Frequently Asked Questions
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General Attendee Information
What can I expect at Madison+ Ruby?
At Madison+ Ruby, you can expect to rub elbows with some of the best Ruby developers. Sharpen your skills and learn about new tools. Meet like-minded technologists and build your network.
How do I get to Madison+ Ruby? Where can I find a hotel?
Getting to Downtown Madison from Dane County Regional Airport
There are a number of ways to go from the airport to Downtown Madison:
- Taxi: charge $10-15 USD
- Rental Car: prices vary and are available at the airport
- Car Pool with someone you know that is renting a car or lives in Madison
- Madison Metro Bus:
- Madison Metro has Google Maps support, use it.
- Base Fare: $2.00. Ask your driver for a transfer when you board and pay your fare. Free transfers, valid for two hours, will be issued at the time of boarding when paying with cash or 10-Ride Cards. Transfer is dispensed directly from the fare box unit. Both activation date/time and expiration date/time will be printed on the transfer. Slide through the pass reader each time you board.
- Madison Metro Transit
You will find hotel information on the Madison+ Ruby Lodging Post.
Are the tickets refundable?
Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferrable. You must handle the logistics (finding the new person and making financial arrangements with them) we will have the transfer. Please contact us (contact[at]madisonpl.us) with the name and email address of the person you’d like the ticket transferred to.
Who should attend Madison+ Ruby?
Madison+ Ruby is a conference designed for people who are either Ruby-curious or already practitioners. The program carries it’s fair share of technical content but also has been notably welcoming to non-technical and beginning developers. The yoga breaks, local flavor sessions, as well as occasional musicians, circus performers and the like means there is something for everyone. If you’re a lifetime learner you’ll find yourself at home at Madison+ Ruby.
How much does it cost to attend Madison+ Ruby?
Regular price is $299 for full conference access. For more information about pricing please click here.
- Super Early Bird – $249 rate ends 2/28/2015
- Early Bird – $299 rate ends 5/31/2015
Does Madison+ Ruby offer registration discounts for students? How about group discounts?
Madison+ Ruby offers both Student Scholarship Program and Group Discounts. Our priorities are (1) running an outstanding conference and (2) covering all expenses.
Students can sign up to work 2 shifts (~4 hours each) and they can attend the rest of the conference & social activities for Free. You can sign up here if you are interested.
The group discount structure is as follows:
- Group of 3-4 people $25 off each regular price ticket
- Group of 5-9 people $50 off each regular price ticket
- Group of 10 or more $75 off each regular price ticket
When you are ready to purchase contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell us how many people are in your group, so we can generate the appropriate code.
What’s this I hear about discount codes?
We give the best deal to people who register early. You might call this “Super Early Bird or Early Bird” discounts. During the Super Early Bird and Early Bird period, we are scrambling to pay deposits for the venues, food, and all of the other things a conference needs. Super Early Bird and Early Bird discounts are a Thank You to folks who help us cover our early expenses.
You may see on the registration page a “Discount Code” box. We use discount codes to ease the process for our sponsors to claim any tickets that might be part of their sponsorship package.
What meals are included with my registration?
Your registration includes all-day coffee service, lunch, afternoon snacks, and after-party on Friday; all-day coffee service, lunch, and afternoon snacks on Saturday.
Will there be live streaming of the sessions?
Madison+ Ruby is excited to announce that the sessions are being live produced on-site and will also be posted to the web soon after the conference. Our partnership with Broadcast Interactive Media means that we are working towards having a live stream. We’re not afraid to “give away” our content because there is no substitute for networking and connecting with attendees as well as spending a few summer days in beautiful downtown Madison, WI.
What’s the story behind Madison+ Ruby?
Madison Ruby started by visiting Scotland on Rails in 2009. Watching three awkward gentlemen organize an event which featured the city in which they lived made us realize that it was something we could achieve, if not excel at. They had the luxury of picturesque and historic Edinburgh Scotland as a backdrop.
While living in Jacksonville Beach, FL the differential in quality of life and other factors made us appreciate what we had left in Madison, WI. We started planning the conference with the intent to organize it entirely from 1200 mi away. Life intervened and we wound up relocating before the inaugural event. That was 2011 and we’re happily ensconced in the Madison tech community and are organizing more than three conferences each year.