Wednesday Oct 09, 2013

Silicon Valley Code Camp Kids Track 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:
More details about the track are available here. About 200 kids attended stayed with their parents most of the day and enjoyed interacting with other attendees.

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 kids@siliconvalley-codecamp.com.

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:



The two days were very exhausting, but extremely rewarding and satisfying!

Follow at @arungupta and @devoxx4kidsba (Devoxx 4 Kids Bay Area) for any future updates on similar workshops!

Monday Apr 02, 2012

Silicon Valley Code Camp 2012 - Submit Your Talks




Silicon Valley Code Camp follows three rules:
  • Given by/for the community
  • Always free
  • Never occur during work hours

I've spoken there at 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007 and have again submitted a talk this year as well, and will submit more!

Its one of the best organically grown code camps with the attendance constantly growing over the past 6 years. Here is a chart that shows how the number of conferences attendees that registered and attended and the sessions delivered over past 6 years. If you wonder why there is such a big gap between "registered" and "attended" that's because this event is FREE!

Yes, 100% free.


If you are in and around Silicon Valley then you have no reason to not participate/speak at SVCC. You have the opportunity to meet all the local JUG leaders and the community "rockstars" :-)

Date: Oct 6/7, 2012
Venue:
Foothill College, 12345, El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA

Submit today or register!

Monday Jan 08, 2007

FREE Ajax Codecamp - 2nd session

Sang Shin is starting the second session of "AJAX Programming (with Passion!)" from Feb 12th, 2007.

This FREE online course is for anyone who wants to learn Ajax for the first time or increase their knowledge on Ajax. In this course, students learn basic concept and technologies of Ajax such as JavaScript, CSS, and DOM as well as how to use various Ajax frameworks and toolkits such as Dojo toolkit, jMaki, Direct Web Remoting (DWR), Google Web Toolkit (GWT), and Ajax-enabled JavaServer Faces (JSF) components, DynaFaces, ZK framework, etc.

Each topic is accompanied by a hands-on lab in which NetBeans ready projects are provided so that attendees can readily build and run various Ajax applications with minimum effort.

For registration and other course related information, please go to the websites below.

http://www.javapassion.com/ajaxcodecamp (Course home site)
http://www.javapassion.com/ajaxcodecamp/#Topics (Topics)
http://www.javapassion.com/ajaxcodecamp/#registration (Registration)
http://www.javapassion.com/ajaxcodecamp/coursefaq.html (FAQ)
http://www.javapassion.com/ajaxcodecamp/graduates.html (Graduates)

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Friday Jul 14, 2006

Free AJAX Codecamp

Sang Shin is starting a FREE 10-week "AJAX Programming" online course from August 4th, 2006. This course is for anyone who wants to learn AJAX for the first time or increase their knowledge on AJAX.  In this 10-week course, students learn basic concept of AJAX as well as how to use various AJAX frameworks and toolkits such as Dojo toolkit, jMaki, Google Web Toolkit, and AJAX-fied JavaServer Faces (JSF) components.

More details are available here.

The only thing you have to do in order to register for the course is sending an blank email to ajaxworkshop-subscribe-AT-yahoogroups-DOT-com.

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