A CodeRetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. Developers can disconnect from constraints like time and feature pressure, and just focus on the craft of programming. You don't have to ship anything. Just practice.

You will be guided through the day by a facilitator. At the beginning of the day we'll explain all the details!

Who is this event for?

This event is for anyone who wants to improve their code. An understanding of JavaScript will help you make the most of the day, but you'll be pairing up with different partners during the day, so don't worry about pressure to perform. Whatever your experience, you'll have the opportunity to think about things in new ways and work with new people.

What does the day look like?

• 09:30 Arrive, drink coffee and eat pastries

• 10:00 Introduction, welcome, explaining the Code Retreat and pairing off

• 10:20 Session #1

• 11:05 Session #1 retro

• 11:15 Session #2

• 12:00 Session #2 retro

• 12:15 Session #3

• 13:00 Session #3 retro

• 13:15 Lunch!

• 14:30 Session #4

• 15:15 Session #4 retro

• 15:30 Session #5

• 16:15 Session #5 retro

• 16:30 Day retro and wrap up

• 17:00 Finish up and head to bar/cafe for post-event celebrations

This is a very rough schedule, and we'll adjust the timings and number of sessions to match everyone's energy.

For a bit of background about CodeRetreat, check out this video.


We'll be providing pastries from a local patisserie, and a burrito lunch. You'll get to build your own burrito/box. We'll also have a selection of fruits and snacks, teas and coffees.

If you have any concerns about dietary requirements (or any questions whatsoever) get in touch.

What isn't this event?

This isn't a competition, race or hackathon. There will be no prizes, and no-one will be judged on the code they write.

I have a question

Great! You can reach out to any of the JSOxford organisers:

• Ryan Brooks, 07841757984

• Ben Foxall

• Pete West

What will I need?

You'll need a laptop and charger (or a swanky laptop that'll last the day). If you don't have access to a laptop (or a friend you can drag along with one), let us know and we'll do our best to sort you out.

Code of Conduct

We're committed to making JSOxford events fun, interesting and accessible. As part of that and to ensure that everyone feels welcome, all attendees, sponsors, and volunteers at our events are required to agree to our Code of Conduct.