About Us

AZGiveCamp depends on our volunteers to support all activities since we have no paid staff. Volunteers do all of the pre-event work as well as managing the events themselves and coordinating the day-of-event volunteers to do the actual development work that GiveCamp is famous for. As you can imagine, these coordination efforts take a significant amount of time and resources, and would not be possible without the contributions and sacrifice of these key contributors.

GiveCamp Founder

Chris Koenig Known as “The Godfather of GiveCamp”, Chris Koenig is a Senior Developer Evangelist with Microsoft, based in Dallas, TX. Prior to joining Microsoft in March of 2007, Chris worked as a Senior Architect for The Capital Group in San Antonio, and as an Architect for the global solution provider Avanade. As an Architect and consultant, Chris worked with a variety of clients from many vertical markets, ISVs and other solution providers on enterprise-class Windows and web-based applications. Today, Chris focuses on building, growing, and enhancing the developer communities in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana while specializing in Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight development.


AZGiveCamp Founders

 Barry Stahl Barry is a .NET software engineer, Election Integrity Activist, baseball and hockey fan, husband of one genius and father of another, and is a 25+ year Phoenix resident. Barry spends his days building integrated systems for Crew Operations at US Airways and his nights thinking about the next AZGiveCamp. You can follow Barry on Twitter @bsstahl or read his blog at http://www.cognitiveinheritance.com.

Gary Hoffman Gary claims he got suckered into being a development manager, which he has been actively trying to get out of ever since, but we all know better. Nobody really knows what Gary does right now, but we know he does it for US Airways, and he does it very well. He has a really cool, jealousy inducing title, of Senior Executive Systems Architect, or something similar, and since no-one really knows what that means, it allows Gary to spend much of his day thinking about GiveCamp. The entire AZGiveCamp team was very appreciative of Gary for demonstrating to us the proper technique for power-napping at a GiveCamp event and we remain in his debt to this day.


AZGiveCamp Core Organizers

The core organizers of AZGiveCamp are the team that makes each event happen. Over the last few years, the team has coalesced into a consistent, efficient unit making each subsequent event better, and easier to coordinate, then the previous.  These key individuals are the alpha-heroes of AZGiveCamp.

Fran Eastwood You can easily identify Fran at every AZGiveCamp. She will be the one signing you in and organizing the coffee. You are guaranteed to be met with a glazed over look when you start talking to her about code or anything development related. As a Communications Manager, she has no concept of what developers do, although she is an excellent user. She fancies herself a “Word Nerd” and sees her participation in AZGiveCamp as providing her with her often coveted geek adjacency cred.

Rob Richardson is a software craftsman building web properties in ASP.NET and Node, Angular and React. He’s a Microsoft MVP, published author, mentor, frequent speaker at conferences, user groups, and community events, and a diligent teacher and student of high quality software development. You can find his talks on his blog at https://robrich.org/presentations and follow him on twitter at @rob_rich.