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.

Here are some additional blog posts about hosting:

If you wish to know even more details about hosting a coderetreat, be sure to check out the Hosting FAQ page.

…by facilitating a coderetreat in your city.

Facilitators guide participants through the exercises and lead the retrospectives. Below are the steps to get started:

  1. If possible, attend at least one coderetreat before attempting to facilitate a coderetreat yourself
  2. Watch this recorded facilitator training session to learn the basics
  3. Read about the role of the facilitator
  4. Become familiar with the structure of a coderetreat
  5. Get ideas on what exercises to do each session by reviewing the activity catalog or checkout this exhaustive collection of constraints by Adrian Bolboaca
  6. When you feel ready, volunteer to facilitate a coderetreat!