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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.

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



J├┤natas Davi Paganini

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Nerd, cyclist, and blogger. I'm a pair programming evangelist. Vim editor user and enthusiast. In love with Ruby since 2007.
My highlight experiences involve performance and architecture. I worked a few years writing automated strategies for financial markets, processing millions of events per day.
I also worked in different domains and technologies including embedded systems, 3D printers, web and mobile development.

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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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.

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.

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.

Robin Percy

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Hacker, Hustler, and worker of all things Developer Relations, Robin Percy is a polyglot developer with a love for Erlang/Elixir, Golang and Ruby. Having worked in Dev Rel at Auth0, SendGrid, and Couchbase, Robin is one of the longest serving and most experienced Developer Evangelists in Europe.
Specialising on topics including APIs, Databases, Security and Distributed Systems, and with a passion for improving the lives of Developers, through promoting excellent Developer Tooling.

Raounak Sharma

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A passionate software developer who uses Ruby to express in code is what defines me. I am in the field of Web-development form past 3 years and I am loving it. Currently, I am a pursuing my undergraduation in Computer Science and working as a software developer in a company(Namyata). I provide services in Web-development and DevOps. When I am not coding you will probably find me on a football field.

Katelyn Hertel

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Katelyn is a Technical Account Manager (TAM) at SimpleReach in New Yor City, where she spends her time working on technical implementations and studying something new every day. Before she was a TAM at SimpleReach she was a Customer Support Engineer for 2 years and attended the bootcamp where she studied Ruby & Rails code. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, playing soccer & piano, looking at pictures of puppies, and playing video games.

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.

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.


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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.