Posts tagged with 'platinum-sponsor'
It was version 9 of this code camp and is still my favorite. South Florida code camp is the largest Microsoft centric code camp in the world, with over 1110 registered and over 800 in attendance. It attracts the best presenters from all over (who wouldn’t want to go to Ft. Lauderdale in February?), yet provides opportunities for first time presenters, as do all of the Florida code camps. I can’t tell you how many MVP’s who got their start at these events. Take note other code camp and developer event organizers, rocks stars are great for getting registration numbers up, but new blood is always needed to make our developer community grow, and this is a great venue for this, it’s all volunteer! It was non stop action from the speaker dinner on Friday thru the closing ceremonies and attendee party to wrap things up on Saturday. The speaker dinner and post event celebration were tops for networking, and any code camp run now a days should have all of these. After all, this is an all volunteer event and the speakers really appreciate the peer networking opportunities as do the attendees.
When does Smug <> SMUG? The answer is when SMUG = Southern Most User Group, which meets in the southern most location of USA, Key West! It was the second annual SMUG event at Key West, conveniently scheduled right before the South Florida Code Camp. Hats off to Kevin Wolf, for organizing this event. It was a small crowd of about 25, but most were either MVPs, Microsoft Employees, User Group Leaders, corporate executives or industry influentials. So, the networking was second to none. I also loved the format of several 30 minute, rapid fire Microsoft Centric sessions. It kept it lively by changing up the presenters and having condensed information. Other conference organizers should take note on that format, because all loved it. It really maximized the time I felt. The presentations were awesome as well. Zack Williamson, the IT Guy, turned Windows 8 App developer, proves that anyone can build apps even if they are not a programmer. Well, guess what Zack, you are now a coder!