Sarah Allen (Mightyverse)
When building an application it is easy to forget that most applications today are available globally and used by people who speak many languages. You may create user interface in English or Japanese, but people may choose to type their data in their native language. Web browsers will allow people to enter text in almost any script, and if you are lucky it will "just work" ... but often it needs a little more attention. Sarah will share anecdotes from her adventures building Mightyverse, a multi-lingual database of native language video recordings. She will highlight details of how to get unicode text in and out of a database well as how to handle multibyte text in Ruby.