|PBA alum Ryan Morgan ‘02, right, founder of Arrow Consulting & Design, chats with Jeff Hood, a PBA computer science major. Morgan was a guest speaker during a computer science class last spring.|
DotNetNuke (DNN) users including web developers, web designers, administrators and industry experts from across the country and abroad will meet at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s main campus Friday and Saturday for DNNCon.
DNNCon is a national conference to enhance one’s knowledge of DNN, one of the world’s largest content management system platforms for Microsoft.Net. A content management system, or CMS, is a web application in which users can add, edit and manage a website.
A day of intense hands-on DNN training will take place Friday and requires a fee to register. Saturday is DNNCon's main event, in which the conference will offer sessions, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public, with more than 200 people expected to attend. Participants will learn about the content management system, social marketing, and more, and will receive lunch as well as the opportunity to network with other technologists.
PBA offers a bachelor of science degree in computer science in the School of Arts and Sciences. According to Dr. Ken Pembamoto, associate professor of computer science, having the conference on campus will provide a great opportunity for PBA’s future computer programmers.
“By volunteering at the conference, computer science students will be able to learn new technologies as well as network and make connections for employment after graduation,” he said.
In fact, it was 2002 PBA graduate Ryan Morgan that connected the University with the well-known industry conference.
Morgan is the founder of Arrow Consulting & Design, a company providing software consulting, user experience and design and Internet marketing, located in downtown West Palm Beach. As a regular speaker at DNN events including, "Day of DotNetNuke" and at DNN User Groups around the country, he said he thought PBA would be the perfect venue for DNNCon. Through his involvement with the Orlando DNN User Group, contact with DNN Corp and connecting with other user groups via social media, he got the green light to present the idea to his alma mater.
“I reached out to (Dr. Pembamoto) to ask him if he thought PBA would be interested in providing the location for this year’s conference,” he said.
Seminars will take place in PBA buildings including Gregory Hall, Lassiter Hall and the Warren Library.
“DNNCon is a good opportunity to give PBA's computer science program exposure," Morgan said.
Organizers will be donating funds from the conference to A Place of Hope, a Palm Beach charity that provides both emergency and long-term family-style foster care to children and families in need of help.