If you are not familiar with OpenSQLCamp, here's a description from the home page at http://opensqlcamp.org/:
OpenSQL Camp is open to all – sessions have included PostgreSQL, SQLite, MySQL (and storage engines and forks thereof), Drizzle (and tools such as Google Proto Buffers), DBIx::Cache, Gearman, cloud computing, Unix tips, query optimization, Apache Derby, BlackRay, Continuent Tungsten, DB Clustering, Firebird, CouchDB, MongoDB, Cassandra, Firewater, how to version schemas, Waffle Grid / Storm Cloud, databases on SSDs, and even "soft" topics like the Open Database Alliance.
However, this post is mostly about OpenSQLCamp Boston, which I am planning. I am working on a good hotel room rate -- hotel rooms in the Boston area are pricey, and I'm trying to work out something at $159 per night or lower. I will let you know if that happens, otherwise we will probably be on our own for hotel rooms.
MySQLCamp is a free event available to the public, though geared towards the MySQL Community. There is no fee for any participant, and workshops are presented by participants and chosen by the community.
Last year, Google was kind enough to sponsor all of the logistics, from food to meeting space. This year, Polytechnic University is providing the location -- and we're opening up sponsorship for the rest!
Technocation, Inc. -- a US not-for-profit providing educational resources for IT professionals -- is sponsoring a donor campaign for MySQLCamp II, to take place from August 23-24, 2007 at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
There are many folks who want to go to the MySQL Users Conference in Santa Clara, California from April 23 - 27. However, not everyone can afford to go. Technocation is committed to helping folks get the education and networking contacts so important to IT professionals. So, we're opening up our very first campaign!
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The current technocation wish list for equipment (new or used, must be in good working order):
DONATED 6/07! Audio Recording device, capable of at least 3 hours of continuous audio recording. Can be analog or digital but must be able to be connected to a computer and processed.
Print graphic design talent
DONATED 12/06! Laptop with at-least: built-in microphone, speaker and wireless card; 1G RAM; 1.5 Ghz processing power; built-in DVD/CD-RW drive; Firewire & USB capability/ports. (optional but preferred, DVI input) (this is for podcast recording and processing, giving presentations, and processing (not recording) video).
DONATED 12/06! Video camera -- must have a built-in microphone as well as an external microphone jack (1/4" or minijack OK); must be able to record up to 3 hours at one time without a tape change (if it requires a laptop we will need a separate one capable of recording video, as a presentation laptop may be in use at the same time); can be analog or digital but must be able to be connected to a computer and processed.
DONATED 11/06! Condenser microphone with 1/4" or stereo output
DONATED 11/06! Sound mixer board
Monetary contributions can be specified as directed towards the purchase of any of these items. All donations of money or equipment are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. To arrange a donation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Technocation and the OurSQL podcast is looking for volunteers to review the latest edition of the MySQL Cookbook by Paul DuBois, http://my.safaribooksonline.com/059652708X. This version, released Nov. 1 2006, is updated for MySQL 5.0.
You can sign up to write a written review on technocation.org (and it will be submitted to the book's websites as well) or to record a review to be featured on the OurSQL podcast. In return, you will receive credit as a featured writer/voice and get to keep your review copy of the book. You will share rights to the review with Technocation, so that you can post the article wherever you choose, and Technocation can also post the review to the website or to the OurSQL podcast.