Amanda Perino - The Rails Foundation

April 21, 2023, 1 p.m. (1 year, 2 months ago)

Bet? On this episode of Remote Ruby Jason and Andrew make a bet. The timer is set for ten minutes, and if Andrew loses, Jason gets to find out his mysterious middle name. Cleophus, Herkimer, Phalange??? The question is, will Jason find out?  In the meantime, we’re very excited to welcome our special guest, Amanda Perino, who’s the Executive Director for The Rails Foundation.  Today, we’ll discuss The Rails Foundation, some initiatives that are underway, such as Rails World Conference scheduled for October 2023 in Amsterdam, some things in the works with improving documentation, and how the Rails Foundation is looking for more ways to involve Junior Developers in Ruby and Rails. Hit download to learn more! 

[00:02:23] Amanda tells us about her background and how she got involved with The Rails Foundation. 

[00:06:20] Let’s find out Amanda’s thoughts on the direction she’s going for improving documentation, and she mentions

[00:14:13] The conversation shifts to Rails World, an upcoming conference for Ruby on Rails, scheduled for October 2023 in Amsterdam.  Amanda talks about the strategy work she’s doing for it right now, what kind of vibe she’s looking for at it, and how it’s going to have two tracks and a hangout space. 

[00:22:45] What’s next for the conference with planning for Amanda that she’s focusing on right now? She announces three big things: getting registration up and running, forming a mentorship training thing with the Junior Developer, and getting sponsors. 

[00:23:31] Jason mentions how awesome it is that The Rails Foundation said they want a Junior Developer to help build their site. Amanda tells us that they’re looking for ways to provide opportunities to Junior Devs, and she brings up some other initiatives that inspired her such as, Beginner Bounties, The Agency of Learning, and First Ruby Friend.

[00:24:56] Amanda explains there are sponsorship opportunities outside of sponsoring The Rails Foundation, as well as opportunities sponsoring the event itself. 

[00:25:47] Jason wonders if there’s any plans for any type of individual sponsorships or if it will stay at the company level with The Ruby Foundation, and if there are other people or individual developers who want to support the foundation can help.

[00:27:57] Amanda talks about the work being done in each of the pillars in The Rails Foundation, and she shares her ideas for the marketing initiative.

[00:30:30] There’s a conversation about the supportive and friendly nature of the Ruby and Rails community.


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