You have to give it up to Christian Perry. Not only is he the founder of ZapTix and the popular monthy Web 2.0 party series, SF Beta, he’s now also a conference organizer.
May 2007 marked the successful launch of geekSessions.
What is geekSessions?
1: geekSessions is a high-end networking event that brings recognized experts from the Web space together to speak on a new topic each month.
2: A place with smart people and free beer.
Co-produced with The Forbin Group, geekSessions was held at the prestigious City Club in San Francisco, which added a state of 2.0 grandeur and style. And let’s just say that the place was packed with the collective brilliance that is helping to drive the new Web.
This month, the conversation focused on Ruby on Rails.
Since hitting the ground two years ago, Ruby on Rails is sweeping the technology community by storm. However, critics note that Rails suffers from persistent problems with scalability, an issue that plagues the framework to this day.
The panel set out to explore with or not Ruby could surmount the scalability challenge.
The event featured three proven Rails experts to discuss their experiences (both good and bad).
The speakers included:
Operations Lead, Twitter
VP Technology, Pivotal Labs
Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems
The panelists walked through trials, tribulations and alternatives for scalability using their companies and specific product development scenarios to highlight the specifics. Each panelist was given only five minutes, so in most cases, the audience had more questions than could be adequately addressed. But, there was plenty of room for networking following the panel, so the conversation continued.
Notable attendees were:
Andre Lewis, author and developer
Justin Kan of Justin.tv
Lucas Nealan of Facebook
Jason Rojas of Geni
Eddie Codel and Irina Slutsky of GETV
John Lowensohn of CNET and Webware
Mary Hodder CEO of Dabble
Christian Perry has vision, and more importantly, a powerful amarda of influential and active technology bloggers, developers, founders, and executives - which means we’ll be seeing a lot more of him.
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