Registration Oct 6 — 16 Competition Oct 18 — 19 Judging Oct 20 — 26

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

Registration Has Opened!

Oct 06, 2014

The Rails Rumble is a distributed programming competition where teams of one to four people, from all over the world, have 48 hours to build an amazing web app, with Ruby on Rails or another Rack-based Ruby web framework. After the 48 hours are up, everyone picks their favorites and the top ten winners are revealed!

As many of you have already noticed, registration for the 2014 Rails Rumble is now open! To reserve a spot for your team, simply head over to and click the big Sign in with Heroku button. After signing in, you’ll be able to register a team, thus reserving a spot in the most action packed weekend of typing into a text editor since last year’s Rails Rumble! After reserving a spot, you’ll be able to invite up to three others to join you on your team.

If you’re in search for others to join your team, or a team to join yourself, use the hashtag #rumbleteamvacancy on Twitter. (I apologize for the use of a hashtag, but it seemed to work okay in the past.)

There are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Spots are limited. Reserve a spot for your team early so that you don’t miss out. You’ll be able to add and remove people from your team up until the competition starts.

  • People judging can’t sign up for hundreds of Rails Rumble entries, whether it’s by email or via Twitter. It’s important to remember this when designing your entry. The easier it is to try, the happier the judges will be. It’s proven. It’s science! If you need user accounts, employ a Guest User Record style system.

  • If you reserve a spot for a team and later want to join a different team, realize you’re unable to compete, or just want to change teams, go to, sign in with Heroku, click the account button on the top left, click Team Dashboard, then click the Leave link next to your name under the Team Members section. If you’re the last member of the team, your team will be deleted and your spot will become available for another team that will no doubt be eternally grateful to their anonymous patron.

  • If you aren’t already, get familiar with Heroku before the competition! Here’s a great place to start.

  • To keep up to date with everything Rails Rumble leading up to the competition and during the competition, you should follow @railsrumble on Twitter.

  • To hang out with other rumblers before, during, and after the competition, fire up your favorite IRC client and go to #railsrumble on Freenode.

  • And speaking of IRC, please be sure to read our official Code of Conduct. The Rails Rumble has and will always be a place for everyone. Don’t screw it up.

  • Help spread the word about this year’s Rails Rumble! Take to Twitter and let everyone know that you’ve registered and are ready to knock their socks off.

If you need help with anything or have any questions at all, please feel free to contact the organizers. Otherwise, the competition starts on October 18th at 00:00:00 UTC, so don’t be late! We’ll be emailing you about 6 to 12 hours before the competition with more details about your Heroku app and optional GitHub repository.

And finally, while the Rails Rumble is a competition, it’s also about the Ruby community. Be nice. Make friends. Build something you’re proud of. Have fun.

- @tsmango

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