Help improve developers in your community by hosting a coderetreat in your city.
Hosts handle all of the logistics of organizing, finding a local sponsor, running a coderetreat and creating an atmosphere of fun and collaboration.
To host a coderetreat:
- Pick a date and time to hold your coderetreat. Coderetreats lasts for a day (9:00am-5:00pm). Because of this, coderetreats are usually held on a Saturday.
- Find a place to hold your coderetreat. Many local tech companies are willing to serve as a venue.
- Find one or more local sponsors for lunch and other expenses. Coderetreats must be free.
- Recruit a facilitator to guide the participants through the day.
- Arrange for a nice, catered lunch. Participants who are willing to come out at 9 in the morning to spend the day coding deserve more than just pizza for lunch.
- Check the checklist for keeping track of things.
This list is intended as help for people who want to host a coderetreat:
- Tables and chairs (good for sitting all day)
- Breakfast snack, e.g. croissants …
- Healthy lunch (No Pizza!)
- Afternoon snack, e.g. cake, cookies …
- Soft-drinks, e.g. water, coffee, tea …
- Wifi for everyone
- Power Plugs
- Stickies and markers
- Pen and paper for participants
- Email a reminder to participants one day before event
- Emergency numbers of host location, e.g. Facility/Security staff
Here are some additional blog posts about hosting:
- Alex Bolboaca has been organizing and facilitating an ongoing series of coderetreats in Romania. He wrote a great post on organizing coderetreats.
- John Smith has a great post on the specifics of what to think about when organizing a coderetreat.