bdg is very proud to be a RubyNation sponsor! The sold-out conference is just two weeks away. However, whether you’re registered or not, if you want to network with other DC-area Rubyists, please take a minute to sign up for the Ruby Nation community, which you can access at http://rubynation.org/community.
We built this site for RubyNation using our new white-label social networking product for conference attendees and other members of the local Ruby community. This application made its debut at the BEA Participate conference in early May. It attracted over 800 registrants and generated 75,000 page views during the week of the conference. And of course, it’s written entirely in Ruby on Rails.
If you’re coming to RubyNation, thinking about coming to RubyNation (or you’re a Rubyist who wishes he or she could make it to RubyNation), feel free to sign up for the site. Registration is easy and painless. Once you’re in, you can “pimp” your profile with an avatar or photo, links, RSS feeds and products that you know and love. You can view and participate in discussions about each session at RubyNation and you can create and join groups to interact with your peers about a variety of interesting topics about Ruby (or anything under the sun).
So, don’t waste any more time reading about this stuff — come on in and let’s get social at http://rubynation.org/community!
I’ve presented at seven Plumtree Odysseys, one BEA World and two BEA Participates. Help keep the streak alive by voting up my Oracle OpenWorld presentation!
Here’s what people had to say about my P08 preso this year. . .
Q5: What did you like most about the session?
- The ppt presentation style!
- Straight and to the point, dives right into it. Chris did a fantastic job!
- very nice to hear how they put this together
- amazing and inspiring
- great session; should be one of the first sessions provided.
Q6: What could we do better next year?
- bring this guy back (again)
I find this a little hard to believe, but the numbers don’t lie. We had a whopping 75,000 page views the week of the conference!
That’s more than 100 page views per registered attendee. This chart was from our hottest day, Tuesday, 5/13.
There’s nothing better than reviewing usage data for an application you just launched, especially when those data show that people are loving it!
In our first week since the application went live, we’ve had more than 300 account registrations. That alone is a significant accomplishment. But it gets better. Here are some more stats:
- 350+ messages sent (Rumbles and Private Messages)
- 200+ podmob (Twitter) messages
- 100+ shout-outs (pokes)
- 100+ links and feeds added
- 200+ groups created
- 500+ mob adds (contacts)
- 3000+ breakout session registrations
- 3500+ notable actions (that have appeared in the Observation Deck feed)
We’ve also had almost 6000 page views since Monday and over 10,000 page views last week, our first week “in business.”
What’s even more encouraging is that I’ve seen a surge in shoutouts, messaging and group activity as the conference approaches. And it hasn’t even started yet! I expect our heaviest usage to come during the conference, although hopefully not the way it did on Twitter during Sarah Lacy’s SXSW08 interview of Mark Zuckerberg.
You’ve heard the phrase “social applications” being kicked around by BEA and bdg. But what exactly does that mean?
In a nutshell, it means that your experience at BEA.Participate.08 will be like that of no other conference you’ve ever attended. In fact, it may change the entire way you feel about technology conferences.
After registration, you’ll be directed to a web site where you can help us kick off this grand social experiment. During registration, you’ll be asked to fill out a corporate profile by selecting or adding your company, your department, your title and some biographical information. You’ll be asked what products (from BEA or elsewhere) you’re currently using and what products interest you. You’ll be able to “pimp” your profile with an avatar or photo, links, and RSS feeds. Finally, you’ll be asked to take a stab at registering for different Participate.08 breakout sessions. (Don’t worry, you can always come back later and make changes to your breakout session agenda.)
At this point, you’ll be directed to a highly-customized installation of BEA ALI 6.5 backed by a host of bdg-designed and engineered Ruby on Rails applications which form the core of this groundbreaking social system. Log in and you’ll be presented with a simple, elegant UI for:
- browsing and selecting tracks and sessions,
- viewing other people’s company and personal profile pages and adding them to your “mob,”
- sending “shout outs” other users (a playful way to get people’s attention),
- sending private (mail) or public (podmob) messages to other people,
- browsing and interacting with product pages,
- asking questions at a breakout session (through the session rumble),
- joining and leaving interest groups focused on industries, products or “whatever,”
- updating your status (to let others know where you are, what your mood is, etc.),
- browsing an aggregate feed (the observation deck) which allows you to see what others are doing prior to, at (and even after) the conference.
On top of all this social application goodness, everyone who attends Participate will receive an iPod Touch, with 802.11b/g wireless baked in. (Of course, the conference hotel will have lightening fast free wireless internet access.) In addition to a sleek full-sized browser experience, most of the applications will also be optimized for the iPod Touch (or iPhone) form factor. This means that wherever you are at the conference — sitting in a session, wandering the halls or the partner pavilion, even taking a bathroom break — you’ll be able to network, network, network with your fellow conference attendees.
Let’s face it: are you attending the conference to hear a talking head rattle off lists of features in ALUI or ALBPM? No! You’re going to Participate to learn from your peers. And not just in sessions, but in the halls, during the meals, at the evening events and of course, through these amazing social applications.
So, don’t waste any more time reading about this stuff — come on in and let’s get social!
There’s still time to register for this great conference and take part in a one-of-a-kind social computing experiment.
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- I heard some rumors that this event is going to demo some seriously killer app love that will blow people away. OK – they’re not rumors. It’s just common sense when you put this much brain power and off the wall creativity in one spot. I’m all for long fireside chats about protocols and geek plumbing (/swoon), but what really excites me about Participate is the ability to kick back with developers, product managers, and engineers and talk about business challenges and solutions – then arm you with the tools and tricks to get your business humming. Got a problem? Chances are these pros have a suggestion that will make your life easier and your business users that much more productive. Food, folks, fun, and forward thinking. You just can’t beat that.