Some of the Shopifolks are travelling this weekend to some interesting events.
rspec::table, a.k.a. The Ruby Job Fair (Friday, May 20th)
If you're in the Toronto area and looking for a job, you might want to drop by rspec::table employment, otherwise known as the Ruby Job Fair. Our friends at Unspace are holding this event, where Rubyists seeking employment can meet with potential employers.
It's the third such event put together by Unspace, and it's specifically aimed at those programmers who've eschewed more mainstream programming languages and frameworks for the Ruby, Rails and other Ruby-related goodies because, let's face it, they're fun. And hey, we believe that if you're going to spend your working life -- half your waking existence -- doing something, it had better be fun, don't you think?
Have you considered developing for Shopify? Think of it: we're growing start-up that's actually profitable, and that was before we secured that Series A funding. We're in the business of helping people sell stuff online, a field whose growth is strong and steady. We've got some killer coders in the shop; I feel like the dumbest guy in the room when I'm around them (I'm okay with that -- it has its advantages). The perks of working here are great, from the people to the gear and welcome swag to the location -- not some soul-draining industrial park, but in Ottawa's ByWard Market: central, and the liveliest part of town.
If you'd like to get a job with us and in on some of this action, come on down to the Ruby Job Fair this Friday, May 20th at Unspace's office (342 Queen Street West, Toronto, east of Spadina, above LuluLemon) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and say hello to the Shopifolk who'll be there: Brittany, Edward and Julie!
To find out more about the Ruby Job Fair and the after-party, visit the Ruby Job Fair site.
BarCamp Oregon (Friday, May 20th - Saturday, May 21st)
Shopify is one of five startups that makes up the BarCamp Tour, a group helping sponsor BarCamps all over North America. Thus far, we've been to BarCamp Boston and MinneBar (a Minneapolis-based BarCamp serving all of the state of Minnesota). This weekend, we'll be at the third BarCamp on the tour: Portland, Oregon, affectionately known to some as Portlandia:
BarCamp Portland is an unconference: a conference whose topics, sessions and schedules are determined by the attendees. On the start of the unconference day, people will propose session topics and set up a schedule, after which the unconferencing will begin. We’re expecting geeks of every sort to show up: not just the hackers, but artists, engineers, hobbyists, writers and poets, jokers and journalists, entrepreneurs, cooks and bakers, people who till the land or help neighbourhoods take shape, and anyone else who likes create.
Shopify, along with our partners on the BarCamp Tour -- BatchBlue, Grasshopper, Mailchimp and Wufoo -- isn't your typical event sponsor. Yes, we’re each throwing in money to help BarCamp organizers hold their events, but we’re also there at the conference, actively participating, joining in the discussions, providing food and drinks, and even helping carry stuff or clean up. We’re also there to promote our companies, but not in a hard-sell way — we’re there to meet people who want to use our software and services, have questions and get to know the creative, inventive, ambitious people who attend BarCamps!
I'll be there, helping out, facilitating sessions, answering questions about Shopify and playing accordion (of course). If you see me, please say hi!
To find out more about BarCamp Portland, visit the BarCamp Portland site.
If you're interested in finding out more about BarCamps, watch this video, taken at one of the first BarCamps in San Francisco: