RubyLearning’s Sponsor Locaweb on a High!

by Satish Talim on November 7, 2008

It’s time to thank RubyLearning’s excellent sponsor – Locaweb.1

Locaweb delivers Rails Summit Latin America 2008

The biggest news of October is that Locaweb was able to deliver Rails Summit Latin America 2008, the largest and the best Rails conference ever in Latin America. They had over 500 attendees, more than 20 speakers, several well known names such as Chad Fowler, Obie Fernandez, the Phusion guys, Dr. Nic, Jay Fields and more2.

Marcos Ricardo and Willian Molinari at the summit

Check out the official Flickr album of the event.

As a first in Brazilian tech events, Locaweb offered widespread free wireless internet access as well as power plug outlets throughout the facility. This allowed a higher level of interaction between the attendees. One interesting thing that happened is that a new “open source” project was born during this event, called “morena_opensource” which means something like “open source brunette”.

Locaweb employed several beautiful women to help out during the event and one of them, a young beautiful brunette, became the center of all attention. And as there were ubiquitous internet access, a new Github project was born, with several forks and lots of photos of her being uploaded at once. It was very interesting having one of the creators of Github, Chris Wanstrath himself witness this all happening. Take a look at Dr. Nic speaking about it.

They had real time English to Portuguese and English to Spanish translators so everybody could follow. They had real time presentations from DHH himself as well as Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo directly through a dedicated high speed internet connection. This event surpassed all expectations in many ways. First, it became clear that the Latin America Rails communities are very strong and growing. And the event itself surpassed all excellence standards in many ways. It became something more like a celebration than a traditional passive conference.

Take a look at the ending of the event.

Locaweb thanks everybody who contributed and attended. It was a great party!

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  1. Locaweb are the exclusive sponsors of all the Free Online Ruby Programming Courses (FORPC101) at RubyLearning.
  2. RubyLearning’s Mentor Marcos Ricardo and Asst. Teacher Willian Molinari were present at the Rails Summit.
Posted by Satish Talim

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

ashbb November 7, 2008 at 9:49 am

Hey, Marcos and Willian,
Brazilian Rubyists rock!

Really cool event, congrats. :D


Marcos Ricardo November 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm


This was an event that really rocks !


Willian Molinari November 7, 2008 at 5:07 pm


Haha! I’m glad to see my photo here! =)
Rails summit was a really good event! Congratulatios to Locaweb for the good job!

Rails Summit was a good place to stay connected with all the Gurus too, i can talk with everybody there.

And finally i talked to Marcos by myself. =)


Willian Molinari


Letícia November 7, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Oooh, here we go again with morena_opensource project… hahahaha! =D


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