Global Day of Coderetreat 2015 aka #GDCR15 will take place in (what's most likely to be) about 150 cities worldwide on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 and Zurich is participating in the event for the fourth time.
Note that besides Zurich, there's also an event in Bern and in St. Gallen.
To put it short, it's a day of fun (aka pair programming) for coders. For details, see the site of the Coderetreat Community Network. Quoting from there:
"Coderetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. By providing developers the opportunity to take part in focused practice away from the pressures of 'getting things done', the coderetreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement."
"The coderetreat day consists of 5-6 sessions, each session's learnings building upon previous sessions. The morning focuses on becoming comfortable with the problem domain, breaking old habits and beginning focused self-discovery. The afternoon pushes the envelope by challenging pairs to stretch their skills and understanding of abstractions, modular design and test-driven development."
Sounds like fun? It is!
Don't worry. I can assure you, it's not going to be a tiny bit boring because 1) coderetreats are fun by principle, 2) you'll be pairing with new people and 3) you'll get funky new constraints.
The mailing list is open at zurich.codersonly.org. Note, that RSVP-ing on techup is NOT sufficient, you'll have to register on the site. Registrations will open a month before the event, but those on the mailing list will receive an invitation a few days before that, so as not to miss out on the fun!
Hope to see you there :)