110 W. New York Ave.
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posted Oct 11, 2012 - 9:09:04am
Event coordinator Ray Villalobos, a businessman and a teacher at Seminole State College, had attended BarCamps in Orlando during the past two years.
He was inspired to bring the event to Downtown DeLand after attending and witnessing the popular Mardi Gras Dog Parade in 2012. If a parade could bring so many people to DeLand, a tech event would also attract people, Villalobos reasoned.
The first BarCamp DeLand brought more than 200 people to Downtown DeLand to share and learn. Event sponsors included the MainStreet DeLand Association, Stetson University and others.
“It was a super-successful first event,” Villalobos said.
Speakers included well-known photographer and videographer Eric Breitenbach, who talked about documentary filmmaking, and multitalented artist couple Kelly and Courtney Canova, who spoke on “Photography and the Anatomy of Creative Inspiration.” DeLand celebrity designer Clark Orr — whose designs have been featured by Johnny Cupcakes — spoke about design, process and style, and inventor Dave Foster spoke on entrepreneurship and how to fund it.
Stetson University professors Matthew Roberts and Michael Branton also stepped off campus to give seminars at BarCamp.
“It was a great experience, and a chance to see a lot of young entrepreneurs and tech-savvy people come out, listen to each other’s ideas, and explore new ways of doing things,” Cafe da Vinci owner and BarCamp host Daniel Reed said.
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