BarCamp, an unconventional but highly anticipated tech conference, is taking place on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Since 2008, BarCamp has become the “go-to” event of the year to interact with and learn from passionate professionals in all areas of technology, internet, startups, new media and software, robotics, and more. BarCamp organizers are expecting approximately 1,000 software developers, hardware engineers, freelancers, educators and other technology professionals to converge for the day. The free daylong event will be held once again at The University of South Florida, College of Business at the university, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa.
BarCamp uses an un-conference format which has no set agenda or speakers at the beginning of the day. The agenda is built organically and encourages community learning on the hot topics in technology. Session presenters share knowledge, share stories about local startups, demonstrate technology or new devices, and participate in open discussions. Registration starts at 7:30 am day’s sessions start at 9:00 am and continue through 5:00 pm.
BarCamps attract developers in all programming disciplines ranging from Ruby, PHP, Linux, iOS, Android, .NET and more. In addition, BarCamp includes other key elements of the tech ecosystem including Hackerspace crew, the Tampa Bay Inventors Council, a coaches corner, wearable technology and, the robotics teams from local schools
Billed as a day to ‘Get your Geek on,’ everyone from tech professionals to passionate hobbyists will find a wealth of sessions in which to participate and, they will also find people like themselves who are interested in creating great things,” says Ken Evans, this year’s lead organizer for BarCamp. “The region’s tech community has grown significantly since the first BarCamp in 2008 and offshoots from these technical and business relationships have had an impact on public policy and economic development strategy throughout the area.” Our growing reputation for having a strong and visible tech community helps in retaining local technology professionals but, has also encouraged others to move here from across the county.
To register or, for more event or sponsor information, please refer to the BarCamp website, www.barcamptampabay.org. Additional information can be found at www.BarCampTampaBay.org or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BarCampTampa.
BarCamp Tampa Bay is hosted by Technova Florida, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to building a strong tech ecosystem in the region. The event is offered at no charge to attendees and all members of the tech and startup community are encouraged to attend. The event is made possible by the generous contributions of corporate / community sponsors such as ForeEx Factory, USF and Hillsborough County. Past sponsors have included Adobe, Microsoft, and many local companies. If you are interested in supporting the Tampa Bay tech community with a sponsorship, please contact Joy Randels at 941-704-6084 or Brenda Young at 813-787-8180.
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