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Keynote Speakers

  • Sam Phippen

    Sam Phippen sometimes uses computers. He comes to the table with enthusiasm, and a great deal of love for the Ruby community. He fights for the forces of justice as a member of the RSpec core team. He's sad that he can't hug every cat.

  • Gautam Rege

    Gautam is a Ruby and Go programmer. He is a serial entrepreneur for the last 18 years and loves to talk and drink beer! He is the founder of Josh Software, a 10 year old Ruby development shop in India. Gautam has been speaking at conferences for the past 8 years in over 20 events and 13 different countries. He loves programming and calls it his oxygen to a healthy life. When not coding, he loves playing basketball, football and squash!


  • Bryan Bibat

    Bryan has been the resident videographer for the Philippine Ruby Users Group for the past 6 years and has covered almost every RubyConfPH (he was a speaker at the first). He's currently a senior developer at AELOGICA.

  • Keith Bennett

    Keith is a long time software developer who started his software development career writing an in- house accounting package for a construction company on an Apple II in Applesoft BASIC. He's worked with several languages since and has been working mostly with Ruby for the last few years. He's lived on four continents and now spends most of his time split between Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Reston, Virginia (a suburb of Washington, DC). His handle on Twitter, Github, and LinkedIn is @keithrbennett.

  • PJ Hagerty

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

  • Daniel Kehoe

    Daniel Kehoe is the author of the book, “Learn Ruby on Rails.” He leads the RailsApps project, developing open source example applications for Rails. He began working with the web in 1991 with a NeXT computer as a member of Tim Berner-Lee’s www-talk mailing list.

  • Wilfrido Nuqui Jr.

    A Ruby, Elixir and JavaScript developer.

  • Darren Oliver

    Darren Oliver is an award-winning IT Leader, founder and mentor. With over 2 decades in the industry, he is focused on solving problems in elegant and creative ways. With 2 young daughters he's also passionate about helping educators, and education in general, prepare the next generations for a vastly different world.

  • Joy Paas

    Joy is a web developer at Quipper, Ltd., an EdTech company. She is also one of the directors of Women Who Code Manila. Aside from coding, she also loves cats.

  • Terence Ponce

    Terence is known as the lead community manager of the Philippine Ruby Users Group. Also, he works as the Tech Lead for MergeCommit, a software company that uses Elixir to build blockchain applications.

  • Daryll Santos

    Daryll is a Ruby developer with 5 years of client and own-company experience. He's been to every RubyConfPH. His other interests include reading personal development books, podfasting (not a typo, hehe), hiking, and the most extreme sport ever, cycling to work in Manila.

  • Shibata Hiroshi

    A member of Ruby core team. rubygems, rake, rdoc, psych, ruby-build, etc. and He is an administrator of and supports to develop the environment of Ruby language. He is also Executive Officer in GMO Pepabo, Inc. His most interest things are “Productivity” He believes, there's business value in fun. The team member happiness can make valuable products.

  • Harisankar P S

    Harisankar P S has been building SaaS applications and API's using Ruby and Rails framework & PostgreSQL databases for the past 6 years. He is a Free-Thinker and believes that there is more that mankind could achieve in this century. Presently serving as the CEO of Red Panthers, he has made sure that Red Panthers keeps the bar raising each quarter and hit the target. Red Panthers is specialized Ruby Consultants based out of Kochi, Kerala. He is an active organizer of events around open source.

  • Ramon Tayag

    As CTO, Ramon Tayag leads the engineering initiatives for both Bloom's own Blockchain platform and its institutional partners. An early Blockchain advocate, his interests are in properly applying the technology in a practical, sustainable way to traditional industries. His experience allows him to build technology strategies that deliver the most impact within a regulated business environment.

  • Megan Tiu

    Megan Tiu is a Senior Software Engineer at CallRail that loves solving problems with Ruby and helping other developers grow. She works to make technology more accessible to women and people of underrepresented groups in any way she can. Megan also hopes to pet every dog in existence.

  • Brad Urani

    Brad Urani is a coder, karaoke singer and barbecue evangelist. He believes happiness is directly correlated with the size of your .vimrc and refuses to buy into YAGNI. When not hiking or hacking, he preaches the wonders of Ruby and SQL as Staff Engineer at Procore in Santa Barbara, CA.

Schedule Overview


March 16, Friday

Welcome Remarks
Christopher Rigor

Runway Overrun
Sam Phippen

Gems and Starter Applications
Daniel Kehoe

How I Learned To Be Paranoid and Loved It
Ramon Tayag


Giving Back to the Ruby Community
Terence Ponce

Automate Your Workflow with a Ruby Command Line Utility
Keith Bennett

Ruby and gRPC (Yet Another Microservices Talk)
Joy Paas


The Practical Guide to Building an Apprenticeship
Megan Tiu

How We Distribute Ruby to the World
Shibata Hiroshi

Birds of a Feather Sessions

Happy Hour by Engine Yard

March 17, Saturday

Welcome to Day 2
Christopher Rigor

Pop Songs and Programming for Fun and Profit
PJ Hagerty

The Ruby Developer's Command Line Toolkit
Brad Urani

7 Ideas to Max Yourself Out as a Software Developer
Daryll Santos

On Code Optimisation (Quick Wins)
Wilfrido Nuqui Jr.


Rails Performance First Aid
Bryan Bibat

Embracing Failures to Avoid Meltdown
Harisankar P S

R..r..iot - Ruby and the internet of things
Darren Oliver


Lightning talks

Standup Comedy and Ruby Programming
Gautam Rege

Dinner and Ruby Karaoke

Thank you MoneySmart, Aelogica, Engine Yard, and Bloom Solutions






RubyConfPH 2018 is the 5th annual gathering of Ruby enthusiasts in the Philippines. The conference is a 2-day, single track event with all talks in English.

Code of Conduct

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media.

Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.