A big push is underway to lift our region up to become a rich source of technology talent. Programming professionals are now coming together to help one another out.
Ian Cordell's company develops software programs, and he's excited about sharing his knowledge at "Tampa Code Camp," a grass roots technology conference put on by developers for developers.
"Software development is an expanding field. It’s a very important field not only for our own economic situation in Tampa Bay, but also Florida. We want to contribute and be a part of that," Cordell says.
He is not alone. Kforce, a technology staffing firm, is hosting the event as a way for developers to come together.
"It’s a really good opportunity for developers to interact with other developers, whether it’s a problem they want to solve or learn new technologies," Jenn Cirrito of Kforce said.
The event has been on for eight years and is free. Greg Leonardo is spearheading the conference for industry professionals.
"They can learn anything as far as your development into mobile development into web development. It all depends on the track they want to take," Leonardo said.
Cordell hopes developers take advantage of this unique opportunity to enhance their skills and grow their career prospects.
"This is clearly a win-win situation where the developers can learn more and the companies can be networking with some of the top talent emerging right here in the Tampa Bay area," Cordell said.
As well as giving a boost to Tampa Bay's image as a high-tech market.
The camp takes place this weekend. For more information: www.TampaCodeCamp.net
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