Ruby Australia Committee Meeting Minutes

19th of August, 2015 - 7:00pm AEST

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Committee Members Present



  1. Welcome / Apologies / Agenda Amendments
  1. Previous minutes
  1. Matters arising from previous meeting:
  1. President’s report
  1. Treasurer’s report
  1. Review Main Activities

    1. Ruby Conference
  + CFP is open, ticket sales have started. 8 tickets sold, 3 general
    and 5 group. 31 proposals submitted so far. Other than that we
    are monitoring and will ramp up the communication as the month
    progresses. Realistically not much else to report.
  1. Event Knowledge Project Update
  + Leonard: Not super organised at this point. Have some knowledge
    but need to get moving. RailsCamp needs about $15k to run. I
    need to get a bit more organised. Has been busy moving to Melbourne.
  + Sebastian: Any help needed? Len: Not yet. good to go. Mikel:
    last month was to get Len access to guides. Len: this was done
    so all good. What needs to happen to get a list of ideas out there
    to list out.
  + Rob: I want to hand over details, so make sure we have contact
    details, which is not really a public repo material. Len: that's
    one of the reasons RailsCamp in slack is a private channel
    because some of the stuff is private. We can handle it with
    a secret gist or slack.
  1. New People into the Community Project Update
  + Amanda was a huge help, managed to organise a catchup with 8-9
    people. Got together and discussed some things we have captured
    in a trello board. Set some high level goals and basic direction
    for the working group. It's in the trello. Came up with some
    ideas we could vote on and implement. Include things like "Central
    place for ruby tech activities". Forum for RoRo format for newbies
    to attend / give talks etc. Perhaps another newbies night.
    Encourage diversity that span new, mid to expert. Avenues for
    feedback to broadern things and how to get in touch with the ruby
    community. Maybe update to twitter.

  + Has been two railsgirls sponsorships requests - Perth and Adelaide.
    We need a single appraoch for these things. Need to define a process
    around this so we have a standard response.

  + Capture knowledge about RailsGirls to get the data about how to run
    these events, would be good to be able to help other places to
    actually run one of these events.

  + Amanda: Need a bit of a landing page that guides people how to get
    things rolling. Len: would be great for any rails girls to use
    Ruby Australia to get this done. Amanda: Would be great to get
    a bunch of sponsors in this.

  + John: Something worked well in GoLang, we did a whole quarter of
    code ramp up from beginner through to advanced.

  + Matt: I can handle all payments handling, they can pay into Ruby
    Australia via Xero and then RubyAU can make the payments for
    t-shirts and things.

  + Amanda: Will get more data and bring more information next meeting
  1. Ruby to the Business Project Update
  + Mikel: Hanging over chair to John Barton.
  + Just want to make sure on the direction - focus on building the
    ecosystem economy of the ruby community
  + Not a lot of progress at this point. But 2 action items, (1) was
    with Liam Essler to do a survey actoss businesses, Liam was on
    leave and I was away, so nothing done yet. (2) I had a meeting
    with Lenny Mayo from Startups Victoria. They are seeing the same
    thing, a little bit of a trend away from Ruby due to lack of
    resources. Three points from Lenny's point of view:
    + startup events are becoming less technical, need to cross
      pollinate and we need to help with that and can lift our profile.
    + strong story about how to get involved in the ruby community.
    + universities can be a good strong component. This could definitely
      help to improve things as universities are focused on static type
      languages as big enterprises are in there
  + What leads to successfully choosing the first employee, showcase
    an example of this sort of thing.
  + Having this data in a legit surveyed form will help us massively
    in talking with universities.
  + We might need to use some funds to get some serious industry
    analysis and data gathering. Hopefully in 1-2 meetings will have
    a request for money to make this official.
  + Rob: Would it be fair to say that everyone is hiring and no one
    is looking for work. Could we help train companies to mentor
    juniors. Matt: Perhaps something like a Ruby Australia trainee
    program, not sure how to do that. Amanda: One way to do this is
    to help with mentorship from the community. Mikel: DevHub currently
    does a bunch of this and is successful and we could support and grow
    that to a larger scale.
  + Rob: My focus is on the busines and 3 year outlook, not for next year.
  1. General Business
  1. Next Meeting
  1. Targets for following month
  1. End of Meeting