Ancient City Ruby Talk Recap

Ancient City Ruby is a conference held yearly in St. Augustine, Florida and put on by our friends-in-consulting, Hashrocket 

Little Known Fact: Quick Left and Hashrocket are part of the small but wonderful posse of software consultancies with ladies in the C-Suite.

This year, I was able to go and represent Quick Left as a speaker. It was my first full-length conference talk and I couldn’t have imagined a better experience.


Ancient City Ruby’s attendance is composed of dedicated Ruby-Enthusiasts, many of whom travel from all over the country to attend the conference every year. St. Augustine is absolutely absurdly beautiful, so I can see why people would go every year just for the location – but the conference itself is so well organized that it doesn’t need a beach to draw attendees. Or a sunny day for a pirate ship.


The overall vibe of the conference was incredibly positive.

You could tell that the speakers love what they do, love their community and embody the MINASWAN attitude (‘Matz is nice and so we are nice’) that originally attracted me to learning Ruby.

Not Worthy

My talk was on 3D Printing, Ruby and Solar Panels

Little Known Fact: My decision to cover this topic was entirely inspired by the fact that I got to use this picture in the slides.

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I didn’t see a single talk that I didn’t benefit from – but some of the most unique talks:

Keri Miller is a boss. I had goosebumps. 

I hope we see more conference talks from Scott Parker. 


Noel Rappin’s Estimation and Trust-Driven Development talk was specifically important for a software consultant to see!

Ancient City Ruby was a wonderful conference and I look forward to attending next year.

And next year, maybe I’ll try and be less of a party animal…

Partying Hard

Bed Pizza