SilverlightDevCamp – your thoughts?

Today at iPhoneDevCamp, I chatted with Chris Messina to get his thoughts on possibly doing a SilverlightDevCamp. Chris is hoping the *DevCamp series will take off :

"I like the idea of a productive and educational DevCamp model and would like to see this meme spread further."

And, perhaps SilverlightDevCamp could help with that. Chris's thoughts were that this should be community driven, and there need to be active participants who'd be willing to lead sessions, which I'm completely in agreement with.

From my perspective :

  1. I think this would be a great opportunity to showcase some of the great work non-Microsofties have already been doing with Silverlight.
  2. It'd give everyone an opportunity to hear from developers and designers who are actually working on creating products using Silverlight. You can hear about their experiences, what worked well, what didn't etc.
  3. It'll be a fantastic way for people to learn (more) about Silverlight.

If I had to take a crack at an agenda, it'd look like :

5 - 6pm      : Registration, Networking, Food, Drinks, Dance, etc.
6 - 7.30pm : Keynote - Introduction to Silverlight
7.30 - 8pm : Break
8 - 9pm      : 2 Parallel Camp Sessions
9 - 10pm    : 2 Parallel Camp Sessions
10 - 11pm  : 2 Parallel Camp Sessions
11 - whenever : Hackathon (maybe?)

The event would be held at our offices in San Francisco, but there's no reason it couldn't be replicated at other places around the world. I'm thinking some time towards the end of August would be good. We'll have met some of our Silverlight deliverables, and the camp would be a nice segue in to CodeCamp in October as well. The event would be completely free for participants, and we'd scout for sponsors to help with food and drink (no different from other Camps).

So, I'd like to understand if you'd be interested in participating in SilverlightDevCamp, and possibly even leading a session. If no, why not? There are a few topics that come to my mind that I think would make great camp sessions, but I'd like to hear from you. If you're interested in participating, please respond in the comments section below.



Comments (13)
  1. ~newton says:

    Sounds good! But it got to be a weekend event like most Codecamp.

    When can i sign up for presentation?


  2. JoanB says:

    Personally, I think it’s a great idea. Microsoft does too many events where its like drinking from a fire-hose. A community driven event on Silverlight would be perfect.

    Its too bad I live in Fresno. I hope you decide soon so that I can decide if I can make the trek up there.

  3. count me in!  Great idea.  Since developing in Silverlight is so much like developing in WPF, I think it would great to combine it with WPF devcamp and use it to launch a special interest group around Silverlight and WPF.  

  4. Beau Ambur says:

    Sounds good to me, I’d certainly be interested in checking it out and speaking. Would like to have some of the other guys from the office get to something like this as well. Although it would be a bit odd, not having to fly half way around the World to an event for once.

    Now that I’m iPhone’d I was thinking about doing a Silverlight 1.0 app that could easily tie to a JS only iPhone web app for interop. But plenty of things to dig in to with Silverlight, with or with out a Mac.

    I would go with a line up like…

    5-6p Networking and Munchies

    30min Keynote here comes Silverlight

    hour "This is why I’m hot" Silverlight 1.0

    hour "Drop it like it’s hot" Silverlight 1.1

    hour or two Jam Session

    extended Party somewhere shweet

  5. Kenny Spade says:

    I would totally go if you had one of these, though I’m a little concerned as to whether 1.1 will be ready by August.

    I agree that if this gets done, it needs to be on a weekend. For people out of town like myself, the combination of travel expenses and missing work makes hitting these mid-week rather difficult.

  6. Sounds like a great opportunity!  I’ll put an announcement to the Bay.NET web site to see if we can gather community volunteers to lead and participate.

  7. Adam Kinney says:

    This sounds cool.  If this does happen send me a note and I’ll add it as an event on the Silverlight Group page on Facebook.

  8. Bennett says:

    Hi Anand,

    I’m interested in silverlight and the idea of having a camp in August.  How can I help you put it together?



  9. Alcide says:

    Sounds like a great idea. I would definitely be there. Let me know if I can help.

  10. Kevin Marshall says:

    I think a silverlightdevcamp would be awesome.  I’d love to help organize one.  We hosted a Chicago.NET User Group session on Silverlight in Chicago and it was our bigest turnout (about 80 people).  After seeing your post I talked to some other people that were interested in organizing a silverlightdevcamp in Chicago also.

  11. vijrqrr9 says:

    Sounds like a great idea.  Count me in.

  12. Hey all….along with Kevin Marshall we have gotten this started up.  Check out the barcamp page available:

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