BarCampGrandRapids2 was a lot of fun. I didn't get to engage quite as much as I'd've liked since I was one of the organizers, but it still went really fun and was good to meet lots of people and hang out with friends. I particularly enjoyed Calvin's and Kyle's presentation on YUI CSS and Design Eye for the IT Guy (lots of good resource links there). Hopefully I'll post some notes about my presentation on Facebook/Myspace (I said "spacebook" a few times when I was tired.. not during the presentation) and the need for open systems and protocols for social networks. Finally, I want to list off a few new people that I met. I don't know why, but I feel like doing it.
- Anthony Oliver (xamox) - Google Summer of Code participant, hacking Drupal; also had some interest in RDF & FOAF
- Bill Warters - from Wayne State and applying some very recent technology (yahoo pipes, grazr, simile timeline) to help faculty
- Zach Dennis - Ruby dev, currently
- Sean McMillan (reaper\umich/edu) - interested in a tool that could post to multiple blogs/social networks
- Matt Michielsen - interested in lots of things, seemed to grok what I was saying about Konfidi, PGP, DKIM, SPF, etc
- Greg Clark - bright underclassman working with Jeremy Frens on a RoR project