The event lasts three days, runs 24 hours a day and includes talks, a programming contest and several satellite activities.
The event lasts, in it's entirety, three whole days.
The afternoon of the first day and the morning of the second are filled with technical presentations, either from invited speakers or from attendees who submitted a talk that was accepted.
On the afternoon of the second day a programming contest starts. Attendees gather in groups of at least three people and have 24 hours to code something new. After the 24 hours have passed, each group has 90 seconds to present their project.
Projects are then voted on and 10 teams are declared winners and receive prizes.
Some of the projects may receive sponsorship from SAPO to help them reach a mature state.
The building where the event takes place is open 24 hours a day and attendees can sleep inside, if they want to.
Those wanting to attend the event are required to fill in a short form on who they are, what they do and why they'd like to attend.
The organizers then go through all the applications and make sure to select only people working with technology directly. This is intended to ensure the audience is composed solely of tech people, and not marketing or recruitment folks from outside IT.
Selected applicants don't have to pay anything to attend the event.
The attendance is usually composed of developers, systems administrators, web designers, etc.
Currently, the rules for the 24 hour competition are as follows:
- Each person can only be part of one team;
- Each team can only present one project;
- Each team must comprise at least two elements;
- If you're presenting a web project, you must provide a URL for the jury to give it a try;
- Projects must be initiated and developed during Codebits.
While SAPO makes it a point to organize the whole event by itself, other companies have stepped in as partners, either bringing in gadgets, demos, or other things.
Previous partners have included:
- O'Reilly - present from 2007 to 2009, with a book stand offering discounts in their books
- Microsoft - present from 2007 to 2009 with consoles such as Xbox and occasionally with other projects such as the Interactive Canvas
- PT Inovação - present from 2007 to 2009 with Meo and other telecom related technologies
- Cisco - present from 2007 to 2009, providing the network solution every year and occasionally showcasing projects such as Hologram solutions
- Caixa Mágica - present in 2007 and 2008; in the later, with a cluster of Magalhães
- 2012 - November 16–18 - Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon - 800 attendees
- 2011 - November 10–12 - Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon - 800 attendees
- 2010 - November 11–13 - Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon - 700 attendees
- 2009 - December 3–5 - Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon - 600 attendees
- 2008 - LX Factory, Lisbon - 500 attendees
- 2007 - Gare Marítima de Alcântara, Lisbon - 400 attendees
- Some of 2010's keynotes
- Brian Suda - "Collecting and Visualizing Data"
- Bruno Pedro - "Everything OAuth"
- Tiago Henriques - "Computer Forensics - The Digital CSI - What, Why and How"
- Jorge Teixeira - "Mining Online News"
- Some of 2009's keynotes
- Some of 2008's keynotes
- Jan Lehnardt - "CouchDB"
- Andrew "Bunnie" Huang - "Making the Chumby"
- Jack Moffitt - "Exploring XMPP"
- Marcus Bauer - "Getting started with mobile devices development - Openmoko Freerunner"
- Mitch Altman - "Hardware Hacking area: Make Cool Things with Microcontrollers (and learn to solder)"
- Peter Svensson - "Practical Thin Server Architecture with Dojo"
- Some of 2007's keynotes
Satellite events have included concerts (Wray Gun in 2007, Pornophonique in 2009), a Quiz Show, gaming events and workshops on soldering, lockpicking, 3d printing and other areas.
- "Highlights from previous years".
- "SAPO Codebits 2008 on ComSom".
- "Competition rules".
- "Conteúdos do Sapo chegam ao ecrã da TV". in portuguese
- "Exame Informática news piece on Cisco's Hologram solution at Codebits".
- "Evento SAPO Codebits, by Fórum Revista Linux".
- "Press Release from Caixa Mágica regarding Codebits 2008".
- "SAPO Codebits 2007 on SIC".
- "SAPO Codebits 2007 on Exame Informática".
- "List of speakers for SAPO Codebits 2010".
- "List of speakers for SAPO Codebits 2009".
- "List of speakers for SAPO Codebits 2008".
- "Codebits 2008, by Peter Svensson".
- "List of speakers for SAPO Codebits 2007".
- "SAPO brings Second Life specialist to Portugal"., in Diário de Notícias