You can have more information on their job page.


Ambrosia Technology is looking to hire one part- and one full-time experienced ruby programmers. They are a company currently in the process of developing a cloud-based POS system for restaurants. For more information, please contact Sebastien De Vuyst.


Hopper is organizing another Hack/Reduce Hackathon in Montreal on April 28th. 400 Hadoop nodes, free coffee, free food, free entrance. Don’t miss you chance. Register here.


EDIT: Update Nextly information

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.

Jobs Offer November 2

I’ve received a lot of job and competition information this month. Here is the second section.


To start, I just want to inform you that on December 12th, a competition will take place somewhere in Montreal. You will be able to present small projects (around 2 days of development). The competition will raise funds for food or beers during the meet-up. More details soon.


This Saturday, December 3rd, the first Code Retreat in Montreal will occur during the Global Day of Code Retreat day.

A Code Retreat is a day-long, intense practice event, focusing on the fundamental of software development and design. Programmers from all horizons and languages are invited to challenge each others. Six 45-minutes sessions will be held to exercise your design and programmings skills. After 45 minutes, the code is deleted before getting ready for the next session. New pairs are formed and we start again.

Every session has a different focus. The Code Retreat is a great place to challenge and be challenged, to try something new. The strength of the group is through diversity, that’s why we need you.

If you are interested, all you need is your laptop with your development environment. TDD is preferred, so a test environment is preferable.

Contact the organizer or register.


The first job offer is from Recoset

Contract Sysadmin/Developer
Recoset is looking for a contractor to help us out with some infrastructure tasks.

Recoset is start-up based in Montreal doing predictive analytic for advertisement. We are a small team doing ambitious things with big data.

We need some help automating the various parts of our system and doing sys-admin tasks. Contracts will range in length but we’re looking to build a lasting relationship.

The ideal candidate will be a thoughtful hacker with great communication skills. The work includes Ruby, Nagios, Graphite and of course, linux (ubuntu).

We’re a cool company and we treat people well. Get in touch sean@recoset.com


The next job offer is from Marc-Antoine Ducas. He is starting a totally new RoR project and he is searching programmers to help him. It could be as a cofounder, a job or a contract. Don’t hesitate to contact him.


The next offer is from Nurun.

You’re passionate and enthusiastic about your work and naturally curious about new technologies and are ready to undertake new leading responsibilities?

Our Tech Lab wants your skills and ingenuity!


You’ll have the opportunity to interact with multi-disciplinary teams from our network in 6 different countries.

You must combine a solid development experience, practical understanding of deployment and operations and master the interplay between the three. You are also familiar with Rails applications architectures, writing SQL queries and managing servers. You’re active in the Rails community and are able to make informed decisions about when to use existing components or write your own.  You have strong ethics and technical judgment?   Stop searching, Nurun is for you.


Your main responsibilities will  include the support and maintenance of in-house applications, and development of new applications.  Optimization and development process and develop API for applications. Management of Code submissions from business units, testing and releases as well as monitoring processes.  You will also oversee and lead a distributed development team of 2-3 members.



-          2-3 years of web application development using Ruby on Rails

-          Administrative experience of distributed version control technologies (Git, Mercurial)

-          Strong knowledge of both traditional database (MySQL) and newer nosql data storage solutions

-          Experience with cloud hosting providers and architectures

-          Experience working with ajax/messaging/queues

-          Experience with API design

-          Experience creating Ruby Gems

-          Experience with cross browser semantic HTML and CSS, up to date with HTML 5 and CSS 3 is an asset

-          Experience using JQuery and jQuery UI


Great career growth opportunities! Nurun offers competitive compensation and the choice of job location in either Quebec City or Montreal!

To apply: http://nurun.jobs/supHvE


The month of November is almost over. Don’t forget to support me with my Movember action against prostate cancer.



To conclude, I just want to remember you that there won’t be a Montreal.rb in December since it would had been too near Christmas. I will see you all on January 17th.


Jobs offer November

I’m a little bit late this month with my vacation and everything else but here are the job offer that I’ve received this month. I hope you’ll find something interesting.


This first one is not a job offer, it is an event organized in Montreal. This Saturday, Montréal Ouvert organize a Hackaton for OpenData. If you want more information, you can see the official site or reserve your ticket now.


The first job offer is from Nimonik :


Lead Ruby on Rails / MongoDB developer


Part-time or full-time, Montreal (preferable) or Remote.

Company Info

Nimonik is a high growth and dynamic Montreal based start-up that provides companies with legal tracking and auditing software. Our products include a web-based application built on top of Ruby on Rails/MongoDB and an iOS app.

Our customers include major mining and consumer goods companies who work with environmental, health, and safety legislation.


You will be helping us evolve and build out our rails web application.

This involves releasing improvements and features on a continuous and iterative basis. The software is used in business-critical environments so its important that you enjoy writing tests and releasing stable code (and try to avoid cowboy coding).


You should have a few years of experience with Ruby on Rails and familiarity with NoSQL (MongoDB/Redis/etc). Experience building a REST based API on top of a rails application is a plus.

