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BarCamp/Code Camp On October 13, Tampa

Plans are underway for October’s technology event, BarCamp and Code Camp Tampa 2012. This will be the first year the two local events coincide with each other creating a networking and learning opportunity for local techies and entrepreneurs.

Both events have taken place in the past, with Code Camp in its seventh year and BarCamp in its fifth year. The collaboration of both well-attended occasions is expected to bring more than 1,000 attendees to USF for the day-long event on October 13.

“This event brings the technology community together,” say Joel Lopez, founder of 2Z Consulting and co-chairman of BarCamp/Code Camp Tampa 2012. “Businesses have been built as a result of this event, and while it occurs annually, attendees bond and collaborate throughout the year.”

The October event will bring two very different camps together giving attendees a diverse array of speakers, networking opportunities and valuable information. Code Camp, which is structured with speakers in a workshop environment, is designed for developers with a focus on Microsoft and its related technologies. BarCamp is more casual with no pre-planned schedules, and has a broader focus including topics for entrepreneurs and educators, not just developers. While both camps are unique in their own way, the focus remains on technology leadership and creative solutions.

Lopez says that he and other organizers are seeking corporate sponsorships from local businesses. With the mass number of technology-minded people attending BarCamp/Code Camp, Lopez says it is a great opportunity for businesses to get involved in the tech community.

Writer: Kimberly Patterson
Source: Joel Lopez, BarCamp/Code Camp Tampa 2012
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