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RubyConf Kenya 2017


On the 8th to 10th June 2017 leading Ruby developers from around the world will come together to share, inspire and learn.

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Nairobi Kenya

8th-10th June 2017


RubyConf Kenya is an inclusive conference and as such strives to be welcoming and accessible to as many people as possible.


All the conference sessions will be held at Riara University, Mbagathi Way, Nairobi.



Joannah Nanjekye

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Joannah Nanjekye is a Rails girls summer of code alumnae , Rails girls Kampala organizer and software engineer

that has held two programming positions working on fintech solutions.She is currently pursuing Aeronautical engineering. She is a FOSS contributor and writes mostly python , ruby and golang code.

Mike McQuaid

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Mike McQuaid is a senior software engineer working on open source at GitHub based in Edinburgh.

He is also the lead maintainer of the Homebrew MacOS package manager, author of Git in Practice (published with Manning) and has contributed to a wide array of open source projects.

Victor Shepelev

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Ukrainian programmer and poet with more than fifteen years of programming experience and ten years of Ruby programming. Working at Toptal, mentoring students (including Google Summer of Code-2016 & 2017, as a mentor for SciRuby organization), developing open source (Ruby Association Grant 2015)

Ray Hightower

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Ray Hightower is a software developer, open source hardware enthusiast, founder of WisdomGroup, and organizer of ChicagoRuby, WindyCityRails, & WindyCityThings. He has visited every state in the USA and most continents on planet Earth. He studied Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed his Bachelors in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ben Hughes

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Ben Hughes is the tech lead of the Performance Engineering team at Airbnb, where he works to understand and improve the performance and reliability of their systems. Prior to this, he was focused on scaling Airbnb's databases for over an order of magnitude of growth. Ben lives in New York City and enjoys skiing and travel.

William Wanyama

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With an Electrical and Computer Engineering background, William started his development career as a python developer in Sydney before joining the Nairobi startup scene as a Green Member at iHub. He's now a self proclaimed Rubyist and spends most of his time contributing to Open Source Software while building his startup.

Michael Kimathi

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Michael Kimathi has over 7 years experience working in innovative ecosystems and building solutions notably with BlackBerry Developer Community, Nairuby, Masomomoja, GDG, Unbound, University of Nairobi, StartupBlink, BantaMik and Atlassian. Currently, he is an entrepreneur learning from his past failures and developing better solutions which will impact the world we are living in. Previously, he was the Community Development Manager at C4DLab, where he worked closely with team C4DLab to develop innovation strategy, Partnership and change the University culture from the old status quo way of doing things to one at the forefront of innovation, he mentored startups, hosted events, organized entrepreneurship mechanics related talks with distinguished industry entrepreneurs.

Rishi Jain

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I have been working as a web developer for the past 6 years. I like to talk at conferences as it gives me chance to make new friends and travel to places. I also like to indulge in sports.

James Corey

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Based in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, James Corey is a full stack developer with over 2 years of experience in Ruby on Rails, Javascript and HTML/CSS. Since joining Bendyworks in June 2016, James has served as project lead for a Ruby on Rails application connecting at-risk youth with college athlete mentors. He has also worked with start-up award-winning Polco, on their Ruby on Rails application with MongoDB. Additionally, he holds an MBA and a Masters in International Management. Having worked previously as a fundraiser for international non-profit organizations, James is passionate about melding technology, business and humanitarianism to build businesses that utilize technology for the greater good. When not slinging code, James likes to eat his wife's spicy Ghanaian food, play with his kids, run half-marathons (at sub-Kenyan pace) and dream up new business ideas.

Manoj Changarampatt

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Manoj is a business visionary and an independent consultant specializing in building up brands, ecosystems and executing turn-arounds. He lives in Nairobi and he has experience across East & West Africa as well as the Middle East. Having previously worked with Samsung and Nokia, he has a bias towards telecom and technology ventures but can lend support to companies that require retail and distribution expertise as well. After 25 years of corporate experience, he has delved into entrepreneurship with ventures like whilst advising entrepreneurs and startups across Nairobi.

Dr. Kendi Muchugi

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Dr. Kendi is Computer Science graduate from ANU and a holder of masters degree in Information Systems from the University of Surrey. Her doctoral research is in the field of computational neuroscience and primarily involves computational representation of visual processing within the retina, whilst simulating involvement of retina lateral neurons and allowing the convergence of Rod and Cone systems for the purpose of informing the design and development of retinal prosthesis.

Bernard Banta

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A Computer Scientist and true entrepreneur, he is the founder of Banta Technologies (BT). He has always been passionate about technology and how it can be used to leverage and transform Africa in the way we live, work, play and govern. When it comes to building, his ultimate goal is to make the world a better place. Banta is an entrepreneur and an engineer on the bleeding edge of technology.

Kelvin Mutuma

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FIFA Addict, novel enthusiast, adept coder, reactive and natural, ruby && general FOSS enthusiast. Abacus | GitLab

Eugene Mutai

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Eugene perceives the day he became curious with how Facebook works a calling to greatness. Since then he has self-developed skills by challenging himself with global standards set by guys like Paul Irish and the rest. Eugene has worked in tonnes of project from data analysis, hybrid html5 apps ranging from Android to Blackberry, and finally his favorite web apps. He has expansive knowledge in what it takes to build/powerful web application from architecture, technologies and tools. He is the Nairobi JavaScript Community(user-group) Lead and a consultant at iHub. Also an enthusiast in what they offer the community, thus happy in contributing all what he can.

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  • Sawo

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    Sawo is a great lover of code and the amazing things that can be done with it. He has a bias for developing

    web app usingruby on rails and currently he is the lead code slinger for BlueGate Technologies. He likes spending his weekends teaching mobile development to GDG M.M.U. His favourite quote, It's not the product, its what you can do with it. catch him


    8th & 10th June at Riara University, Mbagathi Way, Nairobi.



    RubyConf KE Nairobi 2016 is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Please give them your support too.

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    Code of Conduct

    RubyConf Kenya is run under the auspices of Ruby Kenya. You can view our code of conduct. These rules must be followed by all attendees at all conference-related events.