Ron Evans

Ringleader, The Hybrid Group

Ron is an award-winning software developer who is very active in the free and open source community. As ringleader of The Hybrid Group, he has helped clients such as AT&T, Intel, Pebble, & Sphero solve some of their most difficult technical and business problems. 

Ron is a very active speaker, keynoting and presenting at industry conferences around the world such as MakerFaire, JSConf, OSCON, RubyConf, GopherCon, Scottish Ruby Conference, Los Angeles Ruby Conference, RubyKaigi, FutureRuby, Ignite, and MagmaConf. He has been profiled in Wired, Fast Company, and The New York Times, as well as featured in Computerworld Magazine in the article "Rock Star Coders" for his popular blog post "I'd Rather Be A Jazz Programmer". Ron has published videos for O'Reilly as well as written articles for MSNBC, BYTE Magazine, and the Direct Marketing Association. He was one of the recipients of the "Ruby Hero" awards in 2014.

Ron is an active code contributor to many open source projects, including being the creator of the award-winning KidsRuby (, free software to help teach Ruby programming to kids. He has also been involved in open source hardware/software for many years, and is the creator of the open source frameworks GoCV ( and Gobot (