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Remarkable Wit is Building Nashville’s Open Source Future One Developer—and One Student — At a Time


Tennesssee’s technology students will enter the same competitive landscape as graduates from MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and other technology education superpowers, yet because of budgetary concerns, often their access to IT thought leaders working on bleeding edge projects is limited. Students’ attendance at Big LAMP Camp, all-day educational event focused on the open source LAMP software stack, can be an important step toward engaging students in innovative technologies for the enterprise.

Nashville, TN, October 15, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Tennesssee’s technology students will enter the same competitive landscape as graduates from MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and other technology education superpowers, yet because of budgetary concerns, often Tennessee students’ access to IT thought leaders working on bleeding edge projects is limited.

“Some computer science students in Tennessee will graduate without having taken a single class about the open source technologies poised to become mainsteam choices for enterprise deployment,” explains Marcus Whitney, CEO of Nashville-based thought leadership and tech evangelist firm Remarkable Wit, LLC, the host of an educational Big LAMP Camp for developers and the Enterprise LAMP Summit, an IT thought leadership event for IT decisionmakers.

“Middle Tennessee cannot grow into a thriving Tier 2 technology hub without highly skilled talent continuously coming up through the ranks. While it can’t replace a solid curriculum in open source software, we believe that students’ attendance at Big LAMP Camp can be an important first step toward engaging students in the technologies that hold the greatest promise for the future of Web-based firms, whether those are in healthcare, e-commerce, education, publishing or any other industry.”

Big LAMP Camp on Nov. 7 will offer Tennessee students access to world-class technology leaders on the bleeding edge of innovation.

Big LAMP Camp, an all-day educational event focused on the open source LAMP software stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Python and Perl), will offer professional developers and Tennessee’s undergraduate and graduate computer science students an unparalleled opportunity to learn from, network with and ask questions of some of the world’s leading IT architects and developers.

Hosted at the Factory in Franklin in Franklin, TN on November 7, 2009, Big LAMP Camp will feature speakers including:

· Keynote speaker Marco Tabini, CEO of Blue Parabola and former publisher of PHP|Architect magazine and Python Magazine;
· Eli White of PHP-focused Zend Developer Zone (PHP powers approximately 40% of the dynamic sites on the internet);
· Doctrine lead developer Jonathan Wage of Sensio Labs;
· Perl guru Cory G. Watson of Magazines.com;
· John Reuning, Lead Architect of Lulu.com;
· Google AppEngine developer Jackson Miller, creator of iPhone game GPS Assassins;
· Baron Schwartz, Director of Consulting for Percona, Inc.;
· Chris Prather, CEO of Tamarou and core developer for the Moose framework;
· Mike Frank, Senior Product Manager, Database Group at Sun Microsystems;
· Paul M. Jones, Web Architect at OmniTI and creator of the Solar PHP Framework;
· Stevan Little, Senior Developer at Infinity Interactive and creator of the Moose Framework for Perl;
· Ryan Balfanz, Python developer for a GalaxyZoo.org project to provide an image processing pipeline interface for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite;
· Andrew Coleman, lead developer, and Taylor Redden, developer, of Consolo Services; and
· Luke Kanies, founder of Reductive Labs and creator of the Puppet IT Framework.

Why LAMP is crucial to students’ futures

Today's enterprises need reliable, secure, highly functional, high performance, portable and scalable internet service applications, yet CTOs face intense pressure to develop these powerful systems on the leanest of budgets. Even seven years ago, options for accomplishing these business goals were limited to well-known (and often expensive) proprietary software offerings. Few high-profile technology leaders trusted open source software such as the LAMP software suite to provide viable resources for the demands of a large-scale enterprise.

Now, however, because of the maturity, velocity, security and scalability achieved by the LAMP stack and the training, certification and support offered by a solid array of providers, many thought leaders believe that LAMP has proven its ability to provide performance that CTOs at the world’s largest enterprises can rely on for global deployment.

“Students who are not familiar with and comfortable using LAMP and a growing array of associated offerings risk being left behind as major enterprises adopt these technologies in growing numbers,” says Whitney.

What business leaders can do to help

Educational institutions and corporations that want to invest in the future of Tennessee’s students may sponsor Big LAMP Camp admission for computer science students from colleges and universities of their choice or sponsor open scholarships available for the use of any computer science student enrolled at a Tennessee college or university. Sponsorship costs range from $100 for a single ticket to $5000 for 50 admissions. Students under the age of 18 are not eligible for sponsorship.

For more information about Big LAMP Camp, the Enterprise LAMP Summit or Enterprise LAMP’s importance to the future of IT innovation, please visit www.EnterpriseLAMP.org.

To sponsor a Tennessee IT student’s admission to Big LAMP Camp, contact Betsy Jones at Betsy.Jones@EnterpriseLAMP.org.

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Contact:
Betsy Jones
Enterprise LAMP Summit & Big LAMP Camp
Remarkable Wit, LLC
+1.615.495.0006
Betsy.Jones@EnterpriseLAMP.org

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