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North West Ruby User Group

NWRUG is a community group in the North West of England for those with an interest in the Ruby programming language. Everyone is welcome at the monthly group meetups, especially beginners. All you need is to be friendly and have an interest in learning more about Ruby.

Ruby is “a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write”.

Monthly events

Each month there is an NWRUG event in Manchester, normally on the third Thursday. Most months there is a talk on a Ruby or Ruby-related topic, followed by a visit to a local pub. Attendence is free and there is no need to register, just show up on the day! General information about NWRUG events can be found on the NWRUG events page.

Mailing list

The NWRUG Google Group provides a forum for members to discuss Ruby-related topics, as well as a place for Ruby-related announcements relevant to the community. Joining this group is probably the best way to stay informed about upcoming meetings. Please adhere to the code of conduct when posting to the group. There are also specific guidelines for job posts.

IRC channel

There is an #nwrug channel on As with the mailing list, please adhere to the code of conduct when posting to the IRC channel.

Speak at NWRUG

Talks at the NWRUG meetings are given by members of the community and the group is always looking for people to give talks, especially those that are new to the group or have not spoken before. If you’d like to give a talk at NWRUG, get in touch. Talks can be anything from 15 to 40 minutes in length, and don’t necessarily have to be about Ruby specifically. As long as it’s a subject that will be interest or relevant for Ruby developers, then it is likely to be accepted. If you are a first time speaker or would like any help or advice preparing your talk, the group will be more than happy to help.

Sponsor NWRUG

NWRUG is a community-run group and are always grateful for sponsorship from companies looking to support the work that the group does. If you would like to sponsor NWRUG, get in touch. The group generally uses sponsorship money to buy refreshments for events, or for a bar-tab after the meeting at the pub. In return for your sponsorship, NWRUG will:

  1. mention the sponsorship on the details page for the corresponding event.
  2. mention the sponsorship on the announcement email sent to the mailing list.
  3. tweet about the sponsorship from @nwrug at least once.
  4. mention the sponsorship at the event itself and give you the opportunity to make a short 30 second or so announcement at the start of the event so you can talk to the group.
North West Ruby User Group