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Recently there's risen this small subculture in Denmark with geeks meeting up and hacking along on their sparetime projects together.

The base is that there is no session, there is no keynote or anything, it's pretty much just meeting up and getting some prime time put into your project. You can choose to fiddle with anything you like, and you are free to sit and help people all day...pretty much just an open day.

I have a bit hard time identifying if it matches any of the names in the topic, as I see it codecamp does have a topic, hackathon seems like devs doing a big solution together...and well codejazz is not really defined anywhere but another danish usergroup used that term.

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code-get-together sounds nice... –  Mchl Aug 8 '11 at 9:41
Be careful of using the term nerd, some people might take offense. For the geekiest definition ever, see english.stackexchange.com/questions/4823/… –  Mark Booth Aug 8 '11 at 14:27
I changed it to geeks...intelligence + obsession should be suitable for a day like that :) –  cyberzed Aug 8 '11 at 14:50
"Rumble" is the term I favor for such marathon hacking sessions. –  Joseph Weissman Sep 16 '11 at 15:22

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I have been to some of these kinds of get-togethers, and the term "Codejam" seems to be an appropriate and well-used name for these. Stand-up comedians often have so-called "jamming-sessions", where they tell another comedian about their ideas, and then they help each other to improve and expand their set. In my opinion and from what I have experienced, this sounds a bit like what such a code-get-together is all about.

But in my opinion "hackathon" is equally good.

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Although not strictly the right term, sprint (from scrum) is sometimes used to describe these kinds of get-togethers.

I've seen it used in the context of a meet-up where people interested in a specific project want to do some ad-hoc coding, testing, documentation, brain storming and generally bouncing around ideas.

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I somehow not attracted to the use of sprint here, since it ain't a team, and it ain't directly couple to people reaching the end of their spring. I don't know many people that handles their parttime/hobby projects in sprints :) –  cyberzed Aug 8 '11 at 12:43
Probably a better use of the word "sprint" than in Scrum. Maybe "fun run" would be more appropriate though... –  Alison Sep 16 '11 at 12:42

Hackathon is good, as is hack day, as used by the popular Music Hack Day.

The Wikipedia entry for hackathon also suggests codefest. A hack day generally takes places over 24 hours, from one day on the next. A more general term for participant-driven meetings is unconference.

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Open Spaces under the category of Open Space Technology would seem to be another way to describe this.

Code camps tend to be more defined by geography than anything else as a Calgary Code Camp could cover a wide range of tech topics if there are people to present on topics that aren't of questionable ethical value.

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