The CodeMash conference inaugural event, in January of 2007 attracted a lot of great speakers and exceeded our expectations in terms of educational value. Speakers included nationally known experts Bruce Eckel, Neal Ford, Scott Guthrie, Mary Poppendieck, Scott Ambler and Jay Pipes. Regional experts participated as well, and all of the talks were awesome.
From screaming down the water slides to watching geeks try to surf the wave to organizing a floating geek party on the lazy river, CodeMash was definitely fun in addition to educational. Staying for an extra night with my family and hanging out in the water park (and indoor playground) with my kids was definitely fun too.
So it's time for CodeMash version 126.96.36.199 (groan; I can't take credit for that). It's January 9-11, again at the Kalahari Resort and Indoor Water Park in Sandusky, OH. Again, we're putting together a phenomenal mix of nationally known and regional speakers (wish I could leak some names, but I won't). We're expecting a larger crowd this time, since CodeMash got a lot of press outside of the Midwest region. Registration will open soon, and I'll certainly blog about that once it's up. Tidbit: CodeMash is rewarding "alumni". Anyone who was at CodeMash last year will get a discount code for 2008 registration.
If you would like to speak, please submit a topic at http://www.codemash.org/SubmitTopic.aspx. We've had a lot of great submissions already, but the deadline isn't until October 15 and new submissions are coming in every day. Please consider making yours one of them.