Saturday, July 21, 2007

Barcamp Grand Rapids Returns!!!

We are in the final sessions of the 2nd Annual BarCamp Grand Rapids 2007. Last year was fun, but this year was a blast. Kyle Adams and Dave Brondsema really put a lot of effort into making this year's unconference a success.

Two Google employees, a Senior Technical Recruiter and a Linux System Administrator, made the event this year, with plenty of swag. They gave away T-shirts, notebooks, pens and one lucky guy walked away with an iPod. Envoi Solutions, funded the party. There was great food and great drinks. Some of the interesting talks and Lightning Talks (LT) included:

Package Management for Ubuntu - Matt Alexander of Google
Design Eye for the IT Guy - Kyle Adams
Interaction Based Testing - Matt Heusser and Sean McMillan
(LT) :- SOA and Transactions
(LT) :- Re-inventing the Wheel

The presentations and the content were great, but the best part of the unconference was the people. At this type of event, it is the people that make the conference what it is. Since there was such a great group of people, I think that is what made this years event absolutely great. Looking forward to it next year.

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