RailsConf 2007 (a gathering of and for Ruby On Rails developers) is happening right now in Portland. Next-generation web frameworks, Web 2.0, blah blah blah --- all very exciting, but the gender ratio among speakers is 71 to 5 (6.5% female), and from the photos, all but one of the speakers is white. Looks like more people need to read Suw Charman's excellent article from last fall... Which reminds me of a web site I'd really like to see: one that tracks representation of various under-represented groups at conferences. Side-by-side stats might be a good first step toward fixing some of the things that are broken... Later: Tim Bray commented on the gender imbalance during his talk, and posted about it here. Another commentator reports attendees calling Cyndi Mitchell the "Rachel Ray of code".