SVCC Kids Available For Signup!

Posted on June 6th, 2014 by Peter Kellner


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Silicon Valley Code Camp has had kids sessions for many of the past 9 years.  Last year, for the first time, we made a more concerted effort to organize the kids sessions and put them all in their own area.  We managed it informally like we do with all our professional sessions, and with the exception of maybe a little too much enthusiasm (the rooms were kind of packed, but the kids did not seem to mind), things went great!

This year, we are taking our SVCC Kids to the next level.  We’ve created a dedicated page on our site, we are allocating more dedicated space for SVCC Kids and we are formalizing signups for SVCC Kids so we better manage attendance.  We are also accepting sponsor so that we can better serve SVCC Kids.  Contact us  for more information.


The Basics

The basics are that in order to sign up a kid for a session, you must do the following.

  • Create a separate SV Code Camp account (login) for each kid
  • Assign a guardian to the kid
  • Make a minimum $25 donation to SVCC Giving


SVCC Kids organization is not large and does not have the staff to keep track of the kids.  We ask that an adult guardian be responsible for the kid at all times.  We ask that when you create the kid account that you also assign a guardian to that kid.  You do that by either assigning an existing code camp account to the kid or creating a new account for the guardian and assigning that do the kid.  We also require a minimum $25 donation to SVCC Giving.  This donation give us better accuracy in knowing who is coming to the kids sessions.

Screen By Screen

So how do you actually sign up your kid? (or, if you are the kid, what next?).

First, you need to create a kid account on the code camp site.  This is no different then creating an a professional account (also known as “not-kid”).  There is no donation requirement for the professional account and of course the professional does not need a guardian (well, most professionals anyhow).

The steps are 1, create a new account by pressing Register (assuming you are not logged in already, if you are logged in, you need to log off first).


If you do not like to use AOuth authentication (that is, using your Google, Facebook, Twitter or Microsoft accounts) to login, uncheck the box titled “Use Social Media As Login” and then you can create an account that has a password stored directly on the SV Code Camp site.  Keep in mind, that if you do use the OAuth authentication, you will still have an account on the SV Code Camp site, it will just use your email as the username and you will not need a password to login, just press the appropriate social login icon and then you will be authenticated through that.  If you ever want to log directly into an account you created with one of the social media OAuth providers, you can do so by using the “forgot password” dialog and enter in your email address.  Then, you will be able to set a SV Code Camp password to your account and not have to use the social media logins.

Moving right along, once you have created your account (assuming this is the kid account) you will be redirected to the second step of the new account process.  That is, you will be on the profile page.  You can always come back here later by simply logging into the SV Code Camp site and pressing the “Profile” tab on the left top of the main page.  You will see a dialog with a save button on the top, and if you scroll down to the “Kid Section”, you will see the following:


From here, you must choose the “Are You a Kid?” checkbox, you must put in a birth year for the kid and you must put in the username of a guardian.  If you do not, you will see lots of warnings like what is below telling you what you have forgotten.  Until you clear the warnings, nothing will be saved. Of course you must press the “SAVE” button as pictured below.


And, an example of a warning you might receive (there may be more than one paragraph so read the full warning carefully).


Once you fill this out (including a guardian username) and press save, the guardian will get an email asking for a confirmation.  The email looks like:


When the guardian click on the link, they will get a screen that looks like


Upon pressing “Confirm Responsibility” the kid will then be able to sign up for kid sessions.

That is, logging back on the kid account, going to the Sessions page, then select the checkbox “Kids” as follows, you will see the following screen.


Notice that Kids sessions are all marked very clearly with the green kids flag.

Next, when the kid says “interested in” by pressing the interest button, assuming that both a $25 donation has been made to SVCC Giving and a guardian has accepted responsibility for the kid, interest will be registered.  Keep in mind, this is not a guaranteed spot in the class. We can not guarantee slots until we have made our schedule will will not be until late August.  For now, you are just telling us that the kid wants to go to the class.  If for example you were to elect interest in two classes running at the same time slot (which has not been assigned yet), that would be a problem for everyone.

If one of the two conditions (donation or guardian assignment) have not been met then you will get an error when you try and assign interest.  The error will look something like this:


After you have cleared the problems you will be able to come back and register your interest.

Any questions, feel free to email

See you then!

