This past weekend was the 8th Ramp up Weekend, presented by Innovate Manitoba. If you are not familiar with Ramp up then you should be. The weekend is 55 hours to build an MVP and start a company. We have competed in the past and actually started a product out of the weekend.
When you start attending user groups and meetups, you will not only start meeting like minded developers but you will be invited to share your ideas and see what you are truly capable of as a developer. This experience is the most valuable thing you can get entering the field and it is something that I am happy that I did before even graduating college.
The first truly consumer 3D printer should be incredibly intuitive, easy to own, and seamless by design. This project has already beat it's goal of $50,000 by $1,550,000. If that doesn't show you how excited people are for 3D printing then I don't know what will. This project, the Micro 3D is a small, cheap, consumer 3D printer that is aiming to be on the market by August 2014. This is shaking up the world of 3D printing because traditionally you are looking at over $1000 for a 3D printer. These guys want to sell them for less than $500.
This week os Prairie Dev Con 2014, a 2 day conference in central Canada focused around development and technology. This year the theme is the Web and Mobile. Today was day 1 of 2 (3 if you do the work shops) and so far it has been a pretty awesome experience. This morning we were greeted after a non-continental breakfast by the keynote speaker Joel Semeniuk, co-founder of Imaginet Resources Corp talking about The Coming Tsunami of technology opportunity coming to the tech industry.