Ruby Language

2011 Fukuoka Ruby Nights at Stanford University

– Minimalistic Ruby and Its Possibility –
Date: November 3, 2011
Venue: MacKenzie Room, Stanford University
Address: 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
Organizers: SunBridge
Main Sponsor: Fukuoka Ruby Business Hub Promotion Committee
Fukuoka Prefectural Government
Fukuoka Center for Overseas Commerce in America
Associate Sponsor: Japan External Trade Organization
Corporate Sponsor: Engine Yard, Inc.
Partners: US-Asia Technology Management Center
Stanford University
Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship
2011 Fukuoka Ruby Nights at Stanford University


5pm-6pm Registration and Networking
6pm-6:15pm Katsutoshi Arie Short Talk 1: Fukuoka Ruby
Katsutoshi Arie – Chairman, Fukuoka Ruby Business Hub Promotion Committee

Katsutoshi Arie is the Director of Information Business and Security at Seiko Electric Co., Ltd. and CEO of Seiko IT Solutions Co., Ltd. In 2010, he was appointed Chairman of the Fukuoka Ruby Business Hub Promotion Committee. Katsutoshi is now actively working to spread the word about Ruby while working on measures to improve product development and production using Ruby.

6:15pm-7:15pm Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto Keynote 1: mruby: minimalistic ruby and its possibility
Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, Chief Designer of the Ruby Programming Language

Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto started developing Ruby in 1993 and made it available to the public in 1995 as an open source project. Since its release, approximately one million programmers worldwide have used the language.

Matz is currently a fellow with Network Applied Communication Laboratory Ltd. in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, Japan. Since 2007, he has also worked as a fellow at the Rakuten Institute of Technology, which is run by Rakuten, Inc., the largest ecommerce company in Japan. In 2010, he became a Special Advisor to the Fukuoka Ruby Business Hub Promotion Committee, supporting work on the development of lightweight Ruby. Additionally, in 2011 Matz was appointed Chief Architect of Heroku, Inc.

7:15pm-7:30pm Kazuaki Tanaka Short Talk 2: Ruby Lite
Kazuaki Tanaka – Associate Professor, School of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology
7:30pm-7:40pm Ceremony: Ruby Lite
Yukihiro Matsumoto Ruby Leadership Award
7:40pm-8:10pm Derek Collison Keynote 2: Ruby in the Cloud
Derek Collison, CEO at Engine Yard, Inc.

Derek Collison is widely regarded as an expert in distributed and cloud computing systems. With tenures at VMware, Google, and TIBCO, he specializes in distributed systems architecture and high performance event based systems. His current focus is Cloud Computing and Platform as a Service (PaaS) systems such as Cloud Foundry, which he designed and architected.

8:10pm-8:40pm Pitch Competition: Silicon Valley Ruby Innovator Award
Banjo, Inc. wins Silicon Valley Ruby Innovator Award !

  • Advanced Control and Acoustics
  • Banjo, Inc.
  • Kicksend
  • Kno.e.sis


  • Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, Developer of the Ruby Programming Language
  • Tom Mornini (Engine YardCTO & Co-Founder)
  • Tom MorniniTom co-founded Engine Yard to provide the infrastructure and support necessary to fuel the development of Ruby on Rails applications. He has spent nearly 30 years as a software programmer and software architect and 20 years leading companies as a serial entrepreneur. Prior to co-founding Engine Yard in 2006, he created FaceBridge Research, Inc., a billing service for video-over-IM systems, and InfoMania Printing and Prepress, Inc., an innovator in Internet print procurement. He also served as systems architect at, responsible for designing the platform that allowed the mobile messaging company to grow into a global provider with more than 130 employees.

  • Hitoshi Kawanabe (SunBridge Vice President and Partner at SunBridge Startups, LLP)
  • Hitoshi KawanabeHitoshi Kawanabe is a technology executive specializing in enterprise software and international business with over 20 years of experience at CSK, Oracle, and IPLocks. He joined SunBridge in 2009 and soon after established the SunBridge Global Venture Habitat in Silicon Valley together with Allen Miner, CEO of SunBridge, with the goal of accelerating the global efforts of Japanese companies and entrepreneurs. At SunBridge Startups, LLP, Hitoshi co-invests in seed-stage companies and helps them successfully establish their businesses in the US and global markets.

8:50pm-9:00pm Ceremony: Silicon Valley Ruby Innovator Award