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What to Expect from Orlando Code Camp 2010

Orlando Code Camp I have gone to the Orlando Code Camp every year since it was first held on the UCF campus 5 years ago.  It was run 3 consectutive years by Shawn Weisfeld, and boy does he run a tight ship.  He was also the Orlando .Net User Group President, and his example is one the main ones I have used in leading the Orlando DotNetNuke® Users Group and in organizing the first annual Day of DotNetNuke®.  Since, Shawn has moved on to bigger and better things.  Taking over was his then Vice President, Jessica Sterner.  She continued to run a great event.  I hardly noticed a difference in the event from year to year.  This story, repeated itself again when Jessica stepped aside and allow Esteban Garcia run the user group and code camp.  That brings us to this years event.

Orlando Code Camp 2010 on March 27
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Seminole State College (map)
100 Weldon Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773

Orlando Code Camp 2010 T-Shirt Artwork by Diane Leeper Esteban has big shoes to fill, and we all know it.  Luckily, his team includes some of the best people that a code camp could ask for to help run the event.  (And I’m not saying that just because I am one of them.)  We have some outstanding people on the ONETUG board.  I have the utmost confidence that this year will once again be an outstanding code camp for all others to follow.  That being said, let’s get to the point!

Orlando’s code camp traditionally has brought in some heavy hitters in terms of speakers.  For example, one year we even had Dino Esposito presenting AJAX!  Those were some great sessions, despite his BBQ horror stories.  ;)  While we don’t have a Dino this year, we can easily boast about the 15 Microsoft MVP’s that are speaking this year.  Altogether, we have over 40 speakers presenting on various development topics.

Lots of Sessions, High Quality Speakers, Relevant Topics

Among the 70 sessions that you’ll find at Orlando Code Camp are: Windows Phone 7, DotNetNuke®, SharePoint, MVC, WPF, C#, Oracle .Net, Silverlight, Azure, Visual Studio, and more!  All of these topics and others span across 12 tracks of various content, with a total of 6 classes that you can attend over the course of the day.  You cold potentially learn about all of the above topics in a single day, and get a free lunch and a free t-shirt!   (That’s the artwork for the code camp shirt above. It’s done by the very talented Diane Leeper!)

MSDN Track

Orlando Code Camp 2009 Session Room One of the rooms will be dedicated to being a live streaming MSDN track that will be broadcast to the world on Microsoft’s MSDN website all day long.  This means that you might be able to get your face on Internet TV.  Hahaha!  We are the first code camp in the world to do this.  Only select sessions will be in this room, so be sure to check out the agenda when you get there.

First Annual Microsoft Speaker Idol State Finals

User groups throughout the state of Florida held mini-competitions to find new speakers that would talk about any topic for 5-10 minutes and do it well.  Winners from each user group competed in their Regional Area against their local user groups, and those winners will be competing against each other at this years code camp to find out who will be the very first Microsoft Speaker Idol for Florida!  The winner will be promoted internationally, and win some great prizes.  The regional winners already won $200.00 each.  The finals will be presented by the one and only Russ Fustino of the highly acclaimed Russ’ Toolshed.

You might know what that means…  Everyone will be on video, and there will be prizes given to attendees!  I am a judge too…  So, if you’re a finalist, I am officially accepting bribes!  ;)

Orlando Code Camp 2009 Party Pic Party, Party, Party!

I have said this over and over again.  I will continue to do it as long as it remains true.  The after party at the Orlando Code Camp proves to be the most fun and most productive “party” that I have ever had the pleasure of attending.  All kinds of things have come from the after party at this code camp.  I have seen new businesses formed, new business partnerships, jobs filled, and even things like the Day of DotNetNuke® being made a reality!

Do not underestimate the power of the after party.  Yes, most people will be having their “beverage of choice,” but you will have exclusive access to most of the speakers and event coordinators that you would not otherwise have.  If you want to talk about anything related to the technologies you work with, THIS IS THE RIGHT PLACE AND RIGHT TIME.  Face-to-face social networking doesn’t get any better or any easier.  Just show up there immediately following the raffles at the end of the day.  And yes, it is always family-friendly.  :)

Route 46 Entertainment District (map)
4316 W. State Road 46
Sanford, FL 32771


If that wasn’t enough, there are a ton of door prizes that will be given away throughout the day.  Among those prizes are all kinds of software licenses - some being worth well over $1,000.00! 

If you haven’t ever been to a code camp, can you guess how much all of this will cost you?  Let’s imagine that your supervisor found a similar event.  How much do you think you’d pay for it?  Some would easily be over $2,000.00, and you wouldn’t get any door prizes, and you might even have to buy your own lunch to boot!

The Orlando Code Camp is and always will be 100% FREE TO ATTEND!  Register now.  Get your friends to register now.  Bring your co-workers.  Bring your boss.  Get credit for it as a day of work.  Do whatever you need to do, but make sure you don’t miss it!

While you’re at it, blog about it and tweet about it.  The official hashtag is #OrlandoCC and the event twitter account is @OrlandoCC.

See you there!  :)

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