HUGE thanks to Monko Photos

For the second year in a row our friend Kevin Monko has spent his Saturday with us at BarCampPhilly, capturing photos of the event. He makes geek look good!  We hope you enjoy his beautiful shots, and hope you had the chance to get photographed. Please consider hiring Kevin if you or your business ever needs an incredible photographer!

Check out the full set of photos, and be sure to visit Kevin’s blog.

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LUNCH!

Get your noms on!

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Who’s Coming: Josh Kodroff, Software Craftsman

Josh Kodroff
Hi, my name is Josh Kodroff. I’m a PC.

Find me at @joshkodroff.

What do you do?

I’m a developer who has been working for WebLinc for the past year or so. I’m relatively new to web development since I spent the previous 4 years working almost entirely on thick client apps.

I have a strong interest in agile development and software craftsmanship: using up to date tools and techniques to create quality work (regardless of whether those tools are produced by a commercial entity or are open source). I also have a strong interest in human-computer interaction and love to make software that is a pleasure to use.

What languages do you know?

c#, HTML, Javascript, (Iron)Python, SQL, some French I remember from high school

Ever been to a Barcamp before?

No.

What would you like to see at Barcamp Philly?

  • Rails 3 and new-ish libraries like Datamapper
  • ASP.NET MVC (maybe some version 3 beta highlights)
  • Design for developers (because I have no design smarts)
  • HTML 5 overview
  • node.js
  • Silverlight
  • Hg/Git (distributed revision control systems)
  • various and sundry jQuery extension libraries

If you suddenly received $1 million, what would you do with the money?

Do some travelling, donate some to charity, work a few less hours a week and get more involved with open source, and rehab a house.

Come hang with Josh and the rest on November 13th!

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Who’s Coming: Bri Lance, Fitter Critter and Multi-lingual Developer

Bri Lance
Hi, my name is Bri Lance. I’m a Mac.

Find me at @yeah_its_me and bri-lance.net.

What do you do?

The main thing I do is web development.

I also on a regular basis read science-fiction novels, travel wherever I can, draw in the margins of notebooks, stay up way too late, enjoy good beers, waste time on mindless computer games, hike, run (slowly but with enjoyment), act introverted, try not to act introverted, and neglect my blog.

What languages do you know?

  • Javascript, because it is FTW.
  • HTML + CSS, because they are necessary to do stuff with javascript.
  • PHP, because who doesn’t know PHP?
  • Java/JSP/JSF/etc/acronym/blah, because I have to.
  • Objective-C, because I did some iPhone app development for awhile.
  • I’m currently learning Haskell, because functional programming bends your brain in fun and exciting new ways.
  • I want to learn Python next, because I hear people raving about it all the time.

Ever been to a Barcamp before?

Nope, I’m a Barcamp virgin!

What would you like to see at Barcamp Philly?

Some things I am really interested in right now include functional programming, everything related to javascript, server-side javascript (like node), everything related to mobile, game design (especially of social games & so-called “serious games”), and data visualization.

But mainly I just want to meet & talk with awesome, smart, interesting people. I hear that Barcamp is good for that.

If you suddenly received $1 million, what would you do with the money?

I would use the money to start two businesses, and split my time equally between them.

One would be focused on mobile web development, because that is a rapidly-developing field with a lot of interest from companies. Plus, the topic is really interesting and fun to work on from both a design and a technology perspective.

The other business would be a game company that would focus on games related to health, nutrition, and fitness. Our main product would be this game Fitter Critters that some friends and I made, which recently won 2nd place in the USDA Apps for Healthy Kids contest. We have some great ideas about how to expand and improve the game, and I would love to spend a lot more time working on it.

Come hang with Bri and the rest on November 13th!

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Who’s Coming: William Doane, CompSci Professor and EduCamper

William Doane
Hi, my name is William Doane. I’m a Mac.

Find me at @WilDoane and DrDoane.com.

What do you do?

I’m an educator on faculty at Bennington College (in Vermont). I teach computer and information sciences. I also conduct program evaluations for government grants.

