Last week marked Tampa Bay’s 7th annual BarCamp, a day long conference for Geeks, about Geeks and hosted by Geeks. In the tradition of the #unconference style, the crowdsourced agenda of topics and speakers provided an eclectic mix of technical and startup tech business sessions to choose from. We had somewhere between 750-800 people participate in this year’s event and of those that registered online, 60% said this was their first @BarCampTampa.
This event continues to draw a broad cross section of the region’s technical talent and I think a lot of those first timers walked away impressed with the content and wondering why they had not attended previous year’s BarCamps. We hope that you will tell a friend and return next fall ready to support this event as a volunteer, sponsor, speaker or as an attendee. We’ll bring the donuts, you bring the desire to share, learn, and collaborate with the others that make up the Tampa Bay region’s growing grass roots tech and start-up ecosystem.
Below is a list of the topics that ended up on the speaker sign-up board.
Thanks again to the many sponsors that make this event feasible and to all the volunteers that come together to help host this community-wide day of collaboration.
Those sponsors include:
|Forex Factory @ForexFactory|
|Hillsborough County Economic Development @HillsboroughFL|
|USF Muma College of Business @USFBusiness|
|Black & Denim|
|FL High Tech Corridor|
|Pilgrim Quality Solutions|
|TiE Tampa Bay|
|de la Pena & Holiday|
|Iron Yard Academy|
|83 Degrees Media|
|Collaborative Communities of Tampa Bay|
|Nerd Tag Me|
|St. Pete Greenhouse|
|Startup Weekend Tampa Bay|
While it is difficult to set an exact date for next year’s BarCamp Tampa Bay, we will coordinate closely with USF and other entities to schedule something as soon as possible in order to avoid conflicts with the region’s growing agenda of other tech events. As of now, we are shooting for Saturday October 3rd (plus or minus a week) for BarCamp 2015. We are in the process of reaching out to Orlando’s tech community, major sponsors, tech-related education and startup advocacy events, and others to make sure everyone is aware of this proposed schedule. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help facilitate BarCamp Tampa Bay 2015, please feel free to contact the organizers – info(at)technovaflorida(dot)org .