Andrew Duthie has just taken off the wraps of the MADExpo, a 2-day, multi-track developer conference that will feature software development, hardware hacking, beginner topics, database, SharePoint, open source, and more.
From the announcement post:
Here in Mid Atlantic, we are blessed with a vibrant community with great energy and a ton of local events (code camps, SharePoint Saturdays, SQL Saturdays, and of course hundreds of local user groups every year). In discussions with the developer community leaders in Mid Atlantic, lots of folks have expressed interest in kicking things up a notch, and building an event that would be larger in scope, broader in interests covered, and just plain fun!
I am pleased to announce that this idea is finally coming to fruition in the form of the Mid Atlantic Developer Expo (or MADExpo for short). MADExpo will be held in Hampton, VA on June 30th-July1st. You can find out more at http://madexpo.us/, and follow MADExpo on twitter for ongoing updates.
So What Is It?
MADExpo is a 2-day, multi-track developer conference that will feature software development, hardware hacking (think robotics, arduino/netduino, Kinect, etc.), beginner topics, database, SharePoint, open source, and more. All technologies touching developers are welcome, whether .NET, Ruby, PHP, etc. It’s about what we can learn from one another, it’s about what we share, not our differences.
Who’s Behind This?
The idea for MADExpo evolved over many discussions in the developer community in Mid Atlantic, culminating in our first Community Leadership Summit, held last September, where representatives from many of the great user groups and events gathered to discuss how we as a community can improve how we coordinate activities, bring new faces into the community, mentor new speakers, etc.
Many folks have contributed to the conversation to date, but the most active folks at the current stage of planning are:
- Steve Bodnar – the leader of the merry band of planners
- Joel Cochran, founder of the Blend SIG
- Rich Dudley from ComponentOne, and a leader in the Pittsburgh .NET community
- Sara Faatz from Infragistics, and a longtime supporter of the .NET community
- Kevin Griffin – founder and leader of the Hampton Roads .NET User Group
- Kevin Hazzard – one of the leaders of the Richmond Code Camp
- Randy Hayes – President of the Central Maryland Association of .NET Professionals (CMAP)
- Susan Lennon – President of the Hampton Roads SQL and SharePoint User Group
- Steve Presley – Mobile guru, ASPInsider, and rocking musician.
There are lots of other folks who have been, and will be involved by the time this is done, and I want to thank everyone for all the work that they’ve done, and all the work that will go into this event.
They’re looking for speakers and sponsors.
To find out more about doing either, fill out the contact form.