Open Source Hack-a-Thon


Mil-OSS exists to improve technology development and innovation by connecting and empowering an active community of patriotic developers and solution providers with government organizations. Fortunately the Tampa Bay area is blessed with two of the U.S. government’s most visible and recognizable commands, U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command.

We’re working closely with them and other organizations across Tampa Bay to develop Hackathon topics that support the Mil-OSS goals of improving use of the taxpayers’ funds through thorough requirements extraction, wise execution, and streamlined delivery by leveraging open source and open technology innovation.

Challenges for this event will focus on the following:

  • Open Source OSINT Framework
  • Ensuring Cloud Security of Server Instances
  • Common Operating Model
  • 3D Model Visualization and Collaboration

Read more about these challenges here.

This challenge is open to industry, government. military, students and academia.

Registration is free for this event but the registration process will close on October 21st at 5:00p.m.

Teams will have the option of working from one of the official event locations or work from a location of their choosing.

All participates must attend the event kickoff and the closing presentations to be eligible for awards.

Event dates: October 23rd – 25th 2015

Contact Jeff Young at or contact the steering committee for this event
at for more information.

This event supports the
Special Operations Warrior Foundation

BarCamp 2015 is Next Week

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Don’t forget that the 8th annual BarCamp Tampa Bay is next Saturday at the USF Muma College of Business. Tickets are FREE, but please register on EventJoy so we know you are joining us.

When is BarCamp Tampa Bay:

October 17th @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

  • Check-in & Breakfast opens at 7:30 am
  • Speaker Sign-up starts at 7:45 am
  • Kickoff at 8:45 am
  • Sessions start at 9:00 am
  • Wrap-up Session and Raffle at 5:00 pm in room BSN115
  • After-party starts ~6:00 (@ the new World of Beer on Fowler)

Where is BarCamp Tampa Bay:

University of South Florida – Muma College of Business
Enter off of E. Fowler Ave – follow signs to SunDome Parking lot

You can follow along and/or contribute to coverage of the event on any of these:

Twitter: @BarCampTampa – please use #BCTPA when you Tweet
I am the event co-chair again this year and even I don’t know what to expect at BarCamp because the content is entirely driven by the attendees. You will see ~60 technical talks that will cover a very broad range of topics including robotics, SEO, social media, programming, big data, gaming, augmented reality, medtech, edtech, embedded systems, 3D printing, IoT, and so much more.
With expected attendance of over 700 people, BarCamp is by far the biggest and most anticipated true tech gathering in the central Florida region. BarCamp is completely volunteer driven and made possible by the generous support of the following tech & business community sponosors:

Forex Factory

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Pilgrim Quality Solutions
Applied G2
Collaborative Technologies of Tampa Bay
Evolution Advisors
TIE of Tampa Bay
Green Bar Labs
Head of Lettuce Media
Florida Hi-Tech Corridor
352 Media
Haneke Design
Tampa Innovation Alliance
Dabble Labs

Entrepreneurship – Engagement vs. Education

Entrepreneurship Conference at UT

This week marks the return of the annual South East Entrepreneurship Conference (SEEC) hosted by the University of Tampa. University sponsored teams from all over SE will converge on UT to attend workshops, listen to keynotes from expereinced business owners, and pitch their ideas in a series of presentations. Once again, I am honored to be participating as a judge at the finals on Saturday afternoon and I look forward to seeing the wide variety of ideas that these participants have prepared for the conference.

While I am not a big fan of business plan contests and prefer to see people building products vs. pitching them, the participants at this conference and similar events like those hosted by USF’s St. Pete Entrepreneurship program continue to impress me with their insight and enthusiasm. After judging at last year’s SEEC, I got to know a few of the local participants and see them often at tech-focused gatherings such as BarCamp and Startup Grind. Their passion for building new products and businesses lasted well after the conference had ended and even if they have moved on from their original idea to something new, they are some of the most motivated and curious individuals that I have had the pleasure to meet.

I am pleased to see the “Always Be Learning” mentality extends far beyond academia for these folks with several of them mentioning their diverse peer network in the community and how hands-on resources like the Tampa Hackerspace helped them to see their ideas as more than a plan on paper. It is very encouraging to hear these teams focus less on chasing money and more on testing their ideas in the market and developing better means of customer engagement. I hope this year’s batch of teams brings more of the same. Good luck to all.