2014 SV Code Camp Open For Business! (Action Items For Attendees)

Posted on May 9th, 2014 by Peter Kellner

We are most excited to announce that Silicon Valley Code Camp version 9 will take place the weekend of October 11th and 12th 2014 as always at Foothill College.  Last year we had to stop registration at 4,500 people to insure we had enough space for everyone.
Action Items
We currently have our first 58 sessions posted.  We are proud to have among those sessions Douglas Crockford, joining us for his 9th year in a row, talking about The Better Parts of JavaScript.  Gayle Laakmann McDowell will be sharing her experience on careers; check out these and the other sessions already planned.
Our weekend on Foothill campus gives us a small window into all the community education that happens at Foothill year in and year out.  It is hard to come to Foothill College and not be inspired by what Foothill provides our community.  This year we want to give back to Foothill College, as well as science, technology, engineering and math  (STEM) education.  In that light, we have established a dedicated non-profit company whose mission is to do just that.  We have called it  Silicon Valley Code Camp Giving, and on our registration page you will find an opportunity to donate as well as more details on our mission. 
We are looking forward to another awesome year!  As always we want to extend a huge thank you to all our speakers, volunteers, sponsors and especially our attendees for making this event so successful.
Peter Kellner
PS:  We still have over 100 session slots to fill.  If you know great speakers you want to see, let them know to come to our site and submit their sessions.
PPS: We already have many of our core sponsors committed (Microsoft, Google, Magenic, PayPal, ComponentOne, JetBrains and redgate).  If you know of other companies who are interested in participating, please send them our way.  Keeping code camp free is a challenge and the more support we get the better.

Notice Sent To SVCC Speakers And Sponsors Yesterday

Posted on April 30th, 2014 by Peter Kellner

Hi Current and Past SV Code Camp Speakers and Sponsors,
Today, our speaker and session pages have undergone a major facelift that may require speakers to make changes to their session(s) and bio.  As we are days away from our first big announcement of our SV Code Camp 2014 to all our past attendees, we want to make sure we have as many sessions up and accurate as possible. 
On the speaker profile, we want you to include speakers social networks (Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter and Linked In).  As you can see from the screen shots below, attendees will see links to as few or many of these as the speakers want on their speaker page.  We have also updated our sessions page to better highlight session tags as well as the speaker profile.  To edit or add these, simply go to the session submission page (Program/Submit Session), choose "submit sessions", then double click on your session and update accordingly.  Speakers will see a preview of the social network links they enter, so it is important to verify those are accurate.  Also remember, cache clears in about 20 minutes after changes are saved.
Any questions, please let me know and of course, thanks so much for all your efforts.
Peter Kellner
PS:  We are a little late this year on our general announcement because we have been waiting to get all the details worked out around our new non-profit company "Silicon Valley Code Camp Giving".  This mission of this new non-profit is to support Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education through donations from our attendees.  All attendees, when they register, will have the option to make a donation that will directly benefit Foothill College which as you all know has been our awesome host for Code Camp for these past 9 years.
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FrontEnd Masters 1 Yr Free For All Code Stars Summit Attendees! ($390 Value)

Posted on March 12th, 2014 by Peter Kellner

Breaking News: All attendees of Code Stars Summit will receive a free 1 year subscription to FrontEnd Masters catalog of online courses ($390 value).  FrontEnd Masters has courses in JavaScript, NodeJS, AngularJS, CSS, UI and others. Two of our Code Stars Summit workshop leaders (Crockford and Weyl) both have courses published on FrontEnd Masters and I’ve linked to those course video previews below.

Why are we offering this now? On my last email promoting Douglas Crockford’s Fun with Functions workshop, Doug asked me include a preview of a 5 hour training video he did for FrontEnd Masters as a sample of what to expect at his workshop.  Many hundreds of you watched that video preview getting the attention of Marc Grabanski, FrontEnd Masters president.  Marc (a past attendee of SV Code Camp) called me and we came up with the plan to give all attendees of Code Stars Summit a free 1 year subscription to FrontEnd Masters.

Douglas Crockford On JavaScript Video Sample

Estelle Wehl CSS In Depth

Below are the three workshops in which we still have space.  Signup now to reserve your space.

Fun With Functions In JavaScript – Douglas Crockford- Friday - This hands-on workshop is about using functions and thinking with functions to take your JavaScript use to another level. This workshop will challenge you to do better and think differently. Are you game? WHAT WILL YOU LEARN Through a graduated series of problems, your knowledge of what is possible with JavaScript will grow exponentially. WHO SHOULD ATTEND Developers, Operations Engineers and Testers and anyone wanting to increase their skill in functions and JavaScript.

