David Heinemeier Hansson

June 24, 2023

Rails World sold out in less than 45 minutes

There hasn't been a major, dedicated Rails conference in Europe since 2008, so perhaps it's no surprise that there was pent-up demand. But I was still shocked to see the forthcoming Rails World visit to Amsterdam sell out in less than 45 minutes yesterday! What an awesome reception to the first major project undertaken by our new Rails Foundation.

And what an awesome validation that companies like Cookpad, Doximity, Fleetio, GitHub, Intercom, Procore, Shopify, and 37signals were right to back a new institution, as core members, with a clear mission to improve the documentation, education, marketing, and events for Ruby on Rails. Same too for our contributing members, like AppSignal, Cedarcode and Planet Argon.

To have all of this come together, with Rails World, with the Rails Foundation, in the year we'll celebrate the 20th anniversary of the framework, is just icing on the birthday cake. This is an exciting time to be part of the Ruby on Rails ecosystem.

Especially because this feels like just the beginning. Amanda Perino, our executive director for the Rails Foundation, now has a solid mandate for the choice to work on a new conference series first, and can carry that momentum into all the other exciting projects we have planned to support the foundation's mission.

Personally, it's gratifying to see that we've been able to leave old squabbles behind, route around the nonsense, and get back to the joyful collaboration on this fantastic framework. I can't wait to keynote at Rails World in October, and to share all the many new developments for the framework we've been working on lately. 

It'll also be a delight to see the lucky 650 attendees who managed to score a golden ticket to Rails World in person. It's been too long! (And for those who didn't manage to snatch a ticket this time, don't worry, the Rails World conference series will continue in 2024 at a much bigger venue, so even more people can enjoy the new momentum we're building here.)

I seriously feel #blessed to continue working with such an incredible ecosystem of developers after having spent literally half my life in its service. Bring on the next twenty years!

About David Heinemeier Hansson

Made Basecamp and HEY for the underdogs as co-owner and CTO of 37signals. Created Ruby on Rails. Wrote REWORK, It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work, and REMOTE. Won at Le Mans as a racing driver. Fought the big tech monopolies as an antitrust advocate. Invested in Danish startups.