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Iowa Code Camp – ahhh

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Our first code camp happened last Saturday and it was a smashing success.

Updated: Cindy’s pictures are uploaded here.

~120 people attended 25 sessions in 5 tracks over the course of the day. We aren’t that big of a market compared to many places that get 200-300 attendees. The vibe of the event was upbeat, the flow was excellent and the speakers were all quality.

Many people and organizations contributed to make this happen. I’d like to thank ITS at the University of Iowa for hosting us, providing the facility and so much more. Ed Hill and Mike Noel went far out of their way to make sure we had what we needed to pull this off.

There were 6 of us that primarily took responsibility for this code camp. Bryan Sampica did much of the marketing and emailed countless people getting the word out. He also arranged though his company to have 50 attendee and 25 leader/volunteer t-shirts made. They were excellent quality and really added to the event.

Javier Lozano brought in a great group of contributors who made all of this financially possible. His work in the sponsor area helped us bring in a great set of prizes for everyone in the closing session. He also did some good things like let us use his company’s conference calling for planning our meetings. We probably wouldn’t have talked much as a group without it (Skype kept failing us).

Greg Sohl handled countless details (the kind I would have overlooked) that really made the flow and experience excellent at the actual event. Without his effort the experience would have been greatly diminished.

Greg Wilson kept the schedule full of high quality speakers and when there was some churn toward the end he stepped up and filled the slots last minute and even filled out the 5th track/room late in the game.

Last but not least, Tom Burns was our liaison for the conference center facility and he coordinated many of the logistical issues with Greg Sohl to make this event run smoothly. He did cool things like coordinate our code camp dinner at The Mill and he got a great Ethiopian blend of coffee(my favorite, thanks).

All of the leaders did much more beyond what I’ve mentioned above, but it would take too long to cover it all in one post. Also, thanks to all of the volunteers who did everything from registering people to setting up the food.

This may seem like excessive thanks, but trust me it is not. An event that runs as well as this only happens because many skilled, conscientious people invest a lot of their own time to make it happen. No one on the planning end of this event got paid a dime for their effort.

I’m looking forward to Iowa Code Camp – Des Moines this November.

Written by Chris Sutton

May 6, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Iowa Code Camp – Spring 2008

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We are planning our first ever Iowa Code Camp.  It’s going to happen at the University of Iowa’s Conference Center in Iowa City on Saturday May 3rd.

The details are coming together nicely and we already have about 1/2 of our speakers in place.

Our current sponsors are:

  • University of Iowa
  • Microsoft
  • And several others are in the works

We are currently looking for more sponsors to provide some good food, drinks and prizes.

If you are interested in helping in any way, leave me a comment and I’ll make sure to pass your information on to the right person.

Javier has already posted the Code Camp on bostondotnet.org

A New Year in Iowa

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2008 is here and it’s freezing (about 4° F, without wind chill) cold. I pulled out my snowshoes today and hiked for about 40 minutes into a strong headwind. It was a good hike, but I had to duck into a culvert a couple of times to keep my face from freezing. I hope to be outside much more this year (biking, canoeing, hiking, fishing and snowshoeing).

On the tech front I’m going to blog more consistently. Iowa doesn’t currently have many prolific tech bloggers, so I think its time we banded together. Here are a few of the Iowan techies I know: Tim Barcz, Javier Lozano, Arian Kulp, Nick Parker, Tim Gifford and Bryan Sampica.

We are planning the first ever Iowa Code Camp possibly on Saturday March 1st.  There will be more to come on this. If you are interested at all in helping out, please contact me and I’ll get you plugged in. The website is certainly not ready, but I’ll be working on it as I have time.

CRIneta.org held even in attendance and stabilized a bit this year. I’ll likely be president again this year; I’d like to keep the stability and grow the group in 2008. We’ll bring in two Ineta speakers and might get to bring a third national speaker if things work out with one of our sponsors. We’ve also had an excellent experience with our local speakers and want to keep them presenting (Javier, Arian, Nick, Mike Jackson, Eric Johnson and Bryan).

Happy new year.

Written by Chris Sutton

January 1, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Pagliai’s Pizza in Iowa City

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We were looking for a good place to take some out of town family last night and decided on Pagliai’s Pizza.  We’ve been there quite a few times and have always enjoyed the pizza. I think it is the best thin crust in the area.

We tried Bob’s Your Uncle once, but it was pretty pricey.  It was good quality, but the higher price made it not quite worth it. Plus Pagliai’s is focused purely on pizza while Bob’s isn’t.

Written by Chris Sutton

October 6, 2007 at 8:02 pm

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John’s Grocery and Fat Tire

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I heard recently that Iowa was officially going to be distributing Fat Tire, 1554 and all of New Belgium‘s fantastic beers.  So I stopped down at John’s Grocery in Iowa City this morning after soccer and picked up a single of Fat Tire and a single of my favorite dark beer 1554.

When I first moved to Iowa from Colorado Springs I mentioned to a good friend of mine that I hadn’t had a Fat Tire in long time and he actually mailed me one from Portland.

This is a serious beer and now Iowans don’t have to use the postal system to get it.

Written by Chris Sutton

October 6, 2007 at 7:34 pm

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Chipotle in Iowa City

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Finally Chipotle opened its doors today in downtown Iowa City. I’ve been missing their carnitas fajita burrito since moving from Colorado Springs.  I tried to find a good substitute, but Pancheros never really cut it for me.

Anyway we went downtown tonight and waited in a good sized line (almost ran outside the door) but it was well worth it.  The carnitas was salty with a light lemon flavor.  There is no carnitas like it in this part of Iowa.

If you live in the area, Chipotle is downtown at the Old Capitol Mall almost right across from Pancheros.

Written by Chris Sutton

September 14, 2007 at 8:33 pm

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