BarCamp GNV Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Join us for the 5th annual BarCamp GNV, as we celebrate five years of knowledge sharing, community building, and networking.

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Talk: Upcycled Percussion
Talk: 3D printing as a hobby

What is BarCamp GNV?

BarCamp GNV is an unconference – an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment.

Sessions are given on a variety of topics, and the day is created collaboratively – built by you and the other attendees who have a topic, story, knowledge, or experience to share with the rest of the community.

How does it work?

When you arrive, you’ll see a big board with an empty grid with times along one side and 4 rooms across the top. If you have a talk planned, you can post it to that board starting at 8:00am.

Grab a sticky, write your name and a short description of the talk, and post it to the schedule. As the board fills up, attendees can start to see what's happening and when – and plan their day. You can sign up to present until the last slot is filled.

Can I give a talk?

Yes! We encourage any attendee interested in giving a talk to post their topic on the board, but it is not required. Remember, sessions aren't limited to just "talks," it can be a presentation, panel, or discussion group.

As an ice breaker, we’ll seed the schedule with 5 - 10 featured sessions, just to get the ball rolling. Interested in being a featured speaker? Register and select, speaker ticket.

Frequently asked questions

  • Does BarCamp have something to do with bars or camping?

    Nope, it doesn't. The "BarCamp" name arose as an open to the public alternative to Foo Camp, which is an invitation-only conference. Under 21 are welcome, and please don't bring your tents!

  • What is the cost to attend?

    Nothing! BarCamp is completely free and open to the public. Invite all your friends and share the experience with them!

  • What will the session topics be?

    The majority of sessions are not prearranged. Attendees propose their own session ideas on the day of the event, and the schedules are updated throughout the day to make sure the most popular sessions get the largest rooms. Although topics should lean heavily to a tech and creative audience, one of the most fun parts of BarCamps are the ‘kitchen sink’ talks like ‘How to roast your own coffee’ or ‘Lockpicking’.

  • How long are the talks?

    The schedule allots 30 minutes for each session but you should leave some room for Q&A afterwards and travel time between sessions.

  • Do I have to give a talk?

    Absolutely not! Many people come to BarCamp just to meet new people and listen to other folks give presentations, and that's great! We encourage people to participate however they are most comfortable. That's the beauty of the unconference. You can pretty much do whatever you want.

  • What should I bring?

    BarCamp attendees don’t need to bring anything more but themselves and a thirst for knowledge, but here are a few suggestions:

    • Notepad, pen/pencil for taking notes and collecting autographs
    • Something to share with attendees (i.e. business cards)
    • A friend

  • Will internet be provided?

    Sorry, no internet will be provided so prepare any materials you need ahead of time.

  • Can I give a sales presentation?

    Nope. To be respectful of our BarCamp attendees, sales presentations, or all-out sales pitches are not allowed. Don’t even try it, folks.

  • What if people walk out during a talk?

    If a talk or discussion in one room isn’t of interest to you, feel free to walk out and join another session. If you’re giving a talk, don’t worry if people do this.

  • Will food and drinks be provided?

    Yes, food will be provided. A light breakfast and lunch.

  • You didn't answer my question!

    If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

    You can email us at You can also tweet us at @BarCampGNV.

Our Tracks

Select the track below that best fits your talk.

  • Entrepreneur

    This is a great track to talk about staying scrappy, your setbacks, or successes — tell us about your journey to owning your own work.

  • Creative

    Pushing film beyond its limit's, Sketch pro tips, building strong brands. This is the track for you to share your creative ideas.

  • Technology

    Expanding Your Command Line Toolbox, The Physical Web, IoT. Use this track to talk about the hardware and software that you love to geek out with.

  • Kitchen Sink

    La vie sous vide, BBQ competitions, Upcycled Percussion. This track is for all those passions that don't quite fit...the other tracks.

