RubyConf Colombia 2019

Medellín, Colombia September 20, 2019, September 21, 2019

CFP closed at  June 16, 2019 05:06 UTC

RubyConf Colombia is the largest gathering of the year for the Spanish speaking Ruby community.

This year we are looking for talks for all technical talks aimed for an audience that includes beginners and seasoned developers alike, and great non-technical talks that you think would appeal to the conference attendants are also welcome!

Our previous speakers include amazing people such as:

  • Sandi Metz
  • Aaron Patterson
  • Sarah Mei
  • Eileen M. Uchitelle
  • Matt Aimonetti
  • Camille Fournier
  • Steve Klabnik


The conference will be held in in the beautiful city of Medellín, known as the city of the eternal Spring because of its great weather year round. Never have been to Medellín? Look at this video by a local videographer and this short visit of some representative places of the city by the New York Times. The venue this year will be RutaN.

Travel assistance

We offer the following for speakers:

  • We will cover up to $800 USD for flights (tourist class)
  • We will cover your hotel for 3 nights
  • We offer a private driver from and to the airport
  • If your employer or a company you contract with can sponsor your trip, we will list them as sponsors!
  • If you are a new parent (1-year-old or less), we also offer:
    • We can make suggestions for child-care and will cover the cost if required
    • Accommodation for your S.O
    • We will do our best to provide transportation for them too (budget permitting)

Code of conduct

We expect that all the talks and speakers should adhere to our Code of Conduct.


Talks can be presented in Spanish or English, it’s up to you as a speaker to decide, we will have live interpretation so that won’t be a problem. However, we do ask that you submit your talk proposals in English, one of our three program committee members doesn’t speak Spanish.

CFP Description

Topics we would like to see

We are open are looking forward to reading your proposals. We would like to have some very technical talks, especially if they’re about Ruby but we also want to see proposals about leading teams, software development process, good practices, interesting experiences, mental health and a career as a developer just to mention a few.

However, the following are a few topics that we are particularly interested in:

  • Testing
  • Refactoring
  • Performance tuning for Ruby/Rails applications
  • Web application security
  • Ruby/Rails internals
  • System level programming with Ruby
  • Unconventional uses for Ruby

Selection process

The process consists of two rounds of voting. Here’s roughly how it will work:

  • The first round of voting will be done in the blind (meaning, we will anonymize all proposals so judges can’t know who submitted what).
  • All proposals will be rated from 1 to 5.
  • The second round of voting, will consist of picking the line-up from the best-ranked proposals
  • Talks will be chosen by consensus among the program committee
  • What we value the most when rating talks:
    • Topic and content-driven. It doesn’t matter who you are, whether you have given a talk before or where you come from. What we’ll take into account will be the topic and description of your talk
    • Originality of the talk. We really want to offer the best content, we want the original talks given by interesting people. Feel free to give it a creative and out of the box touch
  • We will send a response to every person that submits a proposal. No matter if they are selected or not by July 15th and we will need your cooperation in order to able to book your flights as quickly as possible