Terça-feira, 27 de Setembro de 2011

Deadline for applications 2011

We still have plenty of bios to read (and many of them keep changing), but we've settled on a date for closing registrations and the "apply now" button on the website.


If you haven't registered yet, please do so ASAP.


If you have registered but haven't clicked "Apply now", please do so as well.


A few notes:


  • After clicking "Apply now" you should receive an email explaining the rest of the process; if you haven't received this email, chances are you missed the button when clicking;
  • If you submitted a talk, you still need to "Apply now";
  • Deadline for registration and applications is October 7th (a Friday).

publicado por jac às 10:00
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Segunda-feira, 22 de Agosto de 2011

How NOT to get accepted for Codebits 2011

One would think this post wasn't necessary, but hey, you'd be surprised.

Just so you know, you'll get a hard time getting accepted to Codebits if...

  • your bio is shorter than your name...
  • you registered on the website and then forgot to hit the "Apply now" button... (it's one thing to have an account on the website, it's another to attend the event)
  • your bio claims you really want to attend Codebits *2010*...
  • you say you really enjoyed last year's Codebits, in *2009*...
  • your bio is neither in Portuguese nor in English...
  • we can't figure out which language you used for your bio...
  • you were under the influence of something weird while writing your application...

Even if you're sure you didn't make any of these mistakes, we do suggest you double-check it; and after you do please remind your friends to do the same.

We currently have ~200 candidates pre-approved and we're trying to go through the remaining hundreds as fast we can, but it should take us a couple of weeks. (some people don't write enough, others don't know when to stop; seriously, a 10k bio?)

And BTW, at the time of writing there are 256 people (seriously, we're not making this number up) who have registered on the website but haven't pressed the "Apply now" button; granted, some of these people may not be interested in attending (perhaps they just want to have access to the quiz once it starts), but judging from the numbers we'd say we had a lot of people missing the button.

Perhaps it needs more cowbell...

publicado por jac às 15:29
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Quarta-feira, 10 de Agosto de 2011

First 50 participants...

The first 50 participants have been pre-approved.


This means they're approved in our system, but they don't know it yet.


As we move along the hundreds and hundreds of applications, one question remains: is your bio up to date?


Hint: stating you "did a project last year" when our database tells us you only did a project in 2009 is a clear sign that your bio should be reviewed...

publicado por jac às 15:08
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Sexta-feira, 22 de Julho de 2011

Registration and talk proposals...

...are now open.


Once again, take a deep breath.


If you don't have an account on the website yet, you need to create one.


Once you have an account, log in and hit "Codebits 2011 - Apply now".


Take some time to update your information and please note these relevant points:


  • apply for Codebits only if you want to attend the three days; if you won't be able to do so but still want to apply, please mention that on your application;
  • the information you submit is what allows us to make a decision on whether to accept you; regardless of how worthy you are, if there are 800 candidates with a better application than yours, chances are you won't make it to the final 800;
  • don't assume we know you; the panel that approves the candidates is comprised of several people and your application may just pass the hands of those who don't know who you are;
  • we're always looking for newcomers, but do understand that past actions mean a lot; if you gave a talk, submitted a project (or even won an award) or helped Codebits in any way in the past, don't be afraid to claim that in your bio; conversely, if you were accepted in previous years but didn't show up or were in the precint for only a couple of hours, we do have that information and we'll feel obliged to accept a newcomer before accepting you;
  • the earliest you apply the bigger the chances of getting accepted (which is not to say you have to do it right now, but do consider doing it sooner rather than later); candidates are approved in batches, so the sooner you apply the less competition you have;
  • the more information you provide us, the easier it is for us to make a decision (and the easier it is to make a decision, the sooner it will be made);
  • if you do insist on copy pasting your résumé, try not to include your home address and phone number;
  • simply stating you're a CTO/CEO/XPTO of some company doesn't mean much - there are just way too many companies and we don't know all of them - try to tell us about technology or what you do, or what you expect to get from the event, not the official position you hold.


We'll post more information on registration soon (but we do feel that the information in last year's registration opening might be worth a reading).


And then we have talks:


  • if you submit a talk, make sure you're able and willing to give it, should it be accepted;
  • if your talk is accepted, you'll certainly be approved for the event;
  • talk proposals are public and will be voted by the candidates of Codebits 2011; voting by the candidates, by our panel, and by the organizers, will account for whether a talk is approved; we'll also be looking for a nice mix of topics;
  • please do not assume we'll cover any costs related to your talk; if there's something you'll require, do let us know *before* you submit the talk;
  • the sooner you submit a talk the greater the chances of it being accepted; submitting a terrific proposal on a subject that already has several talks approved will lower your chances;
  • if you're a speaker, we expect you to attend Codebits during the three days it lasts.


More information on the talk selection process soon.

publicado por jac às 10:46
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Segunda-feira, 23 de Agosto de 2010

Hundreds of candidates

24 hours after opening registration, over 200 candidates had applied to attend Codebits 2010.




And the number keeps on growing.


Not only that, hundreds more have already registered on the website and have started working on their bios; clearly there's a lot of people wanting to get it just right; several bios have bits that mention "to do" and the users haven't hit the "apply now" button yet.


While we haven't been through all the bios, the dozens we saw make it clear: Codebits 2010 is going to be a blast.


There's a lot of humor, a lot of expertise and a lot of potential.


Many candidates took the time to tell us why they want to attend, what they think they could contribute with, and how they had amazing skills when it comes to baking chocolate cake.


We're really happy with what we saw so far.


Hmmm... Chocolate cake...


Well done, everyone.


Hint: if you really want to attend, make sure you work hard on your bio (we saw a couple that were one line long; that's probably not gonna work; we read the whole thing and end up not having a clear idea of why you should attend Codebits).


Keep it up.

publicado por jac às 11:00
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