Call for papers for Conferencia Rails 2010 in Madrid

Hi,

For the fifth year in a row, we are pleased to announce this year’s
edition of “La Conferencia Rails”, to be held in Madrid, Spain, on
Thursday the 4th and Friday the 5th of November 2010. Following the
tradition we started last year, we will have a day for workshops on
Wednesday November 3rd.

This year we want to attract a more international and diverse audience
so the official language of the conference will be English. Most
Spanish developers are already used to attending English-only events
anyway so we’re not too bothered (expect plenty of loud banter in
Spanish though! :slight_smile:

In this edition we would also like to have more women presenting
proposals. We all know brilliant women working with Rails and related
technologies, but for some reason we hardly receive any talk proposals
from women. The Rails community has always taken a lead in how web
development should be done, and we think we can also take a lead on
showing technical conferences can have a much bigger participation of
women. For this reason, we would like to encourage women to submit
their talks to our call for papers and finish with the typical men-only
conference schedules. We kindly ask all of you working with women in
your development teams to forward this call for papers to them.

The conference will be an excellent meeting point for everybody doing
professional development with Rails in the Spanish and European
communities and a great opportunity to put a face to some of the
nicknames and e-mails you see on irc and mailing lists. It’s also, to
the best of our knowledge, one of the oldest and largest Rails
Conferences in Europe, with over two hundred attendants in each of the
four past editions.

Our “call for papers” finishes on the 30th of September (sorry about
the short notice), so if you would like to submit a proposal, don’t be
shy and be light on your feet! Please send your proposals by email to info@conferenciarails.org.

The suggested talk duration is 35 minutes plus 10 minutes for
questions. The workshops/rumbles will have a more flexible format,
lasting up to 2 hours. If you feel you might need a bit longer please
don’t hesitate to get in touch, everything is negotiable if the
proposal is sound!

In contrast to previous years, we will only have a single track of
sessions and there will be space for parallel gatherings, workshops,
tutorials, success cases, best practices and any other spontaneous
meetings. Talks should be relevant to, but not necessarilly about, Ruby
on Rails. We’re really interested in hearing about alternate ways of
doing things, personal experiences, insights and inspiration. So if
you’d like to tell us why your favourite document database is best, or
why we should develop entirely in jQuery, we’d love to hear from you!

The conference is organized by a group of volunteers and the price is
kept at the minimum necessary to cover the infrastructure and catering
expenses. We are still trying to figure out the exact numbers, but hope
the final price will be in the €120 range with an extra discount for
early birds.

Stay tuned in either or
for more news as we’ll be announcing
the official schedule in the next few weeks.
We’re really looking forward to seeing you there!
Cheers,
Conferencia Rails Organization