Aside from the training sessions that Damian will present next week (Mastering Vim and New Features of Modern Perls - more information here), Damian will also offer us yet another amazing lecture:
Temporally Quaquaversal Virtual Nanomachine Programming In Multiple Topologically Connected Quantum-Relativistic Parallel Spacetimes...Made Easy!
Watch in terror as Damian writes a Perl program to extract square roots using nothing but quantum mechanics, general relativity, and the very fabric of the space-time continuum.
Along the way we'll also investigate: Wittgenstein's dark secret; the diminishing returns of physical computation; Roman philosophy; when Super Science Adventures go wrong; the greatest Lego kit of all time; the secret identity of Sith; carbon logic vs silicon logic; the giants of 1930's physics; elementary spin-half quanta under relativistic motion; CAT scans; Will Smith; bongos; drunken bets involving penguins; algorithmic consistency; God's dice and the problem of free will; intrinsic self-inconsistency; the many worlds outside Copenhagen; and the inventor of stage diving.
What happens when Dirac meets Deutsch meets Damian? Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world!
While registration is free, it is mandatory, since seats are limited. The event will take place on May 3rd at 19h in Picoas, Lisbon. You can register at http://quaquaversal.eventbrite.com/. Grab your seats while they last.
We've been adding more talks to the schedule.
Here are a few:
These are just some of the new things on the program, but more will be unveiled in the days to come.
Also, a lot of changes can be expected to the schedule.
If you haven't submitted your idea for a Codebits talk yet, this is your chance.
With 99 talk proposals ATM and 40 of them already approved, the deadline for Talk Proposal submission is now September 23rd (Friday next week).
In the meantime, our panel of advisors has been going through all the abstracts already submitted and the feedback from the community to advise us on which talks to accept.
More news soon.
A number of talks have already been approved and confirmed by their respective speakers.
Several other talks have already been approved and we're currently in the process of receiving the confirmation emails from the speakers. More will be approved in the upcoming weeks and soon they'll start making it to the final program.
Whenever you're logged on the site and browse the talk proposals you get an option to thumb up or down each talk.
When you think it should feature on the program, regardless of whether you'd be interested in attending it yourself.
When you think it's inappropriate for the event, and this may be due to a series of different reasons: an incomprehensible or almost non-existing abstract, a subject that has been addressed time and time again and thus bring absolutely nothing new to any attendee, etc.
A couple of weeks from now our panels of advisors will be doing the same thing you're doing now (we're still talking about the thumbs up/down); after that, the organizers will get all that information and select the talks to approved based on the interest they seem to generate.
A few other aspects will also be accounted for; last year, for instance, we had to turn down a couple of very interesting talks simply because there were several other talks on the same subject that had already been accepted.
You know... We were thinking the same thing...
There are currently 30 talk proposals for Codebits 2011.
Some of these proposals make us quite happy and proud, and the overall specter of topics is getting quite broad, which is great; a few of the proposals, however, still require a bit more work, and we know that quite a few people are still struggling with their abstracts before they submit them.
While we won't address the subject of creating a good abstract in depth (just search the web for a lot of useful pointers if you need them), we thought we'd address just a few ideas:
It's humbling to walk the venue and find so many groups still hard at work after a sleepless night.
You guys rock!
We spent the last few hours cleaning up and solving some more issues; kudos to our amazing team that never stops!
In ~10 minutes the morning talks will start, and soon we'll unveil more details about this year's projects presentations.
BTW, if you haven't registered your project yet, this would be the time to do so; at some point during the morning we'll be retrieving the list from the database, and if you're not on it, you definitely won't be able to present.
Register your project and head to the stages, where the speakers are already getting ready for you!
The secondary stages aren't huge, so we'd like to ask you to be as much civilized as you can.
We understand that the talks are way too good and some of them have almost a hundred people wanting to attend.
The best way to achieve this is to make sure you're not standing in anyone's way. Try to be there as early as you can and sit as confortably as possible while trying not to get in the way of anyone (we have chairs, bean bags and, as a last resort, the floor isn't unconfortable either; we checked).
Codebits has a very easy-going and nice atmosphere; you're the reason for that and we hope you'll help us keep it that way.
Should large crowds asseemble by one of the secondary stages, please try to be considerate to the people working on the tables. Pushing them is really bad, and standing on a table is a definite no.
Also, note that all talks are being recorded and we have a team making sure we have them online a couple of hours after they end, so it's not the end of the world if you can't see one specific talk in person.
But this are just worst case scenarios.
A lot is going on behind the lines regarding Codebits and you can expect several announcements in the days to come.
One of the most important things is the program.
We're getting close to the final version of the schedule, with dozens of talks already featured.
This is the time to check the program, open the talks you really want to attend and mark them with "I want to attend this session". Please check if your previous preferences are still there (we know that we lost the list of attendees for one of the talks).
Make no mistake: this is what will allow us to move talks around if we deem necessary (too many conflicts between two talks, a session with way more attendees than one the stage can accommodate, etc).
Here are a few of the newer talks on the schedule, BTW:
More news to come.