“There’s no such thing as a free lunch” is a popular saying
conveying the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing. Desert
Code Camp, held on November 17 at Chandler-Gilbert
Community College, offers not only lunch but breakfast as well as a free day of
training for anyone interested in software development. Attendees can also get a
free non-credit class and certificate of participation through CGCC for those who
register through the Center for Workforce Development at http://www.cgc.edu/workforce (select
the Training tab to register).
The event, which has been offered
twice a year for the past two years, is coordinated by Joe Guadagno in
partnership with the Southeast Valley .NET User Group and the City of Chandler.
Desert Code Camp brings regional
software development professionals together for the opportunity to immerse themselves
in seminars, presentations and networking. Similar events are held regionally
in places like Silicon Valley, New York and Los Angeles as part of an
international trend in which peer groups of all platforms, programming
languages, and disciplines focus on coding and software development, providing
tips and tricks on new technologies and discovering new approaches to problem
“Desert Code Camp is about sharing
information to further empower the industry as a whole,” said Joseph Guadagno.
“When someone has a great idea or learns a new tip or trick – or even a failure
– sharing it among peers only serves to help increase knowledge and take the
industry to a new level more quickly.”
Guadagno expects the event, which
has approximately 125 different sessions, to attract more than 700 attendees
from as far away as Mexico.
“The event continues to grow both
in number of sessions and in attendees. Many times people can't leave work for
a day or two to attend training or even seminars. Desert Code Camp allows them
to get that additional training, whether it is for professional or personal
use,” said Guadagno.
With many of Arizona’s technology
companies located in Chandler and Gilbert, the conference helps cultivate a
stronger talent pool for the local employers.
“An educated workforce is key to
attracting technology companies, which in turn creates jobs,” said Chandler
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “Creating opportunities for our current and future
workforce to learn and connect will continue to make us a stronger community.”
The location of the camp on
Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Pecos campus also allows students get
exposure to experts in the industry, which is an important element of their
“Creating opportunities to connect
our students with professionals in the field allows them to learn firsthand the
kind of environments they will experience once they enter the workforce,” said
Patricia Baker, CGCC Computing Studies faculty. The college offers a wide variety of courses, degrees, and
certificates in information technology, including programming and systems
analysis, networking, hardware maintenance, and database operations.
“We are proud to host this event
and provide our community access to content and opportunities that can aid in
keeping skills fresh, and provide increased job placement and advancement
opportunities," said Baker.
For a complete listing of sessions available at Desert Code
Camp, visit http://nov2012.desertcodecamp.com/
For more information about Chandler-Gilbert Community College, visit