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PrizCon 2013: Unlocking Potential, Unlocking Futures

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Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)

PrizCon 2013: Unlocking Potential, Unlocking Futures

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Possibly the World's Second Tech Conference in Prison

This year we'll have concentrations in two major areas, with a few inspiring miscellaneous goodies around the edges, including an all-day game called Out of Time that will challenge your knowledge of the history of technology and give you the chance to win one of two truly unique prizes to take home with you.

Our keynote speech will be given by Robert Myers, CEO and co-owner of Pillar Technology Group, an Agile IT consulting firm whose people have given significant support to the pursuit of technology education at Marion Correctional Institution, including sponsoring this conference.  The day will be summarized by Daryl Kulak, also of Pillar.

One of our general areas of concentration will be software development.

As you might expect from any event connected with Pillar Technology Group or its people, we'll be talking about aspects of the Agile culture such as test-driven development and pair programming.

There will also be presentations on software development in environments other than the traditional desktop or client-server markets, including iOS (Apple) mobile development, Android mobile development, and development for an Arduino 8-bit microcontroller.

Alan Perlis was one of the designers of the ALGOL programming language from the mid-1950s.  He said, "A [programming] language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing."  In a nod to Perlis, we have several presentations involving languages that, if your experience has been limited to middle-of-the-stream programming languages like Java, C#, or Visual Basic, will definitely affect the way you think about programming.  These languages include Scala, Scheme, J, HTML5/JavaScript, and even C.

The other general area of concentration will be the digital arts.

We have an emphasis on digital photography this year, as well as presentations on producing 5.1- or 7.1-style surround sound, creating a music video with computer animation, graphic design, and editing live-action digital video.

We have a wide variety of presenters this year, both from the inside and from the outside.  Chances are that if you're reading this you know some of these names already:

  • Bob Allen
  • Amber Conville
  • Jesse Cox
  • Jordan Edelheit
  • Jason Felice
  • Pat Flinn
  • Angela Harms
  • Tracy Harms
  • Juan Martinez
  • Willie Otis
  • Tessa Potts
  • Nilanjan Raychaudhuri
  • Mark Roberts
  • Dan Royston
  • Russell Seel
  • Gareth Small
  • Ron Stacy
  • Matthew Stoltzfus
  • Matt Van Vleet
  • Dan Wiebe

Why are we charging $7.00 for admission this year, when last time the conference was free?

Mainly lunch.  Last time our lunch was covered by charitable funds that aren't available this year.  Also, there are other incidental expenses involved with hosting an event like this, some of which will become clear to you when you arrive!

So we're hoping that the opportunities we're presenting are worth more to you than seven of your dollars.  Those opportunities include:

  • The opportunity to experience an environment you may up to now only ever have seen on TV or in the movies, and discover what it's really like;
  • The opportunity, if you're a software person, to see first-hand what non-software tech types can do with software like what you write for a living;
  • The opportunity, if you're a digital arts person, to understand more about what goes on under the surface of the software you use to make your living;
  • The opportunity to meet, socialize with, and learn from other people with interests in and related to your industry;
  • The opportunity to win a couple of prizes that won't be like any other convention prizes you've ever won, seen, or even heard about; and, as the Coding in the Clink participants already know,
  • The opportunity to be astonished and have a significant piece of your worldview adjusted.

We're looking forward to seeing you in prison!


We are grateful to Pillar Technology for its sponsorship of this event. We are grateful to the Coding in the Clink community who give freely of their own time and expertise. We are grateful for 'Uncle' Bob Martin's support and interest in Coding in the Clink. And a special thanks goes out to Jeff Langr for his support and past keynote of possibly the world's first tech conference in prison.

Have questions about PrizCon 2013: Unlocking Potential, Unlocking Futures? Contact PrizCon Organizers

When & Where

Marion Correctional Institution
940 Marion-Williamsport Road
Marion, OH 43302

Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)

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