Registration Oct 26 — 4 Competition Nov 7 — 8 Judging Nov 9 — 15

Announcing Rails Rumble 2015!

Aug 11, 2015

After the success of last year’s Rails Rumble, we’re extremely happy to welcome back the one and only Heroku!

The 2015 Rails Rumble will take place on the weekend of November 7th & 8th.

  • Registration: Oct. 26th - Nov. 4th
  • Competition: Nov. 7th - Nov. 8th


Every year we get questions about using other technologies, in addition to Ruby, in your entry, so we just wanted to take a brief moment and expand on this. Despite our name, the Rails Rumble is a hackathon for apps built, at least partially, with Ruby. You may be using Rails, Sinatra, or another Rack-based Ruby web framework for both the front and backend. On the other hand, you may build the entire backend API of your app with Rails, and your frontend with Ember.js, Backbone.js, or AngularJS! Either way, we don’t discriminate!


If you aren’t familiar with Heroku, they provide services and tools that let you focus on building apps, without worrying about infrastructure. You can have your app deployed in minutes and easily scale it to support millions of users. Give them a try by heading over to their site and creating a free account.

Heroku Add-Ons & Sponsors

After hearing from so many competitors about how they loved the ease of integrated Heroku add-ons last year, many of our sponsors again this year will be available during the competition, free of charge, using Heroku’s ridiculously powerful add-on system.

Over the coming months, we’ll be announcing even more sponsors, in addition to Heroku, so if you have a product or service that’d you’d like smart, young, intelligent, thoughtful, developers and designers, from around the world to check out, please let us know.


Because of another success of last year’s competition, our judging revamp, we’re very happy to announce that judging for this year’s Rumble will be once again in the hands of the community. If you ship an app, you’ll be considered a judge!

Furthermore, each team will again see exactly how many points they received, privately in their team’s dashboard, while points for winning teams will be displayed publicly.

Job Board

The last thing we’d like to mention is the Rails Rumble Job Board is back again. If have an opening, and want to support the Rails Rumble, please consider checking it out.


To stay up to date on everything happening with the rumble, you can follow @railsrumble on Twitter, subscribe to our RSS feed, or sign up for our newsletter.

We’re super excited about bringing back the Rails Rumble for 2015 and can’t wait to see what amazing things you all build on Heroku. See you soon!

- @tsmango

The 2014 Winners Have Been Announced!

Oct 27, 2014

The winners of 2014 Rails Rumble, picked by this year’s competitors, have been announced, so go check them out!

Winners will be receiving a number of awesome prizes from our sponsors, like gift certificates and free access to services (thanks, sponsors)!

Teams, you should now feel free to deploy any updates you have waiting. We’ll email you this week with details regarding your Heroku app and GitHub repository. And if you’re in the Top 10, or won either the Best Solo or Public Favorite awards, you’ll also be hearing from us with details on how to get your prizes, but please give us a couple of weeks to get your prizes ready.

Additionally, if you want to see how many points your team accumulated from competitor judges, sign in with Heroku and visit your team’s dashboard.

Thanks to all the participants, and public voters, for taking part in the 2014 Rumble!

- @tsmango

Let The Judging Commence!

Oct 20, 2014

The judging portion of the 2014 Rails Rumble has officially started! Remember, the Rails Rumble is a community judged event. If you completed an app, you’re a judge and you’ll determine this year’s winners! So take some time this week (judging closes on October 26th at 23:59 UTC) to browse through the completed entries and pick your favorites.

When you’re done finding the ones you like the best, go to your favorites section and get it down to your top ten, put them in order, and click the finalize button to lock in your picks!

After you and the other competitors pick their favorites this week, winners will be announced on October 27th. Additionally, after the winners are announced, your team’s accumulated points will be displayed privately to you in your team’s dashboard, if you’re interested in seeing that.

If you want more details about how entries are sorted, how judging works, what kinds of things to look for, and how points for awards are calculated, please check out this very detailed page we put together.

The only award not picked by you is the Public Favorite award and that’s determined by, well, the public! So spread the word about not only your entry, but the whole Rails Rumble. Anyone can come to the site, sign in with Twitter, and pick their favorites.

