Top 10 reasons to attend ITCamp 2017
1. Learning real-life experiences from top industry speakers
Back in 2011 when we first got together and organized the first edition of ITCamp, we made a promise to ourselves that we’d only host a conference if it was one we’d actually want to attend. And that starts with an unbeatable lineup of speakers. They come to ITCamp not only to present the sessions, but really engage in those strategic conversations that you want to have about the technology and the best ways to use it for your business.
2. Attendees, speakers, sponsors, and organizers – they all talk to each other
The people speaking or attending ITCamp have a passion in them that you just don’t see every day. They love to share and they are hungry learners. It’s the perfect mix for an awesome community conference. This is something you just can’t get from an online event, a company conference or a tech fair.
3. Amazing keynotes
We’ve lined up an incredible set of no less than four keynotes this year:
How to found, build and launch a Lean Startup | Mihail Rotenberg, Chairman | MIND CTI (NASDAQ: MNDO) and founder of the Rotenberg Winery.
The Microsoft Cloud and Server Strategy | Ben Armstrong, Principal Program Manager Lead | Microsoft
Assembly of Japanese bicycle requires peace of mind | Peter Leeson, CMMI Specialist
Strategies for securing your banks & enterprises (from someone who robs banks and enterprises for a living!) | Jayson Street, Infosec Ranger, DEF CON Groups Global Coordinator and author of the series Dissecting the Hack.
4. Top-quality sessions
Looking beyond the keynotes, the expertise packed into ITCamp 2017’s sessions is an absolute killer, so get ready for two full days of inspiration, advice, and strategy you can use long after the conference wraps up. Whether you know your way around the technologies and topics that will make the scene during this ITCamp or are just getting started, learn from nearly 50 technical training sessions to help you build your skills.
5. Our focus: provide a great value to the community
Since our first edition, we made sure we build the best experience and bring in the best content we can for our audience. This meant we had to avoid any compromises having to do with sponsors, profit or content – there’s many other events out there doing these things, so if anyone is interested in that, they’ve certainly got a lot of events to pick from.
6. No sponsor-paid sessions or any “sponsor tracks”
If a session is on the agenda, it’s because we felt the speaker had something valuable to say, and not because someone else paid for him or her to speak there. We felt this was the only real way valuable content would be brought forward. Speakers at ITCamp come here in 2 ways: the top national or international speakers and any speakers from past years who had really good feedback get a direct invite, and then we have our Call for Content, which is open to everyone, from anywhere – and we have tens of speakers who are living proof of that.
7. No recruiting allowed during the event
There’s a whole lot of other events where people can go submit their resumes or where companies go to find more people to hire; we wanted to make sure that during our conference, people focused on what mattered most to them: great content and amazing networking opportunities. For the same reason, the attendee list never gets shared with any of the sponsors after the event. We know other events do this, we chose not to do it ourselves.
8. We have a “no profit” rule
If the event brings in any extra income, we reinvest it in the conference itself and improve any aspect we can: bring in more speakers, give out better prizes, increase the quality of the sessions/venue/food/etc. Anything still left over is used for other community events along the year, which we do our best to keep free for the attendees (using any leftover funds from our main event if needed). We always felt that if obtaining profit out of the conference was one of our aims, then the quality of the conference would inevitably have to suffer. We’ve seen it happen so many times with other events, and we wanted to avoid this happening with ours.
9. We find sponsors and partners who share our vision
ITCamp is by no measure a solitary ride taken by a handful of people. In order for everything to fall into place, we need the support of local and international companies, partners and staff who see things the same way as we do, and are willing to help us bring that vision to life. All this wouldn’t be possible without everyone involved to make it happen: the staff, the partners, the sponsors, and the community itself.
10. ITCamp is all about the community
Year after year, ITCamp masters the art of being more than a pleasant conference. We are the IT community and the IT community is us. And this is the beauty of a 100% community conference.