The invasion of the Nerds. For people already struggling with what a community is or how you speak Java, there are two options: attend a course at Codemotion or stop reading this now. Actually, don't – you don't need to be a computer expert or a hacker à la Mister Robot to understand what Codemotion is. Java is a computer language, and in 2007 two girls, Chiara Russo and Mara Marzocchi, organised a convention for people who use it. Chiara and Mara, the blonde and the brunette, the cat and the fox, one with a wide smile, a sibilant, excited way of talking and a round face, the other a little more cynical, sarcastic, and spiky with thick-framed black hipster glasses. The convention went well, they built up a large following, and in 2011 the two of them realised they needed to open up to new languages and technologies. Thus did Codemotion become the biggest technical conference in the field in Italy, then in Spain and finally one of the most important in Europe, going as far as Berlin and flying to Israel.
The current program lasts four days (two days of technical workshops and a two-day conference), and there are more than 300 speakers from all over the world, with seven 'tracks' covering the most interesting fields in technological innovation, like BigData, Cloud, Mobile and IoT, running contemporaneously. And as if that were not enough, Mara and Chiara have opened an office near Termini Station to which startuppers and makers flock, and have also come up with the idea of creating a kids sector, convinced that for digital natives, “programming” is as important as reading and writing.
Because, if it's not yet clear, Chiara and Mara are planning a journey and want to offer all of us an incredible opportunity: to open a portal into the future and take a look around... without any need for Michael J. Fox, a beat-up De Lorean or a crazy white-haired scientist.
The story of Codemotion has been written by Vins Gallico, writer.
Codemotion began as a Java community event in 2007 and has become a major centre for computer courses.