Attending Conferences 101

Julie and Andrew share their conference survival guide including how to meet people, talk attendee do's and don'ts, the Hallway Track, and more! Want to get the most out of your next conference experience? Are you interested in getting Ruby for All stickers? Go ahead and download this episode now to find out how!
  • [1:10] Andrew can't do arts and crafts
  • [1:42] Julie is speaking at RubyConf Mini soon!
  • [4:00] Andrew recommends pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and meet new people at conferences
  • [5:20] Julie talks about her experience as a scholar at RailsConf 2022
  • [10:00] Andrew and Julie share how they try to be more welcoming to others at conferences by making room for people to join you.
  • [11:30] Julie talks about making connections with people
  • [12:20] Julie shares her idea for a "Buddy Bench" at conferences
  • [14:00] Andrew explains the Hallway Track
  • [14:55] How do you decide between attending a talk or a workshop? 
  • [15:30] What is the proper way to arrive late or exit early from a talk?
  • [17:15] Julie wants a nodder in her talk and Andrew explains what that is
  • [20:10] Finding dinner friends
  • [20:50] Julie will be your buddy at RubyConf Mini
  • [21:30] Volunteer opportunities at conferences
  • [22:20] Have fun!
  • [24:15] Find Julie at RubyConf Mini for Ruby for All stickers! 


Special thanks to Andy Croll for personally sponsoring this episode. Be sure to check out and for nice, free community resources for newer devs!

Creators and Guests

Andrew Mason
Andrew Mason
Senior Product Developer at Podia, co-host of the Remote Ruby podcast, and co-editor of the Ruby Radar newsletter
Julie J
Julie J
Software developer at Codecademy
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