SAPO Codebits

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SAPO Codebits was an annual conference and hackathon held in Portugal, organized and sponsored by SAPO, that ran from 2007 to 2014.

The event lasted for three days, 24 hours a day, and included talks, a programming contest and several satellite activities combining entertainment with geek culture. It was free for attendees, including food and drinks, but they had to undergo a screening process due to the limited number of seats.

The SAPO Codebits brand is still owned by SAPO (an Altice operation since 2015) but the team that organized the event has since moved on. In 2016, the team at Bright Pixel (composed mostly of SAPO ex-employees at the time) rebooted the event under a new brand (Pixels Camp[1]) but retaining more-or-less the same format.


Participants preparing to present their projects at the first SAPO Codebits in 2007

The event took place over three consecutive days (and nights), starting on a Thursday. Thursday morning was composed of general keynotes. The programming contest started on the afternoon along with parallel tracks of talks (from invited speakers and self-proposed by participants), both lasting until Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon was reserved for the programming contest presentations and awards ceremony.

Entertaiment-focused satellite activities were usually held in the evenings. These included the "Nuclear Tacos" competition over dinner, the Quiz Show, the Security CTF, the Presentation Karaoke, and sometimes other activities as well.

During the night there were the occasional movie projections, but it was mostly a time for participants to work on their projects and sleep in random places around the venue (which was open 24h a day).

Programming competition projects could tackle any subject the teams chose to follow, but had to be developed over the three days of the event. Some of them ended up receiving sponsorship from SAPO afterwards.

Candidate selection[edit]

Those wanting to attend the event had to apply to attend. Applicants who did not work with technology directly, such as those in marketing, were rejected. Attendees included developers, systems administrators, web designers, etc.


While SAPO organized the whole event by itself, other companies stepped in as partners, either bringing in gadgets, demos, or other things.

Partners included:

  • O'Reilly - present from 2007 to 2014, with a book stand offering discounts on their books
  • Microsoft - present from 2007 to 2014 with consoles such as Xbox and occasionally with other projects such as the Interactive Canvas
  • PT Inovação - present from 2007 to 2014 with Meo[2] and other telecom related technologies
  • Cisco - present from 2007 to 2014, providing the network solution every year and occasionally showcasing projects such as Hologram solutions[3]


  • 2014 - April 10–12 - MEO Arena, Lisbon - 900 attendees
  • 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[4][5][6]


  • Some of 2010's keynotes[7]
    • Brian Suda - "Collecting and Visualizing Data"
    • Peter Svensson - "The rise of Server-side JavaScript"
    • 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[8]
    • Kai Seidler - "Think before you develop!"
    • Remy Sharp - "HTML5 JavaScript APIs"
    • Robert Nymann - "JavaScript: From Birth to Closure"
    • Brian Suda - "Optional is required"
    • Brian LeRoux - "PhoneGap: Mobile App Developer Zero to Hero"
  • Some of 2008's keynotes[9]
    • 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[10] - "Practical Thin Server Architecture with Dojo"
  • Some of 2007's keynotes[11]
    • Mike Culver - "Amazon WebServices Architecture" and "Enterprise WebApp development with Tapestry"
    • Mahesh Prakriya - "IronPython and Dynamic Languages on .NET"
    • Jim Purbrick - "Mashing up the Web, Games, Music, Movies, Money and The Laws Of Physics in Second Life"[12]

Satellite events[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Pixels Camp website".
  2. ^ "Conteúdos do Sapo chegam ao ecrã da TV". in Portuguese
  3. ^ "Exame Informática news piece on Cisco's Hologram solution at Codebits".
  4. ^ "SAPO Codebits 2007 on SIC".
  5. ^ "SAPO Codebits 2007 on Exame Informática".
  6. ^ "SAPO Codebits 2007 Press Release from Portugal Telecom".
  7. ^ "List of speakers for SAPO Codebits 2010".
  8. ^ "List of speakers for SAPO Codebits 2009".
  9. ^ "List of speakers for SAPO Codebits 2008".
  10. ^ "Codebits 2008, by Peter Svensson".
  11. ^ "List of speakers for SAPO Codebits 2007".
  12. ^ "SAPO brings Second Life specialist to Portugal"., in Diário de Notícias

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