Sept. 16, 2019, Tampa, Fla. – BarCamp Tampa Bay, the annual gathering of tech professionals and the technology-curious for the 12th consecutive year. Over 800 participants are expected on Oct. 5 at Keiser University.
A global phenomenon rooted in local communities, BarCamp brings together people to share their knowledge, successes and challenges with fellow coders, developers, designers, IT professionals, marketers, and like-minded individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
“BarCamp has been one of the seminal events, year after year for the Tampa Bay community,” said Greg Ross-Munro, founder and CEO of Sourcetoad, which has supported BarCamp and Ignite Tampa Bay from year one. “For me, it has become an annual reunion of the best in the Tampa Bay tech scene, as well as an exciting glimpse into the future,” Ross-Munro said. “And I live for the after-party.”
The concept of this un-conference is to start with a loose structure and build the topic plan on the day of camp with the people in attendance. Topics vary but generally have technology slant but from there it’s open. If there’s something you’d like to present simply add it to the agenda if there’s something that you’d like to learn more about make suggestion and maybe someone else will pick it up. Basically, the idea here is just to collect a bunch of smart people together and allow them to talk about whatever is interesting to them. If you’re an expert on something it might make a good topic, as would a simple demo of something cool that you’ve made.
“BarCamp would not be possible without great sponsors like Sourcetoad,” said Joy Randels, board chair of TechNova Florida, Inc., which supports the local tech community. “Many Sourcetoad team members deliver inspiring and educational talks at BarCamp each year, while others pitch in and volunteer at the event. We are extremely fortunate to have amazing support from the local business community.” Randels added.
The 2019 event coincides with the golden anniversary of the internet. The financial backing of local businesses including KnowBe4, Sourcetoad Development Studio, Jim Moran Institute of Entrepreneurship, Accusoft, Agile Thought, 3D Media Lab, and Computer Coach allow TechNova to present it free of charge to the public. However, you can donate or purchase a VIP ticket to support BarCamp, and RSVPs are strongly encouraged.
To view the schedule and obtain tickets or to become a sponsor, visit www.barcamptampabay.org. Be sure to visit BarCamp on Twitter and Facebook and check back often for event updates.
Sourcetoad is a technology consulting and hospitality innovation company specializing in web and mobile applications, desktop software, and smart TV interfaces for the cruise industry. Their domain expertise in cruise software has helped their clients launch complex projects around shore excursions, hotel booking, onboard management, and customer-facing web and mobile applications. They are the developers of Cruise Director, a fleet digital management system.
About TechNova Florida
TechNova Florida, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to growing the local tech community. Operating at the grass roots level, we help people to learn, share and make real connections. We believe that to build a strong technology ecosystem, people must be educated on new and emerging technology, develop new products, start new businesses and become resources for one another. To that end, TechNova produces events such as BarCamp Tampa Bay, Ignite! Tampa Bay, and “Day of” technology workshops; and web and technology Meetup groups.