By arungupta on Oct 09, 2013
Silicon Valley Code Camp v8.0 concluded over the weekend. I've attended each code camp since the introduction of Java (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and now this one). The code camp has stuck to its three core principles from the beginning:
- By and for the developer community (no product or marketing pitches ;)
- No charge to attendees
- Never occurs during work hours
The code camp has shown constant growth over its lifespan as is
evident by the trends below:
The conference is definitely outgrowing its existing venue as the registrations had to be closed early for the first time.
It takes a village to organize a volunteer-driven conference and that has indeed been the case for all these years. The conference has been primarily focused on professional developers for all the past years. President Obama said
"If we want America to lead in the 21st century, nothing is more important than giving everyone the best education possible — from the day they start preschool to the day they start their career."
So this year, other than my usual speaking engagements, I also volunteered to coordinate a new track focused on enabling future generation of developers. It was astounding to see kids from elementary school, middle school, and early high schoolers learning programming skills.
This new track had 16 sessions delivered by 8 speakers:
- Building games in Greenfoot
- Raspberry Gaming 4 Kids
- Teaching Kids Java Programming
- Scala is Fun: Apps and Games
- Pacman in 60 minutes
- Kojo Programming for Kids
- Internet Safety for Teens
- Python Programming for Kids
Here is some feedback we've heard so far:
Thank you very much for the great classes this past Sunday. I had a lot of fun and learnt a lot. I hope you have more of such classes so I can also have my friends attend with me.
Arun - thank you so much for volunteering your time and organizing such a fantastic event today!! My kids had a blast and quoting my 9-yr old son "Mom, this was the best experience I've ever had" :-) We would be interested in any future events you may be planning, one time or on-going.
Thanks again for the Minecraft Mod workshop yesterday; my son enjoyed it tremendously and I hope it will encourage him to learn how to program in coming years. I also enjoyed it as it gave me some hints as to how Forge mod loader works.
We enjoyed the minecraft modding class yesterday as part of code camp. My 11 year old has never coded (beyond Scratch) and he was up and hacking minecraft within the first hour. Arun’s preparatory materials, teaching approach and engaging style made this a great experience. I would definitely like to see more kid based courses in the future and would definitely recommend the minecraft session to anyone interested in modding. I’d give the course 4 out of 5 stars.
A friend invited us this morning to SVCC, and although the room was packed, my son and I managed to get in and enjoyed learning more about Java coding. Thanks for putting this class together, and for making opportunities like this for father/son activity related to computer literacy. We had a good time, please keep it up for next year :-)
We loved kids sessions in code camp. It motivated my kid programming. Keep up the good work.
My 12 year and 8 years old sons has been coming to code camp for over 4 years now. It has been fun all these years, however this year in their words "It was the best code camp ever!". Thank you Peter K., Kevin Nilson, Arun Gupta and Stephen Chin and all other volunteers for excellent sessions!
"This was fun" says my 11 yr old son Aidan. As the dad, I've been spending some time with him at home building mods in Java and it's definitely a way to motivate him to learn programming. He's been able to slog through some rather dry Java materials so that he can get better at Java programming. Re: the Minecraft class, you did a nice job of teaching theory and then connecting it to something applicable.
If you attended any of the sessions, we'd love to hear your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to co-track lead Dave Briccetti and other speakers: Neil Brown, Stephen Chin, Lynn Langit, Samantha Langit, Shadaj Laddad, Aditya Gupta, and Ron Verghis.
Check out some pictures from the event ...
And complete album at: