Being a Ruby developer in Oz         Andrew Grimm     Pre-Sapporo RubyKaigi         Tokyo meetup
Outline●   Ruby events in Australia        ●   Meetups        ●   Hack nights        ●   Railscamps        ●   Rubyconf au...
Ruby events in Australia
Meetup groups●   Ruby (or|on) Rails Oceania●   Major cities have monthly meetups●   Aim is for 3 talks (@ 15 mins) and 3 L...
Hack nights●   Held every month in Sydney●   Sometimes have theme●   Sometimes people suggest topics on the night●   Try t...
Railscamps●   Held twice a year●   Hacking, talks, including showing off what you    worked on during the weekend●   Drink...
Rubyconf au●   Held next year for first time●   Call for proposals currently open●   Please submit a proposal!
Working in Australia
Pay●   Good news: Australian economy has not suffered    like America, Europe and Japan. Were in the middle    of a resour...
Foreigners working in Australia●   Several RORO attendees are from foreign countries●   Some people have encountered probl...
Work culture●   Smaller programming scene (but less competition)●   Smaller startup scene
Living in Australia
Egalitarian society●   Australia sees itself as a very egalitarian society●   Customers ride in the front of taxis●   We d...
Attitudes towards Japanese people●   As good as the attitudes of most western countries    towards nihonjin●   Australia h...
Deadly wildlife●   We do have a wide variety of interesting wildlife        ●   Even male platypuses are venomous!●   But ...
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  1. 1. Being a Ruby developer in Oz Andrew Grimm Pre-Sapporo RubyKaigi Tokyo meetup
  2. 2. Outline● Ruby events in Australia ● Meetups ● Hack nights ● Railscamps ● Rubyconf au● Working in Australia● Living in Australia
  3. 3. Ruby events in Australia
  4. 4. Meetup groups● Ruby (or|on) Rails Oceania● Major cities have monthly meetups● Aim is for 3 talks (@ 15 mins) and 3 LT (@ 5 mins) ● And drinking● Some cities also have meetups on other topics such as Javascript, functional programming or python
  5. 5. Hack nights● Held every month in Sydney● Sometimes have theme● Sometimes people suggest topics on the night● Try to collaborate
  6. 6. Railscamps● Held twice a year● Hacking, talks, including showing off what you worked on during the weekend● Drinking, werewolf, card games, settlers of Catan, obstacle courses, and drinking● By far the most regular railscamps in the world ● Maybe we like drinking!
  7. 7. Rubyconf au● Held next year for first time● Call for proposals currently open● Please submit a proposal!
  8. 8. Working in Australia
  9. 9. Pay● Good news: Australian economy has not suffered like America, Europe and Japan. Were in the middle of a resources boom.● Bad news: Real estate (and cost of living) is very expensive
  10. 10. Foreigners working in Australia● Several RORO attendees are from foreign countries● Some people have encountered problems with bureaucracy● Others have found Australia much better than elsewhere● Country of origin shouldnt be a problem outside of academia● Academia may recognise some universities more than others
  11. 11. Work culture● Smaller programming scene (but less competition)● Smaller startup scene
  12. 12. Living in Australia
  13. 13. Egalitarian society● Australia sees itself as a very egalitarian society● Customers ride in the front of taxis● We dont tip (Japan doesnt tip, but we dont tip because were too rude, Japan doesnt tip because theyre too polite)● One of the oldest democracies in the world● America got the puritans, while we got the convicts ● We joke we got the better part of the deal
  14. 14. Attitudes towards Japanese people● As good as the attitudes of most western countries towards nihonjin● Australia has lots of migrants from lots of countries, so you wont stick out
  15. 15. Deadly wildlife● We do have a wide variety of interesting wildlife ● Even male platypuses are venomous!● But the risk for someone sipping a latte in Sydney is pretty low

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