The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for February 2015: Spark Conference, Project Scientist, and Community Calendar.

Developer Community News

February 2015 Edition

Save the Date: Spark Conference

Join us for the 2015 Spark Conference on Saturday, June 6, at the UNC Charlotte Center City campus in Uptown Charlotte, NC. Formerly Carolina Code Camp, the Spark Conference will offer unparalleled training for developers. Connect with over 400 members of the regional developer community. Thoughts will be sparked. Questions will be answered. And fun will be had. We'll share more details soon.

What happened to the code camp? In short, it grew! Due to an overwhelming attendance, we've outgrown the previous venue. This presented an opportunity to shake things up…and we couldn't resist! But rest assured that our goal is to not just match the rich success of Carolina Code Camp but to make it better than ever for our attendees and sponsors.

Project Scientist Academy

If you believe your daughter, age 4-14, would benefit from a community of like-minded girls that enjoy exploring through the sciences and celebrating their accomplishments, then Project Scientist is a place just for her! Surrounded by brilliant and passionate STEM teachers, professors, and professionals, your daughter will be inspired and provided the right tools to reach her highest potential. They are also seeking volunteers for the summer academy. Learn more at

Community Calendar

Internet of Things (IoT) Design Patterns and the Spark Core

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Internet of Things
Venue: SnapAV Corp Office

Join us on February 3rd where the President of Charlotte IoT, Dan Thyer, will dive into design patterns of IoT and the Spark Core microcontroller! Dan built his very own Internet of Things, IoT, home automation system that is controlling 30 different things with 4 different types of microcontrollers. We will talk about the types of microcontrollers used and the strengths and weaknesses of each plus design patterns of IoT. The Spark Core tiny Wi-Fi development board will be featured along with his latest IoT 20 foot Christmas tree project.

Terri Donahue Discusses IIS and PowerShell

Thursday, February 5, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte PowerShell Users Group
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

At this event, group member Terri Donahue will present on Internet Information Services and PowerShell. More details to come...

Augmented and Virtual Reality

Monday, February 9, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Game Dev
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

Augmented and Virtual Reality are taking center stage in 2015. With Google Cardboard, Samsung's Gear VR and the Oculus Rift DK2 already available and numerous Augmented Reality glasses hitting the commercial market in the next few months there has never been a better time to dive into AR and VR development. Join us for an open discussion of these technologies and how game developers will directly benefit. We will have a hands on demonstration of current devices such as Google Cardboard, Samsung's Gear VR and the Oculus Rift DK2. We will also take a look at whats around the corner such as Microsofts HoloLens.

Automation for the Cloud-Scale IT: Leveraging Chocolatey, PowerShell DSC, Chef, Puppet, Vagrant & Docker (CPCPVD) with Microsoft Azure

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Microsoft Cloud
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

Some sessions are huge even for meetup standards :). Cloud automation is one such area. Automation is critical for enterprises adopting cloud, to ensure they get desired consistency, realibility and agility across their environments. Automation and related tools are the driving force behind 'Infrastructure as a Code' practice, now part of the larger DevOps movement. But with myraid of automation tools out there, is can get quite confusing to understand their value proposition and how they relate to each other. Packed with demos, this session will help you understand automation ecosystem, providing you the necessary boot start. What's more, our key foucs will be around Microsoft Azure & Windows platforms.


Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte ALT.NET
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

Dustan Kasten will be joining us to talk about the benefits of React. The real benefits of React. This will not be an introduction to the virtual DOM or unidirectional data flow. Those topics have been well covered elsewhere. Instead, we will spend our time looking at the benefits of compositional components and explicit mutation while redefining the separation of concerns. The React authoring model challenges our best practices and the possibilities are wonderful.


Thursday, February 19, 2015 @ 6:30 PM
Cost: Free
Host: CharlotteJS
Venue: Skookum Digital Works

Ben Vandgrift will give us an introduction to ClojureScript. More details to come...


Saturday, February 21, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Host: Code For Charlotte
Venue: TBA

We will be focusing our efforts in a day long hack-a-thon style event. Our featured project will be to organize and deploy our Open Budget Initiative, as well as looking for new projects to start that focus on our strategic plan.

DevCamp: Cloud

Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Host: Microsoft
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

Learn how to use Microsoft Azure features and services, including Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Websites to build and move apps to the cloud, including websites, mobile, and enterprise-class applications.

Charlotte Startup Weekend

Friday, February 27 - March 1, 2015
Cost: $99
Host: Startup Weekend
Venue: UNC Charlotte Center City

Come join us for a 54-hour build-a-business competition in Uptown Charlotte! Whether you're looking to pitch an idea, try out a new technology, or meet some of Charlotte's best entrepreneurial minds, Charlotte Startup Weekend is the event for you.

One More Thing

FREE Syncfusion Community License

Essential Studio Enterprise Edition is now FREE for individual and small business developers! (Individual developers, or up to five users at companies with annual gross revenue below $1 million USD, are eligible for this license.) The Community License, which is valued at up to $9,975, provides the most comprehensive toolkit on the market at no cost. All Essential Studio Enterprise Edition and Syncfusion Plus products are included.


February 18–20, 2015
Montreal, Canada
Blue Diamond Awards
March 3, 2015
Charlotte, NC
March 5–6, 2015
Salt Lake City, UT
March 16–19, 2015
Atlanta, GA
April 15–18, 2015
Columbia, SC
Global Azure Bootcamp
April 25, 2015
Charlotte, NC
Code PaLOUsa
April 27–30, 2015
Louisville, KY
Microsoft Build
April 29–May 1, 2015
San Francisco, CA
Greenville GROK
April 29–May 1, 2015
Greenville, SC
May 3–5, 2015
Boston, MA
Microsoft Ignite
May 4–8, 2015
Chicago, IL
GIANT Conference
June 14–17, 2015
Charleston, SC
September 2–4, 2015
Charlotte, NC


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