09.nov La Roche-en-Ardenne, BE

SoCraTes BE

Unconference

Learn, share, practice

Join us to write code, discuss and have loads of fun together with like-minded passionate developers.



Learn and share new ideas, techniques, languages and frameworks through coding dojos, pair programming, mob programming, groups discussions, presentations, informal conversations.

sessions from our previous SoCraTes events:
  • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP)
  • #nojenkins
  • BaconSnake
  • Refactoring legacy code workshop.
  • Practice TDD Katas in your favourite language.
  • What are the values behind Extreme Programming?
  • Agile estimating and planning workshop
  • Try out story mapping workshop.
  • Don't be dogmatic, be catmatic :-)
  • Help me create a game to practice feature pull.

Being a self-organizing event, SoCraTesBE participants create the schedule on the fly, every day before the Open Space starts. This “schedule” is known as the Market Place.

The market place is basiscally a map of timeslots and locations for sessions like in the picture above.

Every participant that wants to, can give a short intro of the topic they want to discuss, present, work on, experiment with that day. After which it will be added to the market place.

Law of two feet

When the market place is set up, everyone is free to attend any session they are interested in. If at any time during a session you find yourself neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet and join another session.

About event

The gathering runs from Thursday 9 November to Sunday 12 November, 2017.

We’ll kick off Thursday evening with dinner at 7 PM. After dinner, around 8.30 PM, we will officially open the third edition of SoCraTes BE with a warm up session to get all the brains fired up. When the warm up session is finished, the floor is yours to continue the conversation, twist it around and branch it in every direction.

On Friday and Saturday, we’ll run an open space, in which every attendee is welcome and encouraged to propose talks, discussions, workshops or whatever else they choose to further every attendee’s knowledge and understanding of creating and maintaining software.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, attendees are encouraged to run social activities, from pair-programming to board games and everything in between.

The conference is officially over on Sunday the 12th after breakfast, but people can still join us for a nice walk or discover the beauty of La Roche-En-Ardenne, run a code retreat, or other informal activities.

Schedule

overview of conference

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Kick off

We kick off SoCraTesBE 2017 with dinner.

Official opening of the third edition of SoCraTes BE with a warm up session to get all the brains fired up!

The floor is yours to continue the conversation, twist it around and branch it in every direction.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Breakfast

We start the day with a good breakfast

Time for everyone to write down their sessions and pick a slot on the market place.

The sessions are one hour long.

The sessions are one hour long.

Time to wrap up the first day of SoCraTes BE!

We end the day with dinner.

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Breakfast

We start the day with a good breakfast

Time for everyone to write down their sessions and pick a slot on the market place.

The sessions are one hour long.

The sessions are one hour long.

Time to wrap up the second day of SoCraTes BE!

We end the day with dinner.

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Breakfast

We start the day with a good breakfast

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TESTIMONIALS

what people say

The Socrates conference is a great way to meet a wide variety of highly motivated software professionals. You can use them to bounce your idea's of, get feedback on your solutions or simple learn from them. Everything software related can be debated. You can create the topics you want to debate, you can join in on a wide variety of other preoples topics. Or you can just code. In pair, mob or alone. You are in charge of your own time, which allows you to get the best experience that fits your needs. It is in a small enough group to allow for a great atmosphere. And a large enough group to guarantee many interesting discussions. From dawn until well into the night.

Did i mention there was a Whiskey bar?
Guido Dechamps
Whiskey tasting, psychological experiments, PowerPoint karaoke, but most of all: amazing and awesome sessions, talks and discussions that give you heaps of inspiration.

Some things that you can use immediately, some things that you have to ponder upon for a year,...
So that you can start the next Socrates Belgium conference with great and improved ideas. I can't wait for the next one!






Thomas Coopman
The best conference of the year! I had absolute no idea what to expect from this conference. I had heard about the open space format, but I was rather sceptical. The first day opened my eyes to the whole concept. Plenty of amazing people with different experiences and different points of view. A lot of interesting sessions about different technologies, old an new techniques and practices. The discussions between sessions were as challenging as the sessions themselves. I tend to prefer this kind of high collaboration conference to the more traditional ones, where the information is mostly unidirectional. You can say I've been spoiled, but in a good way.


Michel Grootjans

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Location

  • Avenue de Villez, 6, 6980 LA ROCHE-EN-ARDENNE
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Code of conduct

A conference for everyone

SoCraTes BE follows the Conference Code of Conduct laid out by several conference organisers around the globe. We ask that you read the full version before attending. You are required to cooperate with the code throughout the event to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

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Junior package
500
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  • Your merchandise at the conference
  • A big thank you on social media, all mailings, and at the start and end of conference
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Medior package
1000
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  • Your logo on all our exclusive merchandise
  • 2 vouchers for 25% discount on attendance (1 per participant)
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Senior package
1500
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  • 5 minute pitch at the start of the conference
  • 4 vouchers for 25% discount on attendance (1 per participant)
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