GeekcampSG draws 400 geeks and younglings this year
August 24, 2012 by Joyce HUANG
Joyce is part of the organizing team at GeekcampSG.
It was 9am in the morning and already a hundred geeks are queuing at the lobby of the Microsoft office, anxiously waiting for the doors to open. Yup, it’s GeekcampSG, a technology focused conference run by the local geek community in Singapore on 18 August.
GeekCampSG talks are crowdsourced and speakers are selected based on the number of votes the topic gets via Facebook Likes or Google +1s. The talks with the most number of up-votes will then get to present on the day itself.
The event, which featured more than fifteen topics ranging from the controversial Bitcoin economy to practical tips for iOS developers was sponsored by Windows Azure, Infocomm Development Authority, Paypal and SoftLayer.
This year’s GeekCampSG kicked off with U-Zyn Chua’s talk on the Bitcoin economy and how it is safer than putting your money in the bank. In his 30-minute keynote, he explained how bitcoins work, all the underlying technical implementations that resulted in the Bitcoin system, and answered burning questions from attendees.
Other sessions featured were Justin Lee’s talk on HTML5 architecture, Bhagaban Behera’s talk on node.js, Hacking and Securing iOS Apps by Subhransu Behera, Continuous Integration for PHP with Jenkins & Sonar by Michael Cheng and many more.
What is special about this year’s GeekcampSG is the theme “bring a youngling”. While the conference is typically attended by industry professionals, this year’s event drew the highest number of attendees ever and saw participants aged from 7 years old onwards. Students from the School of Science and Technology, Raffles Junior College, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and the National University of Singapore made up about 20% of attendees.
GeekCampSG is a sure sign that the tech scene in Singapore is alive, kicking and growing. It definitely spells good things for innovation.
If you missed out on GeekcampSG, you can still view the slides and talks that were covered.
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About The Author
Joyce HUANG - Resident Contributing Writer
Joyce is on the founding team of Singapore Geek Girls, a local initiative that serves as a platform for females to connect, share, contribute, mentor and learn from each other. She is currently learning how to code so that she can stop bugging developers. You are more than welcome to teach her.Read other posts by Joyce HUANG