Domingo, 6 de Novembro de 2011

Minor changes to the schedule

There have been some minor changes to the schedule.


A bit more are still expected, but those should be just a couple, and nothing major, we hope.


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Terça-feira, 27 de Setembro de 2011

First version of the calendar

We just put the first version of the calendar online.


It currently holds 60 slots for talks, 45 of which are already assigned; we're currently discussing the 15 left, which will also include some guests we've invited.


Don't consider any of this final just yet; it's still going to be tweaked quite a bit; more slots may show up and some may even disappear.


And here's where you can help: if you're attending Codebits, you can go through the talks on the calendar and mark the ones you really want to see as favorites.


That will allow us to see what sort of attendance each talk is going to get, and thus move talks around to better accommodate everyone.


Mark talks as favorites even if they clash; we will take that information into consideration to create a better schedule.


We believe we've taken into consideration every single speaker constrain, but we'll be double checking those soon, and we know that more may show up.


Have fun!

publicado por jac às 16:13
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Terça-feira, 13 de Setembro de 2011


A number of talks have already been approved and confirmed by their respective speakers.


Among those:



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.

publicado por jac às 14:31
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Segunda-feira, 25 de Outubro de 2010

Polishing the schedule

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.

publicado por jac às 13:51
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Quinta-feira, 9 de Setembro de 2010

Some stats

As we're preparing several amazing things for Codebits, we'd like to share some information and numbers with you.






The first quiz was harsh.


We know.


We apologize.


We're rumoured to have some of the toughest job interviews in Portugal.


A couple of years ago we interviewed a guy who actually interrupted us to ask which position we were interviewing him for; he said he was finding the interview way too easy.


In hindsight, we shouldn't have let that guy run the quiz this year without anyone double checking the problems.


We fixed that now :-)


Seriously, we reinstated a team of quiz trialing and we're giving that guy the meds every morning.


Anyway, after a rough start with an insanely hard quiz (the solution will show up soon), we've now moved to some mini quizzes.


If you don't know it yet, your Codebits homepage will display one of the talks you haven't rated yet or one of the quizzes you haven't answered. You're not obliged in any way to do so, but there is a reminder there, just in case.


If you want your chance to participate on the Quiz at Codebits, don't forget to answer as many quizzes as possible. Don't feel discouraged if you don't get one of the quizzes; trust us, participate.






We currently have 78 talk proposals (not counting a few that have been removed by their proponents).




Of those, 30 have already been accepted and confirmed by their respective speakers.


We're slowly assembling and reassembling the program and your feedback keeps being very important.


Don't forget that while your thumbs up/down and talk feedback is relevant for the choices we make, going to the calendar and marking sessions with the "I want to attend" helps us reduce collisions in personal schedules. But we'll make another note of that once we put all the talks there






In previous years we've seen the number of candidates grow constantly up to the week prior to Codebits.


This year shouldn't be an exception, but it's interesting to note that we're already past 700 candidates and there's still over two months to go...


At the time of this writing we have received 724 applications to attend Codebits.SAPO Codebits 2010 stats by September 9th


314 have already been accepted.


That leaves us with 286 tickets and 406 candidates, 47 of which should have received a "short bio" notification (we're pretty sure a few others will too), requesting them to revise what they've written so that it gives us sufficient information for the moderators to make decisions.


If you haven't received that email but you're now thinking "oh, crap, maybe I should've written more"... well... that's probably a sign that you should, isn't it? So get to your profile and edit it! It's not that we don't want to accept everyone; we just can't; and of course that those who seem the most deserving of attending are going to get accepted first. Even if you're worthy of attending, it's much easier for us to approve your application while we still have a few hundred tickets available than when we only have a few dozens.


Remember: having a great bio two days before the event is not going to do you any good; we'll be packed way before that. Spread the word.



And now for something completely different



Chilli Powder



Yes, it's Codebits related.


And yes, the trials are being painful.

publicado por jac às 11:21
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Quarta-feira, 25 de Novembro de 2009

Creative Robotics, OpenFrameWorks and Arduinos workshop

We have a couple of new additions to the schedule.

Arduinos workshop

On Saturday morning, Filipe Valpereiro is going to be on Stage C to give a workshop on Arduinos (more details available soon).


You can see some of Rui Madeira's works at, but if you're coming to Codebits you'll also be able to see his presentation on OpenFrameworks, one of the tools he uses to create his projects.

Creative Robotics

We might as well face it: we love robots.

During this talk Guilherme will take us through what seems to be a parallel universe full of new possibilities.


There have been some other minor tweeks to the schedule, so we encourage you to have a look at it.

publicado por jac às 10:00
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