Domingo, 10 de Outubro de 2010

Retro computing gear at Codebits

If you read our call and you're bringing your old computer or console to Codebits, please read this page and fill in the form.

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Sexta-feira, 8 de Outubro de 2010

~1,000 candidates, +600 approved

As announced, we closed registrations yesterday.

 

After that we were left with almost 1,000 candidates for only 600 seats.

 

The enourmous amount of candidates we wanted to approve has led us to go the extra mile and approve *over* 600 people.

 

Most candidates should now have received an email with an answer. A few have received an email explaining the current situation and requesting that they update their bio.

 

Around Tuesday/Wednesday next week we'll be reviewing those last profiles. We hope to be able to approve a few of them.

 

It should be noted - once again - that going through all the bios and profiles and deciding on each of them is not an easy task. We do read every bio carefully and we do take all the information we can into consideration.


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Quarta-feira, 6 de Outubro de 2010

Deadline for applications

Tomorrow evening we will close registration and apply on the website.

 

If you haven't registered yet make sure you do ASAP. If you have registered but haven't clicked "Apply now", this is your last chance.


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Domingo, 3 de Outubro de 2010

Train discounts

If you're using Portuguese trains to come to Codebits, this information might be useful to you.

 

CP (Comboios de Portugal) is going to offer discounts in some of services they offer for those of you travelling to Lisbon (and back again)

 

  • 20% off in first or second class in Intercidades;
  • 20% off in Turística (aka second class) in Alfa Pendular.

 

Here's what you have to do:

 

  • print the email you got accepting you to the event;
  • show that email when purchasing your round-trip tickets (you need to do this at a regular counter);
  • keep that printed copy on you so you can show it during the trip (to show that you're elligible for the discount on your ticket).

 

You need to purchase a round-trip ticket to either Lisboa Santa Apolónia or Lisboa Oriente (the two main train stations in Lisbon). The discount can only be applied to travels taking place between November the 10th at 12:00 and November the 14th at 12:00.


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Domingo, 19 de Setembro de 2010

Codebits API

This has been requested by several users. Here's the much awaited Codebits API. Consider it a work in progress, so be gentle. Send us feedback too. More info on the page.
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Sexta-feira, 23 de Julho de 2010

Tap, tap...

Is this thing on?

 

Yes, it is.

 

Greetings! We're glad you're still following our blog! That means you are a person of great taste. That, or you probably fetch dozens of feeds daily that you have no idea about.

 

But enough about that, there's something very important we have to tell you.

 

Codebits!

 

Codebits 2010!

 

Grab your calendars and write down these dates: November 11th, 12th and 13th (Thursday, Friday, Saturday).

 

Great news, right?

 

What? You want to know where it is going to be held?

 

Sure! It's going to take place by the lovely Tagus river, on the "Sala Tejo" of "Pavilhão Atlântico" (for those of you outside Lisbon, this means you'll be able to walk from the train station to the event).

 

We want nothing but the best for you guys.

 

Sala Tejo do Pavilhão Atlântico

 

Also, clearly we have no consideration for ourselves and the huge loads of work required, because our plans now involve several new things that will be awesome, but tiresome.

 

(organizers' log - mental note: schedule some vacations right after Codebits)

 

We're looking forward to the event. We hope you're looking forward to it too.

 

More news soon.

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Sexta-feira, 13 de Novembro de 2009

Where to stay

UPDATE: For the sake of clarity: yes, you can stay at the Codebits building during the nights; this information is provided because there's people who want to have a bed and such, during the night.

 

A number of attendees have asked us if there are any good hostels in Lisbon.

 

Well, The Guardian has recently claimed that the center of the hostels world is in fact Lisbon.

 

It seems there are plenty of them, reasonably cheap and with very good conditions that will make you wish you lived there and didn't have to go home by the end of your journey.

 

Here's three of them:

 

Lisbon Lounge Hostel

 

The Travellers House

 

Goodnight Hostel

 

If you're used to travel around the globe staying at hostels, you should know that these are not your average hostels. We're not talking about places built to make money, we're talking about places built by people who love to travel and like to find somewhere cozy to stay during their journeys.

 

If you're not used to hostels, you should know that while these places are very affordable when compared to hotels, they also usually have a much smaller number of rooms, so if you're going to book something you should probably do it soon.

 

There are several other hostels and similar places in Lisbon. Don't refrain yourselves from adding more information by comenting this post.

 

Hostelbookers is one of many websites that will allow you to search for hostels in Lisbon. Airbnb can also be useful if you're looking for renting an appartment for just a few days.


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Domingo, 8 de Novembro de 2009

Coming to Codebits by train

If you're using Portuguese trains to come to Codebits, this information might be useful to you.

 

CP (Comboios de Portugal) if going to offer discounts in some of services they offer for those of you travelling to Lisbon (and back again).

 

  • 20% off in first or second class in Intercidades;
  • 20% off in Turística (aka second class) in Alfa Pendular.

Here's what you have to do:

 

  • print the email you got accepting you to the event;
  • show that email when purchasing your round-trip tickets (you need to do this at a regular counter);
  • keep that printed copy on you so you can show it during the trip (to show that you're elligible for the discount on your ticket)

 

You need to purchase a round-trip ticket to either Lisboa Santa Apolónia or Lisboa Oriente (the two main train stations in Lisbon). The discount can only be applied to travels taking place between December the 2nd at 12:00 and December the 6th at 12:00.


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Sábado, 7 de Novembro de 2009

Mitch Altman @ Codebits

After last year's success, Mitch Altman, hacker and inventor, is coming back to Codebits.

 

He is perhaps best known for co-founding 3ware, his pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research and inventing TV-B-Gone.

 

At Codebits, Mitch is going to give two talks:

 

Title: The Hackerspace movement

 

Abstract: "Hacker spaces have been around for years. But something is afoot! In the past year hundreds of new hackerspaces have been popping up all over our planet -- and established hackerspaces have become way more popular. There is even an international organization called Hackerspaces.org that exists to promote the continuation and formation of hacker spaces everywhere. Coinciding with this unprecedented movement is a growing popularity of hacker conferences, Maker Faires, Dorkbots, crafting groups, other geeky groups. What is going on here? And how can you benefit? Mitch Altman (co-founder of Noisebridge, a thriving hackerspace in San Francisco) will talk about his experiences and outlooks, including how to start your own hacker space where you live."

 

and...

 

Title: Make A Living Doing What You Love: How to Bring Your Project From Idea To Reality

 

Abstract: "Mitch Altman has brought his personal pet projects (including TV-B-Gone universal remote controls) from idea to reality, and is fortunate to make a living doing what he loves. Mitch will outline the practicle steps he took to take his projects from a mere idea, through the steps of research, development, manufacture, sales and distribution, leading, finally, to collecting checks while in the comfort of his home (and while traveling the world). This talk will show the manufacturing process Mitch uses in China. Mitch recently organized a trip to China for Noisebridge, the hackerspace he co-founded in San Francisco -- this talk will include photos of manufacturing process from this trip."

 

Mitch is also going to be present all three days with a lot of material to help you with (and that even includes soldering irons).

 

You know the drill: bring your Arduinos and your ideas. He's also going to bring several other kits with him.


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Sexta-feira, 6 de Novembro de 2009

Xboxes

Just as the last two editions of Codebits, Microsoft is going to bring a set of Xboxes.

These consoles are going to be available for the attendees to play with (there's nothing like a short pause in the middle of a project to shoot a few bad guys or score some goals).

One of the consoles is also going to feature a driving wheel, so that you can play Forza Motorsport properly.


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