Lastly, we urge you to leave feedback for other competitors. What did you love about their app? What didn’t you love? How can they make it better? How brilliant was their app? Competitors love feedback, so send it their way!

- @tsmango

Teams - You've Made It!

Oct 19, 2014

Congratulations, teams! You’ve made it to the end of the competition portion of the 2014 Rails Rumble!


  • If you completed an app, you’re a judge!
  • You must mark all 5 verification steps as completed in your team’s dashboard to qualify for judging.
  • Do not deploy any new code or make any modifications to your app of any kind or you’ll be disqualified.
  • It’s okay to continue pushing code to GitHub, but be careful and do not push to Heroku.

In about 24 hours, we’ll be opening the judging portion of the competition. At that time, you’ll be able to pick and finalize your own favorite entries, which will decide this year’s winnerers. We also strongly encourage you to leave feedback for other teams. Everyone put in a ton of hard work this weekend, so please take some time over the next week, while you’re recuperating, to take a look at the other entries and let them know how they did.

After everyone finishes picking their favorites this week and winners are announced, your accumulated points will be privately visible to you in your team’s dashboard.

As always, please email with any questions you may have.

Now go get some rest, you deserve it!

- @tsmango

Sponsored Heroku Add-ons - Collect 'Em All!

Oct 13, 2014

As you know, this year we partnered up with Heroku, as our infrastructure sponsor. But what you might not have realized is, this means you can use every single Add-On Heroku has, during the competition. Most Add-ons have a free tier, but Heroku didn’t want to stop there. They wanted you to be able to build the best entries possible, and they didn’t want anything holding you back. So they reached out to a bunch of great services, and asked them to make their first tier paid plans free during the competition, as well.

Once the competition starts, you’ll be able to install these sponsored add-ons right from your team’s dashboard here on It’ll look something like this:

And the list is pretty incredible!

See you this weekend!

Meet The 2014 Sponsors!

Oct 08, 2014

We’re about halfway through the registration period, so make sure to get a spot for your team before we run out and then take a moment to learn about this year’s awesome sponsors! Many of our sponsors are prefect for use during the competition.


Heroku provides services and tools to build, run, and scale web applications.


An alert service for traffic. When something exciting happens, we’ll let you know via email, text or phone call.


Sirportly makes handling all your customer support a breeze with enterprise class automation features and powerful E-Mail, Twitter and Facebook integration.


Codebase is the software project management tool with fast, reliable & secure Git, Mercurial & SVN hosting baked right in - ideal for any development team.


Deploy is an easy to use & fast code deployment platform designed to get your repository onto your server using FTP or SFTP. Also works with S3 and Rackspace.


GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over four million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.


Twilio is powering the future of communications software by enabling voice, VoIP, and messaging to be easily embedded into applications whether existing or built new on Twilio.


Blitline is a trusted, cost effective, image/vector processing SaaS based in a massively scaling environment.

Ruby on Rails Podcast

The Ruby on Rails Podcast on 5by5 is a popular weekly interview show about Ruby, Rails and related topics that’s subscribed to by thousands of Ruby programmers.


A password manager and secure wallet for OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android.

Sprintly is an integrated communication, instrumentation, planning and tracking tool for software development teams and their management.

Code School

Code School is an online learning destination for existing and aspiring developers that teaches through entertaining content.


Honeybadger is exception, uptime and performance monitoring for the Rails developer.


Error tracking for apps at scale. JS, Ruby, Python, PHP, Node, .NET, Android, iOS, more.


Point Heroku logs, production.log, and system logs at Papertrail and watch the world discover your app. Tail, search, and receive alerts in realtime. Smile.


Algolia provides a developer-friendly search API enabling users to perform database search functions in a user-friendly manner.


SendGrid is a cloud-based email service that delivers email on behalf of companies to increase deliverability and improve customer communications. Simply integrate via SMTP or Web API.

New Relic

New Relic is a software analytics company that makes sense of billions of data points about millions of applications in real time.


See your tasks from 40+ services on one screen (or phone, or Chrome tab), including GitHub, Codebase,, Gmail, and Trello. Focus more, finish more.

- @tsmango

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