AngularJS End-to-End Application Development Workshop.  2 Days With Dan Wahlin – Tuesday & Wednesday - The course starts with an introduction to building Single Page Applications (SPA) and talks about the features AngularJS provides. From there you’ll learn about different aspects of the framework such as views and directives, controllers and routes, as well as factories and services. Along the way, different debugging techniques and tools are discussed, how different AngularJS components can be customized and shared with other components, and different JavaScript patterns that can be applied to applications to make them more maintainable. By the end of the workshop you’ll have walked through the process of building a Single Page Application (SPA) from end-to-end using AngularJS and be ready to apply that knowledge to applications you need to build.

CSS3: What you need to know.  Estelle Weyl – Thursday - Web development without image editing software, IDs or classes? What was impossible 5 years ago is almost simple to do with CSS3. Prototyping with CSS3 has made the development process fun again. Yes, there is new syntax to learn, and different browsers sometimes require slightly different markup, but the power is worth the pain. And, once you understand the syntax, there are tools so CSS3 isn’t a memorization game. Improved development time, reduced maintenance costs, SEO, accessibility and site performance? What more could you ask for?
How about all of it, all in 1 day! In this full day workshop you will learn about the capabilities of CSS3, progressive design principles, time saving techniques, and debugging and development tools. Yes, we’ll cover rounded corners, but this skills-based workshop will cover so much more, including selectors, fonts, media queries, performance, responsive features, background effects, gradients, animations, transitions and transformations.

Thanks again for your support and of course, feel free to email me with any questions.

Peter Kellner

PS: Please click on this link to add us to your address book and help our emails bypass your junk mail filters

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Code Campers, Win a Device and Help Spread The Word About Code Stars Summit

Posted on February 4th, 2014 by Peter Kellner

The first Code Stars Summit, offering in-depth sessions taught by the very best SV Code Camp speakers, starts soon, and you can help make it a success. All we ask is two things: 1) Tweet one of our workshops including the tag #CodeStarsSummit,  2) Either follow our twitter account or, post about Code Stars Summit to any social media more than two weeks before the event. You’ll automatically be entered to win a cool gadget. In just a few seconds, you’ll be helping get the word out about Code Stars Summit — and who could not use some cool stuff?*
  • IPad Mini
  • Galaxy S4
  • Windows 8 Phone
  • Free Pass To Any 2014 Code Stars Workshop
  • $500 Visa Gift Card Below are sample tweets for each of our workshops ready to go (just click on them and you will be taken to a browser with a readymade tweet you can use or modify).
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Code Stars Summit is all about getting top workshop content for our attendees at reasonable prices and helps make sure that Silicon Valley Code Camp is always free. Please help us make it as successful as Code Camp and, as always, your support is very much appreciated.

Best Regards,

PS: As a special thank you, we are offering a 10% discount to past attendees of Silicon Valley Code Camp.  Just use the Referral Code: SVCCa7x10


PPS: If you are a meetup organizer, please reply to this email.  We have a special promotion for meetups we can discuss offline.

*Winner chosen randomly and has the choice of one of the items on the list

Announcing Code Stars Summit From SVCodeCamp (3/25-28 in SF)

Posted on December 22nd, 2013 by Peter Kellner

Hi  Code Camp Attendees,

We are very excited to announce a brand new conference happening in March
titled Code Stars Summit.  The
idea is to bring the best speakers (and beyond) to a workshop only event.
Just deep dives into what those speakers specialize in.  Theme: “When
two days is just not enough” referring to SV Code Camp’s hundreds of 75
minute sessions.   At Code Stars Summit deep dive and learn!  Our
goals are simple:
  • Top Presenters
  • From Code Camp’s Highest Demand Sessions
  • Ultimate Environment For Learning
  • Deep Dives Only
As this is our first year, the plan is to keep it intense and focussed. So
far we have:
We need help getting the word out.  If you know of  any companies
with training needs, please forward this email.  Join the excitement! We
are just getting started.
Happy Holidays!
Peter Kellner
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BIG Schedule changes for Saturday am

Posted on October 4th, 2013 by Peter Kellner

Three Important Changes
Saturday  9:45AM

Day Change:  Mark Miller’s  The Science of A Great UI Part 1 and 2 rescheduled from Saturday morning to Sunday morning
Room Change:  Intro to Relational Database Design & Entity-Relationship Diagrams From PSEC4501 To 1501 (now near registration)

