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