WordCamp June 2012 Milwaukee Wisconsin

From the official site:

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to WordPress.com and WordPress.org users alike.

The 2012 Milwaukee WordCamp will be held at Bucketworks on 706 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204 on June 2-3, 2012.

Visit the official website for more details and tickets.

Career Fair Follow Up – Do You Provide Internships

I attended career fairs at Madison College and Herzing University yesterday in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Herzing University fair lasted about 90 minutes and I met good people to include a couple folks from Robert Half Technology – what’s up Bob and Steve?

Many of the student  I spoke to were looking for an internship of some kind. Herzing students go year round with no break and often attend classes during the day. Madison College offers 2 year degrees, but you can come across students that can do day and/or night classes. This is important to know when addressing the “do you provide internships?” question.  It is also important to know that Madison College requires an internship, or job in the field of study, in order complete the requirements for their associates degrees. This latter detail will certainly make you understand why an internship is such a big deal. Continue reading Career Fair Follow Up – Do You Provide Internships

Fusion 2012 CEO-CIO Symposium Madison WI

Fusion 2012 CEO-CIO Symposium

With a solid list of sponsors – IBM, SalesForce, Gartner, this is an event being held in Madison, Wisconsin on March 7-8, 2012. Join CIO’s, COO’s, CEO’s in an interactive environment featuring the following talks:


• Amplifying the Enterprise: When Technology Trumps IT
Speaker: Mark McDonald, Group VP, Head of Research, Gartner Exec. Programs

• Demystifying Big Data – Finding Business Insights Without Breaking the Bank
Phil Shelley, Chief Technology Officer, Sears Holdings Corporations

• The Making of A “Social CIO”: Are you Ready?
Bruce Richardson, SVP and Chief Enterprise Strategist, Salesforce.com

• Cloud Surfing: A New Way to Think About Risk, Innovation, Scale and Success
Tom Koulopoulos, Founder and CEO, Delphi Group

Register online

Thank you Steve Jobs

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” — Steve Jobs, at a Stanford University commencement ceremony in 2005.

Steve Jobs 1995-2011

Accelerate Madison Job Fair

I’ll be attending the Accelerate Madison Job Fair as an attendee, not an exhibitor. Feel free to hail me down if you see me. If you’re an IT person or someone looking to network, it looks like a promising event. Check it out for your self.

Click here for event details

AGENDA: 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FAIR and NETWORKING SOCIAL (open house format)
VENUE: Metro Innovation Center
LOCATED AT: 1245 East Washington Ave., Madison, WI

HDI and MATC Job Fair

So this week was a busy one. Madison Area Technical College held a small IT career fair. Those students in much of the networking/server side of curriculum showed up, and it was good to talk to contacts from other businesses and organizations. Again, it helps to network. Something I hope to do more of in the future. Speaking of which…

The local Madison, WI, chapter of the Help Desk Institute (HDI) held a meeting today. It was hosted by the local division of CDW and featured Ann, her last name escapes me and I don’t have my notes, *pauses to check local chapter’s website, no listing of event, nice*, a Project Manager with her Master’s Degree speaking about Conflict Resolution. Ann certainly knows how to inform and keep it light. Her sense of humor and approach kept it interesting and insightful. Sure, the topic can often be heard by an HR rep, but Ann’s presentation is fun and far from mundane. Ok, Ann, I’ll remove my critic hat now.

Madison Java User Group February Meeting

The next Madison Java User Group meeting will be held on Wednesday February 4th, 2009.

This meeting will be held at: TDS

Hacking – The Dark Arts: presented by Ken Sipe
A live Hacking demonstration exposing the tools and techniques used by Hackers. A look at the growing space referred to as ethical hacking or penetration testing. We’ll look at example attacks which include: client side exploits, SQL-Injections, Brute force attacks, Man-in-the-middle attacks, and key logging.

Ken Sipe
Ken Sipe is a Technology Director with Perficient, Inc. (PRFT), IBM’s largest service partner, where he leads multiple teams in the development of solutions in the SOA, Web 2.0 and portal domains, on both the Java and .Net platforms.

Ken the founder of CodeMentor, where he was the Chief Architect and Mentor, leading clients in the execution of RUP and Agile methodologies in the delivery of software solutions. He is a former trainer for Rational in OOAD and RUP, and a CORBA Visibroker trainer for Borland. He continues to enjoy providing training and mentoring in all aspects of software development.

More formal details.

Madison Chapter Cocoa Heads February Meeting

Official website:


Thursday, February 12, 2009 18:30 at UW-Madison, Computer Science Building, Room CS 1240

This is the first meeting for the Madison CocoaHeads chapter. Brad Larson, author of Molecules (free iPhone app), will lead a discussion on creating and installing your first iPhone application. He will also discuss his experiences with the App Store. We will also open the discussion up to general topics and if you’d like feel free to propose a topic or present something.