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RubyConf Kenya 2018


On the 28th to 30th June 2018 leading Ruby developers from around the world will come together to share, inspire and learn.

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Nairobi Kenya

28th-30th June 2018


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 Room G15, School of Computing Sciences, Riara University, Mbagathi Way, Nairobi



Samuel Epodoi

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Samuel Epodoi loves turning ideas into reality through code. I am very enthusiastic about Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms and serial entrepreneurship. I love working with ruby/ruby on rails and I write a lot of PHP, Server-side and front-end code. I enjoy photography, Soccer, and Athletics.

Kirsten Westeinde

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Kirsten Westeinde is a technology enthusiast and a lifelong learner. She is a senior software engineer at Shopify, where she solves challenging web development problems every day. She has worked with Ruby on Rails for ~5 years, and is constantly adding new tools to her technology tool belt. She is passionate about building diverse teams, and gaining new perspectives through travel & cross cultural communication. When she's not working, you will most likely find her out exploring in nature.

Thaisaiyi Opati

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Thaisaiyi Opati is currently the Head of Department Riara School of Business He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from Maseno University, an MBA from University Teknologi Mara- Malaysia and is currently pursuing PHD in Marketing at St. Paul’s University. He has taught Riara University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He has consulted for United Nation Volunteer Association and Global Village Publishers as a business writer. He has contributed widely in the Business Daily, The Marketing Society of Kenya “sokoni” Magazine and Diplomat East Africa and the African Executive. He has published two books “Personal branding – King Solomon way in (2012) and The Terrorist in the Boardroom 2016. He is a commonwealth scholar, a member of the Charted Institute of Marketers (UK). He is also a member and serves as the election board member of Academy of International Business AIB (sub-Sahara Chapter). His interest is in Branding strategy and international Marketing.

Aaron Cruz

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Aaron is building a more user friendly layer on top of block chain projects. He is an Elixir programmer and crypto mining farm manager. He loves nyama choma and wants to eat it right now.

Joannah Nanjekye

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Joannah Nanjekye is a Rails girls summer of code alumni , Software Engineer and Aeronautical Engineer to be from Kampala, Uganda that has held two programming positions working on fintech projects. she writes a lot of python , ruby and golang. She is a proud open source contributor where started in summer programs like outreachy and Rails girls summer of code working on qutebrowser and Ceph writing. She is the author of Python 2 and 3 Compatibility a book published by Apress. When not coding, she gets curious about space and galaxies plus a bit of guitar.

PJ Hagerty

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Developer, writer, speaker, musician, and founder of, PJ is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact. He is also known for wearing hats.

William Wanyama

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William Wanyama is a software engineer at Kloeckner.i in Berlin, and a passionate (although remote) member of the Nairuby scene. Having spent a couple of years in Nairobi hustling and bustling with his own tech startup, he now likes to mentor and give back to other upcoming Ruby entrepreneurs in the region.

Ruberto Paulo

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Currently working at Prodigy Finance as a Software Engineer. Ruberto is passionate about all things Ruby. He is an organizer at the South African ruby conference ‘RubyFuZa’. He spends much of his time on his Hobbies which he funds by selling old equipment from previous hobbies

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  • Anton Davydov

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    I'm Hanami core developer and an indie developer from Moscow. I work on different open source projects and builds Space-Rocket ships at night. Blurb: I think we can make ruby world better and hanami is one of library which can help with it :) The hanami is quite new and interesting framework which you are unlikely to write complex applications. But this does not mean that this framework is not worth your attention. Besides old approaches, you can also find new interesting solutions.

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  • Paul Stefan Ort

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    Paul Stefan Ort is a software engineer at Def Method in New York City, currently building Dependable for automated dependency updates.

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  • 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.

    Tim Rogers

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    Tim is a Software Engineer at GoCardless, a fintech startup based in London building a global bank-to-bank payments network for the internet. Since joining GoCardless 6 years ago, Tim has worked across the business in a variety of roles, from running the customer support operation in the company's first few years to helping the sales team build effective practices and processes. He loves spending his day building powerful and well-documented APIs to maximize developer happiness.

    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.

    Yatish Mehta

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    I am Yatish, Software Engineer at Coupa Software. NC State Graduate, I have been part of and Sungard. Ruby is my first love and I am still committed to her. Recently, I have started to toy with Golang. If not experimenting with software, I love experimenting with flavors. I am big Suits fan.

    Paul Oguda

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    Paul Oguda is a Spatial Planner with bias towards Smart Cities, an autodidact Programmer who loves Ruby but plays with Elixir/Erlang , Python, and Javascript at times. Furthermore, he loves GIS and Mapping and when not playing with computers he relaxes by watching local and international football. Currently Paul works at Research Solutions Africa as a location analyst.

    Caleb Thompson

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    Speaker, developer, painter, gamer: an eccentric eclectic. Caleb is currently coding mostly in Ruby and Go. He's not a fan of the SPA.
    He has braved the wintry tundra of Alaska and the harsh deserts of Arizona. He has fired a Mosin-Nagant without blinking, fought the Red Menace, built Battleship Couch, and killed a bear and wore its pelt.

    Sigu Magwa

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    An open source enthusiast who is a remote volunteer developer an open source community AgileVentures. Currently a member of Podii - software company based in Kisumu Kenya. Previously worked remotely as a coach and developer at the Swedish based academy and company Craft Academy. Been working with Ruby on Rails for a while and has a growing interest in Elixir and Phoenix.

    Brian Holt

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    Brian is currently working as a senior cloud developer advocate at Microsoft and he's all about developers, developers, developers. Previously he was a JavaScript engineer at Netflix, LinkedIn and Reddit. When not working, Brian finds time to teach on Frontend Masters, run his mouth on Front End Happy Hour, travel all over the world, and play with his adorable dog. Brian is currently a resident of San Francisco, CA.


    28th to 30th June at Room G15, School of Computing Sciences, Riara University, Mbagathi Way, Nairobi.



    RubyConf KE Nairobi 2018 is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Please give them your support too.


    1. gitlab
    2. kopokopo

    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.