BarCamp Came, BarCamp Saw, BarCamp was awesome.

It happened. BarCampOrlando 2008 is over, and it freakin’ rocked.

There were a lot of really good presentations. I took some notes and thoughts down, and I’ll probably do a followup post in a day or two with some notes. There were tons of awesome people, and I liked it even more than last year since it was much easier to socialize with these awesome people.

I also did do the presentation on Bayes’ Theorem. I think it went well — even though I barely remember the first 15 minutes. I was asked to do another presentation on the topic by a gentlemen (Chad?) for a sciencey-group he’s trying to put together in the area. To which, of course, I’m totally down with. I think I’ll rearrange the content somewhat, people seemed more interested at the end, when I was talking about the applications, rather than the intuitive explanation of it. So next time, I’ll start with selling people on the idea of why it’s awesome, then explain how it’s done.

And of course the afterparty by Izea, which I’m sure everyone will talk about. I know they were doing it because they wanted to encourage people to talk about them, and to hopefully find a few new people to help them in their world domination. :) But I was fairly impressed. They’ve got a nice office, and I talked to a lot of cool people who worked for Izea.

At the party I also talked with some recruiters, who told me that there is something like 2% unemployment among IT jobs right now. I’ve heard similar things from other people, and I’d say that it’s accurate. Actually, the fact that I was told this by a third party at a recruiting party for a company makes it seem all the more true.

BarCamp Orlando

It’s almost here! BarCamp Orlando 2008!

I’m thinking about doing a presentation on Bayesian probability. I’ve learned some stuff about it from the Loud3r project that I’ve been working on, and it’s pretty fascinating stuff. It’s a very elegant way of quickly computing the odds of something happening given a few basic pieces of information. I figure a short introduction to the concept is good, and it’ll give me something to talk about further with people if they are interested.

It’s hard to know what people might want to hear. Last BarCamp was so diverse on topics; people did things including geographical/topographical mapping, OpenID, open source robotics (Arduino), and the open source cell phone. I personally like it because it’s a good survey of interesting ideas — you can pick what’s interesting and learn more about it later.

So if you’re not going yet, sign up and check it out. It’s gonna be awesome.