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Matt

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Oct 24, 2009, 1:01:20 PM10/24/09
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Hey all,

Just out of curiosity, what kind of talks are people thinking of
giving at BarCamp?

~Matt

Alex Miller

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Oct 24, 2009, 2:41:27 PM10/24/09
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I mentioned a byte code talk but realistically, there's probably little chance that I'll have time to put that together as much as I'd like to.

Some other talks that I have ready and would be happy to do if anyone was interested:
- Java Concurrency Gotchas (common bug patterns)
- Java Concurrency Idioms (more of a survey of what's available and common usages)
- Java Collections - a survey, covers everything added recently
- Actor Concurrency with Erlang
- any number of Terracotta talks (on ehcache, hibernate) which could be either something formal I've done or something very organic and hands-on

Brad Hogenmiller

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Oct 24, 2009, 7:24:53 PM10/24/09
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Is the goal for this barcamp to appeal to just the developer crowd or are we shooting for wide appeal?

The last one was pretty diverse, including talks about social patterns, IT stuff, and even the housing market.

Are we sticking to the mantra of "all attendees must talk?"

-=Brad



Matt Follett

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Oct 25, 2009, 12:58:07 AM10/25/09
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On Oct 24, 2009, at 6:24 PM, Brad Hogenmiller wrote:

Is the goal for this barcamp to appeal to just the developer crowd or are we shooting for wide appeal?

As far as I know the avenues of announcing and recruiting have mostly been geared around the larger technical crowd but I wouldn't be against others showing up, in fact I think that would greatly add to the experience.  I was kind of expecting that there would be non-technical talks regardless of whether it was only a developer crowd.  People have other hobbies and interests and I think it would be a great experience to share them.  Personally I've been coming up with a list of talks I might want to give and they range the gamut from some various levels of programming abilities to some philosophical and mathematical discussions to cooking and baking.  I won't do most of what I've come up with, but I hope to have two or three short things prepared that provide a variety.

I don't know if it would require a different set of people to look into for sponsorship though.  It may be harder to find sponsors the more diverse our audience is.  I can't say I have much experience with this though and if someone does I'd appreciate it if they chimed in.


The last one was pretty diverse, including talks about social patterns, IT stuff, and even the housing market.

Are we sticking to the mantra of "all attendees must talk?"

Personally, I've been pushing the idea when I talk about it to people that all attendees should talk, obviously not all attendees will or will want to beforehand.  I wouldn't want to drive someone away that could add any interesting dimension to discussions because the idea of talking worries them.

thanks,
Matt Follett

Alex Miller

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Oct 25, 2009, 2:22:06 AM10/25/09
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Matt, I think everything you said is spot on.  I struggled with the same stuff for Strange Loop and came up with Strange Passions as a box for non-technical talks.  I think it's very helpful to have some focusing principles not just for sponsors but so people know whether it will be worth their time and to give them ideas on what to talk about. 

Seems to me like it would be perfectly fine to say that the focus is developers but social media are also encouraged and that other stuff is ok, but secondary.  Something like that.


Sarah Burcham

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Oct 25, 2009, 2:55:45 PM10/25/09
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I'm thinking of:

1.  A pre-recorded "panel" discussion with technomads including Steven Roberts.
2. 10 Things I Hate About You (as a manager of developers)

Sarah Burcham

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Oct 25, 2009, 3:08:51 PM10/25/09
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Forgot a couple of things...

Geoff is thinking of

1. HTML 5
2. How I developed an iPhone App + licensing challenges

Feedback on mine or Geoff's are welcome.

Michele Berg

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Oct 25, 2009, 4:08:30 PM10/25/09
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I'm really dreading the thought of giving a talk, but if I do one, it may be related to code kata.

Michele

Robert Dickerson

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Oct 26, 2009, 10:38:13 AM10/26/09
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One of my majors was math, so I was thinking about talking about some
place where math and FP converge. Maybe break down something like
this: http://math.andrej.com/2007/09/28/seemingly-impossible-functional-programs/

In general, I'm hoping that there will be a decent showing of FP
discussion going on during the event.

