I've been hard at work for the last couple months helping to get BARcamp Chicago put together this year. We're hosting it at Pumping Station: One on the weekend of July 9th and 10th, and as always the event is free and there will be food and drinks provided (and not just pizza, we'll be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs on site). If you've never been to BARcamp or to any unconference before, you should definitely come check it out. The weekend will be filled with a wide variety of technology and entrepreneurship talks given by attendees. If you have some knowledge you'd like to share, you can give a talk too! We're also repeating the BARcompany contest. Last year we had three companies present business plans and prototypes, and the winner, Sacha DeAngeli of RuggedScents, has now launched his third manly scented cologne and has revenue coming in. This year we have three experienced judges and a cash prize for the winner, so start thinking about something you'd like to make. I know I'm excited for BARcamp this year, and I hope you are too! For more info, check out our website at http://www.barcampchicago.org/ or follow us on twitter.