logo_cloudcampI’m pretty excited to tell that I’ve been appointed as Australia/New Zealand organizer for CloudCamp.

For those of you who don’t know, CloudCamps are events that allow:

early adapters of Cloud Computing technologies [to] exchange ideas. With the rapid change occurring in the industry, we need a place we can meet to share our experiences, challenges and solutions. At CloudCamp, you are encouraged you 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.

CloudCamp was founded by an impressive line up of cloud computing aficionados and I’m stoked to be part of the next stage of CloudCamp development. See the video below that Dell Cloud Computing Evangelist, Barton George, made of CloudCamp founder Dave Nielsen:

I attended the Auckland CloudCamp earlier this year and helped organize the Christchurch event. 2010 however should see CloudCamp broaden its base.

I’m planning on there being 10 or so CloudCamps in my patch in 2010, and am keen to hear from people on the ground in different cities who would like to arrange an event. It’s a pretty easy thing to do – all you need is a venue, some refreshments, the odd sponsor keen to chip in to make it happen and, most importantly, some people who are interested and excited about what Cloud Computing means.

Anyone with some ideas on potential locations, a willingness to pitch in, a desire to attend or any other interest in CloudCamp Australasia 2010, just flick me a line. Oh and any vendors who want to have a chat about sponsoring an individual event or, perhaps, the regional initiative – also feel free to get in touch! Already we have a tentative CloudCamp Canberra for the end of January, anyone who wants to be involved in that, or has any other suggestions, just flick me a line ben AT diversity DOT net DOT nz

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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