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BarCamp a special day for geeks at USF

TAMPA — If you want to embrace your inner geek and envelop yourself in computer hacking and Google Glass, check out today’s BarCamp Tampa Bay at the University of South Florida.

BarCamp is an annual techie networking event that celebrates nerdiness with no apologies. Its slogan on its website, www.barcamptampabay.org, calls it “A day by geeks, for geeks and about geeks on September 28th, 2013.”

The public is invited to drop by USF’s business school as early as 7:30 a.m. today and sign up for free technology-oriented seminars, a free lunch and T-shirt and hallway chatter with like-minded people. Seminar sign-up starts at 7:30; sessions are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4202 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa. Parking is available across the street at the Sun Dome.

Tampa debuted its own BarCamp in 2008, said Brenda Young, BarCamp Tampa Bay lead event organizer. BarCamps like to call themselves “unconferences” because the seminars are informal affairs run not by hired speakers but by volunteer presenters from the local technology community.

This year, Google Glass is a hot topic in tech, and BarCamp Tampa Bay will have three sessions devoted to it.

Sessions will focus on Google Glass’ basics, its technology and possible business uses, Young said. Other topics at BarCamp include crowdsourcing, mobile game development and geographic information systems.

Last year, about 850 people attended BarCamp Tampa Bay and a related event on the same day called CodeCamp. This year, about 750 people had registered as of Friday. BarCamp and CodeCamp have been separated this year, with CodeCamp scheduled for later this year, Young said.

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