Southeast Ruby Crest

Southeast Ruby 2019

August 1-2 at Hotel Indigo in Nashville, TN


Celebrating Ruby in the south(east).

Keynote Speakers

Jessica Kerr

Jessica Kerr

Jessica Kerr is a developer of development automation at Atomist. Her mission is to find and share new ways to think about code, people, and symmathesies of code-and-people.

Avdi Grimm

Avdi Grimm

Avdi Grimm is a father, a Ruby Hero, the head chef at, and author of the books Confident Ruby and Exceptional Ruby.

Introducing Workshops!

Thursday, August 1, we kick off the conference with four different workshops for you to choose from. You'll have the choice between one of the two workshops in the morning and one of the two workshops in the afternoon.

Workshops are available as a conference ticket add-on for an additional $80.



Workshop Day

Morning Sessions

Ernesto Tagwerker

Upgrade Rails 101: The Roadmap to Smooth Upgrades

Upgrading Rails is easy, right? Not really. An upgrade in a big application is not a trivial project: It took GitHub a year and a half to upgrade from Rails 3.2 to 5.2. In this workshop you will learn a proven Rails upgrade process for major and minor version changes of Rails.

Jason Swett

Reliable, Repeatable Techniques for Cleaning Up Legacy Code

Legacy code can be difficult to work with. Often there's a "touch it as little as possible" mentality due to the fragility of the codebase. Luckily, however, there are some techniques that can be applied to legacy projects to improve the code with relatively little risk. Hint: it involves tests.

Afternoon Sessions

Noah Gibbs

Build Your Own Web Framework to Understand Rails Magic

Rails "magic" comes from metaprogramming. Each piece makes sense once you see how Ruby does it. To understand those tricks -- build them. We'll build a web framework using Rails' own dependencies. You'll learn deep Rails metaprogramming tricks. You'll also be able to build your own web framework.

Julian Fahrer

Containerizing Rails - A supercharged development process

Running applications is not trivial. Even a simple Rails application has many requirements that need to be set up and maintained. In this workshop, you will learn how to harvest the power of Docker to streamline your development process and make managing dependencies a breeze.


Conference Day

We're still accepting proposals for conference talks. The conference CFP is open until May 24, 2019.

Speaking of CFP: do you have a talk idea you'd like to present?


We'll be in downtown Nashville at Hotel Indigo. Hotel Indigo is located alongside the historic Printer's Alley. Looking for more? Hotel Indigo is only blocks away from Broadway, home to several honky tonks.

Southeast Ruby attendees have access to a discounted room rate of $259 per night.



Sponsors are the lifeblood of Southeast Ruby.

Are you interested in partnering with Southeast Ruby as a sponsor? We've had sponsors partner with us to gain exposure to their product, meet potential hires, and simply support the Ruby community.

We'd love to work together. Email for more information.

2019 Sponsors


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Code of Conduct

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