CodeMash Contest…


You’re reading this post, so clearly you have enough time to write your own.

Here’s what I’ve got planned for my loyal readers…

A CodeMash enthusiasm contest.

I want to make sure that we’re spreading the word about CodeMash, and the amazing event that it is. For those of you that were there last year, let’s hear about it. For those of you that weren’t…let’s hear what you’re hoping to get from it this year. I want to crush the web under the weight of the enthusiasm for this conference.


Haven’t heard of CodeMash? Go to http://www.codemash.org and get registered!

CodeMash is a technology conference taking place in Sandusky, OH in just a few weeks. It is taking place January 10-11, 2008 at the Kalahari resort.

The purpose of the conference is very unique. The idea is to give software developers from all of the different technologies and platforms an opportunity to learn from one another. For example, I learned quite a bit from Neal Ford and Bruce Eckel last year, two noted Java enthusiasts.

We have so much in common in what we are trying to accomplish with our respective technologies, that sometimes we only focus on our differences. OOP is OOP. Plain and simple. So why do we keep our distances? Let’s take an open-minded approach to software development, and perhaps learning a bit about Ruby, Python, .NET, Java or others will help us to better understand the technologies we are most familiar with.


So…on to the contest. I want everyone that reads this to create some enthusiastic content about CodeMash. Make it meaningful. Let your excitement show. And once you’ve posted it on the web, leave a comment on this post with a link to yours.

The deadline to get them in is the event itself. January 10, 2008 at 8:00 AM. Each and every entry that is listed in my comments will be entered in a drawing for a SwagBag. I’m not going to disclose the contents of the bag, I’m only going to assure you that it will be well worth your while to enter.

Also, each person that enters will get a small something. Just come find me at the event (Microsoft will have a booth) and introduce yourself. If you had a post in my comments, I’ll give it to you right then and there.

In addition, if we can get 100 blog posts (from 100 people, you cheater) on this list, I will guarantee that there will be a Zune 8GB in the SwagBag in addition to everything else it will contain.

So get writing. And if you don’t like writing…make a video. Or a song. Or a poem. Or a photo collage. The medium doesn’t matter, as long as we can get it on the web to share with everyone else.

33 thoughts on “CodeMash Contest…

  1. Looking forward to meeting you, Jeff. Here is my latest posting on CodeMash.You might get more comments if you offered Mac products instead of MS ones 😉

  2. I haven’t yet posted a CodeMash article but am surprised that no one has pointed out that you appear to have moved back the conference by 11 months 🙂

  3. I’m not sure if this counts, but the CodeMash Session Scheduler I wrote just went live. I’ll have something more substantial to show my CodeMashosity in the coming weeks.

  4. You need to put the time of this event when the Park is open ;->That way I can justify my love of roller coasters and my love ot programming in a single trip!

  5. I’ll toss in my CodeMash Blog Post and mention that I’ve created a public Google calendar of the all 57 sessions, keynotes, meals, etc. In Google Calendar, search public calendars with keyword “codemash” and add the one called CodeMash 2008.

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