Ruby Australia Committee Meeting Minutes

21st of October, 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 - Rob Jacoby
  + Finalised the speakers
  + Hootsuite account setup to do social media for Ruby conf
  + Excitement about Mel and Liam MC'ing
  + Early bird until November
  + We are about 2 weeks ahead of last year's schedule
  + Hope ticket sales will pickup somewhat now that CFP is done
  + Have given Mel a code for sponsors
  + Need tito login to make new events for Ruby Australia
  + Matta: We should be doing a lot of tweets, 2 a day and the
    committee we retweet - Rob: Agreed.
  1. Event Knowledge Project - Leonard Garvey
  + James Sadler and Len have been working to give knowledge to Tim
    with regards to RailsCamp.
  + Some confusion about GST, got a pragmatic solution on how to work
    it out. Sebastian: Also told them that if it was slightly negative
    that would be OK.
  + Will continue over the next month.
  + Rob: I've also started brain dumping things on RubyConf, Len: if
    you could send it to me then I can add to the guides.
  1. New People into the Community Project - Amanda Neumann
  + Mostly working this month on Sponsorship and Meetup organised.
  + Met with a bunch of people who are wanting to help and got a lot
    of feedback, we've been fairly busy since then
  + Identified a starting point - the website, colate the resources
    to find things and get in touch with the committee on events
    and info they need to know - we need input from the committee or
    other items regarding that.
  + Mikel: Make a slack channel on it
  + I'll make a trello for this
  + Rob: Talk to Rachelle as well regarding this
  + Design needs a refresh, work with SEO as well, our website is
    something should be good enough for every event to announce it
  + Mel is consolidating groups for so that this is all
    organised into a cental body
  + Getting juniors into Dev positions - still open for lots of
  + Mikel: Mentioned fairfax / reinteractive mentoring idea on getting
    a list of developers and pairing up with juniors for a 3 month 2
    hour per week stint with company making time for it to happen. Will
    get more details next meeting.
  1. Ruby to the Business Project Update - John Barton
  + Survey
    + Didn't complete the startup Victoria item.
    + Survey needs to be industry focused as the less focused it is the
      less likely it is to complete (gave examples of survey questions)
    + One question is "before this survey were you aware of Ruby Australia?"
    + Get a survey out that is fully anonymous
    + But we should be able to have a signup form for Ruby Australia
    + Need to be more representative of the community once we get the survey out
    + Want to get the questions approved, will do a pull request to the
      slack room
    + Amanda: Who does this go to? John: Anyone that has written Ruby.
    + Goal is to get thousands filling it out, need to leverage our
      contacts as a team and get it happening as a game in the community.
  + RMIT
    + Last few years have spoken to RMIT Systems Architecture class, they
      still only teach Perl as their one dynamic language, the survey will
      help show the number of jobs available to Ruby developers and they
      can switch off Perl.
    + RMIT Lecturer is interested in getting a talk from a Ruby person
    + Mikel: Could do an installfest at RMIT on this point
    + I'll email them and suggest
  1. General Business
  1. Next Meeting
  1. Targets for following month
  1. End of Meeting