Understanding the thoughts and plans of young software developers / entrepreneurs can be a HUGE assist in terms of "grokking" where the web and apps software development is headed. Over the past few years I have attended many unconferences and barcamps. Surprisingly, Minnesota has one of the largest and most active barcamp communities in the USA (in terms of active events and overall attendance). Our organization is named minnebar.
Thursday night (October 6th) at 7pm Minnesota time (CDT), for the first time one of our minnedemos will be streamed live via the web. The only rules for giving a demo is the presenters must have working code (not Powerpoint). They are allotted ten minutes to show their idea for a product to the audience. Thus, at 7pm tomorrow night, link to TECHdotMN and you will be able to attend via the web at no charge.
The schedule for tomorrow night includes:
- zyngram: mail real postcards from your mobile phone!
- Naiku: helps students learn more
- Aeris: the world's most flexible and powerful mobile weather API from its most entrepreneurial metrologist, Paul Douglas.
- 8thBridge: social commerce
- myON Reader: personalized literacy environment that customized to a student's individual interests and reading level.
- Rocware: create a beautiful B2B product catalog
- OptiMine Bid Management: keyword-level modeling to automatically determine and set paid search bids in order to improve performance.
- Exosite: get your sensor data online with connected devices
- Hyier: helps companies qualify their job candidates by using video.
I have found these events fascinating in the past. I will be attending. Even if your involvement with the web does not involve products which integrate these areas, you can learn a lot from a better understanding of how people are trying out new ideas.