National GiveCamp Weekend October 21-23, 2011

Microsoft once again to promote National GiveCamp Weekend!  The weekend of October 21-23, 2011 has been designated National GiveCamp Weekend.  If you currently have a GiveCamp scheduled, you do not need to move it. However, if you can move it, Microsoft is putting together several partnerships to help ease some of the logistics for the National GiveCamp weekend so organizers and participants can focus on supporting non-profit organizations:

· Free Venue: national partnerships to provide venue space. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis – so sign up early!  Send your request to

· Food & Beverage sponsors: National sponsors to have signed up to have food and beverage service delivered to participating GiveCamp volunteers throughout the weekend.

· Promotion: Email templates and resources for your use in promoting to non-profits, as well as soliciting potential volunteers.

Microsoft will also put resources behind amplifying the impact of your GiveCamp to your community by helping create buzz to help draw volunteers and increase community awareness for the non-profits benefiting from GiveCamp.

GiveCamp is a great opportunity for people to work together, develop new friendships, and do something important for their community! Their goal is to see over 50 Give Camps held over the National GiveCamp weekend of 10/21 – 10/23.

Are you up to the challenge?

If you are interested in having a being part of the National GiveCamp Weekend here is what you need to do next.

Next Steps:

  1. If you are interested in organizing a GiveCamp send the following information to
  2. Setup your GiveCamp site with the GiveCamp Starter Site available here:
  3. For more information, visit

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.

GiveCamp Starter Site Version 2 Feature Input and Help Wanted

GiveCampStartSite I have been involved with the GiveCamp events for for the last three years, and it is always  a great feeling to use your skills to provide a not-for-profit or charity with something they couldn’t afford.  It goes a long way to helping them accomplish their mission.

The GiveCamp Start Site was created to make it easier for the community to have a give camp.  The goal of the starter site was to enable a community to have a website up quickly and easily.  That way the community could spend more time on organizing the event than having to create a web site for it. 

Version 1 of the starter kit has been well received and has been used for several Give Camps.  I joined the project in a very limited capacity about a year ago, but am ready to devote some serious time to making the next version of the GiveCamp Starer Site even better and easier to configure. 

With that in mind I am looking for two things, your input and your help.  Your input is needed to help us decide features we should add so that we can be sure we are delivering feature that are bringing value.  We also could use your help with development, testing, and documentation.  If you would like to become involved with this project please contact me or one of the other project coordinators.  You can do all of this on our CodePlex site

Help us make the next version of the GiveCamp Start Site and help us help others give back.


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