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Global Day of Coderetreat Chicago #GDCR18

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8th Light Chicago

25 E. Washington, Suite 509 · Chicago, IL

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5th Floor across from the elevators

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The Global Day of Coderetreat is back in Chicago for 2018!

Join us on Saturday, November 17th for an opportunity to get back to the basics of how to craft clean, sustainable, test-driven code.


from :

"Coderetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. By providing developers the opportunity to take part in focused practice, away from the pressures of 'getting things done', the Coderetreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement. Practicing the basic principles of modular and object-oriented design, developers can improve their ability to write code that minimizes the cost of change over time."

Global Day of Coderetreat is a "Global" event because developers from around the world participate in the activity. From Portland to Poland, Israel to India, thousands of developers from hundreds of cities will all be working towards a shared goal- to come together to hone their skills and practice their craft.


• The day-long session consists of 5-6 sessions
• Each session is about 45 mins per session
• The challenge that you are working on is Conway's Game of Life
• For each session you will have a new partner
• There will be different constraints for each session
• With each new session, you will start over from scratch
• After each session, you will conduct a retro with your pair


Breakfast and lunch will be provided by our host and sponsor, 8th Light ( The schedule will roughly be as follows:

9:00 - Welcome, introductions, explaining the problem
9:30 - Session 1
10:15 - Retrospective / break
10:30 - Session 2
11:15 - Retrospective / break
11:30 - Session 3
12:15 - Retrospective / break
12:30 - LUNCH
1:30 - Session 4
2:15 - Retrospective / break
2:30 - Session 5
3:15 - Retrospective / break
3:30 - Session 6
4:15 - Retrospective / break
4:30 - Final retro


Bring a laptop with your favorite programming language and IDE installed

If you want to check out the problem ahead of time, the Wikipedia page for Conway's Game of Life is fairly thorough:


Want to learn more about 8th Light? Hang out and chat with one of our facilitating crafters and find out how 8th Light is changing the software community.

If you have trouble finding the office, please call Nicole (804)[masked]