Auckland, NZ

Jan 30th - Feb 2nd 2015

Tickets on sale Nov 1st - register your interest

What is a Rails Camp?

Imagine yourself and a group of Ruby programmers on a country retreat for a weekend of talks, hacking and fun.

Check out the photo album from the last camp - it's going to be gorgeous scenery and awesome fun.

Keep track of Rails Camp NZ 5 on Lanyrd.

Things which may or may not happen:

  • Hacking (bring a project idea!)
  • Learning (bring a speaking topic)
  • Werewolf
  • A swim in the sea (bring your swimsuit!)
  • Drinking & Eating (see below)
  • Meeting cool people
  • General merriment

Where, When, How Much?

In 2015 we are trying a spectacular new location north of Auckland; Shakespear Lodge is located within the beautiful Shakespear Regional Park. The Regional Park is a pest free sanctuary surrounded by a predator-proof fence and is home to several species of native lizards as well as many native bird species which have migrated from nearby Tiritiri Matanga island, itself a wildlife sanctuary.

Be at Auckland Airport by 16:00 on the 30th of January if you want to catch the bus out to Shakespear Lodge. On the morning of February the 2nd we'll get you back to the airport before 2pm. Don't book your return flight before then!

Ticket prices are yet to be announced. They will include accommodation, 3 meals a day & snacks for the duration of the camp, a bus there and back from Auckland Airport, a supply of NZ craft beer and cider, soft drinks and espresso coffee.


Because of the special nature of Shakespear Regional Park everyone must follow the following guidelines:

  • No dogs or other animals are allowed into the sanctuary - even in vehicles.
  • All equipment should be clean, sealed in rodent-proof packaging and checked for pests prior to entering the sanctuary. Rodent-proof packaging includes sealable day packs and overnight bags, solid boxes that have no holes and are taped closed, sealable plastic bins and barrels, and PVC dry bags. Open bags and unsealed cardboard boxes are not suitable.
  • All food should be packaged into sealed containers. Food should not be transported in open boxes or supermarket bags.
  • All footwear should be clean and free of mud/dirt and seeds. Dirty footwear must be cleaned prior to entering the sanctuary.
  • Camping gear and vehicles should be checked before entering the sanctuary to ensure they are free of pests, vermin and hazardous material.

No Smoking is permitted within Shakespear Regional Park.

What to bring?

  • A sleeping bag & pillow.
  • Swimsuit & towel.
  • Clothes for warm *and* wet weather. February is high summer in NZ and temperatures are likely to be in the mid-to-high 20's for the duration of the camp. Rain is a possibility.
  • Sunscreen. Seriously.
  • All necessary chargers / power adapters for any electronic equipment you intend to bring.
  • Any medication you require and additional necessary items with you.
  • You will be sharing dorm/bunkroom style accommodation with other attendees, so bring ear plugs/eye mask if you feel you will need them.
  • There will be separate lodgings available for women and snorers.





Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our camp are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event.

We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

tl;dr Don't be a jerk. If you are a jerk, you may be punished. If someone is being a jerk to you, or someone else, please let the camp team know.

Need help?

Any member of the Camp team can assist you, however the designated Code of Conduct representatives are:

The Code

Rails Camp is dedicated to providing a harassment-free camp experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.

We do not tolerate harassment of Rails Camp participants in any form.

Harassment includes but is not limited to:

  • offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion.
  • sexual imagery.
  • deliberate intimidation.
  • stalking.
  • unwanted following.
  • harassing photography or recording.
  • sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • inappropriate physical contact.
  • unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate anywhere within the camp venue, including during talks or in supporting materials such as slides or handouts.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images or material, either in person or in handouts or other collateral. Sponsor staff and representatives (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing or costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If camp participants violate these rules, including engaging in harassing behaviour, the camp organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the camp with no refund. This may include a temporary or permanent ban from future Rails Camp events.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the organising committee immediately. A camp organising team member can be identified by their red Rails Camp t-shirt.

Rails Camp will be happy to provide escorts, help participants contact police, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the camp.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all camp venues, on the journey to and from the camp and at any related social activities.

Where can I learn more?

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