This year’s line-up celebrates everyday developers that build with Ruby on Rails

PASADENA, C.A. (March. 13, 2024) – RailsConf 2024 is the world's largest gathering of Rails developers, brought together to further discussion and learning about building, managing, and testing Rails applications. Long-time conference organizers, Ruby Central, Inc., have just announced the program for the 19th annual RailsConf. Forty speakers have been chosen to present talks or workshops at the conference, which takes place from Tuesday, May 7 to Thursday, May 9 in Detroit, MI. 

“This year’s speakers have been selected to give attendees real-life, practical, insights into building and running Rails apps and teams,” said Andy Croll, Co-chair, RailsConf 2024. “The sort of knowledge folks can take back to their organizations and put into practice immediately.”

Of the 40 total talks, there are four keynote speakers:

  • Aaron Patterson: Rails Core member and Shopify Senior Staff Engineer. 
  • Nadia Odunayo: Founder and CEO at The StoryGraph
  • Irina Nazarova: CEO at Evil Martians, co-founder of AnyCable. 
  • John Hawthorn: Member of the Ruby Core team, Rails Core team, and the author of Vernier, a new Ruby profiler.

Additional prominent Ruby community members, including members from the Rails Core team, team, and maintainers of other open-source Rails-related projects will be leading new, hallway track events including a hack day and more. Details on these events will be announced soon. 

This is the first year Ruby Central has invited someone from outside the organization to co-chair the conference. Andy Croll, CTO of CoverageBook, creator of the First Ruby Friend mentoring program, and organizer of Brighton Ruby, joined the team last month. New Ruby Central board member Ufuk Kayserilioglu, Engineering Manager of the Ruby Infrastructure Team at Shopify, is co-chairing the event alongside him. 

“Having that external perspective (from Andy) has been invaluable and it shows in the amazing speaker program, and the buzz from people excited to attend,” said Adarsh Pandit, Executive Director, Ruby Central. “Of course, I’m most excited to see RailsConf come to my hometown of Detroit. It’s an amazing city and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone.”

The full conference schedule is available here. To learn more about RailsConf 2024, including pricing and registration, visit


About Ruby Central

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