‘Tis the season of local and regional events for both the Cleveland tech community and the Microsoft Heartland region. I’ve already posted what I’m looking forward to in the next couple months, but wait… there’s more! Some events have already announced their summer dates – so save the dates on your calendars and check these out!

CodeStock (June 26-27, 2009)

Michael Neel and his team down in Knoxville, TN are putting together CodeStock once again. This year, they’re opening the event even more for the community – they’re having their attendees vote on what talks they want to hear. They’ve received around 185 submissions and need the help in deciding who to bring in. They’ve also added more rooms for Open Spaces sessions.

For $25, you get conference content, the chance to networking with a great group of developers (and DBAs and sysadmins and whoever else shows up), lunch, and a T-shirt. Although that doesn’t cover hotel or transportation, that’s still a lot cheaper than a lot of conferences that have this material. If you register before May 15th, you too can vote on the sessions. But register today, because after June 1, that CodeStock clown will get ugly and up the price to $45. (And I heard rumors that if you sign up after June 27th that they’re charging $250… but that might be another conference’s deal.)

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it down there, but I hope to catch up with the TN crew at devLink later this summer.

For more information about CodeStock, check out their site at http://www.codestock.org/

PyOhio (July 25-26, 2009)

After experiencing the gathering of the Python community at PyCon 09, I’ve agreed to help out with planning this year’s PyOhio. Expect to hear about it more as we get closer to the date, as I’m in charge of publicity this year.

This year, they’ve changed their venue from Columbus Metropolitan Library to Ohio State University. There will be planned talks, lightning talks, poster sessions, and Open Spaces all related to the Python community – including all implementations of Python.

Stay tuned to the PyOhio website at http://www.pyohio.org/ or follow us on Twitter as @pyohio.

devLink (August 13-15, 2009)

This is one of the least expensive conferences with of its size in this area. For $75, you get 3 days of content – covering a wide span of topics related to or concerning developers. You get keynotes, planned talks, and Open Spaces. You get a chance to network with some of the region’s most talented developers.

A friend had recommended that I attend devLink, and last year was my first year. I met an amazing amount of people – some from nearby and some from Arkansas, Alabama, and even further away. I enjoyed the planned talks, but my favorite parts hands down were the Open Spaces on Microsoft and Open Source (with Sara Ford‘s funny drawings on the notes) and on Creating Community (with so many active people in their local communities and regional communities).

I will be debuting my “Going Cross-Platform with C#” talk this year at devLink. I’m a C# developer by day, and I tinker with the .NET cross-platform awesomeness known as Mono after work. I tend to talk about Mono more in my IronPython talks, but this time around I’ll be using my day language to show how to take advantage of Mono for cross-platform support. I also plan on showing MonoDevelop, which allows you to develop in C# from a non-Windows platform.

devLink is being held in Nashville, TN this year. For more details, check out their site at: http://www.devlink.net/

Conclusion

There are a lot of events going on, and it’s hard to pick and choose among all of them. If you get a chance to learn more and network with a community, I’d highly recommend it. I will be attending a few of them, and I hope to see you out there!