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When does the conference start on April 30th? When does it end on the May 2nd?

In general, programming on conference days starts around 9:30am and ends around 6pm. Registration on the 30th opens approximately two hours earlier (so at 7:30am). On the 2nd, we will be ending programming around 5-6pm. All three days are full days of programming; we will not be having any workshop- or tutorial-only days.

Is breakfast provided? What about lunch and dinner?

We do not provide a full breakfast; however, a morning snack is offered every day after the day’s opening keynote. This tends to be things like granola bars, hard-boiled eggs, and whole fruit. We do provide a full lunch and afternoon snack, but not dinner. Coffee, tea, and water are served throughout all conference days.

How do I know if I should purchase the individual or corporate ticket?

The individual ticket is for those attendees who are purchasing their own ticket to RailsConf and financing their own trip. The corporate ticket is for conference attendees whose employer is purchasing their conference ticket and/or financing their travel and accommodations. Attendees are free to choose which ticket they ultimately purchase; we operate on the honor system.

Please note that, as a nonprofit organization, all ticket sales for our conference go towards Ruby Central's mission of supporting the Ruby community.

Are there any ticket discounts available?

We offer a group discount off the Corporate ticket, which you can access simply by choosing the Group option at registration. We also offer a student discount -- if this applies to you, please email us at For nonprofit employees, we encourage you to purchase the Individual ticket, even if your ticket is being purchased by your employer. No other discounts are available, and no discounts can be combined.

Can I buy a ticket for just one day?

No, tickets can only be purchased for the whole conference at once.

Will you have any tutorial- or workshop-only days?

While we will feature two tracks of workshops at RailsConf 2019, they are not on separate days, but occur concurrently with breakout sessions throughout all three days.

How far away are the conference venue and hotel from the airport?

Approximately 10 miles from the airport, in downtown Minneapolis. The venue and hotel are just a few blocks from one another, and they're also connected via an interior skywalk.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes, we offer a limited number of Opportunity Scholarships each conference, which include a free ticket to RailsConf 2019 and one-on-one pairing with an experienced Guide, who has attended Ruby conferences before and can provide advice on what talks to attend, make introductions to other Rubyists, etc. However, applications have closed for 2019.

How do I find out about parties happening during RailsConf?

In addition to any official sponsored parties happening, which will be posted on our website, there are also multiple social events that happen before and after conference programming. These can be shared onsite at the conference on our (physical) Events Board, and are also often collected into a list online that we will promote as RailsConf draws nearer.

Do you provide childcare?

Yes, during all conference days, we provide free onsite childcare from a licensed local provider. While attendees can use this as much or as little as they’d like, we do appreciate as much advance information as possible so that we can try to ensure having enough childcare staff and appropriate activities and gear. When you register, please answer yes (or maybe) to the question about childcare and you will be contacted for information before the conference.

We also provide a dedicated Lactation Room (with a lock and mini-fridge) for anyone who needs it; please note this at registration.