BarCamp Tampa Bay – Oct 21st @USF

Celebrate our 10th Anniversary with us. Whether you’ve been geeking out with us for 10 years, never heard of BarCamp, or somewhere in between, we welcome you to join us at this remarkable gathering of the local Tampa Bay tech community.

BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences primarily focused on technology, STEM, Robotics, AI, VR, Gaming, Software Development, Cybersecurity, Makerspaces, Social Media, Autonomous Vehicles, or anything you think you want to share. These are open, participatory workshop-events, and all of the content of which is provided by participants. Anyone can show up, give us a topic and speak. We have 15-20 talks running concurrently every hour during the day.

The doors will open at 7:45 AM, and we will have breakfast on hand. We break for noon for an hour lunch, and our last session ends at 4:00 PM which will be followed by an event wrap up, prize giveaways and then, of course, an afterparty. The event and all of your food and beverages throughout the day, including snacks, are free and your first drink at the afterparty and appetizers are all provided thanks to the generous support of our community of sponsors. There is even a free t-shirt to commemorate the event for the first 500 people!

Please join us and get your geek on!


Saturday, Oct. 21st at the University of South Florida Muma Colleg of Business

Doors open at 7:45AM for Speaker Sign-up & Breakfast

Sessions start at 9:00 and switch every hour

Wrap-up & feedback Session at 4:00 followed by afterparty at 5:30

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter – Use #bctpa to get involved

Sponsorships close 10/5, but there is still time to help host this event.

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.