The Fall 2010 Software GR season is almost here!

Thanks for waiting patiently over this hot, hot summer, everyone! Things may have seemed quiet but I assure you that we haven't been taking a break. We've been working hard to make the next season of Software GR a success. As always, we'll continue to bring in the best speakers from around the world to share their experience with Grand Rapids. Below are just a few of the events from the upcoming season, and remember: Software GR events are always free to attend, thanks to our sponsors.

Steve Smith: is a recognized authority on front-end development and interface design. He is an entrepreneur, founding Ordered List, and co-founding Sidebar Creative, both of which are outlets for his professional work. And as an author, public speaker, and University of Notre Dame professor, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others.

Chris McMahon: When I'm not testing software he's gone to the canyons or the mountains. Chris recently helped organize the Writing About Testing conference and will be sharing some of the great observations that came out of it for those of us who couldn't make it.

Joe Stump: CTO and co-founder of SimpleGeo. Before that Joe was Lead Architect for Digg. In his spare time he likes to run, bike, swim, play disc golf, go hiking, and snowboard. He appreciates Oxford commas.

Walter Bright: Engineer, Digital Mars. Creator of the D programming language. Walter Bright graduated from Caltech in 1979 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for Boeing for 3 years on the development of the 757 stabilizer trim system. He then switched to writing software, in particular compilers, and has been writing them ever since.

That's just a few of upcoming events - keep an eye on our web site as we post the complete schedule! And in addition to that, we're also very proud to be presenting these other fantastic west Michigan tech events:

BarCampGR: This is the fifth BarCamp gathering in Grand Rapids, and it is free. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees, usually centered around design & technology topics. If you're not familiar with what BarCamp is, we recommend reading the rules. BarCamp GR is on Saturday August 20th at the Devos Communications Center, Calvin College.

GLSEC: Stay tuned for details on the next Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference. We'll be gathering on April 16th, 2011 at the Prince Center, Calvin College. We've got a really great show lined up. Keep an eye on the GLSEC web site for details as their finalized.

Thanks to all of you for your support this far, and we're looking forward to the upcoming year. Hopefully you are too!