What languages do you know?

JavaScript, Java, PHP, Ruby, Processing, Pascal, Fortran, C++, Latin

Ever been to a Barcamp before?

Yes: San Diego 2007, NYC 2007, Philly 2009, Philly EdCamp 2010, Montreal, 2 x Saratoga Springs (EduCamp organizer).

Love: so many great sessions to choose from

Hate: so many great sessions to choose from

Seriously: I’d like a few more minutes between sessions to figure out what sessions are being offered and plan with friends.

Also: I’d love to see a “Running a BarCamp” session earlier in the day.

What would you like to see at Barcamp Philly?

Technology development opportunities in education.

Investing in a hedge fund

If you suddenly received $1 million, what would you do with the money?

*INVEST IN A HEDGE FUND* — A down market is a great time to invest.

Come hang with William and the rest on November 13th!

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Who’s Coming: Bruce Hopper Jr, MD in search of better HIT

Bruce Hopper Jr
Hi, my name is Bruce Hopper Jr. I’m a Mac.

Find me at @brucehopperjrmd and HopperMedicine.com.

What do you do?

Family Medicine/ Sportsmedicine/ Primary Care Physician with the goal of designing a better healthcare model with the patient-doctor relationship in the center, surrounded by technology.

What languages do you know?

Wish I knew programming language! Also wish I knew Spanish, but only speak English

Ever been to a Barcamp before?

First time!

What would you like to see at Barcamp Philly?

Better designed health information technology. Technology designed to enhance social health/ wellness/ prevention instead of HIT designed to maximize billing with insurance companies.

If you suddenly received $1 million, what would you do with the money?

Pay off debt. Help finance my startup practice and scale it so that medical students and young physicians will re-enter primary care as a profession.

Come hang with Bruce and the rest on November 13th!

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Who’s Coming: Peter Marinari, Multimedia Guy, Musician, and Francophile

Peter Marinari
Hi, my name is Peter Marinari. I’m a PC.

Find me at @krisis and crushingkrisis.com.

What do you do?

I develop and manage multimedia communications campaigns for Independence Blue Cross, including commercial marketing materials and the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. I assisted in launching IBC’s social media presence.

What languages do you know?

Experience with PHP. Exposure to French.

Ever been to a Barcamp before?

Yes, in 2009. I loved BarCamp as a whole, but I found it difficult to keep up with connecting with the folks I met during the day, and to continue good conversations from sessions.

What would you like to see at Barcamp Philly?

Everyone providing a one-line description of their session in addition to a title. Also, the lunch break needs another 15 minutes!

If you suddenly received $1 million, what would you do with the money?

  • Create a soundproofed studio in my attic and record an album with each of my three musical acts.
  • Start a freelance business to record demos for local bands who have no studio experience, along with developing their press kits and unique branded collateral.
  • Hire an artist to release my own comic book series.
  • Travel to Paris frequently.

Come hang with Peter and the rest on November 13th!

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Who’s Coming: Chad Ostrowski, Agile Cucumber

Chad Ostrowski
Hi, my name is Chad Ostrowski. I’m a Mac.

Find me at @chadoh and problemchildmag.com.

What do you do?

Learn, mainly. I just recently joined the ranks of those whose primary societal role is to produce rather than ingest, but I still see my primary task as learning. Ruby, Rails, Behavior Driven Development and other Agile practices, and developing the self-discipline to use them all well.

What languages do you know?

English, un poquito Español, Ruby, JavaScript (the jQuery dialect, mostly), Gherkin, and the half-languages HTML/Haml and CSS/Sass/Compass::Susy. I am happily forgetting PHP.

Ever been to a Barcamp before?

Nope. I was still in engineering school for EE last year.

What would you like to see at Barcamp Philly?

Running Cucumber features, RSpec specs, and TestUnit tests together in a Rails 3 app / Converting a Rails app from TestUnit to RSpec / Really, what is the benefit of using RSpec instead of TestUnit+Shoulda?

