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.

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 exercies to do each session by reviewing the activity catalog
  6. When you feel ready, volunteer to facilitate a coderetreat!