KCITP to host new conference, Compute Midwest, Nov. 8-11
KCITP, a grassroots Kansas City tech group founded in 2008 by Michael Gelphman, announced on Friday that it will host a new conference and hackathon, called Compute Midwest, from Nov. 8-11 in Kansas City, Mo.
Billed as an event "that delves into new ideas, emerging technologies and their impact on the Midwest," Compute Midwest will consist of a conference portion and a hackathon.
The conference kicks off with an opening party on Nov. 8. A day full of presentations at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts follows on Nov. 9, and another party tops things off that night.
Scott Chacon, the CIO of GitHub, Jason Hoffman, the founder and CTO of Joyent, and Naithan Jones, the co-founder and CEO of AgLocal, are all slated to speak at the event. Additional speaker announcements are forthcoming.
"You’ll hear from tech leaders, startup founders and innovators as they share their vision of the future," Gelphman wrote in the blog post announcing the event. "Find out where technology is going and discover how Kansas City can capitalize on Google Fiber."
The hackathon portion of Compute Midwest will follow a similar format to KCITP's June event, Hack the Midwest. The hack session begins the morning of Nov. 10 and concludes at noon the following day. Winners, Gelphman writes, will walk away with "awesome prizes."
Earlybird tickets to Compute Midwest are available through Sept. 21 and can be purchased online. Prices range from $50 for a hackathon pass to $289 for access to the whole schedule of events.