Sunday 16th July
Sunday is set-up day for the unconference. You are welcome to help. Or hang out and meet other JCretans. Go for a swim in the sea across from our venue. Bring your family and let them meet other kids. Bring along some food, snacks and drinks and have a picnic at the stunning JCrete® venue.
Monday 17th July
Early wakey, wakey, after a fun previous evening chatting about Java, life and the universe. We start at 8:45 sharp with a welcome, explanation of how this unconference works and by putting together the topics for the sessions. We then have another two sessions of one hour each. Then time for lunch, siesta, beach, fun, fun, fun. There is also an excellent waterpark nearby. Dinners at various tavernas that the winds blow us to. As always, families are invited to join us for all the excursions. You can even sign them up to join us for lunch. Baby sitters can be arranged. Please ask.
Tuesday 18th July
Today is a special day as we take you to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We leave at 6:30am and drive to the beach in convoy. Back at 12:30pm for lunch and then our sessions run in the afternoons. Definitely not something you want to miss!
Wednesday 19th July
Some of our attendees are a bit crazy and go for a run before breakfast. Or a swim in the sea. Madness. We start again at 8:45. Three sessions of an hour each. By this time, we are all getting the hang of this unconference thingy and the discussions are getting heated and exciting. During lunch we just carry on talking. Afterwards we go to Chania Old Town to look around and get ripped off by the Greek merchants selling cheap imported Chinese goods “handmade in Chania”. Well Chania, China – close enough. Others might fancy a trip to Heraklion to visit Knossos, ruins of one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Dinner at Xani’s, Portes, wherever we can find tables. Usually at this point we fragment into special interest groups.
Thursday 20th July
Phew, almost there. Dmitry, John, Rabea and Heinz have aged 5 years. Another 8:45 start. Some still awake from the previous night’s festivities. Last day of sessions and it is becoming difficult to stop talking. Some excursions in the afternoon, but we are all exhausted and looking forward to listen to some nice live music and eat some BBQ grilled at the OAC. More chatter, dancing, fun.
Friday 21st July
Sessions are over, but the fun just does not go away. We spend the day packing up and hacking away on our laptops. Actually mostly hacking. This is the Hack Day! Imagine converting all those marvelous ideas from the previous 4 days into code now! Usually we go to the beach at Kalathas in the afternoon and eat somewhere on the Akrotiri, close to Heinz’s pad.
Saturday 22nd July
Fun does not just stop. We spend the Saturday at the OAC teaching kids from Chania how computers and programming work. Often JCretan kids join in with the Cretans.
Sunday 23rd July
Another day of teaching kids in Heraklion.