Silicon Beach: It's Raining Geeks Starting This Weekend
BarCamp Miami 2010 gets first mention here because it's FREE and open to all -- absolutely anyone interested in technology and social media is welcome to attend, present or simply show up and network. This year's event will also feature mini camps focusing on News Innovation and the crisis in Haiti. Expect presentations, discussions, demos and plenty of interaction -- including over cocktails. If you've ever wanted to dip your toes into the geek community, here's your chance. BarCamp Miami will take place Sunday, February 21 in the Design District. More information on the Eventbrite Page.
Other events to get your head spinning:
Saturday, February 20: WordCamp Miami is like BarCamp for Wordpress fanatics. One might question if it is indeed "the premier tech conference in South Florida," (as the website claims) but all Wordpress tech heads, coders, bloggers and social media enthusiasts should definitely feel at home here. $20 gets you in the door at the University of Miami venue. Visit WordCamp Miami for more information.
Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21: iPhone BootCamp is a specialized workshop for those interested in developing iPhone apps from scratch to a glorious finish at the Apple store. Expect individual instruction and exercises from expert developers. It isn't cheap -- $1,399 is the standard price for the three-day workshop -- but if you're a newbie developer, the workshop should give you skills to save you countless hours of billable time. The workshop takes place at Brikolodge, Miami's only co-working space in Midtown Miami. Visit Eventbrite for details and registration.
Monday, February 22 through Wednesday, February 23: Future of Web Apps descends upon the magic city for the third year in a row to soak up some sun, drink mojitos and of course, talk shop with leading minds from the industry. Conference passes start at $445 and include festivities at Nikki Beach as well as the day-long series of talks at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road. Students get a great deal for $95. Details at FOWA.
Tuesday, February 23: Tech Tuesday meets at Ecco Pizzateca in downtown Miami to discuss technology solutions for Haiti. The meetup is free. Click here for more information on Facebook.
Thursday, February 25: If you're an early-stage entrepreneur, learn how to approach Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists. Here's a chance to figure out how to get those rich folks to write you a check for that brilliant idea you need to get off the ground. Shell out $85 and register online for FundingPost at the University of Miami.
Saturday, February 27: Code Camp describes itself as a GEEK FEST and if words like "ASP.NET AJAX" and "SQL Server 2008R2" turn you on, then this is the free, one-day event for you. Details here.
There will be no Refresh Miami this month, due to the abundance of other events; however, Refresh encourages all to attend a fundraiser instead -- a Haiti benefit thrown by the smart and fabulous ladies of the Association of Women in Communications, South Florida chapter. "Hats and Hearts for Haiti" takes place at Sci Sci Restaurant in Brickell on Wednesday, February 24. A $20 donation is requested. Visit the AWCSF website for more information.