CodeStock 2009 is quickly approaching, and I wanted to let you know some of the things we have in store for this years event. We’ve partnered again with RecruitWise to bring you a full, two day conference with room for 50+ sessions, an expanded Open Spaces conference, and are adding a few panel discussions. We have some twists this year, the big one being attendees can vote for sessions. Anyone that registers before May 15th 2009 will be able to look through the 185+ sessions submitted and vote for their “top five” to be selected at CodeStock. Results and session lineup will be announced May 18th.
Keynoting this year is Josh Holmes, User Experience Architect Evangelist for Microsoft. Don’t let the title fool you, Josh has a long history in emerging technologies, software design and development with an emphasis on mobility and RIA (Rich Internet Applications).
Panel discussions will be a new addition to CodeStock this year. Nick Bradbury, creator of HomeSite, TopStyle, and FeedDemon, will join us as part of a panel discussing creating a business from software. John Kellar, founder and chairman of devLink Technical Conference, will join others in a panel on running a community conference and user group.
With help from Wintellect, we’ve lined up Jeffery Richter and John Robbins to do virtual sessions. If you’ve ever had a tough .Net debugging question, or been curious about the internals of garbage collection here’s your chance to talk with the experts.
I know you come to CodeStock for the great content and experience, but winning a nice prize doesn’t hurt. This year includes great software from our sponsors, such as Telerik, Infragistics, ComponentOne, Nevron, and SyncFusion along with a hot-off-the-press line-up of books from Wrox Press. AgiliTrain has contributed a seat to the SilverLight Tour. The grand prize this year will be a copy of Visual Studio Team System 2008 with MSDN Premium (the “I’ll have it all” Microsoft package) provided by Scalable Development and Wally McClure, host of the ASP.NET Podcast.
David Silverlight will hold a round or two of the Unbeatable Geek game. This was a huge hit at the South Florida CodeCamp this year, as contestants saw who can code the fastest while eating Spam, Nerds, and drinking Red Bull. A second challenge was held for “broken arm programming” where one team member instructs the other what to write. The player at the keyboard is blindfolded, and the player giving instructions must also eat Saltine crackers.
In the South, we hold some traditions very dear. Deep frying anything that will fit in a vat of hot oil is one of them, and this includes podcasts. Deep Fried Bytes hosts Keith Elder and Chris “Woody” Woodruff will join us at CodeStock this year and record an episode live!
Who’s going to CodeStock this year? Check out the Twitter Directory. If you want some bling for your blog, check out the marketing page (which can also help if you want to blog about CodeStock, but are at a loss for words). CodeStock registration is $25 before June 1st, $45 after. Register at CodeStock.org and follow us on twitter as @CodeStock.
PS. We still have some sponsorship slots open, if you are interested in being part of CodeStock 2009 please contact me.