Gearing Up For CodeMash 2017!

It’s almost time for CodeMash!

We got the scoop on this awesome annual event (Jan. 10-13) and CoverMyMeds’ involvement from our Technical Recruiter, Kelly Nestor.

CoverMyMeds: What exactly is CodeMash?

Kelly Nestor: CodeMash is an annual technology event held at Kalahari Water Park in Sandusky, Ohio that brings together like-minded individuals interested in catching up on the latest practices, methodologies and technologies trending in the industry. Basically, it’s a time for people to nerd out together.

This is an opportunity for the Ohio tech community to really shine. Tech-focused people come from all over the country to learn from the best, reunite with old team members and meet new people. Only Ohioans would plan a trip to Sandusky in the middle of winter (sadly, Cedar Point is closed!), but what they get out of the event is worth it. Some people even bring their families to KidzMash to help their children learn how engaging tech can be!

CoverMyMeds: How many people from CoverMyMeds attend?

KN: Forty-four employees are attending this year — the most we’ve ever had! The event is a draw for all of our employees, ranging from developers to infrastructure engineers to engineering managers.

Last year’s node bot challenge.

CoverMyMeds: Does anyone from CoverMyMeds speak?

KN: We’ve had several people from CoverMyMeds speak over the past few years. This year, we have more great talks lined up:

Wednesday 1/11
1:00 p.m. Jonathan Stevens is co-presenting, Hands-on Techno-Fashion

Thursday 1/12
4:45 p.m. Josh Graber, React on Rails
4:45 p.m. Warner Moore, DevOps Has Always Been About Security

Friday 1/13
8:30 a.m. Warner Moore, Automating Security in Building Software
11:00 a.m. Dave Shah, S.O.L.I.D Elixir

CoverMyMeds: Are we offering any fun promotions at CodeMash this year?

KN: We always have some great swag and this year we’re giving away our most exciting package of raffle prizes yet: An overnight trip back to Kalahari, a virtual reality headset and an Amazon Echo! If you’re attending the event, keep an eye on Twitter to find out how to enter and win!

We’re also excited to be creating the first ever Recharge Pavilion at the event. A lounge will be set up where attendees can relax, chat with others, recharge their devices and try to win our prizes. Plus, more than a few friendly faces from our team will be hanging around.

CoverMyMeds: What is your favorite part of CodeMash?

KN: Definitely spending time with everyone! The event draws so many attendees, evidenced by the constantly packed hallways. It’s a great opportunity to get to know our coworkers better, catch up with people we haven’t seen in a while and meet new people. Our coworkers are really connected in their respective tech communities, so we get a chance to put faces to names of those they admire and talk about.

CoverMyMeds: What’s your favorite CodeMash memory?

KN: A fan favorite has always been Gary Bernhardt’s “Wat” lightning talk from CodeMash 2012. It never fails to reign true or incite annoying lively conversations among our teams.

Also, watching our coworkers try to “surf” at the waterpark.

For more fun insight to CodeMash, check out a recap of last year. Be sure to stop by our booth and say hi to Kelly and the rest of the CoverMyMeds crew!