Speak at Fog City Ruby

Yes, you!

We want speakers of all programming and speaking experience levels to present at Fog City Ruby! Really!

From first-time to fiftieth-time speakers, and people with 3 months to 30 years of experience coding — we want all of you to come speak. And we’re especially excited to host speakers who come from populations that are underrepresented in tech, so double encouragement for you! (That's a lot of encouragement. It's real!)

Talks can be shorter (5-7 minutes) or longer (20 minutes), and should be geared toward a group of mixed-experience programmers. If you're thinking about doing a live demo, please include that in your proposal — we generally discourage them, but if it's going to be well-prepared, there is some wiggle room. We highly recommend you practice your talk with a timer before giving it at Fog City Ruby; the organizers will help keep things running on time and will give you a friendly signal when your time is up.

Our Call for Proposals

We review submissions on an ongoing basis, and usually have talks scheduled a month or two out, so submit yours today!

Not sure what to talk about? We like talks that are strictly about computers and talks that are about what it's like to be a human building computer programs. We also have a topic wishlist that could provide you inspiration!

If you're not quite ready to submit and want to talk to an organizer first, you can:

But really, submit!! http://www.fogcityruby.com/cfp

Code of Conduct & Speaking

We are dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone. All speakers are expected to abide by the Fog City Ruby code of conduct, including the content of their presentations. The organizers reserve the right to interrupt a talk if it is violating the code of conduct in a sufficiently severe manner.

Here's the complete code of conduct:

Fog City Ruby is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of meetup participants in any form. Meetup participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the meetup without a refund at the discretion of the meetup organizers.

Harassment includes:

  • verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion);
  • sexual images in public spaces;
  • deliberate intimidation;
  • stalking;
  • following;
  • harassing photography or recording;
  • sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • inappropriate physical contact; and
  • unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the meetup organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the meetup with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an organizer immediately. To report harassment via email, you can email the organizers at hello@fogcityruby.com.