Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto is the chief designer of the Ruby programming language and its reference implementation, Matz's Ruby Interpreter (MRI). His demeanor has brought about a motto in the Ruby community: "Matz is nice and so we are nice," commonly abbreviated as MINASWAN.
Joannah Nanjekye is a software engineer and a friend of the Ruby community from Kampala Uganda. She is a proud open source contributor having been mentored through programs like Rails Girls Summer of Code, working at Outreachy, writing mostly Python, Ruby, and Golang. She is the author of "Python 2 and 3 Compatibility", a book published by Apress. She also organizes Rails Girls Kampala. Recently reading a lot about the latest developer tools and space.
Nadia is the CTO of CodeNewbie, the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code. She has taught good engineering practices through pair programming at Pivotal Labs and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. She originally learned to code at Makers Academy and she maintains speakerline.io in her spare time.
Amr is an African Egyptian native who crossed continents to work with his passion in digital environments. Amr's interests span technology, tech-communities, politics and politics in tech, all enriched through various software engineering roles in Egypt, Hungary and Germany.
Louisa is the Director of the Front-End Engineering program at the Turing School of Software and Design in Denver, Colorado. She began her career as an illustrator and graphic designer, and a passion for understanding people led her to programming. She has a soft spot for UX, typography, and correcting students when they refer to an assignment operator as an "equals sign".
Coraline is a well-known speaker, writer, open source advocate and technologist with over 20 years of experience in software development. She is the creator of the Contributor Covenant, the most popular open source code of conduct in the world with over 40k adoptions. In her free time, Coraline pursues her interests in artificial intelligence and writes and records music in her home studio. Find her on Twitter at @CoralineAda or on the web at where.coraline.codes.
Ana started working with Rails in 2015. Shortly after she started contributing to an open government Rails project. She fell in love with the open source development and has been contributing to various open source Ruby and RoR projects ever since. She is currently working at SUSE on the Open Build Service frontend, one of the first Rails applications still in use.
Kerstin is a software developer at Shopify’s HQ in Ottawa. She’s exhilarated to transform Shopify’s massive Rails code base into a more modular monolith, building on her prior experience with distributed microservices architectures. Before moving to Canada, she helped organize the Hamburg Ruby user group and her local Rails Girls chapter.
Writer, programmer and wearer of many hats, transplanted from Montreal, Canada to Tokyo, Japan. He's the author of Mobility, a pluggable translation framework for Ruby, and a contributor to many other open-source projects. He's a frequent speaker and active member of the local Ruby community in Japan. He blogs at dejimata.com and works with a team of developers at Degica.
Brad is a coder, karaoke singer and barbecue evangelist. He believes happiness is directly correlated with the size of your .vimrc and refuses to buy into YAGNI. When not hiking or hacking, he preaches the wonders of Ruby and SQL as Staff Engineer at Procore in Santa Barbara, CA
Damir is a software engineer who enjoys mentoring and teaching others to program. He has seen the best and the worst of Ruby and Rails throughout the last decade, but is always looking to expand own and other people's horizons. He's enjoying the life of a remote worker, using it to run all around the world (quite literally).
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