When analyzing the survey for this year, the first thing we noticed was the ratio of feedback.
Back in 2008, and over the course of ~1 month, 49% of the attendees took the survey.
Last year, 2009, and once again over the course of ~1 month, 60% of all attendees took the survey.
This year, and over the course of only 48 hours, 73% of the participants took the survey!
This fact alone says a lot.
Let's talk a bit about demographics.
38% of our attendees seem to be in their early 20s. We have 3.5% stating they're under 20 and 9.4% being over 35.
46% of the respondents claim to be developers and 25% claim to be students. We also got nice numbers for systems administrators and web designers. From the answers on the "others" field, we clearly should add options for "teacher" and "researcher".
Overall, we had 49% replying that Codebits was "Awesome" and 44% saying it was "Pretty cool". That's an overwhelming 93% good feedback.
"How would you rate the event when it comes to..."
We got incredible feedback regarding the venue. 64% rate the location of the venue as being "awesome", with 28% rating it as "pretty cool". As for the venue itself, we have 44% "awesome" and 41% "pretty cool".
The registration process got 53% awesome and 34% "pretty cool"; we have definitely managed to improved this point since last year.
The worse points seem to be Working Conditions and Internet Access.
Internet Access got 4% "awful" and 19% "could be better" (yes, we understand we said "worse points" and this is not too bad, but it's still one of our worse points).
We don't take this badly because:
Bottom line: we have improved.
For the sake of clarity, Internet Access got 28% "OK", 31% "pretty cool" and 17% "awesome".
Working Conditions got 2% "awful" and 18% "could be better". We know that most of these 20% result from the lack of tables and chairs on the first day of the event.
We don't organize Codebits lightly, and the lack of work spaces had reasons to be.
Our statistics from previous years tell us how many of the accepted attendees will be there on the first day and how many of those will be sitting down working on projects.
Somehow, statistics failed us.
People showed up sooner and in larger numbers than expected. We were proud of that, but sadly we were not properly equipped.
Also, having a major international event occurring right after Codebits in Lisbon didn't help; you wouldn't believe how hard it was to get all the seats we got. As mentioned in a previous post, we had people running around the city looking for alternatives.
On the morning of the second day, more tables and chairs had been acquired and were ready to be used.
For the record, Working Conditions got 29% "OK", 37% "pretty cool" and 13% "awesome".
Let's head on to the satellite activities.
Analyzing the feedback regarding the satellite activities one can tell we did a pretty good job.
Retro Computing and Nuclear Tacos seem to be the activities with a better feedback.
Security Competition, Presentation Karaoke, Quiz Show and the DIY area have also received very good feedback; we're both proud and grateful to those who helped organize these things.
Here's the graph you're probably looking forward to.
70% of the participants believe that Codebits should keep having English and Portuguese. 22% suggest English only and 8% point towards a Portuguese only event.
It's also interesting to note that 75% of our foreign participants claim they wouldn't make it to the event if it were held solely in Portuguese.
To be honest, some of the feedback we got on the text fields points out to some disappointment regarding relevant moments of the event being in Portuguese.
And then there's the final question...
"Would you go to Codebits 2011?"
99% of the participants on the survey said yes.
1 participant said no; 3 said it would depend on things like the rules for the competition.
99% is a lot.
No less than 7 different people summarized the event in a form of "Legen - wait for it 'cause here it comes - dary!"
In contrast, only 4 people summarized it with a version of Soft Kitty.
We might actually have a new meme for next year...
Here are the five photos (in no particular order) selected by SAPO Fotos editorial team as the best five:
The five authors will now receive an email to sort out the details into getting them their much deserved bean bags.
One hour after everybody left the building we had pretty much started the disassembling process.
But Codebits isn't over yet...
We still have to send prizes to several participants, we haven't announced the five winners of the Photos competition and we might have to deal with several lost & found situations.
We literally received thousands of messages during these three days and we haven't been able to read them all, but we're taking care of that.
There's also a lot of information we want to make available, and we'd like to help everybody track the projects started at Codebits. We have no doubt many of them have a bright future ahead.
We need to thank dozens of people for the help they gave with preparing the event and keeping it under control, and we need to thank everyone for participating and contributing to make Codebits IV the amazing event it was.
In the meantime, we're also interested in knowing what went right and what went wrong, what should be improved and what should be kept for further editions.
To that end, everyone who was accepted to the event should now be receiving an email with the details to fill in a survey with their thoughts.
As soon as possible we'll give you further news on what's going on, the results of the survey and probably a few other things.
The Quiz Show was tough, and having a participant that had never seen Pulp Fiction probably didn't help.
After four rounds, four teams made it to the final.
They will soon be receiving an A5 each for their accomplishment.
During the afternoon we'll have the members of our jury - they all have SAPO badges - going through your tables and talking to you about your projects.
They'll be looking to know what you're doing, how you're doing it and a few other things.
This doesn't mean your 90 seconds presentation isn't important, because it is.
All this means is that the jury will have some information on your projects beforehand.
Food is being served now.
To ensure the quality of the product, we're going to receive it in batches.
We have people walking around the building taking notes on what can be improved.
Last night we had a small meeting where we listed all the points we should act on.
And then we worked through the night.
We had people running across the venue and we had people running across the city.
There were two failed attempts at getting more tables, but third time's the charm and early morning more tables were being spread out across the building. And yes, there are also more chairs and flipcharts.
We installed additional power plugs in several locations and people were running fast solving network issues (trust us, setting up a network for 700 geeks isn't easy, and this crowd we have here always manages to come up with new situations).
Sound has been an issue too, and still is, but it's getting better every hour. We had people moving speakers and adjusting sound levels everywhere.
There was also some food shortage last night, but we managed to get more food in less than one hour and we adjusted the quantities for the remaining meals of the event.
And then there's all the other stuff...
Have fun! We'll keep doing everything we can for you, as hard as it may be!
Radio Codebits will be live anytime now.
After some delays, the DIY area is almost ready, right by the O'Reilly stand.
They're about to start two courses in paralel: "Arduino - Introduction to Analog Sensors" and "Soldering & DIY".
Unfortunately, all the available seats were taken as soon as they wrote the schedule for those two classes on their flipchart.
Fortunately, they'll be giving more classes during the rest of the event, so there will be plenty of opportunities.
Do show up by the DIY area, right next to the O'Reilly stand.
It's hard to miss, but we still thought we'd let you know.
As you enter the main room, if you turn to your left you'll see a large bench with dozens and dozens of books and a bunch of people deciding what to buy.