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Q&A with Kyle Neumeier of Little Rock Techfest
Little Rock Techfest is an annual event held in Little Rock, Arkansas. The conference features a variety of speakers that cover popular developer-related subjects, from technology specific overviews and tutorials to other more general topics such as SEO, web design, tools and entrepreneurship.
This is a free conference open to anyone and is run by a team of dedicated volunteers. This year’s event is taking place on October 16th, 2015 at the Statehouse Convention Center. As the hosting sponsor for the conference, we recently caught up with developer Kyle Neumeier, one of the organizers, to learn more about the event.
Everleap: Thanks for talking with us Kyle. Could you tell us a little more about yourself and your professional background?
Kyle Neumeier: I'm a software developer based in Little Rock, Arkansas. I deal mainly with Microsoft technology but have used other tech as well, namely Java, in the past. I've been doing this for eight years. I currently work remotely for CareEvolution, a health information technology company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Can you give us some background on the Little Rock Techfest and who's behind it?
The event started in 2004 as a Microsoft focused conference. Two years ago the event name was changed to Little Rock Techfest and took on a wider breadth of technology and presentation categories. It's a free conference. We raise money from sponsors, both local and national, that are able to support what we are doing. In 2013, 225 people attended and there were 19 speakers. In 2014, 360 people attended and we had 22 speakers. So things are definitely rolling and seeing growth. This year, we will be a little crammed for space, what with the attention we got last year and what's coming forward for this year's event.
We have six core team members focused on planning the event. During the event, that number will increase to 10 or 12. I manage the website. But really, everyone helps and picks up what needs to happen. So for example, last year I helped with organizing the breakfast.
We also get other volunteers from the community. Last year we got help from students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to help run the registration booth, for example. We also have people helping us with social media, helping attendees find the sessions, etc.
It sounds like the event is growing and you've got a great team of organizers. How did you get involved?
I've been involved since last year, so I'm relatively new to the team. I found out about the conference via the Little Rock Dot Net User Group, however, we are focusing on getting the word out through several mediums this year. I got involved because I wanted to be able to have an impact on the developer community here in central Arkansas. I also wanted to be able to meet other developers in the area.