Milwaukee Code Camp's Goals

We want to grow the Milwaukee developer community! By bringing like-minded people together on all things developer related and letting them discuss their past, present and future, we hope that new and amazing things are born. Several of us in the region saw a gap in our metro area because we don't have a larger free conference event to call our own. The vision for Milwaukee Code Camp, along with other Code Camps in surrounding regions, is to be a step up from user groups and meetups. We see ourselves then being a feeder into That Conference, which is a full scale professional developer conference right here in Wisconsin.

We openly welcome all types of technologies/languages/etc at Milwaukee Code Camp. If you are interested in a topic and don't see a session on it, please consider submitting a session. We have plenty of space at UWM for more sessions!

Date and Venue

Saturday, November 10 2018
UW-Milwaukee (UWM)
Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex
3135 N Maryland Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Please reference the links below in the FAQ for more information on parking options.

Code Camp Ideas

  1. By and For the Developer Community
    Code Camps are about the developer community at large. They are meant to be a place for developers/designers/testers to come and learn from their peers. Topics are always based on community interest.
  2. Always Free
    Code Camps are always free for attendees.
  3. No Fluff (No Sales Pitches)
    Code Camps are about sharing experiences and having great discussions on a wide variety of technology topics. The format for the sessions is up to the speaker(s) and could be lecture, breakout, hands-on, panel, interactive or something else. We want both the discussion leader and the attendees to get maximum value from each session, so we don't put any limits on the format.
  4. Community Ownership
    The most important element of the Code Camp is always the developer community. All are welcome to attend and speak and do so without expectation of payment or any other compensation other than their participation in the community.
  5. Never occur during work hours
    We need to understand that many times people can’t leave work for a day or two to attend training or even seminars. The beauty of the Code Camp is that they always occur on weekends.


Can I sign up for a specific session?

Not online. Sessions are first come first serve. Just show up. If your session is full, consider another session, or even take a break to talk with the sponsors or other people.

Do I need to attend the entire day?

No, but we do encourage you to check out other sessions that may interest you or to strike up a conversation and see what cool things people may be doing. Even if you're coming for one session, please sign up so that we can plan things accordingly.

Will there be breakfast?

A light breakfast and coffee will be available.

Will there be lunch provided?

Yes! We'll bring in something like sandwiches or pizza.

Do I need to bring anything with me to participate at the sessions?

Maybe. Please review the sessions you're planning on attending for more guidance on whether a laptop will be used for the presentation. We won't be providing any computers during the conference.

Is there going to be free parking available?

We tried to get free parking in some of the UWM lots, but were not able to do so.

What can I expect on the day of the event?

Be sure to check out the Schedule page for exact times, but from a high level the Milwaukee Code Camp will be a full day event with 5 session timeslots, each running about one hour. During each timeslot, we will have several sessions/tracks going on at once. At the end of the day, we'll have a short closing ceremony for any raffle prizes that may be available.

We open check-in about an hour before the first session. You'll need to stop by our registration table so we can check you in. This is important for breakfast, lunch, raffles and accountability. In order to have a safe event for everyone we need to have a good idea of who is actually there.

Once you're checked in then take some time to chat while you head on over to the first session of the day. This is a multi-track event, so it's going to be impossible to catch everything. We encourage everyone to review the schedule and pick the sessions that interest them the most. If there's a topic you've never seen before this might be a good opportunity to get some exposure to it as well.

During lunch, find a group and get to know each other. This is a great opportunity to network with other attendees. Maybe stop by one of the sponsor tables and check them out. After all, they are the ones that make this event possible!

After lunch we resume sessions. If you bring food with you into the rooms, PLEASE be kind and clean up after yourself. To be good guests in the facility we need to leave the place clean! We are our own cleaning crew.

At the end of the sessions we'll gather for a sponsor give-away and final words. This is another reason registration is important. We base the raffle off the registered attendee list and you do need to be present to win.

The Team - We are all volunteers