9th Annual Silicon Valley Code Camp succeeds in making software education accessible to everyone

Silicon Valley Code Camp (SVCC) sets up its tents for one weekend every October on the beautiful campus of Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California. For two days, anyone who registers can learn about programming languages, tools and techniques from industry experts – for FREE! It all works because Peter Kellner, the organizer, has assembled all the right ingredients: 200 volunteers, 190 speakers and 30 sponsors. These volunteers spend a lot of time, not only for the two days of the event but leading up to it, putting together the program, and organizing speakers, information, rooms, shirts, and refreshments, amongst many other things. As I experienced firsthand as a sponsor representing Undo Software, they are there to help you carry a box or give you a cold drink – anything to make the event run smoothly and without fuss. And I haven’t mentioned yet that the attendance was 2850 people! One of the really cool things was to see parents and their kids there on Sunday, October 12, for a full day of activities for children.

As a sponsor, we set up our table and demo (pictured below) on both days under the necessary shade of the tents as the weather was beautiful yet still quite warm in the full sun. We were pleasantly surprised to see a good mix of professionals attend and stop by our table to talk. We also gave out a fair amount of chocolate to anyone who visited! Greg Law, CEO and co-founder of Undo, gave one of the 90-minutes talks in the C++ track on Real World Reversible Debugging. There was a real collegiate atmosphere around the event and the C++ community, while small in size at Code Camp, welcomed Undo’s first participation at SVCC. Other highlights from the C++ track were Jon Kalb’s two part session on Safe Coding in C++ and Hardening Your Code by Marshall Clow.

We were tired but happy when we packed up the last box on Sunday afternoon to leave. What an inspiring event Peter and his team of volunteers and sponsors have put together – we were proud to be part of it!

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