If you suddenly received $1 million, what would you do with the money?

Pay off school debt. Keep working at Comcast because I have little chance of finding better mentors elsewhere (and certainly not when working for myself). Eventually quit in a year or so, live simply, and pursue the half dozen or so personal development projects I aspire to complete. In order of funness, not monetizeability. Get a job again when the money runs out, if none of my projects end up making money.

Come hang with Chad and the rest on November 13th!

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Who’s Coming: Sarah Feidt, Barcamp Organizer, Artist, Adrenaline Junkie

Sarah Feidt
Hi, my name is Sarah Feidt. I’m a Mac AND a PC.

Find me at @sarahphymn and soliloquiescence.com.

What do you do?

Business strategist/marketer, and adventure guide on the side. Used to be in tech support, and before that was in microbiology. Before that, I was supposed to be a portrait artist. The takehome message is, I cannot make up my mind.

Aside from that, I kill time with flamenco, firearms, snowboarding, archery, occasionally tango, horses, and skydiving, and soon will be starting hanggliding. The takehome message is the same as above.

Oh, and this year I’m helping organize the annual Philadelphia Awesomefest of Doom and Win. (Barcamp for short.)

What languages do you know?

English, German, French. HTML and CSS. I remember as much Java as I do Latin, which is to say enough to render hilariously wrong attempts at translation. I can figure out PHP and Spanish with pretty much the same accuracy.

Ever been to a Barcamp before?

Volunteered for two years! Amazing amazingness every time.

What would you like to see at Barcamp Philly?

350 intensely stoked individuals from tech and non-tech scenes all over the eastern seaboard (and beyond!) who want to pick each others’ brains and CREATE. I want to see a full house and enough energy to carbon-neutral the building.

If you suddenly received $1 million, what would you do with the money?

Tax, debt payoff, investment, gifts, travel. In that order.

Come hang with Sarah and the rest on November 13th!

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Who’s Coming: Seth Perkins, Hacker, Artist, Zombie H8er

Seth Hunter Perkins
Hi, my name is Seth Hunter Perkins. I’m an Other.

Find me at @sethperkinsCOM and chaikinpowertools.com.

What do you do?

I’m more-or-less the project manager/artist/hacker/sometimes-shoulder-to-cry-on-swiss-army-knife for a mobile app / Widget developer focused on bringing actionable stock market analytics to the self-directed investor…

In my free time, I’ve been finalizing a Unity3D-based iPhone game called IH8Zombies. I’m an avid Windows/Mac/Linux man who has recently turned off 80% of his home cluster (because boxes, even in “Lower Power” mode still suck juice). :(

I usually carry a Nikon D300s (because I prefer to be behind the lens). I’ve been a betatester for Adobe’s CS5 products.

What languages do you know?

Uhm… I can hack AS3, C++, C#, JavaScript, … in comp sci we had to learn Perl, Fortran, LISP ( the pain ), and Cobol. I did indie studies in OpenGL and OpenAL.

I can hack Japanese kinda sorta ( see LiveMocha.com ), French (kinda sorta), Spanish (really kinda sorta), I can say “”hello”" in maybe 3 other languages (but I’d probably mumble to cover up my lack of confidence).

Ever been to a Barcamp before?

No, but an attendee from last year told me at a fashion photography meetup that I had to attend, so here I am.

What would you like to see at Barcamp Philly?

Experiences with Cloud computing (especially forays into Amazon and Google App Engine), anything augmented reality, project management, cross platform development

If you suddenly received $1 million, what would you do with the money?

Depends… how did I receive it? Did it fall off a truck, was it a bonus, or did I win the lottery?

… (thinking) …

Hopefully, I’d put enough aside, invested in future stability while having a significant chunk to use for charitable purposes.

I’d probably also consider buying a piano, not an uber-nice one, just one that’s in tune and doesn’t sound like a large metal case full of crisp Ben Franklins falling off a truck.”

Come hang with Seth and the rest on November 13th!

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