You will be closely collaborating with the CEO on fixes, functionality design and other items of importance. You will be the main technical person on the team, with a junior developer working for you.


* Writing clean and manageable code with RSPEC/Cucumber testing
* Improving the stability of our MongoDB implementation
* Tackle bugs and issues as they arise
* Build a scraping and change monitoring system for various external sites

Work Environment

We offer a flexible work environment where you can work on your own hours. Periodic meetings in Montreal will be required. A competitive salary and possible options are available for the right candidate.

Please send your CV, github account and other information to jbrun@nimonik.ca


The next offer is from Rachel Vieira, a Sr. Recruiter with Solomon Page. The opportunities sit in New York City, Princeton NJ or Washington DC.

Candidates need at least 2 RoR production sites developed under their belt.

Candidates need to have strong experience with:

Ruby Metaprogramming
RoR scalability and optimization issues
Mongrel, Capistrano
Relational Databases


The next one is from Mentel. They are searching 2 RoR developpers.

Starting date : As soon as possible

Ruby Developer (Experienced)

Location: Must be in Montreal

- Project based profit sharing
- Personal project on company time
- Project ownership
- Potential to make unlimited amount
- Competitive salary
- Flex hours
- Downtown location near metro
- Learn new technologies

About Mentel:
Mentel is a web solutions company that focuses on cutting edge technologies. Established in 2004, we work in a cozy respectful fun environment where the focus is to learn something new everyday by making the work challenging. Development is done as a team, where everyone works closely, helping each other to excel. To find out more about Mentel, please visit http://mentel.com

Job description:
Mentel is seeking two experienced Ruby developer to join its growing team. The candidates will work with the rest of the developers in several Ruby and other (PHP, Flash, Flex etc.) projects (training provided).

- Code web application
- Code review others’ code
- Create test cases
- Write unit tests
- QA test own and others’ code
- Fix bugs
- Prepare code & user documentations

- Required, Ruby with 3+ years experience
- Required, expert in Object Oriented programming
- Required, expert in SQL language with MySQL
- Important, HTML-XHTML, CSS, JavaScript
- Important, Design Patterns and MVC
- Important, AJAX

- Experienced with Rails or Sinatra
- Experience with HAML
- Experience with PHP 5
- Experienced with Flash/FLEX and ActionScript
- Experience with XML and XSLT transformations
- Practices with W3C Web standards
- Knowledge of Web services, client and server


The last one is from me :

Support me with my Movember action against prostate cancer.




The talks proposal tools is on route. You’ll be able to register your talks very soon. I won’t organize a full meet-up for December since it’d be on December 20th – too near of Christmas. If you want a social event, send me email and I’ll organize it.

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.

Job offers

I’ve received 2 jobs offer for a Rails developer this week.

The first one is from Matt Golden an investor at Yesware in Cambridge, MA.

Yesware is an email service that helps salespeople close more business. They need a back-end Rails 3 developer. See the full job offer is at : http://yesware.theresumator.com/apply/NiSQko/Ambitious-Rails-Developer.html.


The second one is from Steve Hardy co-founder at Warms, a Montreal startup.

Warms, a Montreal-based startup aiming to shake up the occasional gifts space, is looking for a talented/flexible/mature/driven/creative Rails developer. This person would join the founding team on a part-time basis as our technical co-founder (Amazon snatched our original one) and help shape the backend system and online experience of our product. Learn more about Warms from this intro video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX84Nw4nNgc&feature=youtu.be

We’re federally incorporated with a great founding team, some early investor interest, and a physical prototype already designed and in production. If interested, please email smilesATwarms.net with an introduction.
I’ll see you all September 20th.
EDIT : Fix the links for the companies. Thanks Alain.

Artfox job offer

If you are searching for a job, I’ve just received this job offer from Artfox.


Artfox, a montreal based next generation social job platform for the Arts and Entertainment is looking for an experienced ruby on rails engineer for a part time 2 month contract that will turn into a full time position in September.

The engineer will be responsible for building and maintaining our web and various backend systems. Most of the work will be at the Model and Controller levels. If you want to work with a rapidly growing company where development is driven by user feedback, this contract is for you!

Please contact raphael@artfox.com for further details.

Nimonik CTO/Lead-Dev

Nimonik is searching a CTO/Lead-Dev. They are a small and growing B2B SaaS company based in Montreal with an annual 100% growth rate. If you want more information : http://www.nimonik.ca/2011/06/come-work-with-us-cto-at-nimonik/ .


Contact Jonathan Brun if you are interested.

Jesta Digital Wants to Grow Their Team

Daniel Quimper emailed me to say Jesta Digital is hiring:

Jesta Digital (formally Fox Mobile) is a development company specialized
in Ruby on Rails. We’re looking for brilliant Rails developers to grow our team in Montreal. We need your help to deliver kick-ass software and have fun all at the same time.

We are looking for a Ruby on Rails. You have built at least one small project in your spare time using Rails and fell in love. You are now aspiring to have an
international career in ruby development.

Daniel told me Ruby on Rails experience isn’t required. Please send your information to Andrew Holz. You can also visit the full job listing for more information.