Supporting the Ruby Community Since 2001

Ruby Central is a non-profit organization dedicated to Ruby support and advocacy of the worldwide Ruby community.

We organize the annual RubyConf and RailsConf software conferences, support community growth, and provide vital infrastructure for the Ruby programming language.

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RubyGems is the code-packaging system for the Ruby community. Started as a project in 2004 by the directors of Ruby Central and friends, RubyGems has grown into an invaluable and wide-ranging resource for the sharing of code among all members of the community. With hosting support by Ruby Central, more information can be found at


Here at Ruby Central, we’re incredibly appreciative of our community, which is dedicated to maintaining an open, welcoming, and supportive environment for all Rubyists. As such, we’re always excited to hear about new Ruby-related projects and regional conferences.

In some instances, we are able to provide resources, grants, or other forms of assistance. If you have a project or conference that you think we should know about, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

33 Conferences and counting.


The Ruby language could not have developed so robustly without its dedicated community. This community consists of not only talented and passionate individual developers, but also many dynamic companies that recognize the value of helping foster a strong, sustainable environment for Ruby development.

If you are looking for ways in which you can help us support the Ruby community, please contact us at


RubyConf is the Ruby community’s annual celebration of all things Ruby! Every fall, we gather Ruby enthusiasts together to enjoy detailed talks about exciting new projects; meet and network with other Ruby developers; and hear from the community’s leading minds, including Yukihiro Matsumoto ("Matz"), the creator of the Ruby language.

  • San Diego 2023
  • Houston 2022
  • Denver 2021
  • Virtual 2020
  • Nashville 2019
  • Los Angeles 2018
  • New Orleans 2017
  • Cincinnati 2016
  • San Antonio 2015
  • San Diego 2014
  • Miami Beach 2013
  • Denver 2012
  • New Orleans 2011
  • New Orleans 2010
  • San Francisco 2009
  • Orlando 2008
  • Charlotte 2007
  • Denver 2006
  • San Diego 2005
  • Reston 2004
  • Austin 2003
  • Seattle 2002
  • Tampa 2001


RailsConf is the world’s largest gathering of Rails developers, brought together to further discussion and learning about building, managing, and testing Rails applications. With a specific focus on Rails, conference topics can range from new users to administration to advanced techniques.

  • Atlanta 2023
  • Portland 2022
  • Virtual 2021
  • Virtual 2020
  • Minneapolis 2019
  • Pittsburgh 2018
  • Phoenix 2017
  • Kansas City 2016
  • Atlanta 2015
  • Chicago 2014
  • Portland 2013
  • Austin 2012
  • Baltimore 2011
  • Baltimore 2010
  • Las Vegas 2009
  • Portland 2008
  • Portland 2007
  • Chicago 2006


  • Adarsh Pandit
  • Allison McMillan
  • Chelsea Kaufman
  • Jonan Scheffler
  • Marty Haught
  • Valerie Woolard


  • Neil McGovern
  • Ally Vogel
  • Devon St. Clair
  • Dr. Shawntia Key
  • Irene Kannyo
  • Tom Chambers


The founders of Ruby Central, Inc. (David Alan Black and Chad Fowler) were individually involved in organizing the first annual International Ruby Conference (RubyConf), held in Tampa in 2001. Shortly after that conference, they realized that there was enough interest in Ruby that the logistics for future events would only become more elaborate, including the search for corporate sponsors, the choice of new locations and venues, and the inclusion of a larger attendee base.

As such, Black and Fowler made the decision to establish a nonprofit organization to handle conference arrangements. Thus, Ruby Central was born. Ruby Central’s first official conference was RubyConf 2002 in Seattle, and since then, annual RubyConfs have been held every fall.

In 2006, Ruby Central added a dimension to the world of Ruby conferences when we produced the first official Ruby on Rails Conference, better known as RailsConf. Since that first RailsConf in Chicago, we have been holding RailsConf every spring. From 2007-2011, Ruby Central partnered with O’Reilly to co-produce RailsConf.

Outside of these two signature conferences, Ruby Central has partnered with organizations such as SDForum and Skills Matter (UK) to co-produce additional Ruby conferences. Through the Regional Conference Grant Program, established in 2006, we have also provided financial support and guidance to many other Ruby conferences.

Though planning and holding these conferences takes up a lot of our time, it is far from the primary goal of Ruby Central, Inc. We have always strived to become a hub for the robust support of a variety of Ruby activities. Our first non-conference project was the Ruby Codefest Grant Program, through which we offered support for local and regional groups of programmers working on Ruby library projects. Ruby Central also hosts Ruby Gems, provides support for the Ruby Summer of Code, and sponsors development of Bundler.