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Big week ahead for South Florida techies

This weekend kicks off a series of events for South Florida technology enthusiasts to network and learn a few tricks of the trade.

The fourth annual BarCamp Miami is an informal gathering of hundreds. No speakers are planned in advance -- attendees sign up to speak when they arrive. The free day-long conference is Sunday at 4141 NE Second Ave. in Miami.

"It gives control to the people, and they create their own experience,'' said BarCamp founder Alex de Carvalho. "Since you don't have this distance between the speaker and the public, it becomes a more interactive experience, like a village.''

Last year's BarCamp had about 600 attendees who networked and presented demos of their startups, new techniques to use software, or just talked about idea of businesses they wanted to start.

"I think the point of BarCamp is to show we have a vibrant community, we have enough people here to demand a conference and we're going to put something on ourselves,'' said Brian Breslin, CEO of InfiniMedia, who has been involved in organizing previous BarCamps.

The Future of Web Apps returns to Miami on Tuesday and Wednesday, with speakers from companies like Facebook, Mozilla, Digg and Palm. It also features a few social media superstars, like Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV. Tickets start at $445 for the two-day internationally known conference at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

Those who want to learn to create a blog or take it to the next level will be heading to WordCamp Miami on Saturday, where 20 speakers will be holding sessions about blogs that are created on WordPress. The event at the University of Miami is sold out, with more than 200 attendees signed up.

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