Christchurch, New Zealand

February 24 - 27, 2017


What is a Rails Camp?

Imagine yourself and a group of Ruby programmers near the top of a mountain for a weekend of talks, hacking, and fun.

To stay informed and chat with other campers leading up to the camp please join the #railscamp channel on the Ruby NZ Slack.

Things which may or may not happen:

  • Hacking (bring a project idea!)
  • Learning (bring a speaking topic)
  • Werewolf
  • Eating & drinking (see below)
  • Meeting amazing people
  • General merriment

We'll be back around Christchurch for 2017 at the fantastic Mt Cheeseman Ski Lodge. We were last at this venue for Rails Camp #4 back in 2014 and it's a really great experience.

Tickets start at $289 NZD and include accommodation, 3 meals a day & snacks for the duration of the camp, and buses there and back from Christchurch Airport.

Please arrive at Christchurch Airport on Friday, February 24th before 3:00PM (and a bit earlier is wise, especially for international flights).

We'll get you back to Christchurch Airport in time for flights departing after 12:00PM on Monday, February 27th.

What to bring?

  • A sleeping bag & pillow case.
  • A towel.. but you take that everywhere, right?
  • Clothes for Christchurch but importantly MOUNTAIN weather. Mostly likely relatively cool during the day and cold at night. Check the forecast before you pack. We have plenty of indoor space for if the weather turns nasty.
  • All necessary chargers / power adapters for any electronic equipment you intend to bring.
  • Any medication you require and additional necessary items with you.
  • You will be sharing dorm/bunk-room style accommodation with other attendees, so bring ear plugs/eye mask if you feel you will need them.
  • There may be separate rooms available for women, and families. Please get in touch if this is especially important to you.

Sponsors so far...

For the 2017 Rails Camp we’re offering companies the opportunity to sponsor the camp itself. This enables ticket prices to remain at an affordable level.

Optimal Workshop, based in Wellington, has a global customer base that includes thousands of the world’s top user researchers, and the world's most innovative firms. We’ve built a suite of usability testing tools that enable web and software designers to design superior user experiences for their clients and customers. We've been the recipients of a Deloitte Fast500 Award, and we take part in UX and development conferences all around the world.

AddressFinder. The first choice for street address verification on your Australian and New Zealand webforms and databases. With AddressFinder your webforms are speedy and your address database is accurate.

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Winner of Facebook's 2016 Innovation Spotlight for Personalized Marketing at Scale, Sailthru helps modern marketers at leading retail and media companies build deeper, longer-lasting relationships with their customers.

Trineo. Experts in Enterprise APIs, Identity, Bespoke Apps and integrated CRM. Proud to be a sponsor of this year's Rails Camp.

reinteractive is a leading Ruby on Rails dedicated development and operations agency, with a full-time team spread across Australia and New Zealand. We build highly scalable, stable and secure web-based solutions bringing our client's plans to life, and provide 24/7 Operations support for Ruby on Rails applications through our OpsCare® and CodeCare® services.

We are dedicated to supporting and growing the Ruby on Rails community with our free community events; the Ruby on Rails InstallFest for beginners, and DevelopmentHub for existing developers to get help on existing projects from experienced mentors.

Stembolt helps stores manage billions of dollars in e-commerce a year.

YouDo is a Wellington based professional service provider with a customer base stretching across New Zealand. We build something new every year, be it a new mathematical solver, risk management system or a financial trading tool. We aim to provide the latest of what technology can bring to help kiwi based businesses innovate and stay ahead of the game. Rails at YouDo is an enabler and we like seeing more people enjoy learning Rails.

Since launching in 2014, Talent Army has already helped organisations across New Zealand, The United States, The United Kingdom and Australia optimise their recruiting and employer branding strategies. We are helping them by providing access to talent all over the world. Talent Army provides training to companies, internal teams and agencies on how to best find talent and runs individual and group talent boot camps.

Powershop sprung to life in 2009 and is focused on making shopping for electricity easy and enjoyable. They have created the tools people need to understand how much power they use, giving them the control to lower their bills. Powershop supplies power to all kinds of homes and businesses in Australia and New Zealand. They have a crew of around 160 geeks, problem-solvers and designers working hard to make them the best power company ever.

Rabid Technology is a technology company based in Wellington, New Zealand. They are experts in modern web development, with wide interests and top-notch skills. They contribute to open source communities and favour projects that do good.

Manuka Coalition, based in Christchurch, specialises in professional software development, from automation to web apps. We are proficient with quality languages and frameworks including: Ruby on Rails, Elixir / Phoenix, NodeJS, Ember, and React.

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Want to sponsor?

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in sponsoring.

Code of Conduct

As Rails Camp is a Ruby New Zealand event, it is covered by the Ruby New Zealand Code of Conduct, which all attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at our camp are required to agree with.

Where can I learn more?

Want to come?

Tickets are available now.