The schedule
Time Event
8:00am – 9:00am Registration and session building Start your day by grabbing your t-shirt and filling out your badge. Next, head over to the food table for some coffee and a light breakfast. Finally, head to the board to post your talk, or just mingle with your fellow BarCampers and watch the schedule fill up.
9:00am – 9:30am Welcome and opening remarks We’ll lay some ground rules for the day, so you’ll know what to expect before talks begin.
9:30am – 12:00pm Morning sessions
  • 9:30am – 10:00am
  • 10:10am – 10:40am
  • 10:50am – 11:20pm
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Food and drinks will be provided.
1:10pm – 5:00pm Afternoon sessions
  • 1:00pm – 1:30pm
  • 1:40pm – 2:10pm
  • 2:20pm – 2:50pm
  • 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Afternoon sessions cont
  • 3:40pm – 4:10pm
  • 4:20pm – 4:50pm
5:00pm – 5:30pm Closing remarks Say goodbye to another year of BarCamp. See ya next year!
If you’re giving a talk, make sure to get to the room early to test your A/V equipment.


Check out our featured sessions, and draw inspiration for your own talk! Remember, sessions aren't limited to just "talks," it can be a presentation, panel, or discussion group.


Mark Oelke Dynamic Integration Testing with Selenium and Jupyter Notebooks

Have you ever wanted to modify an integration test while running the test? What if your "Day in the Life" test could also test behavior? Or do you just want an introduction in Integration testing?

This talk will take you through demos to build a scaffold for testing in Jupyter Notebooks and Test your knowledge will live quizzes. Feel free to bring your laptop, checkout the code, and follow along.


Michelle Brownstein You Are Not Your User: The Power of UX Research

During the design and development process, it can be easy to get lost in business requirements and forget you are not the target user group. We’ll explore how to bring UXR to your processes to better understand the target user group and build the best possible product for your audience.


Simone Seely Performance

Simone Seely is a classically trained, bi-lingual violinist who is also at home playing Celtic, Americana, and orchestral music. She has won the official Florida State Fiddle Contest as well as numerous other awards -including the State concerto competition and the regional Long Leaf Pine Fiddle Contest.

As a two time Future Music Makers scholarship recipient, she is excited to share her musical expressions with the BarCamp community and beyond. When she is not making music, she enjoys video editing, cooking her favorite recipes, and taking care of her pets.

Usha Suryadevara A year into Serverless Architecture - Lessons learned.

Serverless will surely take over in the next few years. What about now? Is serverless really a step forward? The serverless ecosystem is evolving constantly, which means our architecture needs to evolve constantly. We've learned valuable lessons developing functions for AWS, and we are still iterating. Come find out why the initial struggles were worth the journey in this session.

Kitchen Sink

Angela Pang Effective Altruism

How do we do the most good? An introduction to Effective Altruism gives us guidelines on choosing careers, charities, and more.


Duncan Kabinu The Dangers of Outsourcing Software Development

An outsourcing relationship is hard…but you want to make it successful and cost effective. There are several reasons to outsource your app development project - cost reduction, innovation, accelerate production, better products. Well there are common risks that can become costly, so how do you manage them? Come learn about the good and the bad and get your Outsourcing Best Practices Toolkit.

NOTE: Outsourcing for this context is to any company/person that is not your direct employee or member of staff.

Kitchen Sink/Technology

Justin Doan Transitioning into a tech career

Finding yourself dreaming of new things? Follow me on my journey from accountant to software developer, where I'll go over the whats, whys, and hows of some of the key steps in the process.


Amie Kreppel What is GDPR and why it matters

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union (EU) is an initiative of the EU to ensure a high level of data protection and privacy for all individuals within the EU (and European Economic Area-EEA), including the exportation of all personal data outside of the EU and EEA.

The introduction of the GDPR constraints have had a profound impact on the collection and potential use of personal data central to many online business models including a 22% drop in the use of 3rd party cookies across Europe and an increase in the difficulty of targeting audiences using 3rd party data.

Since GDPR applies to any activity that would collect EU and EEA citizen data within and beyond EU/EEA borders it is extremely relevant to online industries worldwide, with a particularly large effect on smaller players.


Aaron Feickert Cryptography and security Q&A

We all interact with cryptography every day. Whether it's making a phone call, using apps on a tablet, using wireless earbuds, or transferring cryptocurrency, modern security hinges on math that most of us don't think about. How does cryptography get used in real-world scenarios? And how does it go wrong? This talk will be very informal and audience-driven, based on interest.


The sponsors below make BarCamp GNV possible. We can’t thank them enough. Be sure to show them some love if you see them around.