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TechDays, Microsoft’s cross-Canada conference for developers and IT pros, offers its space to tech communities to hold events free of charge when TechDays itself isn’t happening. Last year it was a series of “Camp” style events along the lines of DemoCamp abd FailCamp, and this year, CloudCamp is holding events in all eight TechDays cities on the evening before Day 1 of TechDays. TechDays Ottawa starts tomorrow, which means that CloudCamp Ottawa happens tonight!

It doesn’t matter whether your preferred cloud computing system is Microsoft’s, Amazon’s, Rackspace’s or anyone else’s – CloudCamp is for anyone with an interest in the cloud, regardless of technology stack or vendor.

From the event description:

CloudCamp is an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas. With the rapid change occurring in the industry, we need a place where we can meet to share our experiences, challenges and solutions. At CloudCamp, you are encouraged to share your thoughts in several open discussions, as we strive for the advancement of Cloud Computing. End users, IT professionals and vendors are all encouraged to participate.

Here’s the agenda:

When What
5:30 p.m. Registration and refreshments
6:00 Welcome and introductions
6:15

Lightning Talks

  • Microsoft Azure by Rick Claus
  • Opportunities and Challenges of Delivering Analytics in the Cloud by Rob Rose
  • Books on the Ground; Data in the Cloud? – Libraries and Privacy in the Cloud by Heather Moulaison, Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa School of Information
6:45

“Unpanel” discussion

7:15 Organize breakout sessions
7:30

Breakout sessions, round 1

Suggested topics:

  • Intro to cloud computing
  • Comparison of cloud platforms
  • How to build an app in the cloud
  • NoSQL
  • Security in the cloud
8:15 Breakout session, round 2
9:00 Wrap-up
9:15 Where to next?

CloudCamp Ottawa takes place tonight at the Hampton Inn Convention Centre (100 Coventry Road) and admission is free. They’re even providing food!

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.