We started thinking about ITCamp in late 2008, together with the Microsoft MVPs and community friends in Romania at that time. We realized the one thing missing back then in Romania (and maybe in the region) was a very good conference on Microsoft technologies where we would have liked to go in order to learn new things and to get to know renowned speakers from around the world.
At that time, we used to travel quite a bit and spend a lot of money to get to conferences such as Microsoft's TechEd along with other MVPs and colleagues in the local IT community. We only found what we were looking for in remote places such as Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin, Madrid, or the US - anywhere but here in Romania.
In 2011 we finally got together and organized the first edition of ITCamp. Back then, it was only designed to validate our assumptions about the local market, and it turned out to be a huge success as we passed the test of the audience: people came in larger numbers than we expected (ITCamp 2011 had over 200 attendees) and went home satisfied, and we knew that we will have them back for a second edition.
We realized the one thing missing back then in Romania (and maybe in the region) was a very good conference on Microsoft technologies...
ITCamp has evolved since then - last year we had 440 participants, 40+ sessions on 4 technical tracks, with great speakers from all over the world as well as from the local IT community. This year's edition will change a few things.
First, we have acknowledged the new Microsoft vision around the Cloud and other technologies, culminating with the announcement on going open source with .NET Core. So ITCamp 2015 will also be shifting from being a premium Microsoft-centric conference, to a premium IT technologies conference - even though the majority of the sessions will likely still focus on Microsoft technologies.
Second, we want one of the conference tracks this year to be a non-technical one. We recognize the fact that IT companies in Romania do not lack the technical skills as opposed to their worldwide competition. What we still need to improve are skills connected to IT Management. We will call this track "Business in IT" and we will have sessions with subjects like product management, leadership, medium and long term vision in IT, culture, sales.
We are very happy to have had so many attendees at our past editions, and we hope more and more will come. In the end, this is a conference made by IT specialists for IT specialists. And we know we would have been very happy it we had a conference like ITCamp back in 2003-2005 when we were still in between school and the real world. We feel confident that events like ours really help shape one's professional career.
In short, our mission is to deliver a premium community conference for IT professionals and companies in the region. A conference where programmers, testers, sysadmins on one hand, and IT managers and leaders on the other hand find they can spend two amazing days filled with in-depth content and lots of networking opportunities.
Here is our challenge for any IT guy & girl out there: think about your self-development, assume the responsibility for your own professional growth and come join us at ITCamp!