Press Release: First Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp Announced!


Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp Brings Free Technology Solutions to Non-Profits during Weekend Event

August 22, 2010 -- Fayetteville, AR – Jay Smith, Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp Chairman, announced today that the Northwest Arkansas .Net user Group in Partnership with the University of Arkansas will be hosting the first annual Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp on January 14-16, 2011.

The Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp is a weekend-long event that brings together local technology professionals to providing non-profits with technical solutions and applications they might not otherwise been able to afford.

The Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp is one of many events of this type that are happening all over the country. This unique event allows technology professionals to use the skills they develop every day to provide applications and services that are in need by non-profits.

The Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp will be held in the University of Arkansas Union Ballroom and surrounding meeting rooms.

Charities and Non-Profits requesting help and volunteers willing to offer their time and skills can submit their application on-line at Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp website located at

The press is invited to the event opening to be held on January 14, 2011 at 00 PM where the selected non-profits will introduce themselves and meet their development teams for the first time.

The press is also invited to the event closing where teams will be giving a brief presentation showing the work they have accomplished for each non-profit.


Date: January 14-16, 2011
Location: University of Arkansas Union Ballroom

About the Northwest Arkansas .Net User Group
The Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to the promotion, education and adoption of Microsoft .NET Technologies. We strive to provide an environment for professionals to network in Northwest Arkansas to foster the free exchange of ideas and information.



Dallas TechFest 2010: Let the games begin!


There is just one day left to register for the Dallas TechFest to be held on Friday July 30, 2010.  If you are a .NET, Java, PHP, Flex, ColdFusion developer or interested it MVVM, AIR, Exchange 2010 or building scalable applications you need to be there.

I will be heading that way and on site Thursday night ready for the big Friday event.  Last year was an awesome event and I can’t wait to be there this year.

Sessions I plan on attending:

  • 10 Practices Every Developer Should Know - Caleb Jenkins
  • Dropping ACID: Building Scalable Systems that Work – Chris Patterson
  • ASP .NET MVC2 and Azure Table Storage – Change Dhall
  • The Rich Standard: Getting Familiar with HTML 5 – Todd Anglin

I have to admit I am in a quandary about Dropping ACID: Building Scalable Systems that Work by Chris Patterson and Hard Lessons Learned From Being Stupid About TDD by Matt Hinze.  I feel like I have been pretty stupid with TDD, I understand some of the base concepts but suck at actually doing it.  Might to switch that one.

I will also be working on the GiveCamp Start Site project some while I am there, so if you have any ideas or feature request please find me.

Nwa Code Camp Announced for October 23, 2010 in Springdale, AR


*** Update: Registration Link updated ***

I am proud to announce the Northwest Arkansas Code Camp 2010.  This is the first developer focused conference in Northwest Arkansas.  Organized by the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group this event promises to be one of the best this year.

When: October 23, 2010

Where: Tyson World Headquarters, Springdale, AR [MAP]

This year we are aligning our event with the Tyson Development Conference, a 2 day internal conference for Tyson Foods.  Tyson is sponsoring this event by providing the venue and keeping some speakers from their conference another night so they can present at the this event.

This year we will celebrate the growth of our community with the addition of new tracks for Project Managers, Designers, and more.  If you are a group leader in the area and would like to have a track for speakers at the event please contact me.

Call For Speakers

If you are interested in presenting at this event please email your Name, Bio, and session abstracts to with the subject of Code Camp 2010.


Attendee registration is open and available here.

Tyson Development Conference - October 21-22, 2010 - Springdale, AR


** UPDATE **

Session submissions have been extended through July 9th, 2010.  Submissions will be evaluated as they come in with final decisions being made on July 23rd, 2010.

The Tyson Development Conference presents an opportunity for speakers to present to an audience that is skilled in technology and eager to learn.  The conference is held at the Tyson World Headquarters in Springdale, AR and is for Tyson Team Members only.  We are accepting session submissions through Please register as a user and speaker on the site to submit your sessions. 

Speakers interested in presenting must fill out the information on the website. Tyson will provide travel on a case by case basis so please specify this in your submission. 

All applicants will be notified of their status via email by no later than July 31st, 2010.  Speakers that are accepted can expect a professional grade conference at a Fortune 500 company including feedback packages with scores and comments.

The Travel assistance covers –

  • Travel to and from the event
  • Lodging during the event
  • Meals during the event

If you have any questions, contact one of the Speaker Coordinators below:

If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact the Sponsor Coordinator:

If you have any other questions or ideas please contact the event chairman, Devlin

Speaking at Nwa TechFest July 8th, 2010


The TechFest experience comes to Northwest Arkansas on July 8th, 2010.  This will be the first Northwest Arkansas TechFest organized by David Walker

What is the Northwest Arkansas TechFest?

The Northwest Arkansas TechFest is a technical conference primarily focused on providing training/teaching sessions that are immediately beneficial to the broadest range of IT Professionals. The event is also organized in such a way that you can learn and give back to the community.  This non-profit event is organized by local volunteers and even though this is a free event you are encouraged to bring two cans of food or two bucks.  All canned food will be donated to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and all proceeds will be donated to The Jones Center


Myself and several other local speakers will be presenting at this event, as well as, several well known speakers from around the country. 

Here is information about the sessions I will be presenting.

Visual Studio 2010: Config file transformations

In any development environment we have to code local, publish to test, and then have the tested code published to the production environment.  The process has built in gates to ensure that bad code doesn’t make it into production, but it causes a huge issue with keeping up with service and database connections in your configuration files.  Visual Studio 2010 introduces Web.config transformations as a way to solve this problem.  In this session we will look at the age old problems, discuss some solutions in use today and take a look at how Visual Studio 2010 has solved this problem for us today.

Estimate Your Requirements With Planning Poker

Planning Poker is a consensus-based estimation technique for estimating, mostly used to estimate effort or relative size of tasks in software development . It is a variation of the Wideband Delphi method. In this session you will learn not only what planning poker is but how to facilitate it with your team. Using Planning Poker to estimate task on your project is not only accurate its fun.

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Center for Nonprofirts @ St. Mary’s
1200 West Walnut Street
Rogers, AR 72756 [MAP]


You can pre-register or register the day of the event.  Pre-registering will save you a lot of time.  This is a free event, however you are encouraged to bring TWO CANS or TWO BUCKS.  All canned food will be donated to the NWA Food Bank and all proceeds will be donated to The Jones Center.


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