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Barcamp Tampa Bay 2014Last 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.

Rapid Web Prototyping
Using LESS CSS w/ Bootstrap
Future of Mobile
WordPress for Beginners
Geek History
Product Management for Startups
UI Automation
Dev & IT Skills in Demand NOW
Faking Success
Software Defined Radio
Design decision making
Automated WordPress Dev
Fixing UX
Managing Sales Growth for Startups
Analog Audio Technology
Intro to Swift
Cyber Security Incident Response
Infrastructure Persistence
Continuous Delivery Model
Startup Questions – Ask Me Anything
Networking for Introverts
Drones & Arducopters
Using FaceBook with WordPress
European Chocolate
How to not suck at Twitter
BitCoin & Cryptocurrency
Crowdsourcing Data
HTML 5 Canvas w/ KinteticJS
Intersection of Arts, Technology & Entrepreneurship
Millennial Owners
Raising Capital 101
Advanced AdWords
Freelancing & Coaching
Wearable Tech
Innovation Act (Patent Reform HR3309) is BAD for Startup & Investors
Data-driven Digital Marketing
Are Tampa’s Best Startups Behind us?
Maintaining Open Source
Intro to Gaming
3D Printing and Augmented Reality

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
Applied G2
Black & Denim
FL High Tech Corridor
Haneke Design
Pilgrim Quality Solutions
Source Toad
TiE Tampa Bay
352 Media
Absolute Mobile
Code School
de la Pena & Holiday
Iron Yard Academy
83 Degrees Media
Collaborative Communities of Tampa Bay
Nerd Tag Me
St. Pete Greenhouse
Startup Grind
Startup Weekend Tampa Bay
Tampa Hackerspace

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 .