I got a email from Pete Forde about a Ruby job fair coming up here in Toronto. It’s 20 bucks if you want to show off, free if you want to watch show offs or, more importantly, hire one. Or two. This is the blurb. You can sign up, read more, etc, here.
The First Toronto Ruby Job Fair
What: A technical talent expo, showcasing Toronto's amazing Ruby developer community... without the aid of computers!
When: June 6th, 2009 — 11am to 6pm
Where: The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen St. W)
Who: 40 freelance developers, students, and small companies who use Ruby to create sophisticated web applications
Why: It's a new opportunity for companies, start-up founders and recruiters to casually meet members of the Toronto Ruby community that are available for hire
FREE to the public, including potential employers!
After just three short years, the open source (free) Ruby on Rails web development framework has changed the face of vibrant tech scene in Toronto. Did you know that:
- there are over four hundred Ruby developers in the GTA, and counting
- the monthly Rails Pub Nite social event has grown to expect 40-50 attendees
- there are at least 5 Rails consulting companies downtown
- dozens of Toronto-based start-up ventures have been built with Ruby
- the avant-garde FutureRuby conference happens at the Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto on July 9-12
In spite of the world economic crisis, software development in Toronto is booming. There is a constant need for great new talent to hire, and there's a huge pool of friendly, creative developers looking for their next opportunity. Tragically, there's no efficient way for these two groups to find each other... until now. We announce the Employment.nil? Ruby Job Fair — an opportunity to meet dozens of excellent candidates with a blend of skills, face-to-face.
Hiring quality technical talent for your project or company can be an intimidating challenge — even for other programmers. Unfortunately, many mediocre candidates hide behind acronym-laden resumes and dubious technical diplomas. If you're building complex, custom software and something goes wrong, it's often too late to replace team members without losing momentum. The stakes for finding the right technical partner are extremely high, as the wrong choice can sink a young company.
Our solution to this crisis is a return to the basics: this is one day when we'll leave our computers at home! Participants pay a low, tiered fee to exhibit a poster. These posters provide an illustrated backdrop to the conversations which might evolve, and act as a vehicle for the passion of this community to shine through. These presenters are artisans who take pride in their tools; they will tell you in their own words why they love to use Ruby.
Working with someone that "might work out" is a recipe for disaster. Instead, come to the first annual Employment.nil? and hire based on personality first.
Employment.nil? is a community-driven effort that is sponsored and organized by Unspace Interactive Inc., a small full-service boutique web consulting firm. We're five years old, located downtown at Queen & Spadina, and we boast a team of ten industry-leading developers and designers under one roof. Unspace was the first full-time, commercial Ruby on Rails company. Ruby is our life.
To find out more about Employment.nil?, Unspace Interactive, or the upcoming FutureRuby conference, please contact: