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Blender Mini Conference July 12,13


Join a free Blender conference on July 12 in Kingsport, Tennessee and meet the Tri-Cities Blender User Group on the Mini Maker Faire on July 13.

Byron Kindig writes:

We are having a Blender Mini Conference in Kingsport TN sponsored by the Tri Cities Blender Users Group and North East State Community College. It is free and those attending will be given CEU's from North East State Community College. Here are the details.


  1. Byron Kindig on

    Thanks for posting this for us, and thanks to Fender750 for the model of the keyboard in the image above, on

  2. Byron Kindig on

    Thanks to all the presenters and audience we had a great time. We had 20 attendees from Florida, Tennesee, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Six great presentations, and the next day we got the chance to show Blender off at the Kingsport Mini Maker Faire.

  3. George Thomas Bowen on

    I had a great time. Everytime we go to Kingsport, I learn so much and connect to people That share my passion. Thanks Byron.

  4. Mark A. Metz on

    I only heard about the mini-conference two days before the event, and since it would mean a six-hour drive I was a bit cautious. Byron let me know the event schedule so I took a chance. I'm really glad I decided to attend.
    The Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing ( hosted the mini-conference. What a great facility and what a great mission! The Dean of RCAM, Jeff Frazier, welcomed us personally and provided a fantastic, professional audio-visual room with plenty of space, electrical hookups, three overhead projectors, and free wifi. I think all attendees were very comfortable. The space was also conveniently located to food and accommodations.
    I learned something from each presentation. They included:
    2d Animation Using Hand Drawn Images
    David Kinsler, Kingsport, TN
    Smoke and Fire
    Trey Bowen, Florence, AL
    How to Use Projection Painting from Multiple Photos to Create a UV Map of a Human Head
    Byron Kindig (conference organizer), Kingsport, TN
    Blender's Game Engine
    Sam Brubaker, Raleigh-Durham, NC
    Game Art and Design
    Michael Agreda, Orlando, FL,
    Voronoi Cell Fracturing and Rigid Body Physics
    Matt Runion, Johnson City, TN
    All in all, the conference went off without any glitches (at least none that I noticed). There were no equipment snafus, projector lamp burnouts, or any other common problems that occur at conferences. The members of the Tri-Cities Blender User Group that I met were all extremely nice. They seem to be a good mix of beginners to advanced users of Blender, and all seem very enthusiastic about using and learning about Blender. One local attendee pulled out a tablet and recorded every presentation!
    Even though this group is a good distance away from me, I plan to keep in touch with Byron and the Tri-Cities BUG. I look forward to more great events.

  5. Had an awesome time at the conference! I met so many awesome people and it was a grand pleasure to teach as well! I look forward to doing this again one day!

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