"This was my first tech conference, and I have been absolutely blown away. I am a fairly new programmer, who's background contains mostly QA, and I wanted to list a few of the things I learned at the conference:"
"Oh wow, look at that, none of that has to do with code. I feel that, ultimately, the code doesn't matter. What matters is what's listed above and more. I absolutely loved seeing people who were truly passionate about not only Ruby, but the community surrounding it. Not only did I walk away with tips and tricks about Ruby/Rails, I came out with life lessons."
"Sandi mentioned in her talk that everything will die. We will die. Ruby will die. But I think that the community and the ideas within it will live on. I've never seen a community quite like this, and I want to be a part of that. Please let me know how I can help or volunteer for whatever local events may happen in the future."
"This event was truly inspirational, thank you so much."
"Not hosting a conference next year is a bold move, but I really like your reasoning and I think it's the right thing to do. Those of us who already go to Ruby conferences have plenty of opportunities to get together and play; finding people with different perspectives and bringing them into the community seems like a much better use of resources and should be good for everyone involved."