A conference I have run with Murray.
The seed was born around a campfire in Portland after the RailsConf which had just been held there. We were frustrated with conferences around at that time, particularly with how expensive they were, how many of the keynote talks were pointlessly fluffy waffle, and how generally difficult they were to justify in terms of price vs extracted value.
We figured - how hard can it be to strip the bloated set of conference traditions down to the core experience, and run it for ourselves? There needs to be a driver against big conference companies simply putting on the same show year after year, charging ever more and barely including the community beyond throw-it-over-the-wall CFP processes.
We are running another one: Ruby Manor 4, on the 6th of April, 2013.