The Code Camp Manifesto

The original Code Camp was a conglomeration of ideas by many different people across the development community. The idea was simple – provide an off hour forum for the development community to speak and share ideas for them to come and enjoy. The results have been astounding. I am happy to report that they are being planned across many different cities. 


The question is what makes a Code Camp?


The answer is actually simple. In order to use the official Code Camp name and banner follow these simple protocols.


  1. By and For the Developer Community

Code Camps are about the developer community at large. They are meant to be a place for developers to come and learn from their peers. Topics are always based on community interest and never determined by anyone other than the community.


  1. Always Free

Code Camps are always free for attendees.


  1. Community Developed Material

The success of the Code Camps is that they are based on community content. All content that is delivered is original. All presentation content must be provided completely (including code) without any restriction. If you have content you don’t want to share or provide to attendees then the Code Camp is not the place for you.


  1. No Fluff – only Code

Code Camps are about showing the code. Refer to rule #1 if you have any questions on this.


  1. Community Ownership

The most important element of the Code Camp is always the developer community. All are welcome to attend and speak and do so without expectation of payment or any other compensation other than their participation in the community.


  1. Never occur during work hours

We need to understand that many times people can’t leave work for a day or two to attend training or even seminars. The beauty of the Code Camp is that they always occur on weekends.


Where can I find a Code Camp near me?


All Official Code Camps dates and locations are available at Code Camp Wiki.  If you are scheduling one feel free to email me the date and we will update the site to include your official Code Camp.

Comments (79)
  1. Thom Robbins has published the Code Camp Manifesto.

  2. kennster says:

    The page must be broken, because I couldn’t find a single link on the site that worked, much less a place to find locations. Can you post a link to a place to find locations?

  3. Thom Robbins says:

    Sure – we are updating the site to include new Code Camp locations. The only one scheduled currently is for New England on March 12,13.

    Also, all links on the site are active and can be used to access to content from out last Code Camp.

  4. Bil Simser says:

    Nice stuff. I’ve posted a blog on creating a SharePoint Code Camp (or .NET in general, whatever the community wants) in Western Canada and looking forward to attending one of the MSDN ones. Thanks!

  5. Make your plans now to attend the Portland Code Camp on June 23 and 24, 2005 at Reed College in Portland, Oregon…

  6. Max Karpov announces a mini code camp coming up on August 20th in Charlotte, NC, covering Portal Development….

  7. When we started the Code Camps here in New England almost two years ago we had a simple idea. It was…

  8. There will be a mini code camp coming up on August 20th in Charlotte, NC, covering Portal Development….

  9. Paul Mooney says:

    It’s official we’re going to be having an NJ Code Camp, how cool is that?

    Code Camp – NJ

    By Scott…

  10. Paul Mooney says:

    Summer is the time to have fun!


    By Ross Mayfield

    Couldn’t make it to FooCamp this year? Well,…

  11. Code Camp returns to Boston, Sept 24-25.

  12. I’m pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Security Code Camp we’ll be holding in…

  13. Taking place at Microsoft’s Boston offices May 6-7.

    Read the Code Camp Manifesto here.

    Don’t have…

  14. New Jersey Code Camp 2 – Saturday June 3rd

    We had a blast at the first NJ Code Camp, so we gata have…

  15. CodeCamp says:

    JaxDug is organizing the second annual Jax Code Camp.  It will be held on Saturday August 26th and…

  16. yeap that’s right, the folks at the Jacksonville Developers User Group really did an EXCELLENT job…

  17. The Code Camp Manifesto is propagating throughout the globe!

    We’ve had two in New Jersey and one in…

  18. XAML Chick says:

    Code Camp is here in Colorado. We are hosting our 2nd code camp in Colorado Springs.

    Please see the…

  19. XAML Chick says:



    Code Camp is in Utah. We are hosting our FIRST code camp in Utah.


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  23. Have you signed up for NoVa Code Camp yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Maybe you want to know what

  24. Finally we will be having the second Raleigh-Durham Code Camp June 23rd at the Raleigh ECPI campus .

  25. A while back I posted about the future of Developer Day (called DDD here, but not to be confused with

  26. Anonymous says:

    I’m VERY pleased to announce that the Iowa Code Camp has become a real thing.  This is an Iowa first

  27. Nates Stuff says:

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  30. Nates Stuff says:

    Another six months have come and gone and it's time for another Utah Code Camp! I can't believe

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