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Software Writers to Gather at Code Camp

People from around the area interested in writing software for fun or profit will be gathering at Chippewa Valley Technical College Nov. 3 for Chippewa Valley Code Camp 2012. The day-long free event gives people an opportunity to learn during 19 different seminars taught by industry experts and to network with others involved or interested in the field.

Sponsored in part by CVTC, the event will be held at the College’s Gateway campus at 2322 Alpine Road, beginning with a breakfast sponsored by Microsoft at 8:15 a.m. The series of seminars begins at 9 a.m. and continues to a closing session at 4:45 p.m. An after-party is planned for Saturday evening.

Participants are asked to register in advance at chippewavalleycodecamp, but there is no charge thanks to the sponsorship of CVTC and 10 other organizations and companies.

“There are a lot of different avenues in programming, so there will be a lot of options” said CVTC Instructor Brian Hogan.

Examples of sessions include “How to Be a One-Man Coding Army for a Start-Up,” “Scaling Your House with Cloud and Microcontrollers,” and “What Good Programmers Do.” Some sessions deal particularly with Windows 8 issues. A complete schedule is available at the Code Camp website.

The Chippewa Valley has a large number of people involved in programming, Hogan said. They include people doing it professionally for large and small companies, as well as people trying to invent their own computer games or other software applications at home. All will find value in the event.

“Students can find out more about the kind of work they will be getting into with programming,” Hogan said.

It will also be a great place to network.

“It’s amazing how many people who do this in the Eau Claire area who don’t even know each other,” Hogan.