--
Rob Dickerson
rc.dic...@gmail.com

Matt Follett

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Oct 26, 2009, 10:43:28 AM10/26/09
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On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 1:55 PM, Sarah Burcham <sarah....@gmail.com> wrote:
I'm thinking of:

1.  A pre-recorded "panel" discussion with technomads including Steven Roberts.
2. 10 Things I Hate About You (as a manager of developers)


I have always wondered what it was that people hated about me.  It sounds like an interesting talk, though I'm curious how to get people in the room to hear what is wrong with them. :D

Brad Hogenmiller

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Oct 26, 2009, 10:56:51 AM10/26/09
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I was thinking about a "interview a recruiter" session. More of a Q&A or Roundtable than a speech. I thought maybe the developer crowd would gain something from picking the brain of a recruiter (me) to see what we're looking for/don't care about in candidates, how to get through "click here to submit your resume" buttons, technology we use to find/recruit people... things like that.

Do you think that would be of interest?

Still not 100% sure if I can make it but if I can that's the way I'm leaning...

lisa rokusek

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Oct 26, 2009, 11:17:30 AM10/26/09
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Or it could be me and you and it could be a war of recruiters as well!  J

 

Lisa Rokusek CPC/CTS

AgentHR, Inc.

 

Cell: 314.409.5633

 

Twitter:  @lisarokusek

IM: lrokusek (AIM) stlrecruiter (Google Talk) lisarok (Yahoo) lisarokusek (Windows Live)

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Sarah Burcham

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Oct 26, 2009, 11:28:54 AM10/26/09
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Thunderdome battle of the recruiters.  I like it.  -sarah

Brad Hogenmiller

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Oct 26, 2009, 11:31:43 AM10/26/09
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I'll wear a helmet. :)

Matt Follett

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Oct 26, 2009, 11:34:33 AM10/26/09
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I think Michele Berg may have access to some foam swords we could use.

~Matt

Alex Miller

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Oct 26, 2009, 11:35:13 AM10/26/09
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2 recruiters enter. only 1 recruiter leaves. with resumes.

From: Brad Hogenmiller <brad...@gmail.com>
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Sent: Mon, October 26, 2009 10:31:43 AM
Subject: Re: Talks @ BarCamp

Michele Berg

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Oct 26, 2009, 8:14:50 PM10/26/09
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Sure, I can borrow my kids' foam weapons.  Let me know preferred weapon style; we have swords, axes, hammers, polearms, and spears.  I think their armor would be a bit small, though.  Using my stuff requires a bit of training first, and a willingness to sport nasty bruises (or broken collarbones).

Michele

lrok...@agenthr.com

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Oct 26, 2009, 8:30:29 PM10/26/09
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GOOD LORD. (Sounds kinda fun though)

from my mobile-------

Lisa Rokusek
AgentHR
314.409.5633
http://www.unhub.com/lisarokusek


From: Michele Berg <michele...@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 19:14:50 -0500
Subject: Re: Talks @ BarCamp

Michele Berg

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Oct 26, 2009, 8:36:57 PM10/26/09
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It really is.  Nothing better at the end of a stressful day than taking a serious whack at your friends.  It's very cathartic.

Michele

Brad Hogenmiller

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Oct 26, 2009, 8:41:30 PM10/26/09
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My insurance doesn't cover axe wounds... better bring the hammer.

Sarah Burcham

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Oct 26, 2009, 8:48:46 PM10/26/09
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Oh wow... It is hammer time! (apologies in advance)

Sent from my iPhone

Todd Jordan

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Oct 26, 2009, 8:50:32 PM10/26/09
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Love the second topic.
If I talked, I'm not sure what I'd talk about.  But I might just surprise myself.
Todd

maizeMU

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Oct 27, 2009, 3:26:36 PM10/27/09
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How many of you use the Perl IDE "Padre" on a regular basis? I'm
thinking of giving a talk on it.

Thanks,
Christopher
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