Saturday 11:15AM
Day Change:  Mark Miller’s  The Science of A Great UI Part 1 and 2 rescheduled from Saturday morning to Sunday morning
Room Change:  Exception-Safe Coding in C++ Part I From 3525 to 1501 (now near registration)
Sunday 9:15AM
Our schedules and errata’s are already printed so they will not reflect this.  The changes have been updated on our web as well as our mobile web app.  We will have volunteers helping sort people out as the arrive at the incorrect rooms.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Goods For 2013 Event (Oct 5&6, 2013)

Posted on October 4th, 2013 by Peter Kellner

Silicon Valley Code Camp is almost here; we have 231 presentations and 4,500 registered attendees!  Registration starts at 8:30 AM Saturday morning.  Parking Lots #2, #3, #4, #5 and #6 are paid for by our sponsors so you do not need to pay $3 in those lots.  All other parking at Foothill requires a fee and Foothill police will ticket if you do not have a pass in those lots.  Also, please remember that the beltway around Foothill College is one-way so if you pass us, keep going around the circle and come back.
Follow the arrows on the paths and sidewalks to the registration desk to pick-up your name badge and Saturday Lunch ticket.
We will have printed copies of the schedule, but you can help us out by printing and bringing the following PDF files, they contain the session schedules for both Saturday & Sunday.
Track sessions and information can be found on the web at Tracks
All the same information is available on the full web site at and is posted on our RSS feed at Please remember to provide feedback after each session by visiting the Sessions Page on the web site and choosing Session Evaluation on the right of each session description.
As guest of Foothill for the 8th year in a row, the college has asked us to be particularly careful of the following two things.  1)  There is no eating or drinking in any of the classrooms and 2) In the class rooms that have computers, it is OK to use those computers to browse the internet but not to either disconnect the cables or install any software either from the web or USB.  Thanks for everyone’s cooperation on this.
See you Very Soon!
Peter Kellner
Silicon Valley Code Camp Coordinator

We Need Days Of Volunteers for Silicon Valley Code Camp!

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by Peter Kellner

SVCC needs your help.  This year’s event is bigger and better than ever and we need more helping hands to make things run smoothly.  Volunteering has so many benefits, the chance to meet and work with others like you, that feeling of goodness knowing you are contributing to our technology event, plus you’re invited to attend the speaker appreciation dinner on Saturday and you’ll get a cool T-shirt.  All this for just a couple hours of your time.

Our procedure this year for volunteering is the same as the past two years.  If you want to volunteer, you need to update your registration/profile page and let us know you are interested in volunteering.  Then, after that, simply go to our “Select a Job” page and pick what suits your schedule and interest.
This registration page requires you to check the box at the bottom to volunteer, as well as put a contact mobile phone number that we can reach you on at the event itself.  Then, after you have updated your registration, go to this page: Volunteer For Job and pick the job(s) you are interested in doing.
Most of the jobs are 1 hour with a 15 minute overlap to train the next volunteer. A few jobs are longer 1.5 hours. We’d really appreciate volunteers who can handle 2 slots (back-to-back on Registration, which would effectively be about 2 hours).
See you Very Soon!
Best Regards,
Peter Kellner
Silicon Valley Code Camp Coordinator
Mobile Session Viewer And Planner: 
*BTW, our schedule is live! If you have not picked your sessions, please login in and do so asap.
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233 Sessions Live! Pick Your Sessions To Attend ASAP

Posted on September 18th, 2013 by Peter Kellner

Our code camp schedule is live!  It’s important that you pick your sessions as soon as possible so we can be sure to put the most popular sessions in the largest rooms.  You now have two ways to choose the sessions you plan on attending. 
The first way, is to use the new sessions page, and while making sure you are logged in, click on the interest button to toggle your interest intent (interested, not interested or planning on attending).  Remember, you can be interested in multiple sessions at any given time slot, but the system will only let you have one session with the intent to attend.  You can of course go to any session you want once you arrive at the event.  We just use these numbers for capacity planning purposes.  The second way to choose sessions is to use the session planner tool which is more a single page JavaScript type app.
Finally, to see your personal schedule (as well as print it), the very popular Session Overview is back.  From this screen, you can see and print all the sessions you have selected.  You can see examples of all these pages below.  As always, thanks for your support of code camp and we look forward to seeing you all in a 17 days!
Best Regards,
Peter Kellner
Silicon Valley Code Camp Coordinator
Mobile Session Viewer And Planner: