AgileDotNet 2010 Conference–Houston

I wanted to let every one know that my good buddies over Improving Enterprises in conjunction with Microsoft are hosting another install of the AgileDotNet Conference.  Improving Enterprises was named by the Dallas Business Journal and SMU to the prestigious Dallas 100 list – ranking as the 16th fastest-growing company in the Dallas area in 2009. 

These guys know Agile and are one of the best if not THE best in the .NET Space. 

AgileDotNet Houston

Head on over to http://agiledotnet.com/ for registration and session information.

Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp: Call for Development Teams

Are you a .NET developer, database administrator or graphics designer? Do you want to spend 3 fun-filled days building applications for charities and non-profits in the Northwest Arkansas Area? 

We need your help!  The Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp is a weekend long event where technology professionals donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations.  Since it’s inception in 2007, the GiveCamp program has provided benefits to over 150 charities, with the value of developer and designer time exceeding $100,000 in services.

The Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group in partnership with the University of Arkansas is brining this unique event to Northwest Arkansas on January 14-26, 2010.  This unique event offers you the chance to use the skills that you exercise every day to fill a huge need that is shared by all non-profits and charities in our area.  We are not asking you to build a house or a fence.  We asking you to donate your time doing that you do best, creating applications and websites.

If you are ready to sign up for this awesome event head over to http://nwagivecamp.org and sign up as a volunteer.

To find more at contact info@nwagivecamp.org.

Let’s make a difference!

Nwa CodeCamp 2010 Videos Available

Shawn Weisfeld, Director of Community Activities, INETA NORAM Membership Mentor for North Texas, INETA NORAM, speaker and all around great guy was gracious enough to record several of the session at the Northwest Arkansas CodeCamp

Here are the sessions he has posted so far:

Thanks to Shawn for spending his day recording sessions, if you have never seen his setup it looks like a small mobile television studio.

Northwest Arkansas CodeCamp 2010 October 23, 2010

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Northwest Arkansas CodeCamp 2010

Connect | Learn | Teach

 FREE 1-Day Developer Conference in Springdale, AR!

Saturday October 23rd, 2010

The Northwest Arkansas CodeCamp is a yearly regional developer and technology focused event that is focused on three things Connecting, Learning and Teaching

Connect with your peers! Knowing who knows is almost as important as knowing.  Attending local and regional conferences is a great way to interact and expand your circle of influence. 

Learn, by attending topical sessions presented by national and local speakers can help you stay up to date on the mountain of new topics coming out each year.

Topics will include iPhone, Andriod, ASPNET MVC, Object Oriented Programming, Test Driven Development, Web Design, CSS, JQuery, Entity Framework, and Version Control.

Teach what you know, share your experiences with others.  Teaching and presenting is also an awesome way to learn.  By putting yourself out there and letting others hear what you have learned you gain incredible feedback and learn other approaches to the problem.

When and Where October 23, 2010 at the Tyson Corporate Headquarters located at 2210 W. Oaklawn Dr. Springdale, AR 72765.

Register online at http://nwacodecamp.com.

The Northwest Arkansas CodeCamp is organized by members of the Northwest Arkansas .Net User Group, Inc..  The Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the promotion, education and adoption of Microsoft .NET Technologies. They strive to provide an environment for professionals to network in Northwest Arkansas and foster the free exchange of ideas and information.

They hold monthly meetings with presentations that allow you to keep up to date on the latest emerging .NET technologies as well as provide practical skills you can use immediately. To find out more about the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group visit them online at http://nwadnug.org.

Microsoft Helping to Launch National Day of GiveCamp

It is very exciting to see that Microsoft is stepping it up when it comes to helping developers give back to the community. 

Scheduled for January 14-16, 2011, to coincide with the MLK National Holiday, the National Day of GiveCamp will be a single day where GiveCamp events will be run simultaneously in multiple cities all over the US.

This is a cause that is very close to my heart and I have been working very hard to help bring the GiveCamp event to Northwest Arkansas.

It is also very exciting to see that many of these events will be using the Give Camp Starter Site.  This open source project hosted on codeplex has become a focus on mine in the recent months.

I look forward to seeing all the good that can happen on a single weekend and hope to get lots of feedback on what we can do in the next release of the starter site.

For those of you looking for assistance on getting the starter site up and running don’t hesitate to contact me.  I will also be posting some more detailed blogs about how to do common things in the starter site to allow you to customize it to your needs.

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